Pear Goss | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden Ale with pears aged in French oak wine barrles with Lactobacillus Delbrueckii & Brettanomyces Bruxellensis.

Added by MasterSki on 11-09-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by benpopper:
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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz blank bottle given to my wife and I from the brewery. Originally served at FoBAB 2010.

Disclaimer: when I was given this bottle, they told me it may have a little too much sugar in the batch and not enough carbonation. A little time in the cellar might do it some good. Got it right after FoBAB and opened it in Feb. From my notes.

Pours not quite clear, just slightly cloudy, bright amber, golden. Not a whole lot of carbonation in the bottle, but definitely not flat. Tiny bits of head around the edges, no lace.

The smell was pretty great. The pear / fruit (almost nectarine like) was the most dominant, but the wine barrel definitely had a strong presence as well. Very delicate yet commanding.

Taste was unlike anything I have had before. I'd say closer to a cross between a white wine and a hard cider than a beer. Still we enjoyed it. The fruit flavor was the most prominent, but there was also the barrel age funk going on on the back end.

Mouthfeel fell a little short, but only because the carbonation was so low. Felt okay, but with more carbonation it would be much better. Easy drinking

Overall I was very happy with it and very appreciative to get to try this, much less in my own home. I think this brew could use a bit more, but was a great window into what they will have in the future. Would love to get to try this again with a new batch.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle labeled;

A Sparkling Gossamer of Pear

into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to Michael and Rog for the hook-up! AKA Pear Goss which was served at FoBAB 2010.

A: Pours a hazy, glowing gold color. Perched on top, initially, was about 2 fingers of bright white foam which melted away quickly leaving a bubbly collar. Not much lace, but the carbonation is on the medium to active side of the scale (hence the "Sparkling"). The third pour turns the color and clarity to something like unfiltered apple cider.

S: Wild yeast in the nose. Hints of barnyard and/or damp, funky Chicago basement. Sweet, delicate pear, oak, peach, and a slight vinous quality.

T: Just as above. The warmer this got, the more tropical the flavor became. It never loses its' funky pear flavor but, rather, gains flavors of peach and pineapple. In the third pour with all the swirled sediment, the toasty malt of the base beer finally poked through.

M: Some orchard and tropical fruit sweetness that is countered by an astringent yeastiness that actually ends up with a touch of white pepper.

D: Nice! An AWA that isn't sour. Pleasant funk coupled with interesting fruit flavors, perfect carbonation, and low abv. Sessionable.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was listed as "Golden Ale with pears aged in French oak wine barrels with Lactobacillus Delbrueckii & Brettanomyces Bruxellensis."

A - Served with a giant white foam that quickly settled to a thick ring and some light film on top, but not much in the way of lace. The body is a hazed golden straw color. Oddly enough, this is lighter than regular Gossamer.

S - The nose has light oak and white wine, and a hefty amount of Bosc pear. If you gave me this blind I probably wouldn't assume it was inoculated with wild yeast, although there might be a faint hint of tropical brett mingling with the pears. There's a good amount of the base beer's malt profile.

T - Pears, sweet malt, and the original beer's somewhat unpleasant yeasty finish. The pears make it a bit more interesting than regular Gossamer, but as a fruit they're a bit mono-dimensional (mostly sweetness with a touch of starch). Very little vinous or wild character, and maybe a faint hint of vanilla from the barrel.

M - Medium-light body, quite refreshing, no obvious alcohol. Less carbonation zest than regular Gossamer but still in the moderate range. Goes down nearly as easy as the base beer.

D - This isn't a bad beer, just was a bit of a letdown. The wild yeast didn't seem to do much, or the strains that were used contributed flavors that were too similar to the base beer. I'm wondering if the temperature didn't fluctuate enough in Half Acre's barrel "attic". Pears may not have been the wisest choice either for the above-stated reasons. I'd certainly try it again, but there were much better options at the festival.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fobab...A hazy gold, hint of peach. light foam and lacing....A light aroma of pears, oak, reminds me of wine, not funky at all, a wild?...A pretty boring taste, really reminds me of a sweetly sweeter regular gossamer with a slight tart finish. The regular gossamer is not very good, this is a slight improvement, not enough to make it something to drink though

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Pear Goss from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 7 ratings