I’ve got another perfect summer beer for Brewview#58, especially if you want to step out of the IPA realm and try something new. Hamburg Brewing Company’s Blackberry Sauce is a delicious Imperial Gose that combines the tart of a Gose and sour side of blackberries. It’s only a few months back that I really started to enjoy Gose’, so I still see myself as inexperienced with them. Though I truly believe Blackberry Sauce will remain a favorite of mine for some time.
In the words of Hamburg Brewing, Let’s ‘get lost in the sauce!’
The Beer: Blackberry Sauce Imperial Gose by Hamburg Brewing Company
ABV: 8% IBU: 15
Malts: Two Row Barley
It’s very easy to find Blackberry Sauce on Hamburg Brewing’s website. But for all intents and purposes I’ll add in their intriguing synopsis of what can be found within Blackberry Sauce.
‘A contemporary take on an old world German style that has a tart fruitiness from blackberries, coriander and Mediterranean sea salt. This quickly became a fan favorite, so we pumped up the ABV and added more fruit for a delicious summer time Gose. Get lost in the sauce.’
Blackberry Sauce’s pour is as interesting as it is mouth watering. I was having trouble thinking of a way to describe the color and honestly I’m speechless. Thankfully Hamburg Brewing came to my rescue, they are describing it as Rose-Pink. Spot on I’d say. It holds a crystal clear appearance making it even easier to ‘get lost in the sauce.’
Blackberry Sauce holds some strength with its aromas. I’m writing this outside and I can feel the tartness nipping at my nose. Characteristic wise it holds both the blackberry sour side and Gose tart side of things. Though after thinking about it for a bit, I’m noticing more of a tart than a sour. The blackberries really jump out in the aroma.
The flavor of Blackberry Sauce is equally as intriguing as its appearance and aroma. With each sip beginning with the blackberry sour notes I’m seeing how easy it is to ‘get lost in the sauce.’ It’s only the beginning and this is turning into a mouthwatering experience. From there and towards the middle comes the sour Gose side of things, this is where the Mediterranean Sea Salt kicks in for me. This will hold out until the end of the sip but with the addition of a nice Cascade hop addition. If I’m not mistaken I’m picking up a little bit of the grapefruit/citrus hop characteristics. It’s not very strong though it does make Blackberry Sauce go down a bit smoother. There isn’t very much bitterness though you will be left with a sour aftertaste, a slightly less bite from the Mediterranean Sea Salt.
The mouthfeel shows the Two Row Barely and Wheat malt. I’m thinking there is a light to medium body, leaning more towards light though it does hold a creamy mouthfeel. The creamy mouthfeel really accents the sour aftertaste. Both compliment each other perfectly.
Good Till the Last Drop
Blackberry Sauce is a perfect combination of blackberry tartness and Gose sourness. Both are used in perfect collaboration making this beer Imperial in ABV but also in flavor. I’m hoping to keep a full stock of Blackberry Sauce for the upcoming hot summer days, though one must proceed with caution. If it didn’t say 8% ABV on the can I would have no idea of it’s true strength. The 8% is hidden well making this beer a perfect summer relaxation beer!