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The Bruery Provisions Series: Salt of the Earth



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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Salt of the Earth is our play on a gose. Not to be confused with a gueze, the gose style originated in Leipzig, Germany. It is a wheat beer traditionally brewed with salt and coriander as well as lactic bacteria. Clearly not following the Reinheitsgebot, we figured we’d knock it up a level by using an addition of truffle salt in our gose, adding an earthy and funky element to the aroma and flavor certain to tantalize all of the foodies out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (6079) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Salty buttery nose with some coriander and wheat notes. Pours hazy orange yellow thin head. Wheat light salt odd spice a little fruit. Well carbonated kind of odd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2011
750ml bottle. The pour yields an extremely cloudy, dusky, glowing golden straw colored body. A tall, dense head of off-white foam lasts for ages, dropping slowly to a lumpy, bubbly blanket, and leaving thick, clumpy swaths of lacing all over the glass. Beautiful looking beer! Aromas start of dry and crisp, showing a super clean wheat base with a soft, mildly lactic tartness and subtle wisps of lemon and coriander. Though salt isn’t specifically identifiable, an overlying waft of minerality keeps things dry, and it certainly lets you know that this is a different sort of animal. Upon the first sip, the dryness that the salt lends is immediately identified....and welcomed. It cuts the wheat malt right down to size, obliterating much of the sweetness that might have once existed, leaving just a touch of sugar for balance and softness. The salt works wonderfully with the slightly tart lemony notes and restrained peppery coriander. Yeast is saison-like, dry and fruity and delicious. The palate really couldn’t be much better, dry to the brink of parching, with just enough residual sweetness to snatch it off the ledge. Carbonation cuts through the body like a laser. You just want to keep drinking more and more of this beer. Outstanding stuff, overall, and easily the best Bruery beer I’ve had. This shows you what these guys are capable of when they show some finesse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5806) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy pale yellow color ale with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is quite unique with great notes of bready yeast with a dry malt base and some light subtle salty notes with great floral undertones. Taste is also a unique and interesting mix between some light salty notes with floral undertones and a quite dry malt base with some bready yeasty notes. Body is quite full with super great carbonation that fits the style and no apparent alcohol. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this based on the description but ended tasting a very nice and unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle shared by Jason at SL.. This is one salty fudgin beer... Man. Nose of salt with a golden orange color. Taste is salty with an underlying tartness. It really reminds me of ocean water. LOL.... Light body. Easy to drink... Decent stuff, wouldnt want a whole bottle for myself... Thanks Jason

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2011
OK, here’s the deal - This beer stinks. Are familiar with Salt risen bread? no? how about gym socks? I know it’s supposed to smell like that, but much like stinky cheese, it doesn’t mean I have like it. Although, also like stinky cheese, it actually tastes prety good, with an earthiness and a crisp fruitiness. Also salt and mushroom are in there. Thanks grownfool for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (9935) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a clear pale gold with visible heavy carbonation and a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has notes of salt and coriander backed by slight grain. Flavor is similar with a good amount of salt and coriander. Odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Kiefer. Pours a cloudy yellow, with fluffy white head. In the nose, there is a slight funk, but not from the yeast. There is a very earthy mushroom scent with a light sweetness and some saltiness. Taste is mildly dry with a slight sourness from the lactose, some sea salt and the same earthy funkiness as the nose. Really unique beer for me and really glad to try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2011
25oz bottle as part of my RS allotment. This one sounded like something DFH was coming up with, salt and a gose? Either way, shared amongst friends, poured a foggy lemon color hue, hue white head. Aromas really danced with spices, almost herbal and nutmeg, confusing the hell out of me. palate followed with a slight creaminess followed by citrus and a white pepper spice finish. Not really my cup of tea, but at the same time was worth the try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
750ml bottle part of the society... Pours a hazy seems to be gritty pale yellow brown hue and topped with a creamy white head... Aroma comprises up of tart of ginger, lemon, and a light spice... Flavors have a similar profile with lemon, spice and herbaceousness. Some salt comes through late and finishing off with an herbal spicy bitterness. Soft fluffy body and easily drinkable. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
In short: Liquefied cheap salted crackers. Not fun
How: Bottle 750ml. Shared with friends at a dinner. Consumed relatively fresh, approximately 3 months after first bottle rating.
The look: Cloudy dark yellow body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is a bit musty, a touch of lemon and human urine (not cat piss, really human urine). Taste has fortunately plenty of salt because we need something to cover up that flawed beer. There was some hay and some other stuff but I’ll cut this description short and say that this beer simply tasted like cheap commercial salted crackers (Premium Plus™) with a bit of lemon muffin. A gose needs to be salty, and this one was very much so. It might be respectful of the style but I thought it was a very boring beer. According to Oxford Dictionary of Idioms, “the salt of the earth” is describes “a person or persons of great kindness”. This is actually what many people call me up here in Montreal but because of their funny french accent they mispronounce “Salt” into “Scum”. I love you too guys.

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