Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Victory Kirsch Gose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1332) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 22, 2015
I 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 the sugar.

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. 
Score: 8/10

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