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The Bruery Provisions Series: Salt of the Earth



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RATINGS: 117   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Barreras (1574) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Pours a cloudy yellow color with aroma of salt from the beach. Taste is slightly sour with a sea salt aftertaste. An acquired taste that doesn’t suit my palate. I’m not a fan...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2011 Pale yellow. Saison like aroma with brine. Lots for grain, bread crust, medium bitterness with an odd though not bad not of salt at the back of your throat. It’s light, somewhat more bitter than u imagine and oddly earthy. Not bad for an occasional sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2011
I love reading the mixed reactions to this beer. 750 ml bottle shared by Doug- thanks! Pours a cloudy, pale yellow-gold with a cm-thick, soft white head that sticks to the beer for a long time. Aroma of salt, sea water, wet grass, mild spice, hay, and a hard-to-describe funk; not farmhouse or barnyard or any of that. Just different. Flavor of salt, wheat, sea water/algae, crackers, and some mixed herbs and spices. Light-bodied, with medium-high soft carbonation and a dry, salty, funky mouthfeel. Really interesting and different, even for a gose. I’d like to see more breweries take a crack at this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Cloudy gold pour with a very big white head. Maybe a hint of overcarbonation. Dry, earhty aroma, coriander, bready notes, lavender. Flavor is light, wheat, some earthy(truffle?)notes, saltiness isn’t really there to speak of. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Orange County tasting room. Pour 2/5 in flight. Pours beautifully with a smooth head that sticks around (even on a 2 oz. pour). Aroma is funky barnyard sour, but not offensive. That truffle salt really comes through in the flavor. Borders on too much, but it’s actually kind of nice. A bit of a seawater quality, very unusual. Drinkable, light body. Some dry fruitiness in there somewhere as well. Great subtle beer, and would enjoy to pair this with food--the salt would really add a unique dimension.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
This is a good-natured mess. Salt of the Earth tastes like the ring around a margarita glass. There is some lemon pop, but overall the earthy, sodium induced richness makes me feel like I’m sucking on rock salt. Honorable and eccentric (even if it is based in historical roots), this brew is best in a flight not a pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2144) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
750ml bottle thanks to Mikesgroove.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with medium foamy white head.
Aroma : Wheat and light coriander. Light salt with light tartness.
Taste : Taste pretty much the same. Tartness barely noticable. Light salt and some wheat.
Overall : Interesting but nothing really special. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Not too much salt. Interesting wheat. Good stuff but not something I’d seek again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to Owen. Pours a light straw with brilliant white head. Aromas of doughy yeast, a little wheat, coriander, pretzels and a little sourness. Whats not to like. Flavours are a little more straightforward. Fairly typical wheat beer with some sourness and a little salt on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Really interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
bottle... murky dark straw, bright white head, a bit too bubbly, nice retention... the nose is dominated by the truffle salt, I think they used the right amount to not overpower but any amount of truffle is overpowering so its a bit tough to get past all the truffle, lacks restraint and balance... the taste is shockingly boring, light truffle salt mixed with herbs but then the finish is dead, really watery hurts as well... I thought this was an automatic fail, not as bad as I imagined but still nothing to seek out

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