Tool Shed Black Currant Gose

Reviewed by on May 18, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tool Shed Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 18, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Gose

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Black Currant Gose is the result of the 2016 International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, where female brewers get together to create a beer, with some of the sales proceeds going to further their brewess’ in arms in the craft beer industry – here, it’s the Pink Boots Society who are the beneficiaries.

This 355ml can pours a hazy, dark salmon amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, very finely foamy, and essentially creamy pale pink head, which leaves some chunky coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of subtle black currant flesh, real Turkish Delight (not Big Turk, as good as that stuff is on its own), grainy wheat malt, hard water, a touch of earthy funk, some middling lemon tartness, and very gentle leafy and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale and wheat malt, some muddled dark berry fruitiness, estery red florals, mineral springs water (tho more salty than sulphuric), a plain lemony edginess, and some consistently minor weedy and leafy green hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its probing and well-structured frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually rather smooth, the fine bubbles alighting across my tongue like ’twas no big thing. It finishes off-dry, the increasingly muted fruitiness still the most appealing thing at last call, it would appear.

Overall, a pretty enjoyable and engaging version of the style, with the guest black currants really rounding things out, and rendering this, as pictorially suggested on the label, an ideal summertime outdoor quaffer. Good stuff, people.

Brady White

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