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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

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by t0rin0 on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.22/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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 drabmuh
3.56/5  rDev +5%
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 beeradvocate.com. 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...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 largadeer
3.56/5  rDev +5%
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 ptykozoon
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow. Huge head.

Apple, pear, candy sweetness - smells like a wit.

Tastes more like a wit then a gose. Sweet floral notes, bread, spiciness, generally simple taste with only a drop of saltiness - there should be more in here: the people saying there is too much salt really irritate me as it is ~supposedly~ the prominent feature in this style, and this one has only a modicum of it.

Light carbonation.

Needs more salt and character. Doesn't presume to be great, just a good likable beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
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 Bitterbill
2.78/5  rDev -18%
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 carbonation...no 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 SundaySour
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, shared with Cavery at Provisions.

A: It's a white wine with a puffy head, or maybe like a watered down apple juice for lily-livered kids.

S: This really smells like a burp. There is a teensy smell of apples, like a gala apple. But mostly like a very fresh burp. I'm not sure I am enjoying this smell, mostly because it reminds me of getting hazed in middle school.

T: The taste is distinctly brie cheese, all melty and delicious, with some basil on top. An A+ for not tasting like it smells, ol' Bruery chums. This is full of savory and herb-y flavors; a full meal of a beer.

M: Crisp and bubbly like a fresh popped champagne.

O: The savory-ness of this beer made it so strange and funky. It was like someone took a bunch of high quality Thanksgiving foods and stuck them in a blender. Cheese, herbs, burps...another blessed holiday at The Bruery.

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Photo of Cavery
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with SundaySour on the provisions flight #2

Poured into Bruery Taster glasses.

A: Very strong white wine appearance. An off wheat color with a noticeable clarity. bubbles swirled in the middle of the glass. Little frothed head, no lacing.

S: Very light breads and belgian yeast, a really soft nose. Some funky light champagne notes in there that made me sniff and re-sniff. Just so light.

T: Very smooth and crisp, memorable lightness of flavor. Belgian yeast with a white wine profile that lingers into ginger and pickled green pears. The lightest saltiness that is a far-cry from the sea water I was expecting. The theme of lightness continues.

M: Light mouth, the wine theme continues. It maintains a smoothness with no invasion of alcohol at all. Very much of a satin glove on the tongue.

O: A very light savory offering that is solid on many points, but great on none. There's nothing mind-blowing coming out of this, but drinking it alone makes it feel incomplete. This would be a great beer pairing for fine cuisines: French and Italian foods would do well here.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. This is my first gose so I don't really know what to expect.

Big pop when I opened the bottle. First pour yielded a half a foot of head with a half inch of beer.

3.5 A: Eventually I got enough beer. Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Four fingers of foamy white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Never really smelled anything like this. It's quite strange to me, but I like it. Wheatiness is apparent and the yeast gives off strong banana and a mild clove. Mild to moderate coriander as well. The strangly "sharp" earthiness is likely attributed to the truffle salt. Lemon and grassy hops.

3.5 T: Definitely tasting the salt in this. It's a good bit stronger than I might have guessed, but not distractingly so. Wheat, banana, clove, herbal and grassy hoppiness, and tart lemon. Truffle salt is quite interesting.

3.5 M: Light body. Despite the multitude of pours, the carbonation is spot on. Bready chewiness.

3.0 D: I'm wasn't sure how to rate this, so this is my baseline gose. Not bad to start out with, but this is horribly undrinkable. The saltiness and general mineral vibe gets old pretty fast. Finishing this 750 is going to be hard. Edit: Yes, it is hard to finish this. I'm doing my best to avoid my first drainpour.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured almost like a fizzy yellow beer to me, not sur if it was because i got the top of the bottle but, it was almost clear with a two finger head, i would not consider this hazy. Maybe it is because I cook a lot but, I really enjoyed the smell, i could clearly smell the truffle, it smelt like truffle oil was added to this beer. I get notes of colander and actually a bit of salt in this. Taste is like a larger with some truffle oil (natural truffle smelling) and salt added to it, that's the best I can describe it. Not much tartness, if any at all to this, especially compared to the Upright Gose. Malts in the finish. Truffle salt is defiantly present which i don't mind add all adds a different twist. Medium bodied through the finish. This would not be my top pick but still a decent twist on a light, refreshing summer beer

