In the 18 years that I’ve been able to legally drink (that’s right, I’ve been able to drink for the entire legal drinking age in the UK… depressing, no?) my drinking tastes have evolved beyond measure. When I was but a naive teenager I would be content with Fosters and pints of Snakebite and Black, and I didn’t like whisky.
I know, I’m ashamed of myself too.
But now, at the ripe age of [expletive deleted] I now drink whisky likes it’s going out of fashion (or is in old fashioneds) and I like to be as adventurous with my beer as possible. So, when I saw a Salt & Pepper Gose brewed by Anspach & Hobday – a London brewery based in Bermondsey that I hadn’t heard of before picking up this beer – listed on the Craft Metropolis site I had to give it a go – especially as my palate veers to the more savoury side.
I must confess, I haven’t tried many Gose beers – Gose is a style of beer which originated in Goslar, Germany and is brewed with at least 50% of the grain being malted wheat – so this would be a unique experience for me anyway. The beer looks lovely – it’s got a bright, yellow, golden – almost effervescent – colour to it which is very appealing to the eye. But the aroma isn’t what I thought it might be – I got quite a citrusy, sour hit initially, which was then followed by a slightly fruit aroma which reminded me of apples, and in turn made me think of cider. So, thus far, no indication of salt or pepper anywhere to be found.
But, of course, I didn’t buy the beer just to sniff it. Upon my initial tasting I got that hit of citrus that I detected in the aroma – hints of lemon and lime – but a moment or two after that initial citrus hit… there it was! The saltiness followed by a distinct peppery aftertaste which gave the beer an almost savoury flavour. And you know what? It was good!
Which is just as well, because those salty and peppery flavours only get stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The downside of these flavours is that it gives the beer a dryness which makes it a sipping beer despite the fact it’s a very light in terms of mouthfeel and a very modest 3.1% ABV. So, despite the very low alcohol content, you probably wouldn’t find yourself sitting down and drinking these all day as a session beer. But don’t let that stop you giving this beer a try – it’s a unique beer which is very enjoyable for the time you do drink it, and it certainly makes me want to try more of A&H’s creations.
A unique experience, and an enjoyable one, but not a beer I would drink more than one of in a sitting.