Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale – Heather Ales (Alloa, Scotland)

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  • My Rating: C+

Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale – Heather Ales (Williams Bros Brewing) *1 of 4pack Historic Ales of Scotland*, 5% ABV – 330ml, (Alloa, Scotland)

on the back label:

“Grozet: Auld Scots for Gooseberry (From the Gaelic – Groseid). Since the 16th century Scots monks and Alewives have brewed special concoctions from a blend of malts, wild spice and ripe gooseberries. Bringing together these various ingredients in a beer the brewer attempts to offer a drink which is refreshing, full of flavour and a pleasure to consume. Amongst the Scots literati of the 19th century the Green Grozet was immortalised as ‘a most convivial drink’.”

Ingredients: Malted Barley Bree, Wheat, Gooseberries, Bogmyrtle, Hops.

  • Style: (Gooseberry) flavoured Wheat Ale
  • Taste Profile: sweet/sour barnyard -> light malt/apple/gooseberry -> grapefruity bitter hops/lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $14/4pack, Nov 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, flavours not bold enough

Tasting notes: pours translucent amber yellow with almost no head, a few very slow streams. A light nose consisting of citrus/gooseberry/passionfruit/peach.

Attack: 6/10-sweetness mixed with 4/10-sourness that fades + minor barnyard

Mid-palate: light malts, hints of apple, gooseberry

Finish: sharp transition grapefruity bitter hops, mild tartness, lingering hoppy bitterness

To me this is a “texture” beer as opposed to a “flavourful” beer; By that I mean that this beer involves paying close attention to the transitions of sweet -> sour -> barnyard -> fruit -> bitter hops -> tart -> lingering bitter finish.