Dorchester Brewing Co.

Glasgow Smile Gose

Ale with Bilberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Heather, Lemon Zest and Black Sea Salt.


Dorchester Brewing Glasgow Smile Gose

Here is an example of a brewery taking a traditional beer and putting their own twist to it.

In this case a Gose-style of beer is combined with a Bilberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Heather, Lemon Zest and Black Sea Salt.

The list of ingredients enough made for interesting speculation as to the flavor profile of this beer. The label, as you saw, was not an image of a light slightly sour, very-berry beer.

This seemed to be a rather confused beer unless it was supposed to be a Halloween Treat Beer. Then the terrified face on the label and the frothy red beer makes some sense.

Let us know what you think…

For additional information on this subject:

From the Brewery: Nightmare Brewery

(This seems to be a contract brewing company actually brewed by the Dorchester Brewing Co.)

From the Web:

“Gose soured on Wild Scottish Bilberries with Heather, Lemon Zest, Raspberries and Blueberries.”

“Originating from 1930’s era Scotland, the Glasgow Smile was a signature performed on those unlucky enough to suffer at the hands of the Glasgow Razor Gangs. Given to rival gang members or the unfortunate victims of muggings, the act slices a person from the corners of the mouth towards each ear. While seeming like ancient history, in 2008 knife related injuries were reported every six hours and the Glasgow Smile was executed at minimum once a week.”

“Soured on Wild Bilberries grown in the Caledonian Forest of the Scots Pines, brewed with Heather (an ingredient used in Scotland beers for 5,000 years), Lemon Zest and Black Sea Salt, then fermented with Raspberries and Blueberries.”

“Maraschino sweet cherry, jammy raspberry and lemon zest sharpness aromatics. Bilberry skin and Heather come across as a balancing slight tannin earthiness. Hint of citrus and underripe raspberry tartness gives way to a mouthwateringly dry champagne finish with savory salinity.” has this to say…

“16oz can from Windsor Hy-Vee, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry and fruity sugar candy reminding me of Pixy Stix. Pours a cloudy raspberry red with one finger of pink hued off-white head that dissolves quickly to a thin cover. Crisp, acidic and intensely raspberry on entry with increased levels of tart and sweet in the middle and a long, tangy and rather malty finish. Light- to medium-bodied with a sour astringency sort of reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Not bad, very intense in flavor and acidic, and right up to the line of being too sour for my taste. Your mileage may vary.”

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