In order to foster and maintain the exclusivity of our beer geek culture we must ensure that the proper pronunciations of craft beer terminology are kept a closely guarded secret so we might mock and ridicule outsiders who just don’t get it – it is pronounced hefe-why-zen not hefe-wee-zen (insert exaggerated drawl and emphasis as desired).
Unfortunately amicable Driftwood Brewing did not get the memo when they released their Gose-uh, a beer with built-in pronunciation notes.
Oh well, now that the proverbial cat is out of the bag I might as well fill you in on the background of the style. In Tasting Beer Mosher notes that Gose is a historical style of white beer, a top-fermenting beer seasoned with coriander and salt. Like many other historical styles gose beers have begun a sort of renaissance as craft brewers look back to ales thought long-forgotten to sate the rabid legions of beer geeks eager for the next big thing. Generally, this style is lower alcohol, herbal and somewhat sour due to inoculation with lactic acid. There is no real bitterness or any strong nose. So based on this description gose is a fairly safe segue into craft beer.
Driftwood Gose-uh (5% ABV)
Gose-uh pours a cloudy orange colour with lots of airy bright white head. Very wheat beer on the nose that is to say you get yeastiness and some spiciness, coriander primarily. This one is light-bodied and clean in the mouthfeel, very much a summer drinker. The sourness is very, very subtle in this beer and I expected it to be a bit more prominent based on other versions of the style I have tried. Flavour wise this beer is middling but not in a bad way the different tastes are subtle, it is a bit funky and a bit spicy. There is a slight saltiness to the finish that a first is a bit off-putting but really grows on you as you continue to drink (historically patrons could specify the saltiness of this beer style). Overall an easy beer that marks yet another impressive entry in Driftwood’s seasonal line-up.