Salt Of The Earth
The Bruery

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Sour - Gose
3.44 | pDev: 20.35%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 172 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big ass 2" head on this one, yellow liquid, not much for clarity, lots of haze like its a pledge at a frat. Aroma had mild lemon like citrus notes, couldn't grasp the salinity.

Salinity, tartness, very low. Like the opposite of de garde gose's that are more like wild ales, this one owed just as much to pale wheat bland beers. No off flavors, but it just doesn't do much other than be one of the first commercial examples in the revival these days.

Saving my last one for when its 100+ degrees this summer.

Mar 10, 2016
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over and then leaving it in my fridge for a few weeks. No seriously, that was great.

The beer pours a faded golden straw color, mostly transparent with a little bit of haze. A white cap froths up with the initial pour before slowly fading.

Salt of the Earth definitely has a strange nose. There is a light dry malt character that reminds me of a saison, a strong burst of lemon zest, some saltiness, and some vegetal and skunky notes that are not that pleasant.

The flavor starts with a light, dry, crackery malt with a little bit of pepper. A strong lemon tartness is full and strong without being piercing. Some other light fruits are noticeable as well. Toward the end of the sip it definitely turns salty. The salt proves to dry the mouth out further and leave my mouth with milder version of what dying of thirst must be like. There is a mushroom and vegetal flavor that covers the entire sip. The carbonation is slightly crisp, and the beer has a smooth, light body. It is very dry, a sensation that is only accentuated by the saltiness.

Overall this was rough enough that I did not want to finish my glass.

Jun 19, 2013
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a super pale straw color with a fizzy white head bubbling up and quickly fading out. Dissolves into a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Oddly funky and vegetal scents in the nose, punctuated by coriander, salt, straw and tartness. A strange combination of scents.

Salty and tart up front with notes of spice and coriander. Faint pear sweetness and soft straw malts. Funky, tart and salty throughout, finishing dry.

Lighter body, higher carbonation, crispy and lingering on the tongue. It might be because I just had the Tired Hands gose last week, but this was a little strange and difficult to drink.

Oct 25, 2012
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wethorseblanket from California

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a skyrocketing white head which settles to a cap leaving globs and strings of lace.

N: Earthy, funk, minerals, lemon citrus, wheaty yeast, fresh springtime grass/hay and spices,

T: Not too familiar with truffle salt, but this has a mineral salt and spicy intro followed by lemon verbena and floral/herbal notes. Citrus comes in along with grainy wheat and some mild funk.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Zesty and lively on the tongue. Finishes salty and spicy.

O: Very interesting and refreshing. A nice one for a warm day or paired with food.

NOTE: Just opened another bottle tonight (11/24/12) and this has gone infected with weird white powder in the neck (salt?), really "off" smell and taste. Drain poured this one. Perhaps it was only this bottle. Would be interested in what others are experiencing.

Sep 29, 2012
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yamar68 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Aug 31, 2012
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brystmar from Texas

2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first mystery bottle at Jon's first annual Secret Beer Tasting! Format: beer is decanted by impartial host in another room, we try to guess style, ABV, brewery, beer name, year, & BA rating. We had no advance knowledge of bottles, breweries represented, styles, etc.

Light orange in color, decent white head, solid retention. Mildly tart aroma holds some yeast and funk. Now that I know the style, this has some serious 'splaining to do.

Taste is subtle and noticeably lacking of salt. Mostly a bland, boring wheat base, ending with a distinct yeasty bitterness at the end. Very light and mild overall; zero booze presence. Highly drinkable, though it definitely misses on the style.

When trying to categorize this one, I struggled between Saison & Berliner, eventually settling on Saison because 1) I couldn't detect any lactic acid, and 2) bitter yeast at the end means it's probably a very mild saison. Turns out it was a poorly-crafted gose that missed the style marks. And somehow, Cosmic "13.5% wheatwine" Evan ended up winning this entire competition despite his initial guess being about the furthest off it could possibly be. Good times!

Aug 12, 2012
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Jun 23, 2012
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beagle75 from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light golden color with over two fingers of loose white foam that collapses to an asymmetrical crescent-shaped mound. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Unctuous, with bright fruit and floral qualities that create contrast. Sourness is just sugggested.

T: Begins dry, with bready grain and precocious earth. Acidity is faintly tart into the middle where savory spice is detected amidst more refined malt. The finish is moderately bitter, with earlier flavors represented in declining intensity.

M: Medium viscosity, soft and dehydrating on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A solid representation of a strange style, this gose transmits the presence of its specialty ingredients in a fairly honest fashion. While not particularly salty to taste, it does leave the familiar dessicated feel upon the soft tissues of the palate. Savory and refreshing, it is an able match for a wide range of foods.

May 29, 2012
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7121548 from California

5/5  rDev +45.3%
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!

May 29, 2012
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bashiba from Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale straw yellow with a typically huge bruery style white head.

The smell was very salty and earthy with a cured meat quality to it.

The flavor was nicely balanced between some light slightly sweet wheat notes, a bit of citrus and the earthy salt.

The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation making it a bit prickly.

A pretty decent Gose, nice and refreshing.

