Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company Wild Oats Series 49º 54º Fogo Island Myrrh-Smoked Gose – Gose at 6.7% ABV | 35 IBU

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company Wild Oats Series 49º 54º Fogo Island Myrrh-Smoked Gose Gose at 6.7% ABV | 35 IBU (C$6.28 at NLC Stavanger, 600 ml, packaged on 11-Oct-2018, acquired 20-Nov-2018, reviewed 20-Nov-2018)

Appearance: muddy medium gold with one finger of fluffy white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: berries, spice, bready yeast, herbal, cedar, light smoke. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light salt. (6/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish slightly salty finish. (3/5)

I was really hesitant about this one, and only ended up buying it because I once lived on Fogo – which is, let’s face it, a pretty crap reason to buy a beer. (And, by the way, Fogo covers a range of about 49.6º to 49.8ºN, so it really should be “50º 54º”.) A very weird beer, and not entirely in a good way – leave it to a damn mainlander to mis-use Newfoundland ingredients. Myrrh? Really? I remember my grandfather telling us how as kids they used to chew myrrh (also known as “frankum”, which I presume is a contraction of “frankincense gum” and biblically derived), so of course we all went out and tried it. (shudder) Did I mention getting kids to do stupid shit is a fine old Newfoundland tradition? All in all, it’s not terrible – but it also makes me wonder if somebody else is taking up that fine old tradition… (12/20)

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