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Provisions Series: Salt Of The Earth - The Bruery

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Provisions Series: Salt Of The EarthProvisions Series: Salt Of The Earth

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 171
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 171
Photo of 7121548
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Salt of the Earth is my favorite beer! The truffle salt is interesting and not too overpowering. It is balanced out by a subtle note of coriander. Though difficult to find now, it is a definite must-try beer (especially for the gourmand!) if you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of jsanford
4.62/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap as part of a flight at the Bruery Provisions Shop. The girlfriend and I enjoyed many of these during our visit.

A - Clear, light straw with a fluffy white head that recedes to a nice haze.
S - Earthy aromas of wheat, "minerally" rock salt, and an unmistakable truffle smell. Wonderfully unique and amazing.
T - Very similar to the nose, earthy and "minerally", with a definite truffle twist. The coriander pops out nicely as well, lots of that slightly spicy, peppery character. I'm really loving this.
M - Slick, with a medium-thin body and crisp carbonation.
O - Incredibly unique and enjoyable, the Bruery took one of my favorite oddball beer styles and elevated to to an unheard-of level on enjoyment. Well done!

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden wheat with a big three fingers of head that recedes slowly. Nose is an impressive mix of clove, banana, rhum agricole, fresh baked salted pretzel, with an earthy black truffle and pork belly coming out after about 10 minutes - really interesting stuff. The taste is full of clove, coriander some white pepper, bright lemony citrus, barrel aged rum, somewhat grassy and herbal with a salty note at the end. Creamy and complex in the mouth with enough acidity and carbonation to stay balanced. Maybe i just really have found i love this style of beer, but i found it to be great and truly complex and unique.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.37/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

shared with calton after work in hobo tasting number 9, my new favorite style for sure!

the pour was a very hazy yellow color with a bug head of white that reached enormous foamy depths before calming down a touch. really nice look to it.

then came the classic gose. nice rich banana and cloves, hints of light citrus and a nice salty finish that begged you to try some more. really just well done. light body was creamy with a great finish and a really solid presentation.

overall i was very impressed with this one, i am really looking for this more and more on shelves, really impressed.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I disclose up front that I know nothing about this style of beer. I can review only on my tasting experience. I.e., what I saw, smelled and tasted. And, like most, if not all, of the Bruery productions, it was well worth the taste.

Poured a light hazy yellow gold with what appeared to be a quick fading white head. (Bottle had been opened, how much earlier than my taste I don't know so the head may be more appurtenant upon opening).

Nose was inviting green herb character of celery, green pepper, white pepper and green spices. There was almost a "fresh grassy/salt" tone with underlying perfumy green tones and a further underlying light earthy charachter. A lightly bitter orange character also was present. A complex nose that was both appealing and inviting.

Mouthfeel was very crisp and fresh. It was also a bit unique for me and had a borderline lactic feel to it. Nothing as pronounced as Hottenroth but an underlying lactic feel. I wanted to keep drinking it.

Flavors were assertive and well followed the nose - celery, light salt, green pepper, white pepper and some green spice; a fresh herbaceious character and a light earthy undertone, perhaps due to the addition of the truffle salt. Orange/tangerine citric undertone.

Overall character and "feel" was "bright," which is the most important aspect of any beer, wine or food, at least for me. By my definition, bright is good. This beer is very bright, appealing and inviting.

Finish is also fresh and clean with a carryover from the flavors. A green grassy fresh dryness was my impression.

I look forward to the bottle release and trying this one with a few different food profiles. I believe that it will be a wonderful food beer. Just my first impression and two cents.

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Photo of treehouse
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pretty cloudy pale yellow like a witbier..

nosed....spices...a fruitiness ....a bit o pepper....a bit o funk...

mouthed...a mild saltiness along with the effervescence of small bubbles...some hops...the saltiness lingers....that odd taste you get is the truffle salt...tangy..a bit pungent....this is refreshing ...the salt makes me hungry...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale-yellow with a big two-fingers of frothy white head atop. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of funk and sourness with some lemon zest, sea salt, grains, tart fruits, and light spices.

T - Starts off with some sourness and funk with some tart lemon and a bit of truffle salt. Through the middle, some grains come through with more funk, yeast flavor, light spice, and butter. The finish is a mix of sour and farmhouse funk flavors with some grain, acidic lemon, truffle salt, and some tart light fruits.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, funky, and lightly acidic finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very interesting mix of flavors with a nice element added by the sea salt. The balance is good with a nice mix of sour and funky flavors.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light tan and hazy with a decent head and chunks of great lacing.

Smell is very hard to peg but also hard to stop sniffing the glass. Citrus rinds and dry lemons come to mind.

