I do not like all styles of beer! I know, shock horror. I don’t care too much about tradition and I don’t feel the need to justify myself. I mean I know I could spend ages learning about each style and tasting different ones but what is the fucking point. I don’t like fruit beers and I don’t like sour beers of any type. That is it. Christ I would drink a Bud Lite before I would a Lambic. This admission might mean beer lovers will hate me forever but such is life.
Last week end me and Piglet went down to The Yardarm on Francis Road in Leyton to grab a few beers. there once one can with a 1980s style TV test card which caught my eye. I remember being a little piglet myself waking up early, before the days of 24 hour TV, and sitting in front of the box watching the test card for hours just waiting for the cartoons to start. The design was just too much to resist and if I am honest I just assumed it was going to be an IPA. You can imagine my surprise when I got it home pour it out I was confronted by a sweet and salty and sour beer. Written in tiny writing at the back was Gose to Hollywood from To Øl.
It poured a hazy golden orange and had a decent foamy head. The smell was of sponge cake, sweet and malty with hints of orange. It tasted very sweet with little or no hop bitterness but the sweetness was offset by the sourness and the saltiness. No at first I was cursing myself for not looking more closely at the can but then I remembered my first impression of Talisker whisky. All I could taste at first was TCP and it just brought back memories of being a child and for ever cut, bump, bruise, ulcer or sore throat TCP was used. It was rubbed and dabbed and gargled. It was a cure all sent from Jesus himself. However, by the time I finished the first class some switch had been turned on or off in my brain. I was in love. Well, something similar happened with the Gose. I won’t say I feel in love but by the end I developed a fondness for the beer. At 3.8% it is a very quaffable beer and one that I might buy again. If i do buy it again it will not be to just to stare reminiscingly at the test card instead it will be to see if my fondness will develop and I can Gose off my list of beers I do not like.
1 (Large white) 2 (Tamworth) 3 (Berkshire) 4 (Large Black) 5 (Saddleback)
Overall: 4 (it gets a four for changing my mind)