Beer Review: Choc Signature Series Gose
Drink if you like: Apple pie, Spice cake, ambiguity, and surprises.
Beer Style Guides, such as BJCP, give us insight into what we can anticipate a particular style of beer to look, smell, feel, and taste like. Although these guides can be very helpful in beer competitions, there are many great craft beers that fall somewhere outside or in-between these style categories. Most of us don’t hold beer judging certifications and care more about the gratification a particular beer can provide to us, rather than if it falls within predefined parameters.
The Gose style (pronounced “goes-ah”) is a great example of a beer that has difficulty finding a home in the BJCP Style Guide. Is Gose a Sour? Is it a Spice/Herb beer? Is it a German Wheat beer? Is it a Specialty Beer? The better question is “who cares?” This is a wonderful design described as a tart, wheat brew. First brewed in the 18th century, this style died out in 1945 and was resurrected years later. Gose is now made by a handful of breweries around the world, one of these being Choc Beer Company in Krebs, OK.
Choc Signature Series Gose is brewed with German pilsner malt, wheat, coriander, and salt.
Sound interesting? Let’s pop the Cork.
A half-inch white head fades into a thin cap that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. The body is murky-yellow with apricot hues. This light-bodied beer has a dry finish reminiscent of white wine. The tartness of this beer is first announced in the aroma. Tart fruit, earthy funk notes, and spices are present. The smell offers a bit of foreshadowing of flavors, but not enough to fully prepare your mouth for the onslaught of concentrated magnificence it will soon experience. The taste of this beer has a definite “wow” factor. Intense fructose flavors of Granny Smith apples and pears are initially evident. At the outset, this beer leans to heavy tartness, but is slightly stabilized with penchants of light pale malts, salt, coriander, and a touch of funk.
Staying true to the quality found in their Signature Series beers, Choc has brought us another fantastic offering…even if they are from the Sooner State. Choc Gose sets out to prove that categorizations and classifications are the bastardization of the nation.
Seek out this beer. It has limited distribution, mostly due to the fact that few people know about this style. This is a classic example of a beer that is EXTREMELY hard to find in Arkansas. Do yourself a favor ans ASK for this one – and hope that you can get it! This beer makes the beer giveaway contest that much more fun! So be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and be entered to win a prize package containing this and many other world-class craft beers.
You can find this beer at the following locations (if they haven’t already sold out):
Colonial Wines & Spirits – Little Rock
Sullivant’s Liquor – Little Rock
Springhill Wines & Spirits – North Little Rock
We gave this beer 4 diamonds