Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Marionberry Hibiscus Gose

Yesterday I picked up Marionberry Hibiscus Gose brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Oregon. This beer is another member of their 924 Series, which have been mostly pretty strong. The label says this was brewed with coriander, marionberries and hibiscus. "Perfecting the Art of Tart" also leads me to believe this will have some pucker power. Bottled May 8, 2012.

Dark pink to maroon color, with a hint of neon in there. Loads of banana accompany some berry and wheat scents. This smells a little like Yankee Candle Shop, pretty nice. Again with the rich banana flavors opening things up, but that is quickly answered by some tart berry. The coriander is also noticeable right from the start.

Another flavor starts out slow but grows and grows. Tastes like vegetation and earth, perhaps flower petals, so I guess that's the hibiscus they added. It's a little weird and as the flavor builds, it becomes a little undesirable. Wheaty thick texture; carbonation could have been a little bit better. Just an OK beer though there are points for being interesting.

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