Nice to Wheat You: St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

St_Ambroise_Apricot_WheatOn the docket:  16 oz. can of St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat

Poured into:  Innis & Gunn craft glass

S:  Amber-orange with a crystal hue.  A off-white head that forms, fluffy and tall but sinks after a minute.  A small cap sticks around.  Lazy bubbles climb to the top.

A:  The biggest portion of the aroma comes from the bright apricot aroma.  Also present is a subtle tartness from the wheat, plus a hint of fruit and herbal notes from the Willamette and Golding hops.  Straightforward and pleasing in its simplicity.

T:  Apricot fruit up front, and an initial sweetness.  By mid-palate though, it starts to dry out.  Similar to the aroma, there’s a slight tartness imparted by the wheat.  This is by no means sour, just an added layer of complexity.  Certainly on the malty side of the spectrum.  However, there is a dryness to the finish (give it a minute to develop).

F:  Medium-light body, Gentle, smooth carbonation.

O:  Pleasant, simple, refreshing fruit beer that isn’t brash and citrusy.  Fans of peach and nectarine flavored beers may also enjoy this one.

Suggested food pairing:  Baby spinach and arugula salad with cracked pepper, thin-cut pork chops with mashed potatoes and applesauce, fruit tart, peach cobbler

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Who Needs Joe Francis?: Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild

On the docket:  22 oz. bottle of Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Gose Gone Wild

Poured into:  Innis & Gunn stemmed craft glass

S:  A fuzzy lemon-yellow body with a stark, evanescent head.  Reminiscent of pear juice.  Great bubbles.  It’s damn-near opaque.  You could not read a book through this beer.  Lacing is thin, splotchy, but consistent.

A:  This voluptuous aroma is just peachy.  A mélange of peach, brine, funk and mild citrus round out this buxom brew.  Think peach and grapefruit Jolly Rancher… but real.  for those of you that enjoy the aroma of Bier de Garde, it’s heading in that direction.  Thanks, brett.

T:  Woooooo!  I had to pull my cheeks out, man that’s tart.  However, once the initial shock (like seeing a family member on tv) wears, off, you dive right back in for more.  Doughy malt and an added tang from the wheat provide a great sweetness to the beer.  The salt keeps things in check, it’s like the black bar in “those videos.”  No hops on the palate to speak of, but that’s to be expected for a traditional gose.

F:  Light, creamy, and carbonated.  Short, crisp finish that compels you to take another sip, then another.

O:  Great session beer if you can handle the tartness.  At 4.2%, this one will let you go a little crazy and still feel safe.  Mardi Gras beads totally unnecessary.

Suggested food pairing:  funky cheese, citrus-based salads, raw oysters or clams on the half-shell, fresh fruit salad, pear soufflé