Review: Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose

Review of Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Co. in Boonville, CA.

Beer Type: Gose  ABV: 4.2%  Tried from can.

Their Description: “Our Blood Orange Gose is a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with sea salt and coriander.  However, unlike traditional versions of the style, ours features liberal additions of blood oranges during fermentation.  This imparts tangy citrus notes that complement the champagne-like flavors, creating a complex and sessionable ale perfect for any occasion.”

The Reality: This beer starts with an orangey citrus smell and an unfiltered appearance. The flavor is assertively tart and quite tangy, especially as the blood orange notes start to emerge from the background. It definitely drinks like a full-blown sour beer. There is a nice salinity in the finish that helps to balance this beer and the aftertaste is fairly dry. I will say I didn’t pick up on the coriander, although I could just be smothered by the other strong flavors, but otherwise their description is quite accurate.

Final Verdict: There is a difference between the acidic sour funk of traditional sour beers and the tangy tartness you get from citrus fruit, but this beer combines both. You do get some sour funk from the lactobacillus and some mouth-watering tang from the blood orange. Overall it’s a nice mix and the salt rounds it out nicely. I think we can all agree that the blood orange is an underutilized fruit in the beer world and in the culinary world in general, but I’m still glad we don’t have “blood” versions of all the fruits. A “blood banana” certainly wouldn’t be very appetizing and a “blood peach” would constantly be getting mistaken for a standard plum.

bloody banana