don’t care if a beer style is trendy just as long as it’s good, and in
the case of Victory Kirsch Gose it most definitely is good. I really
enjoy what a lot of breweries have been doing with the resurrected gose
style in recent years and adding fruit to it does not disrespect the
style when done right. This beer is a perfect example of how fruit can
enhance the base brew rather than obscure it.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mason jar. There was no freshness date.
Appearance: Bright pinkish-red, watermelon-like hue. Slightly cloudy;
some slow carbonation is visible. Pours to a large, indigo-colored,
soapy foam which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Sour cherries reminiscent of a pastry, though faint. Minor sour aroma.
Taste: Salty and sour right away. Actually, it’s probably better
described as tart than sour, though there’s plenty of both. Light and
crisp with a wheaty base and constant acidity that dances on the palate.
It grows a little tangier towards the middle, but finishes with an
authentic flavor of sour cherry. It reminds me of pie, and the wheat and
malt seems to become more prominent on the finish so as to create for a
crust-like taste. This is essentially a liquefied pastry - just without
Drinkability: It’s weird drinking a beer like this in anything other
than the sweltering summer heat because that’s how and when it should be
drank. Victory Kirsch Gose is refreshing to say the least, but at the
same time it has such a lingering, tart sensation (I kept clucking my
tongue after each swig). The mouthfeel is of course thin and bubbly like
champagne, but very easy to suck down. At 4.7% ABV this really could be
considered a session beer, but it’s difficult not to drink it quickly.
It would also be better presented in cans rather than bottles.