Wild Rose MMXV Barrel Aged Gose Rider

Reviewed by on September 9, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 9, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Gose

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Calgary’s Wild Rose produced Alberta’s arguably first gose (Gose Rider) a couple of years ago, and they apparently reserved a bit of it to be aged in French red wine oak barrels for 18 of the intervening months.  It should go without saying, but I’m gonna anyways, that this is a limited edition offering.

This imposing 750ml bottle pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of skewed Hallowe’en white sheet ghost lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of acrid red wine lees, wet barrel staves – grainy wood and dry vanilla, mostly – gritty pale malt, a softly crackery wheatiness, subtle earthy spice, further indistinct light orchard fruit notes, and plain leafy, weedy, and moderately grassy hops. The taste is bready, doughy pale and wheat malt, sharp salted white crackers, a somewhat tart and woody red wine fruitiness, laid-back earthy yeast, some still hard to pin down savoury spiciness, and more understated weedy, floral, and wet hay-like hop bitters. The bubbles are present and accounted for in their timid and underwhelming frothiness, the body just on the light side of true middleweight, and generally smooth, the acerbity of the fruit, barrel, salt, and yeast all somehow hitting pause as we march through here. It finishes off-dry, the vinous character the only remains of the barrel’s day, along with a lingering yeasty breadiness, one that’s been a tad over-salted.

A pleasant, and variably complex barrel-aged offering – I can duly say that I had never had a wood treated Gose before, so good on ya, Wild Rose. The red wine character starts off nearly running away with the show, but tails off soon enough, leaving us with an approximation of the original Gose Rider, from what I can tell. Easy to drink, and refreshing, with all the hallmarks of the style coming along for the duration of the, forgive me, ride.

Brady White

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