II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series)
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series)II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series)
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #204
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,676
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
64
From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
One-off
Wants
  1
Gots
  3
SCORE
88
Very Good
II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series)II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series)
Notes: Gose style ale brewed with plum, salt and coriander.

The second of 7 beers celebrating a literary classic and one of our favorites, Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman. In homage to old-world agriculture, we’re pairing artisan heirloom grains with plum juice to create a tart flavor profile.
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 64
Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper to light amber and exceptionally hazy. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim and and covering half of the top. The aroma is of sea salt, coriander, and plums. I’m tasting lots of sea salt and just a hint of coriander and plums. The mouth is highly salinic, crisp, dry, and refreshing.

 315 characters

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Label has bottled on date as '07/10/2019',
Cloudy body that is colored gold with an apricot tint. Slight egg shell colored head quickly works itself back to a partial island, without a ring. No lacing.
Aroma has lemon citrus, mixed with peach and a dark fruit such as plum. Coriander spice and salt.
Taste is tart but there is a sweetness expressed too. Fruit components seem to come from lemon and dark fruit (plum). Coriander is there too, along with a salty nature, which is tasted mostly at the end.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
The saltiness in the beer calls back for another sip as soon as the beer goes down the throat. There is a bit of salt left on the lips. Very good and refreshing taste from the fruit and spice. Goes down very easily, just as a summertime beer is made to do.

 815 characters

Photo of ichorNet
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The second Leaves of Grass release from Bell's is here, and it promises to be an interesting one... don't think I've ever had a plum gose before, but I've had several berry and citrus goses that could be slightly similar. Looking forward to seeing what the plum juice brings to the table, as well as whether or not this is balanced and mineral-y like a traditional gose. There have been a lot of fruited sours claiming to be "gose" beer lately that are... uh... not gose-like at all.

As a quick aside, I enjoyed the first LoG beer, but didn't think it was too spectacular. In theory, an all-German ingredient IPA is a pretty good idea, but the execution just left it kind of middling. I didn't think it was bad, but it was only solid. Anyway, this pours an unusual color, kind of like peach juice or something; unfiltered and opaque, of course, with a big, chalky head of white foam that dissipates down to a very tiny sliver of suds after only half a minute or so. An interesting looking beer, for sure. Very different from the typical pale or yellow-gold gose/Berliner these days.

The nose is heavy on the coriander, reminding me of my first brush with the infamous Jammer by Sixpoint (before they fine-tuned it). Yeah, wasn't a fan of that beer. Not a big coriander guy though, so your mileage will likely vary here, but this definitely does seem a little more "traditional" than some other fruited goses around. A light apricot/peach jam note with some lemony twang and a suggestion of darker fruit which must be the plum. Cool. I think this will probably be an interesting and enjoyable beer, but my prediction is that it will be one-and-done like its predecessor in the series.

Tart and snappy flavor profile with a good amount of salinity. Wheat-heavy on the mid-palate with some light tartness but not much lingering acidity. Plum juice adds a slightly interesting character, but it's not the star of the show. There really isn't a star of this show, though, honestly. It's pretty cohesive and does what it says it will do quite well. The body is a little heavier than a lot of other goses on the American market, and the finish has a bit more minerality and coriander/herbal spice. Fun stuff but not rocking the boat too much. I'd definitely suggest giving it a shot if the idea sounds up your alley, because it does that specific thing well-enough..

 2,362 characters

Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lightly hazed light, lightly pink-tinged amber-colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” head that recedes visibly and steadily without leaving any lacing. Eventually, the head comes a thin cap and a ring of foam and then a ring and a small thin irregular island of foam. Sipping creates some scattered patches of lacing and some cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some plum, a bit of rose wine and a bit of grainy malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with a bit of grainy flavor, some rose wine, a touch of saltiness from the sea, just a touch of coriander and some fruitiness from the plum There’s also a nice mix of light sweetness and tartness but little or no bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light-bodied and just a bit prickly from the moderate persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long as the fruitiness begins to fade while showing a bit of a salty tartness then they both slowly fade away in the back of the palate.

Overall a drinkable, enjoyable and refreshing beer that is quite suited for a warm summer's day. Worth giving a try.

 1,109 characters

Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Pilsner glass. Cloudy - yes indeed. Small and dense off-white head. Body is golden with a pink/purple hue. Ample bubbles rising and help with some lacing.
Tart generic fruit aroma with more sour also presenting.
Light sparkly and refreshing with actually a bit of body going on that lays a little sticky on the tongue but cleans up nicely on the finish, which is light tart fruit in a moderate length conclusion. The plum does not dominate with more berry quality at times. Just a touch of salt. Fully carbonated so a bit of a filling feeling.
This is enjoyable.
The prairie-grass dividing-its special odor breathing.

