Heather Ales: Grozet: Gooseberry and Wheat Ale (Scotland: Traditional Ale: 5% ABV)

Visual: Light lager style pour of a darkened yellow brown nature, with a small fizz head.

Nose: Tart gooseberries, cooked chicken. Quite musty. Sour grapes. Rhubarb crumble.

Body: Sour gooseberries, wheat chaff and grain. White wine and grapes. Greenery at the back.  Surprisingly sweet fruitiness and custard sweetness.

Finish: Gooseberries. Bitter and sour at the same time. Mustard trail that offsets a custard sweet touch.

Conclusion: Another moment of beer experiment madness, one which makes me realize that so called traditional ales were just as crazy as some of today’s innovative craft ales.

Now this beer does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin – gooseberries, oh and yes, wheat. In some ways it’s what I would imagine a gooseberry mead to taste like.

Similar to many other oddities of the beer world, its not one I will have often, but when I do return it will be to a mad joy of odd flavours. It’s a beer that makes you glad to have sought something a bit different.

A nice addition to a wheat ale gives it a definite life and spark that suits well a summers day. I must approve.

Background: Thanks to Dylan for the kind gift of this beer. After hearing of this representation of an old traditional style of beer from one of Michael Jackson’s books I had been looking for it for a while but never found it.  It turned up in the end as part of a gift pack given at Christmas, much to my joy, and it was drunk shortly after.