Taste is strangely dry and a bit woody, along with a touch of funk, citrus peel and plenty of spices. You can somewhat taste the saltiness that comes with the brew, it adds a nice touch but isn't at all overdone.

Excellent smooth and rich mouthfeel, with silky carbonation and a lightly lemon aftertaste.

Overall this one is quite good. Can't wait to try the rest of my offerings from the bruery received in a great trade with pitasoup.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in a recent trade with Mikey711 poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color with orangish tints. Very hazy, almost glowing, huge head of white fluffy foam with good staying power that leaves behind loads of spiderwebby lacing on the glass.

S - Salty, truffles, clean - the ocean, earthy...very truffley (although not to the extent I remember it when having this one on tap), quite unique.

T - Truffles are front and center with their distinctive earthy and somewhat funky flavor. Salt is noticeable in lower levels, mildly tart, wheaty...light and refreshing.

M - Light, clean, salty, earthy. Well carbonated and fizzy over a thin body.

O - I really like the uniqueness of this beer - the truffle salt offer a truly different set of flavors in a beer. I was a little hesitant at first about how this would be, but it turns out to be something I really enjoyed. If you don't like truffles, this probably won't be a good one for you, but if you do - definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of ottovon
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shared with whiterascal

A: pours out a slightly hazy, straw yellow with a big white fluffy head. the head stayed around for awhile and left some lacing down the glass.

S: i get quite a bit of lemony citrus in the aroma. some coriander and orange peel. there is also some earthiness and a little bit of saison-esque yeast aroma. some salt in the back of the aroma as well.

T: this has some spiciness from the coriander. there is hints of coriander and white pepper. nice straw flavors and some musty earthiness. it is pretty dry and finished slightly bitter and salty. i really like the salt in this beer, and the earthiness the truffles add. there isnt much acid or sourness. it is pretty masked, but still a good beer.

M: it has medium carbonation with a medium-thin body. a little fizzy in the mouth.

O: i really like this beer and wish i could get more than the 3 allocations.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow. A nice white colored head rose about an inch in a half, and slowly settled, leaving some lace.

S: I get good notes of Mushrooms, earth, coriander pepper, salt, and Belgian yeast.

T: Get the lactic acid upfront, then mushrooms, earth, and truffle salt. A bit of light sweet malt in the middle. The salt is much more profound as it warmed.

M: Medium to high carbonation, and it has a light mouth feel that is also crisp with a dry finish. Overall it is pretty smooth and refreshing.

O: I liked it. Split the bottle between my wife and I. We also had this with some Greek and Chinese food, and it paired very well with what we were having. It really cut through some of the heat and spice. My first Gose, but it certainly has the '"this is a Bruery beer" quality to it, if that makes any sense.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL poured on 4/24/11 Thanks to Andrew K for this extra! Happy Easter!

A-Beautiful hazy golden color with a nice 3 finger head. Good lacing that sits up well.

S- Subtle truffle, little citrus, hay and a distinct earthiness

T- I taste a subtle truffleness, spicey as in coriander-ish, zesty, pretty earthy and a little funkiness not as in way of a saison or farmhouse, but very tasty. Maybe since I'm a truffle freak, I'll add my $30 truffle salt for good measure. Would be great with food.

M- Very good. Good carbonation. This beer keeps getting better for me.

Overall- I would buy this beer if it were at my local beer shop. And, anything truffle...has my heart!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass, produces an ample 3/4 inch head with good retention and moderate lacing, over a hazy, lemon gold body.

Nose is funky, with lemony citrus notes form the base gose and an earthy note from the truffle salt. But truffles are not something one would expect in a typical gose or any beer.

Taste is slightly sour, lemony, with a distinct truffle earthiness. Has a slightly bitter finish. I admit that I like the way truffles taste more than I like the way they smell.

Body is light and carbonation is fizzy, giving this a refreshing, palate-cleansing mouthfeel.

Unless I were pairing this with food, I probably would just finish a glass and move on since the flavor of the truffle is not something I am used to in beer. But this is a beer that invites food pairing. I paired it with a cheese and mushroom omelette with truffle oil and it went well with that. Other pairings with earthy notes and/or mushrooms would work well, such as pizza, especially with a drizzle of truffle oil, or anything made with truffles, like some cheeses. The lemony tartness and carbonation will cut through cheese and other fats. Have to give The Bruery credit for experimenting and making an educated guess that worked out pretty well.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I kinda like this beer. I guess some don't like the salt but I don't think it's too salty.

Poured into my Bruery Tulip. Poured a nice golden wheat color with a very thick white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is very earthy mushroom smell. You can smell the truffle for sure. Little bit of Belgian yeast.

