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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tbone1384 from Wyoming

2.35/5  rDev -31.7%

Aug 12, 2013
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Penguin3200 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Feb 11, 2013
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ColdPoncho from Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok cam thanks again

A - light yellow and clear body and a big white head

S - vegetal and salty. Light and mild

T - kinda dirty. This is just weird. Some spice and vanilla

M - light as hell and thin

O - I am not too fond of this beer. It's pretty weird and kinda gross

Oct 16, 2011
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GRG1313 from California

4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Mar 06, 2011
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jlenik from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Jan 15, 2012
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AleWatcher from Illinois

2/5  rDev -41.9%

Nov 25, 2011
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very generous large white head, Body is light orange in color with some lacing.

S: Aroma of light lemon, salty white pepper , some light hay and a bit of wheat.

T: Salty off the first hit to the tongue. The salt is not anywhere nearly as strong as say ; were you to taste the ocean. The salt is much more subdued, always present, but never overpoweringly so. I can taste a bit of burnt tire in here as well which is probably a combination of the truffle and salt action. I do taste some hop presence, which for some reason I did not foresee a whole lot being that this is a salty beer. It may just be the play between the salt and some sweet malt flavors that are not quite fully fermented, but there I do taste a bit of a fruity hop which could also be from a light saison like yeast culture.

M: Very light and low in carbonation , thin mouthfeel that rolls off the tongue for a salty beer.

O: Not bad, probably not something I would drink everyday but was slightly surprised for a gose with the drinkability.

Aug 13, 2011
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John11486 from California

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Feb 15, 2012
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mhaugo from California

2/5  rDev -41.9%

Dec 19, 2011
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Jun 12, 2011
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Oct 27, 2013
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into an Unibroue tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Cloudy yellow body with two fingers of fine, creamy white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Very attractive.

S: Spicy, salty, and herbal. Some wheat is noticeable when I inhale really hard, but is largely drowned in the rather musty, seeweedy saltiness. It's weird and off-putting, yes, but just interesting enough to keep me from pouring it out.

T: Very salty throughout, with the coriander giving some spice and the wheat malt coming through with some tangy sweetness on the finish. It's not as gross as the aroma, but it's not any better than average, that's for sure. The flavors are intense, but out of sync.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. Ok.

O: This was my first Gose (style #94 - just 10 to go!), and I can't say I enjoyed it; luckily the generous host of the tasting, JAHMUR, provided a bottle of Leipziger as a follow-up to the Bruery's experiment. Let's just say that, in this case, tradition trumps innovation.


Aug 01, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool ass hazy yellow beer with a massive 2.5" head to it that looks as comfortable to lie on as a slightly broken in high end pillow. Aroma was constrained, mild citrus, didn't really pick anything up from it.

Taste, jeez, not so much 'salt' as mineral salt. Reminded me of those Calistoga mineral waters that was kind of the rage back in the 80s. Light lemon feel to it. A mix of hefeweizen and mineral water. Super mild amount of sour or tartness to it, very minor, nothing like in a wild ale, more like a summer beer's tartness. Some sage or rosemary like herbal presence.

Just not likely to be a beer for the beer geek masses. Not a stout, not really sour, not hoppy, not all that rare. Neat to drink something different.

May 23, 2011
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billshmeinke from California

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a couple a finger white head. Very effervescent.

Nose is mostly of truffles and some peppery spice. Truffles dominate.

Taste follows smell. Quite truffle dominated with some light malt sweetness, and bread. Truffles coming back on the end with a touch of salt.

Mouthfeel is quite light and fairly dry.

It's interesting. Don't try unless you enjoy truffles.

Apr 02, 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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HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Nov 15, 2011
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Michael, yourefragile. Thanks for sharing some more beer man. First Gose I've had, and maybe the last haha.

A: Straw to light orange color with a nice thick head and lacing, very nice look.

S: The smell is a different story, very bizarre to me. Lager malts, Coriander, and some savory aromas. Saison yeast..? Plants? Conflicting spices in the aroma to me with even a hint of game meat...

T: Better taste. Has a German lager of Hefe vibe to the malt and yeast thats clean and bready with some coriander clearly coming through with a little saltiness at the back. Gamey meat still in the flavor as well, not a big fan of that.

M: Medium and ok carbonation.

Overall strange, ok and interesting to try but not for me perhaps.

Jul 28, 2011
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bauermj from Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Jan 17, 2014
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deniserat from California

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Oct 27, 2013
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Phelps from Arizona

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

Bottle into tulip.

Pale dandelion gold. Fairly hazy, though the edges display some nice clarity. A perfect pour begets a frothy two-inch head of pale yellow-white composed of big bubbles that are sticky as marshmallow fluff. It recedes at the pace of a glacier. Some sticky tendrils of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

Spicy nose, with mild funk. A bit of white pepper, coriander, dried lemon peel. Also some pear, sea salt and notes of musty earth.

Tons of coriander in the flavor. I definitely get the salt and savory truffles, and both emerge even more as the beer warms, adding a powerful soil flavor. There’s also some lemon peel and light hints of pear. Sweet and spritzy before a drying finish.

I haven’t had many Goses, and I’m surprised by how refreshing this beer is. I Love the crisp finish and lingering salty/savory quality. The light body is effervescent, with peppery carbonation attacking the tongue and exploding the beer in frothy bubbles.

The Bruery guys displayed a light, masterful touch with the additional flavors on this one. The truffle and coriander aren’t distracting, yet definitely add something. Good stuff.

Jul 21, 2011
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drummermattie02 from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Jan 22, 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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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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SpeedwayJim from New York

2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Scalene for this one. By way of light whale BIF 2. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Harpoon Weizen glass.

A: Standard pour yields a huge, 7 finger frothy white head with annoyingly good retention. I want to get to my beer damnit! Color is a cloudy, pale yellow. Lacing is stringy with robust with good cling. Pretty standard but the head is a bit overwhelming.

S: Nose is very distinct. Lemon rind, a sharp spiciness, and a subtle, but unmistakable new rubber smell. Weird. Not bad or off-turning, but very weird.

T: Opens with a new rubber taste. Like I've been chewing on a rubber duck. Lemon rind, some miscellaneous spiciness that I can't put my finger on. Tartness towards the end with a mild yeasty bitter presence. Finish is more rubberiness with an aftertaste of wet wood chips dipped in rubber. Awkward.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Spicy and abrasive in the mouth but somehow very dead. Goes down with some bubbles with a sticky, messy aftertaste that lingers. Very dull.

O: In and of itself, the gose style is, in my opinion, already a twisted, inferior version of the hefeweizen. Salt of the Earth doesn't do anything to change my mind and the feel it gives is particularly dull and boring. Not many goses around so this is worth a try, but its pedestrian at best.

May 16, 2011
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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
Salt Of The Earth from The Bruery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 172 ratings