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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy GoseThe Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a bright, golden color and tight creamy head, the earthy wood undertones in our Gose develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit. Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to a subtle fullness. Flavors of guava and peach are followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness that is enhanced by coriander and post-fermentation additions of salt. The finish is dry, effervescent, and lemon tangy, reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze.

Added by scottfrie on 09-24-2013

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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 1,874
Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There's enough sediment at the bottom of The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose that it *should* be cloudy but this sunny, golden complexion is barely even hazy (even with the sludgy drops mixed in). Lightly frothed and bubbly, this looks like a refreshing summer quencher if ever one existed.

Put on the LL Cool J - this aroma is something like a phenomenon. No, literally, how often does one find such bacterial tartness, citrus fruitiness, and zestful effervescence all under one roof? And I didn't even mention salt, which, curiously, can also be sensed by smell.

Indeed, here's something I could gargle with! A delicious, pulpy lime flavour combines with the salt to taste a little tequila-like, though this isn't the kind of thing you throw back hoping not to taste. I mean, it is easy to chug (especially at 4%) but this you actually *want* to let sit in your mouth...

Gose is more about texture than flavour and this one has coriander-like zest, juicy citrus acitidy and a prickly tartness courtesy of wild little fermenting organisms (most likely a cocktail of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, perhaps Pediococcus too though the brewery doesn't specify).

The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose is a name I don't quite understand but it's a beer I can easily get behind. As advertised, it is in fact sublime. Not at all a typical love-it-or-hate-it kind of sour, this one is a sure crowd-pleaser that also happens to exemplify the style wonderfully.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer can, purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières.

Appearance : golden color, with with foam head.
Smell : moderate malty with hints of citrus notes.
Taste & mouthfeel : slight sea salt like, with a dry bitter and acidic finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style Gose (my first taste)

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Photo of KeithE
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This gose is utterly drinkable and goes down easy. Slght sea salt taste at end that gives it a little edge but works well. I had it fresh on tap and I would definitely recomend it as a good summer beer.

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12 oz can. Not sure of a best by date, however, on the bottom of the can there are some numbers. 15156 5700/11. By those numbers, I'm guessing it may have been canned on 6/15/15, but I'm not sure. I hope that isn't the best by date.

L: Cloudy golden straw colored. Poured a head around one finger tall. The head quickly disappeared. No lacing.

S: It smells tart. Some citrus comes through. Some wheat also comes through. Definite smell of coriander. Smells like a pretty solid Gose.

T: It hits hard at first with the citrus tartness, but the tartness is nicely blended with the malt body. A little salty at the end, but not overly so.

F: A lighter medium mouth feel. Carbonation tickles the tongue. Crisp and dry finish.

O: A great smelling and tasting gose. Anderson Valley did a great job with this beer. I recommend anyone looking for a new gose to try, or looking to try one for the first time, to consider picking up this beer. Very good.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright orange with only a few whitish sudsy bubble spots. Smells vinegary with a tangy boysenberry finish along with mineral steel. The beer is tart with lemon right up front and puckers gently with fruity olive and vinegar. Pear, green apple, honeydew and cantaloupe fruitiness comes out through the tanginess. Also an unoaked pinot Grigio white wine flavor is definitely there on the finish. Texture is light playful and prickly. A long mouthwatering saltiness leaves you thirsty for more.

I've been trying a lot of the Gose variety lately. What people call a gose varies wildly from malty to tart and this one is definitely in the tart side. What they all have in common is the delicious saltiness. I like them all but this one is quite compelling with the white wine notes. We need more flavorful light beers like this in the world.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a really good balance of tart and salt. Taste starts of with a citrus or almost tropical flavor and finishes with a really nice saltiness on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of akolb
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first gose, so I can't compare it to anything. I found this beer to be slightly tart, slightly salty and incredibly thirst quenching. A beer version of lemonade, without the lemons. Something I plan on getting more of for the rest of the summer.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear medium straw yellow with a bit of head that quickly dissipated into lacing
S: Sour grapefruit and bread
T: Nice, balanced tang with a hint of citrus
F: Nothing noteworthy
O: I love my goses so sour they turn my face inside out, which this does not, but I would definitely have this beer again. A really good, flavorful, milder version of my ideal

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yellow colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and mild lemon. Slightly floral.

Starts out salty and sour. Lemon and toasted grain flavors. That is about it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, salty Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A = Golden ale with about 1 finger of cream head

S = Tart citrus, bread dough, salt spray

T = Tart up front, followed by a doughy white bread sweetness. Finishes crisp and dry with a splash of sea salt to round things off.

M = Slick and wet, very refreshing and thirst quenching

O = A delicious, sessionable, and thirst quenching ale, perfect for the beach or just a relaxing summer day

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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with a tart sour aroma. Has a nice sour flavor up front but does fade soon after. Overall a nice refreshing beer that I enjoyed

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a small goblet style glass.

Appearance: pale golden color with a small frothy head that dissipated quickly; even carbonation; zero lacing

Smell: lemon rind, grass, petrichor

Taste: sour lemon up front with a slightly less tangy follow up, ocean air

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean, and dry

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I had had one "sour" beer before and didn't like it at all. I couldn't even drink it. But I figured I'd give the style another chance. This being my first gose, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was delighted by the sour lemon which, while noticeable, was not overpowering and mellowed into a less tangy, dry finish. It was unbelievably drinkable. This would be perfect on a hot summer evening (which it just happens to be tonight!). This gose is in Anderson Valley's Highway 128 session series and now I understand why. I could definitely drink more than one of these.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip. Very carbonated with a fizzy head. Not much on the nose. First sip is sour, but that sensation fades pretty quickly over the rest of the pour. Refreshing, but not much complexity. I am new to the style, but this didn't bring much to the table compared to other offerings.