 641 characters

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy, light copper color with a bit of an orange hue. Has white head that's initially an inch thick when poured that settles to a thick surface coating of foam and a pretty thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lacing. Aromas of some bready malts, a bit of wheat, plum and berries, and a slight barnyard funk note. The taste is quite similar of course, with some bready malts and a hint of wheat followed by plum and berries that is all rounded out with a bit of tart sourness, a hing of yeast funk, and of course a bit of salt. And I really like the use of coriander here too. No discernible hop presence of course. Has a somewhat crisp, mainly smooth and frothy, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good, well crafted beer should be. Has a clean finish and a slightly sour and funky aftertaste that really hangs around on my palate long after each sip.

Eric

 1,024 characters

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed amber with a thin white head.

S - Aroma is plums and sea salt.

T - The taste is sweet and tart plums, green apple, lemon and sea salt.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty gose. The flavors are spot on. Nice and refreshing for a warm afternoon.

 347 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

PKG 07/10/2019.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed appearance, with a golden quality tinged with a splash of shaded rosé. Slim, brief head.

Smell: Tart-scented, tangy with a sharp lactic waft, curdled lemon, floral coriander and curt plum.

Taste: Salted-up plum juice, spiced with coriander. Fairly fruity, tart and lightly lemony, hinting of melting sorbet, with a backdrop of whole wheat tart shells. Ramps up its sourish acidity, briny qualities as you approach the puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. A likable summertime refresher.

 664 characters

Photo of fehrminator
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The plum is subtle and this comes off as very true to style. Light tartness and a lovely mouthfeel. This was a hit for me and a true summer crusher. Recommended.

 161 characters

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like a very light iced tea in color, orange & rose highlights. Finger worth of bone white crown that settles into a thin, misty layer.

The nose brings a natural fruitiness. I get a lot of plum backed by berry notes. Light acidity.

The taste brings in a softer plum than the nose. Soft, fleshy plum. From skin to the meat and juiciness.

Slight salinity, very balanced tartness. Light and refreshing.

Overall, it’s perfectly balanced and very solid, like everything Bells makes.

 496 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Brewery "II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series)"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, "PKG 07/10/2019 PRN 25986"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting aroma. It's mineralish, but also fruity. I don't get that it's plum, but more of a general fruitiness. The body is a kind of a pinkish orange beneath a short head of white that fades readily. That's quite common with sour beers. OK, on to the flavor... it's tart but not too tart, and sweetish at the same time. I think it's got a great balance. The plum comes through a little bit clearer than it does in the aroma, and the salt is quite evident in the end. There's not a lot of bitterness to it but its still got a dry, acidic, and salty finish to it. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently effervescent. Overall quite pleasant, and highly drinkable. Perfect for summer.

Review #6,656

 911 characters

Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange colour with a head that fades fast. Carbonation bubbles rise swiftly and consistently after pour.

Initial taste is of celery salt and citrus, salinity follows through the entire experience. I taste no breast/doughy tastes, but the salinity is predominant on my tongue and may not be for you. Finish is a celery salt/lime taste.

If V-8 was a beer, this would be it.

 384 characters

Photo of beergoot
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber-rosé colored body; decent white head, starts relatively thick and then fizzes down to a thin, lasting wisp. Pleasant strawberry/rhubarb aroma; a touch of sourness. A most delightful light cereal grain base flavor; wheat-like, with a touch of salt and some mild fruity qualities; strawberry and watermelon; a hint of sourness. Medium body; crisp and juicy; light sweetness.

Gose beers aren't something I'm overly familiar with, but I have had some. This one delivers very nice qualities; complex and balanced. It isn't too anything -- salty, fruity, grainy, sour. It has elements of all the previous things, yet blends them into one fine and approachable beer. Very, very good stuff...

 692 characters

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber/gold with very little head, and a thin rim of lacing.

The brew has some apple cider, berry, citrus, and brine aromas.

The flavor is moderately acidic on the tip of the tongue, with brine close behind. Dark berry and plum arrive on the mid-palate along with some white stone fruit and grape. It finishes with some spiciness before looping back to where it started, with more tartness and brine.

The brew is nicely carbonated and lighter than expected.

Overall, an interesting take on the gose style.

 559 characters

Photo of TH28
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 7/10/19 bottle date. Appearance: Combination of pink and purple, like a peach skin, with a quickly dissipating head.
Aroma: Fairly mellow, with a lactic plum.
Taste: Light malt sweetness, followed by some plum fruitiness and a light tartness. Minimal bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate carbonation
Finish: Lingering cherry plum fruitiness and a warming cinnamon note.
Overall: A very light and refreshing sour with a distinct plum character. Seems to lack the true salty contrast of a gose and the tartness is restrained

 561 characters

Photo of VoxRationis
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into at custom taster pint; bottled on 7/10/2019.
A: Pours a nearly hazy, ruddy or rose golden color with a one finger, very light pink head, rim retention, and little lacing.
S: Clear aromas of plum, black cherry or berry, and sea salt.
T: Dry and tart. Flavors of black plum (especially the skin) and chardonnay grape. Saltiness front and center and sharpens the whole picture. Relatively low, but not entirely absent bitterness.
M: Light bodied with solid carbonation. Very refreshing.
O: Had a earlier version of this at Eccentric, although it has definitely been improved upon. Remarkably light for a Gose, very flavorful, and absolutely delicious. This could very well be my favorite overall Gose to date.

