Thursday, November 12, 2009

Soured Wit/Gose with Cherries Review

Appearance - Very red, reminiscent of a slightly pale strawberry soda, Moderate amount of head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Small amounts of lacing on the glass, slightly hazy from yeast that was swirled before pouring.

Aroma - First whiff is very sweet and bready, followed by a strong phenolic finish with cherries throughout. I am actually surprised by how strong the spicy phenolic aroma is.

Taste - The beer is mildly tart with a strong cherry flavor. Just like it smells there is a nice phenolic note that is reminiscent of a witbier. Hops are non-existent, and the beer is not really dry but by no means is it sweet. Alcohol is very hidden. The version with salt added seems to have a much brighter cherry character and has a bit rounder flavor. Coriander is extremely sublte.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, a bit prickly on the tongue, medium-low body that really feels bigger than it is from the high carbonation. Salt version feels slicker and has slightly more body.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink, has a soda-like quality from the high carbonation and strong cherry flavor, but unlike soda it doesn't become cloying and too sweet after more than one. The salted version is a much richer beer and has more of a dessert quality to it, it really is remarkable how different the two beers are. This beer is definately not a session type beer, the flavors are a bit too strong, but it is a nice after dinner drink.

Notes/Thoughts - I'm surprised by how much of a difference there is in the bottles that had salt added. In fact I wish I had added salt to more of the bottles, I haven't tried yet but plan on adding some salt to the glass to see if I can get a similar effect. Initially I was a bit disappointed that the beer didn't turn out a bit more tart, but after adding some lactic acid to the glass I was surprised how all of the subtleties in the beer were overpowered.

If I do the beer again I think I will do the following

1. Cut back on the wheat and add some oats
2. Add a touch of a light crystal malt to help round out the cherry flavor
3. Add salt to all of the bottles!
4. Up the amount of coriander used to emphasize its fruit flavors


1 comments:

Reverend Ten High said...

Lovin' your blog man! Maybe i'm not getting it right or doing something wrong, but i just wanted to let you know that the link to Brewday Recipe & Notes on your soured wit w/ cherries leads to your rustic saison post.

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