Taste is similar to aroma. A bit salty with some earthiness and a bit of Belgian yeast and sort of Belgian pale maltiness. Tastes good.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry. Nice higher carb.

Overall a tasty brew. Would buy it again. Check it out because it is truly unique.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with mikesgroove during Hobo Tasting #9! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a massively hazy straw yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, subtle spices, and slight salt. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, and slight salt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty tasty brew. Very nice and light character to this one that made it really easy to consume and quite enjoyable. The good flavor and aroma helped with this as well. Really glad I decided to share this one!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to pitasoup for the want and for the opportunity to try a brand new style! Thanks Peter!

Pours a cloudy, sunny yellow. Head was fairly bright white, with grand retention and lace. Aroma didn't produce a whole lot. Mostly there was some dry citrus notes, slight breadiness, and a sort of earthyness. The taste proved to be much more complex. Citrusy hops were definitely used here as they are easily present. There's a saltyness, and a spiciness to it, lightly bready like crackers. It's unique, and strangely enjoyable. The feel is very crisp, almost effervescent and slightly stingy on the carbonation end. But it works so to speak. The finish is quite dry and salty...which I like. Overall, I'm enjoying this. I don't have any other experience with Gose, but I'm definitely amped to start added some!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Cloudy yellow with a bubbly, white head. Decent lace and head retention.

S: Strange. Salty, peppery, yeasty, strong spice...whoa.

T: Salty, peppery, light wheat...different to say the least. What is this? One of the weirder beers I've tried.

M: Good carbonation. With all the strangeness, it's still quite good and unique.

O: First Gose. Very different but very intriguing.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Provisions 8.11.11, generous sample pour in Special Flight $5.

Medium hazy yellow gold body, good visible carbonation, good lacing. Floral hops, a bit of malty sweetness and salt in the nose. Taste mirrors the nose, salt held in check which raised drinkability. Mouthfeel on light side of medium, quite refreshing. Worth seeking out for Gose fans.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass just shy of clear, a deep golden straw color, with a pillowy white head piled up high. Smells of spicy wheat, lemons and orange zest, I smell some salty sourness deep underneath. Very hefe like to me. Grainy earthy spicy flavor with more of the citrus and spices that were in the nose. Pilsener malt with a sour edge and a strange bite that I can only assume comes from the salt. Spirited level of carbonation provided a stream from the bottom of the glass right down to the end. Medium body with a citrusy tart mouthfeel. Interesting beer that kind of grew on me. I'd love to try some others but this may not be the style for me.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Bruery tulip.

Golden straw yellow with brilliant clarity at first, but then gets cloudy as the yeast is introduced. A wonderful pillowy head made up of fine bubbles sticks around a bit, then dissipates into a soapy rope around the edges of the glass. Pretty nice lacing.

Bright aromas of lemon zest and sea salt at first. Deeper we have brine and short bread cookies.

A bit tart with that same lemon zest with a bit of sea salt. A bit of sweetness is introduced similar to lemon cake, finishing with a little bit of dry coriander and salt. A little bit biscuity too. Not overpowering, nice and refreshing.

Lighter bodied and bright with spotty carbonation. Almost spritzy at first, then sort of light.

Salty lemon cake with a nice, drinkable body. Not sure why this scores lower with everyone else.

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Photo of yamar68
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Number45forever for gifting this one! Poured from 750 to pokal glass:

One of the paler bodied beers I've ever seen with a huge, swelling, sticky latte-like white froth. Tons of steady beading.

Very earthy, a touch of bitter spice, a bit acidic, some vinegar character as well, I'm intrigued...

Nice mineral profile, more earthiness, some cider tart notes, like nothing I've tasted before. That vinegar quality is tied to the saltiness. I love beers that really challenge my palate and this one has it damn near stumped.

Nicely done.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky straw color with a medium, white head. Scent is initially very salty with some sweet yeast aromas and subtle hoppiness. Taste is lighter on the salt than the nose...Belgian yeast, and a bit of farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation...which works well for this beer. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours an opaque light amber with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Definite salt, earthy notes, mushrooms.

T: The truffle salt is the dominant flavour offering a lot of herbs (sage, celery seed) and fungus along with the NaCl flavour. Light spice and malt, definitely unique.

M: Light-bodied, frothy and biting carbonation. Pretty smooth, not as acidic as I thought it'd be.

D: My 3rd ever gose, not super acidic, but it's there. A unique flavour for sure, like nothing I've ever tasted before, even in other goses, well worth a try for the experience at a minimum.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Light orange with a explosive 4-finger white head.

S - Little smell - spice and some citrus tones.

T - Wheat, but mild. Some fungus after taste.

D - very carbonated.

O - Smooth and light - very light.

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Provisions Series: Salt Of The Earth from The Bruery
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