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Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Beers of the World on 7/24/15. Served in a Duvel Tulip. Clear yellowish gold, white head that disaappears completely. Classic sour Gose aroma. Flavor is Gose; sour and saline with a sharp tartness. This isa solid version of the style, perhaps not quite as good as Westbrook.

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Photo of kitch
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A 12 fl oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear golden straw colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Aromas are mainly bready, tart, sour, lemon. There is also a slight dank finish.

Taste: First a doughy malt flavour, followed by tart, lemon, sour and salt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This was not bad as the tartness is refreshing. It’s also easy to drink. However I tried the blood orange version first and easily prefer that over this one.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After a long run in the mountains, I was begging for something refreshing. Fortunately, I had this in the fridge.

Easy to drink and has just enough of the sour and salty taste I was looking for. A great summer beer, but I'm happy I can find this year round.

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

poured from 12 oz can into wheat glass

Appearance: pours a large white, sudsy head that drops slowly with a bit of lacing. Color is slightly hazy golden with mild strreaming carbonation.

Aroma: white bread dough, tart lemongrass/floral and a bit of dankness

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, astringent. a bit champagne like

Flavor: lemongrass, wheat, white bread, salt

Overall: very good. Not a style I would drink on a regular basis, but well done.

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

Not entirely sure what the hell is going on enough to dissect all the flavors, but this is tart, sweet and salty all at once, and not in that order. Great beer with a multitude of flavors that doesn't overwhelm. I happened to order a glass during a short-lived bout of IPA-fatigue and it gave me something both unique and really enjoyable. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of clake
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is golden yellow with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly without much lacing. The aromatics in this is the only disappointing part of this, which lacks a bit. Flavor, however, does not disappoint with its refreshingly sour punch of lemon that leaves you wanting more. The description on the can is spot on with its effervescent finish. Overall it's a solid afternoon on the deck beer that's quite refreshing and allows you to have a couple without getting into trouble.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color. Fizzy, fast dissipating head. Smells tart and crisp. Apples maybe?

Flavor is bitter at times, but it quickly finishes dry and crisp. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very refreshing beer. A nice transition beer for someone wanting to try a sour for the first time.

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Photo of 2baguy
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a nice head into a pint glass. The head quickly disintegrated. Very fine and abundant bubbles. Bright yellowish color.

Definate sour aroma

Sour taste right away. Lemon with a hing of tangerine. I mean no insult by this.. almost a "Mountain Dew" taste. (I love Mountain Dew)

LIght feel in the mouth. The sour may give it a little syrupy feel. You can also feel the carbonation.

Anderson Valley never disappoints me. This is a winner!

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: nice fluffy 3 finger head; fine dense bubbles with good head retention. Color is like a darker-golden pilsner. Clear and brite.

Flavor: very enjoyable. Tartness is light, and you immediately want another sip. The low abv - 4.2% - is a good thing, because this beer is quite drinkable. I didn't detect any of the style-appropriate saltiness or citrus: to simplify, a tart wheat ale. The malt and wheat come through late in the finish, after the initial tartness fades.

Aroma: the tartness is detectable in the nose, and from the aroma, you know immediately that this is a thirst quencher. I am certainly eager to try the blood orange variant.

Mouthfeel: the body is a bit heavier than I would expect, especially with the sour - more on the "medium" level.

Overall: this is an enjoyable beer. Perfect for a hot afternoon and reasonably priced; (I paid $1.99 for a single at my grocery store).

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Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with apparent carbonation and a huge thick head with good retention.
Mild sour aroma with notes of raspberries, coriander, bread and lemon.
Refreshing flavor with notes of effervescent C vitamin, some salt, lemon, a bit of coriander (feels less relatively to a Wit). Dry aftertaste with a controlled acid sensation.
Light body with somewhat effervescent carbonation.
Very balanced, refreshing and faithful to style Gose. Extremely easy to drink. Rounded and mild, I see anyone liking this. But with no strong character.

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow straw color with some haze typical of the style. Nice fluffy white head with good retention. Aroma has muted floral tones. The taste his amazing. A mild sour that is framed with lemon, citrus, tropical fruit, and a hint of salt and coriander. Finishes clean and dry with a nice effervescent feel.

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Photo of bsonk
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tart city, bro.

I love it. This is a beer that takes a while to drink because it's so tart, but you want to savor it anyway because it tastes and smells so good. It's salty but in a refreshing way.

edit: formal review

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. The Kimmie The Yink and the Holy Gose Ale. 4.2% abv.

A: cloudy pale golden
S: excellent, very fruity, and yeasty like a good German bier. This is the sort of beer smell that brings back good sense memories.
T: tart like a gooseberry, coriander, sweet light malt, salt.
M: lip-smackingly, tongue-dryingly tart, you’ve got to drink it slow.
O: a really great gose, second only to the blood orange version of this gose and the Hibiscus gose from boulevard brewing. The best for drinking on a sweltering day like these have all been recently.

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.