 755 characters

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/10/19; drank 8/9/19 @ the Yarchives.

Overall a very mild brew, but pleasurable; the plum is rather muted, visually as well as olfactory. Not too tart or salty, but there wasn't much too this at all. I'd have one on a super hot day, perhaps, but I can't see tracking it down.

 285 characters

Photo of JediMasterLenin
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Look: Pours a clear amber with a twinge of grapefruit pink in there. Finger-width white head dissolves quickly into a thin, spotty ring around the rim of the glass.
Smell: Not a ton going on here. Smell is tart, salty plum.
Taste: Straightforward like the nose. Plum on the front, and it fades to a slightly salty, dry finish. Interestingly this beer does not taste as tart as it smells.
Feel: On the thin side of medium bodied, low carbonation and small bubbles.
Overall: Very refreshing beer! Not as sour as I was expecting, but lovely nonetheless.

 581 characters

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours amber with golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves virtually no lacing.

The smell is as advertised, briny, tart plum.

The tart plum is up front. The fruit carries through the middle and leads to a salty, semi dry finish.

Medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel

This is an enjoyable beer. It is not overly fruity as so many beers of this style seem to be.

 474 characters

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pinkish gold color with no head.
Salty, tart aroma. A little fruit. A tiny hint of spice.
Tart salty plums (subtle). Coriander.
Crisp and refreshing. Good summer drink.

 170 characters

Photo of CaptainHate
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into Pilsner glass, bottled on 7/10. Orangish amber body topped by a briefly present small head. Smell is of salty sourness. Taste mirrors the smell with a hint of plum. Mouthfeel was perfectly refreshing on a hot day. This reminds me of what I enjoy most about Sea Quench with its own identity. This could be a summer session staple if it wasn't a one off. Well done.

 391 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In celebration of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass literary masterpiece, Bell's Brewery devises a plum infused gose ale with heirloom grains, sea salt and a hint of coriander spice for balance and interest.

The Prairie-Grass Dividing pours with a pale lavender rouge color and laced with a fine haze. Building a loose creme of froth, the beer's scent is somewhat of dark berries, citronella, cider, wine and dough in a lightly sweet fashion with a tease of tartness. A mild sourdough presence layers on the early palate as its grain taste is mildly of cereal, saltwater taffy and light cobbler.

Its malty influences lessen across the middle palate and its sourness ushers in a keen sense of refreshment with the acidity of English cider, rose wine, under ripened berries and then the juiciness of plum additions. Slightly tannice, gently spicy and keeping a veil of creaminess even in finish, the late palate shows hints of curacao spice and a rounded late palate of salinity and whole wheat.

Medium light in body, the beer's brisk acidity is slightly of sea water and keeping the ale from complete sourness or dryness, a friendliness in texture persists in a medium short aftertaste of pastry, burlap and plum.

 1,213 characters

Photo of JakeSip
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like ruby red grapefruit juice, with little head that becomes a thin island of bubbles and some lacing. Smells tart, a little funky, earthy, crisp. Taste lightly lactic tart with plum, peach, malt, and wheat. Feels refreshing, dry, light to medium. Overall a very refreshing, and delicious gose.

 301 characters

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/10/2019. Pours moderately hazy deep golden amber, light pink/orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy plums, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, coriander, sea salt, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of plums, fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, salt, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy plums, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, coriander, sea salt, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and peppery coriander spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy plums, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, coriander, sea salt, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of plums, fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, salt, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness, tangy fruit, and spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy/spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, fairly acidic/tangy/sticky, and lightly saline mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an awesome fruited gose. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of plums, fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, salt, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Nicely soft feel, mellowly lactic/salty. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balanced juicy plums, coriander, and lacto complexity; with a great clean pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Mild residual sweetness with crisp drying. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style as expected of the brewery. Great summer brew for sure.

 2,667 characters

Photo of MNAle
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is quite sour, vinegary and acidic. So much so that not much else can be picked up.

Hazy red-amber with plentiful bubbles rising to a 1/2 inch or so white head that disappears fairly quickly, leaving sparse, disconnected lacing, and ending as a thin cap with a bubbly ring around the edge. (The final pour results in a dark stream of sediment cascading down through the beer... quite lovely, actually.)

Taste is not nearly as sour as the aroma, more like tart. This somewhat subdued tartness allows the salty, spicy, fruit flavors to come through. And, they are enjoyable, indeed. The combination of plum, salt, and coriander is well executed.

Feel is thin, but rich enough in flavor so it doesn't seem quite so thin.

Generally, sour beers are not my thing.

I bought this because I wanted to try every beer in the Leaves of Grass Series. Fortunately (for me) while the aroma promises near vinegar sourness, the beer does not deliver that. It is a tasty, tart beer.

 976 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing (Leaves of Grass Series) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 64 ratings