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
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 thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
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 craytonic
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden straw with a smallish head

Smell: I get some oily truffle aromas up front, very odd. I don't notice any salt

Taste: Again, the oily truffle tastes dominate, perhaps with a touch of salt. Also some black pepper and wheat. I wish they'd just used regular salt and kept it traditional and saved this once they had the traditional recipe down.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, decent carbonation

Overall: You have to be able to follow the rules before you bend or even break them, shame they didn't start with a regular gose and diversify.

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Photo of waltonc
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cracked open a bottle of this at JoeySchlitz's place last week. Poured hazy yellow with white head. Wow - they aren't kidding that this is brewed with truffle salt. Smell is just dominated by truffles. I love truffles, but this is a little overpowering on the nose for my taste. The taste, on the other hand, is well-balanced and the truffles are nicely integrated. Light, refreshing, truffles, light citrus, and a hint of salt. Would go well with a burger. Overall, a very interesting beer, but not one I will rush to try again.

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Photo of jale
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jesse for this bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with huge white head.

S: Tart lemon and a hint of hops

T: Initial lemon followed by salt and a hint of tobacco. Has some underlying tartness. Finish is mild hops. I have had just two others in this style, and this is by far the best tasting one.

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of IKR
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy straw-yellow color with a thick foamy white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Earthy truffle salt aromas come through with some spice from the coriander.

Taste:The truffle salt and spice from the coriander come through in the taste. There is a slight tartness which ends in a fairly dry finish.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light body with a lively carbonation.

Overall: First and only Gose I've had so I will try to review this one again after trying some other examples. The good thing is I liked this beer enough to pique my curiosity to try out other examples. From the style guidelines this one appears to be spot on.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.37/5  rDev +28.9%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
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 0%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of Urbancaver
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So ... Not sure how to review this...

pours a hazy light yellow with tons and tons of head. Looks very odd.
Smells odd.... Salty and a touch malty.
Tastes salty, herbal a bit... Kind of a strange combintion of flavours. Can't detect any coriander at all.
Mouthfeel is well carbonted and overall very odd. I am very much not sure how i feel about this.

ADDED salt on the rim of the glass and a lime. Much better!

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Photo of brew3crew
2.01/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-hazy yellow, almost pee yellonice try, but nl thanksw with a whithard to describe other than really uniquee lacy head
S-very unique and hard to describe. A little bit of salt, which I have never had before
T-little bit tart, lot of bit nasty
m-it feels like ants in my pants
O-nice try but no thanks

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Photo of weatherdog
1.32/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This bottle was opened at a recent tasting sampled side by side with the Upright Gose. This was my first time with the style and was excited to finally try some examples. I'm also happy we had one excellent example (Upright) and then as a counterpoint; this beer.

It pours a very hazy cloudy straw yellow. Fluffy white head with medium retention.

The nose is so salty it's like a brine, or even a dry ocean air. I was prepared for a salty beer but I was not prepared for the accompanying levels of sweaty feet. I like a good funk but this was at near rancid levels and had no redeeming qualities.

While I thought the nose was pretty bad, it did not make me gag like the taste did. Once again the closest comparison I can make is sweaty feet, like wringing out a marathon runners sock into a glass. The salt is way overdone in a 'drinking sea water' type way and whatever 'souring' bugs they used were not kind of the beer. If a sour mash was used in this beer, it didn't turn out good. It's reminiscent of a when I'm lazy and don't clean out my mash tun for 2 days.

The salt drys out the mouth and gives a parched mouthfeel. I can't even describe the rest of the mouthfeel mostly because I wanted it out of my mouth as quick as possible.

I'm so glad we had another tasty Gose to try side by side, otherwise I'd have sworn off the style as a cruel joke. This is just a swing and a miss for the Bruery.

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Provisions Series: Salt Of The Earth from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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