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

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by t0rin0 on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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Photo of largadeer
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey color, hazy as it sits in the glass. Highly effervescent, the head rises about two fingers high and retains well.

There's a pretty unmistakable earthy truffle scent, faint saltiness, coriander, a touch of lactic acid and raw grain. Pretty solid nose, though I'd like the truffle dialed back a little bit.

The palate is better balanced. Both sour and salty, though only mildly so, with fairly integrated truffle and coriander. The foundation of the beer reminds me of a Belgian wit; it's grainy, bready, leaning toward dry, and a little milky. The finish is very mild, spices lingering a bit, but it's otherwise pretty clean and doesn't exhibit any bitterness.

Unique and enjoyable overall, though it could be better with a few tweaks. Hopefully they keep working on this one.

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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 Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of bmanning. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw color with an average white head that lasts for quite a bit. Just a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward straw and wheat along with way too much coriander. A little bit of bread there. Almost a sage character there as well. The flavor has a lot of coriander and herbal characteristics plus a fairly-harsh saltiness. Too much of the truffle salt. Body is light and fizzy with a bitter and dry finish. Very odd and not one of the better gose beers I've come across.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled multiple times now from low-fill, mislabeled, etc. bottles at the Bruery thanks to the generous bar staff.

A: The pour is a slightly clouded yellow/straw color with a finger of white head.

S: The earthiness of the truffle salt is immediately evident. This gives the beer a big mushroom quality, though the saltiness is somewhat subdued. A touch of acidity from the acidulated malts used and some nice floral hops. There is a lot going on here.

T: More salt flavor than I had expected given the nose, but it's not over done. Plenty of mushroom and truffle flavor and a distinct earthiness--somewhat musty, even. Slightly bitter with a touch of black pepper and floral hops. The wheat and bread flavor is really the base flavor, though.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: One of only a few of the different examples of Gose I've tried or even seen, but I like this one a fair amount. It's definitely different, but I think a good beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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 drabmuh
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #6 Gose on the best of Gose list on Due to the low number of Goses made, being #6 is equivalent to being LAST (or the worst) gose on that list. Oh well, served in a Bruery tulip because I can.

Beer is yellow, hazy, with a big soft white merengie head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass, lots of carbonation too. Looks awesome.

Aroma is pilsen malt, mild salt, floral, spice. Smell is weaker than anticipated and I was expecting some lactic acid but it still smells fine.

Beer is heavily carbonated on the palate and mildly salty. There is a lingering floral flavor (not an aftertaste), the beer is thin on the mouth, no lactic character or flavors at all. This is the biggest disappointment of this beer. Gose beers are suppose to start with lactic acid bacteria and finish with yeast. The salt builds a little with each sip but it doesn't become overwhelming. I don't know how much of this I can drink but it is pretty good so far. I'd have it again but 750 ml of this in one sitting is a little much.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured straw pale yellow in color with yellow highlights and had a half finger of head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus in the aroma upfront like orange zest along with a variety of spices like coriander but did get applesauce notes and a slight hint of brett.

T: the taste confirmed that it had a little funky brett character with citrus zest, spice, corinader, applesauce notes and a touch of grain undertones.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, spice, grainy, bretty funky and prickly finish.

D: it was definitely drinking quite well but to be honest it just wasn't my cup of tea though I was glad to taste yet another gose style brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A Gose? I'd like one please. On to the beer:

Small carbonation bubbles race through the light yellow color of the beer. Lots of creamy lacing sticks from the large, well retaining head. The nose; soft, but too intense with the salt. Very little else crawls out to greet the nose.

Easy there tiger, that's a lot of salt I'm tasting. More specifically, seasoning salt. Like most spcies/seasonings, that's fine in small quantites, but nobody is asking for a spoonful of cinnamon to put directly into their mouth. To be fair, the taste becomes less salt dominant as more beer is consumed. A light tartness attempts to balance the salt, but never does. At least it's light enough that I can consume it without forcing myself.

Salt Of The Earth might be better for cooking french fries or seasoning a steak than for drinking. With so many better Bruery offering easily available, SOTE is one and out.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 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 doesn’t quite seem to be here.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.


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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 HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle into a snifter. Opens with a loud hiss.

A: Straw yellow in color with an enormous white sea foam head, we're talking three fingers in height. Retention is very good, and recession proceeds in craters and caverns over the course of 5 minutes.

S: Pronounced coriander with salt. Grainy malt meets floral hops. The truffle is unmistakable, it's unique and enjoyable. There's a light pepper-like spiciness and a little evident tartness with some lactic characteristics.

T: Salty up front with a decided tang that accompanies tartness. The truffle oil adds a savory quality to the beer that is interesting but strange. Malt is grainy and lightly sweet, with notes of hay and earth. Coriander is evident but faint. Lemon is pervasive.

M: The beer is light in body with high carbonation. The beer is dry, and it continues to dry your mouth out for a minute after you take a drink.

Overall: This is really interesting and pretty enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pulled out of the fridge, a bottle I got from forgetfu. Thanks Bill!

It pours a straw yellow/gold with a pretty big head of foam that settles down to about 1 finger with some nice lacing.

It has a strong aroma of coriander and has some notes of yeast and spice.

Lightly tart starting off, the coriander does well as does a nice yeastiness and then...the salt moves in and dominates completely. Sorry, The Bruery, I think this was an unneeded addition to, what I reckon could have been an excellent Gose. The tart factor *does* intensify somewhat during the session but not enough to counter the nastiness of the salt.

Medium body with lightish problem with the mouthfeel. The taste of the salt ruins it for me and so, the drinkability is very low.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that I shared at dinner tonight. Thanks for sending this my way, Andrew. Peter shared one a couple of weeks back and I was too wrecked to remember what it tasted like.

Pouring a clear light yellow with a dense, billowing head, white in color, with good retention and lacing, this is a particularly attractive gose. The nose has a rather noticeable truffle character, earthy, mushroomy, mildly musky even. Not particularly salty, and even the coriander is moderate, having a blend of the dry, spicy aroma and a mildly vegetal note as well. Moderate wheat, there's a little bit of tartness present as well.

The palate opens with a blend of coriander and earthy mushrooms, their intensity an indicator of their provenance. Surprisingly, though, there isn't much of a salt flavor here. The mid-palate has some wheat and tartness, but this beer is really driven by the truffles and coriander. Moderate lactic tartness in the back end, this beer dries up on the finish, leaving a lasting mushroomy character. Crisply carbonated, this is a surprisingly solid beer. I wish it had a little more salt and a little less truffle character, but this is a rather drinkable gose. I would definitely drink it again.

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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by jale at a small tasting at Jackie O's (thanks Jim!). Gose is definitely not one of my favorite styles, but I was happy to get a shot at an American take on it.

It pours a pale golden color with a THICK head of foam, 4 fingers or so. Odd smelling as all goses are, salty and weird, with a tart lambicus component that added some interest for me. Less salt flavor than others I've tried, also less than expected from the aroma, but still definitively there. Slightly tart, dry, and funky.

Glad to have only a small pour, I definitely wouldn't look forward to an entire 750ml of this by myself.

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