Ever since my trip to Belgium I have really enjoyed sour beers. I’m not sure what changed in me as I generally hate sour things. Back in October of 2009 I posted about different beer styles and how they didn’t agree with my taste buds. When I go back and look at some of the styles on that list, I wonder what I was thinking. I’m really digging pilsner beer at the current time along with Lambics and pretty much everything else I mentioned. Part of the reason why I made this site was to document my trip through craft beer. I have really been able to see how much I have changed in a short time.
Leipziger Gose is a beer that one of my buddies bought for me awhile ago. I let it sit for awhile since you really can’t over age a Gose. I finally got around to opening it up and boy was I impressed. This beer pours a blond color and has a nice fluffy white head. The nose is pretty sour with some sweetness attached. When I say sour, think of sticking your face into a bag of Sour Patch Kids sour. The label says, “brewed with normal ingredient but also coriander and salt.” Interesting since I didn’t know they were allowed to do that with the Reinheitsgebot is still in effect to my knowledge.
On the first taste I was shocked at how much was happening in this beer. There are the clear sour notes, but behind them are some herbal and plumb flavors that are very nice. This beer comes in at only 4.6% but it is a wonderful testament that you don’t need high alcohol to get a complex beer.
This beer is also exceptionally balanced and delicate. Other than the wonderful beer itself, the name of the brewery that makes it is awesome; Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof. Say that five times fast, or try to pronoun it correctly once. Bahnhof is train station and German and the brewery is actually located inside of an old train station. Cool.
When I was in Germany I didn’t get the chance to visit Leipzig but I would love to go back and make a visit to this brewery if I ever found myself in Germany again. I HIGHLY suggest this one, even to people who don’t like sour beers. It is non-aggressive which makes it a great intro beer to the style.
On a side note does anyone have any idea what the red netting pictured above is actually for? I assume it is to keep the bottles from crashing into one another, but I honestly have no idea. (more…)