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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 wed 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2011
On tap @ The Bruery Provisions Store. Clear pale yellow pour with a solid finger of fluffy white head. Very earthy and spicy aroma with some barnyard funk. Quite unique in both the nose and flavor - the salt started to come through the more I drank it. Almost savory in a strange way. One of the dryest beers Ive ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle from our Reserve Society membership. Slightly hazy yellow pour and an aroma of lemon/salt. Flavor is nice light mellow lemon, herbs and a little more salt. Although theres nothing about this beer that is over the top, it really stuck out as a great beer for pairing with food during summer BBQs. Im glad I have 1 extra bottle of this one.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
(Draught at the Provisions store). Pours slight hazy golden color with creamy white head. Very active carbonation. Aroma is salt and something....old? Very pungent. IKve never smelled smelling salt, but this could work. Really pungent. Taste is sweet and salty. Its my first Gose or Gose-like beer so Im not sure what to expect but this is tough to drink for me. Medium bodied. Now, Ive figured out some of the flavor-some really cheap watered down red wine. Not a fan at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Pours out of bottle slightly hazy yellow with white head, aroma has notes of slight funk, amazing note of truffles and the salt peeks through, spice notes as well as a nice bread and fruity character. Taste is slightly funky, some lemon, biscuit, earth and spice notes, touch of salty funk, finishing dry. Interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14585) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to Peter. Consumed with Yanick. Pours cloudy yellow. White head. Nose and taste of salt, lemon, coriander and yeast. Medium body. Sweet salty finish. Light funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
part of a tasting flight @ The Bruery Provisions on 6/29/11. pale yellow pour with a 1 finger white head. somewhat salty, wheat nose - quite dry. medium body with a dryness up front with bread notes, light lactic acid and a bit more salt. creamy dry finish with light citrus and coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (2010) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Not all that salty, which is odd. Also not very lactic. But an interesting mix of spices and a strong coriander note make this, like Charley observed, a sort of savory wit. Good stuff. Thanks Zack!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Settled only for a few days, so a steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an ample four-finger thick, pale head. The beer is a very hazy, pale amber color that shows a deeply hazed pale straw color in the light. The beer smells of earthy coriander, touches of accentuating earthy yeast, lactic acid, dried grass and dried hay. In the finish there is a significant woody white pepper note, or perhaps even a touch like Elderflower. There is a significant pale grain character here that reminds me of fresh threshed wheat and whole grain pale crackers.

The beer is salty up front, and actually through to the finish. Towards the middle and in the finish a soft lactic acid character becomes noticeable. The finish has a sort of hot phenolic plastic like character to it that is not overwhelming, but definitely a touch intruding. The saltiness is not overwhelming here, but definitely contributes something else; actually not having known at all about the style, I might not have really recognized the flavor in the beer. The flavor is quite earthy, both the coriander character and a yeasty bite contribute to this; actually I wonder how much of this will be reduced once I have a bottle thant has been allowed to settle out / clear up for quite some time. There is a doughy flavor to this beer that is definitely wheat like, perhaps a touch on the cracker side and definitely yeasty. That is what that is, it took me a while, but the truffle portion of the salt really is what gives this beer that earthy edge; at times it can contribute a touch of a savory quality, but for the most part it adds a bit of unbalance to this beer (both in the nose and in the flavor). The beer is fairly light bodied, though not watery, it is quite quaffable, with just a touch of texture to it.

The salt / tart balance here is actually pretty nice, I was expecting something a bit more salty, but I am not sure I would have liked this beer if it was more salty. The truffle character is quite a bit more apparent in the nose than it is in the flavor; my wife thinks it makes this beer taste like a rubber-ball. This could actually use quite a bit more tart to it. All in all this was certainly interesting, but I get the feeling that it could have been executed quite a bit better; the balance between the flavors doesnt quite seem to be here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pacond (188) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Light citrus and coriander notes. It is dry and earthy along with a lot of carbonation that balances with a savory finish. This is like a savory wit beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Poured into a weizen glass. This is my first gose so I dont really know what to expect. Big pop when I opened the bottle. First pour yielded a half a foot of head with a half inch of beer. 3.5 A: Eventually I got enough beer. Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Four fingers of foamy white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing. 4.0 S: Never really smelled anything like this. Its quite strange to me, but I like it. Wheatiness is apparent and the yeast gives off strong banana and a mild clove. Mild to moderate coriander as well. The strangly "sharp" earthiness is likely attributed to the truffle salt. Lemon and grassy hops. 3.5 T: Definitely tasting the salt in this. Its a good bit stronger than I might have guessed, but not distractingly so. Wheat, banana, clove, herbal and grassy hoppiness, and tart lemon. Truffle salt is quite interesting. 3.5 M: Light body. Despite the multitude of pours, the carbonation is spot on. Bready chewiness. 3.0 D: Im wasnt sure how to rate this, so this is my baseline gose. Not bad to start out with, but this is horribly undrinkable. The saltiness and general mineral vibe gets old pretty fast. Finishing this 750 is going to be hard. Edit: Yes, it is hard to finish this. Im doing my best to avoid my first drainpour. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-26-2011 23:06:44

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