First brewed by Bloomington, Ill.-based Destihl Brewery at the end of 2013, Here Gose Nothin’1 is a 5.2 percent ABV “Leipzig-Style Gose” brewed with coriander and sea salt. According to the brewery, the beer “undergoes a spontaneous fermentation, similar to Belgian-style Gueuze/Lambic beers, and exhibits a complexity of acidic flavor and aroma contributed by wild yeast lactic fermentation.”
The Destihl Brewery website has a little more information:
Lemon, lime and other citrus-like qualities are present in aroma and on the palate, which is balanced by the spicy character of added coriander and a mineral-mouthfeel from added sea salt.
Here Gose Nothin’ is part of Destihl’s Wild Sour Series, all of which are sold in four packs of 12-ounce cans and “derive their tartness from wild fermentation in an extended sour mash process.” This is unlike the brewery’s Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Series, which are aged and soured in oak barrels, but the beers in both series are still soured with the same wild microflora that comes from its Reserve Sour barrels.
In addition to Here Gose Nothin’, the Wild Sour Series includes:
- Adambier (6.4 percent ABV) — Adambier Sour Ale
- Dissension (3 percent ABV) — Black Berliner-style Weisse
- Counter ClockWeisse (3 percent ABV) — Berliner-style Weisse
- Flanders Red (6.1 percent ABV) — Flanders Red
- Flemish Amber (6.5 percent ABV) — Flemish Sour Ale
- Lynnbrook Raspberry (3 percent ABV) — Berliner-style Weisse with Rasbperries
The Destihl Here Gose Nothin’ pours a cloudy yellow with two finger head of yellow foam that quickly disappears, leaving a close-to-nonexistent lacing behind. Aroma from the glass is strong lemons, grapefruit, hay, salty oak, grass, grains and slight malty sweetness.
From the first sip, the Here Gose Nothin’ is both shockingly acidic and tart on the palate, with a dominant combination of lime juice, vinegar and oak. Other flavors of biscuits, hay, grains, coriander and yeast flit in and out, but they are not even close to strong enough to make much of a difference in the overall profile. While there is some salt readily apparent on the palate, it explodes on the finish where it combines with the aforementioned vinegar sourness, both of which linger after very drink. The carbonation is very evident without being overwhelming, leading to a very thick and creamy mouthfeel.
As it warms, the dominant saltiness in the Here Gose Nothin’ gradually gives way to a more malty and biscuity sweetness, along with a bit less carbonation overall. Lime juice is still easily the major flavor, but the profile shifts enough to make it interesting, and stays that way until I finish the beer.