May 24, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a massive white head; impressive stickage and plenty of lace

Smell: Lemon, coriander and salt, with bready and earthy tones

Taste: The earthy/salty flavors build through mid-palate, though they are balanced out by an initial tart lemon and coriander character, bready malts and then a floral lemon aspect that appears at mid-palate; all of the flavors meld together, after the swallow, though the saltiness lingers into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a high level of carbonation

Overall: An interesting take on the style; wouldn't want to drink a lot of it but definitely worth a try

Thanks, Madirish76, for the opportunity

May 13, 2012
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Apr 18, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grains and some vegetal and weed aromas. Taste is vegetal with some weed flavors and a slightly salty/savory quality. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Mar 18, 2012
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Beerenauslese from California

4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Mar 15, 2012
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from paper notes .. Picked this up from mroberts1204... shared with the Boise folks a while back.

Long lasting white head.. nice lacing.. the brew is a hazed golden....

Nose is odd but inviting... earthy... pale maltiness... something that I identify as lemony...

Flavor is mainly just pale malts with the above earthy notes that presumably come from the truffle salt...some mild lemon zest character .. light salt bit and some minor spiciness... cool, a bit odd and glad I shared it.

Light body with a light carbonation... could use more bubbles.

The overall brew seems like too much of a novelty to really appreciate.

Thanks Matt for the super trade.


Feb 20, 2012
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lurpy1 from Minnesota

1.7/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I held off on reviewing this beer because its evident I don't like Goses. It was broken out at a tasting. Since I'm still haunted by this beer, I think a review is in order.

Pours a frightening wine like yellow with ominous chemistry lab fizzing. Uh oh. Smells salty. Very salty. Uh oh x2. I'm actually gonna drink this stuff? Just like ocean water. Salty, organic, get it out of my mouth please!

Everything else from the Bruery I've loved and been grateful for the chance to try. You gotta hand it to em though. The hallmark of a great brewery is that their bad beers are not meek disappointments but rather daring fiascos. By that measure the Bruery is great. For all I know this is action an exemplary Gose. Do me a favor, have some other Goses and get back to me. I'll take your word for it.

Feb 16, 2012
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auroracrisis from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Jan 27, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one; thanks Nate. Interested to try a gose from The Bruery. 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a nice gose.

s - Smells exactly like buttered's pretty crazy really. This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, but one of the most interesting beers I've ever smelled. Some light spices and coriander here too.

t - Tastes of salt, buttered popcorn, grains, wheat, spices, yeast, coriander, pepper, and light fruits. Better than the nose im my opinion.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very interesting beer, certainly unlike one I've ever had before. I think I liked this one more than most people, but smells exactly like salted, buttered popcorn. An interesting beer definitely worth checking out, though I don't think I'd want to drink a whole bottle by myself. Share with some friends.

Jan 19, 2012
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HosP from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 750ml bottle and split with wife.

A- Pours straw yellow and clear. Lots of carbonating bubbles. Fluffy white head, recedes down to thin cap.

S- Interesting nose to this beer. Some apples, slightly sour. Some funk here and there. Lighter nose to it.

T- Nice flavors. Green apple, maybe some pears. Belgian yeast taste. Some subtle saltiness, not as much as was expecting. Maybe some lemon at the end. Zesty flavors.

M- Lighter body. Good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O- This is only my crack at this style and it was much better the 2nd time around. Solid beer, nothing that made me have to have another one. But still good flavors and refreshing.

Jan 16, 2012
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

2.29/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by BeerFMAndy.

Cloudy orange gold hue. solid finger of white head. The aroma is a warning not to drink it. Salt water soaked vegetables with a hint of citrus and dirt. Flavor is so overly salty. Like a mouthful of salt water while swimming. Mild citrus and green leaves. Fairly light body with solid carbonation. I appreciate the craftsmanship. Not for me though.

Dec 29, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle & Draft. I remember the first time I had this at the Bruery Reserve party and I thought it did such a great job of cutting and cleaning the pallet after drinking so many rich, dark beers. I didn’t rate it as I was a little tipsy so here goes with a bottle. Pours a slight cloudy straw yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is an odd mixture of earth and salt, like sort of being on a farm that is right by the ocean. Medium mouthfeel. The saltiness hits you right away and is unlike any other beer I have had before. Slightly wheaty. Overall, an interesting beer.

Dec 17, 2011
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jcartamdg from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a cloud like two finger head that stays around leaving great lacing. Aroma is funky with an off note, maybe the truffle salt. Taste is great like a funkier gose, salt isn't as present as in other goses I've had. Smooth, and easy to drink Not bad at all, I would have this again

Dec 16, 2011
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Nov 22, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Truffle salt, eh? Let's see how this goes: It pours a cloudy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light dank greens, fresh corn, salt water, and sweetgrass. It's an unusual smell, but not an altogether unpleasant one. The taste holds notes of strong salt, murky earth, light coriander, light lemon peel, grass, and light greens. Things are just too earthy, too truffle-influenced, to be truly enjoyable to me. Not much tartness to be found, either. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, an interesting little experience, but I just can't see drinking this one ever again.

Oct 31, 2011
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srandycarter from California

3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw, piles of stark white head. Lots of lace.

S - Briny, light straw and malt.

T - Salt is part of the profile for sure. Light malt and salt is pretty much all I get.

M - Light bodied, ends on a salty note. Good carb.

D- Interesting, but one is enough for sure.

Oct 29, 2011
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