Wild Beer Co Wild Goose Chase

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Pale Ale
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7 to 10°C
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One sip of Wild Beer Co's Wild Goose Chase and you're going to want to drink this all day. Indeed, this Saison style beer was brewed with the intention of being a delightfully drinkable "all-day" wild beer. Brewed with gooseberries, wild yeasts from a local orchard and then finally dry-hopped, this beer is predictably tart and fruity with a balancing bitterness. Peppery spice and notes of lemon also make an appearance in this dry, refreshing and zingy beer. Stop looking--you've found it!

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There is no other brewery in the world making beers like the Wild Beer Company. In fact, there are very few breweries that even look like Wild Beer Company. Most are a study in stainless steel, but walking into Wild Beer’s home on a remote Somerset farm, it’s wood that dominates the scene. Dozens of barrels are stacked floor to ceiling, each with its contents scribbled on the side: Modus, Ninkasi, Sourdough (yes, a beer using sourdough yeast). Not all the beers Wild Beer make will touch the inside of a barrel, but what is clear is that they all live up to their tagline: Drink WILDLY Different.

Take Millionaire for example, a chocolate and salted caramel milk stout that is every bit as decadent as it sounds. Or how about Wild Goose Chase? A tart, sprightly beer fermented using locally-harvested wild yeast and gooseberries? Or perhaps one of our favourite beers (ever?), Sleeping Lemons, a gose (a low-ish alcohol, slightly salty German beer) brewed with lemons preserved in salt – can there be anything more refreshing? Wild Beer is indeed wildly different. And while it can be tempting to take the innovation too far, head brewer Brett Ellis remains true to the aim of making all their beers very drinkable. That’s true whether it’s Zintuki, a quirky sour ale blended from Somerset Wild, their beer fermented using yeast cultivated from a nearby orchard, along with an ale fermented with champagne yeast and some local apple juice, or the more conventional ‘Fresh’ pale ale. Wild Beer pack more flavour in to their beers than many breweries can dream of.

As Brett writes: “We love sour beers, their unrivalled complexity and nuances make them both the most exciting and engaging styles of beer to brew and to drink. The romance and the art of brewing come through in a very different way when using the extraordinary uncontrollable wild yeasts and bacteria.

“There's wild yeast and bacteria everywhere, especially here in Somerset with so many orchards nearby. When you make a happy home for them in your brewery they just show up and spontaneously ferment – and sour – a beer.”


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fruitiness balances the farminess
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It's a touch more farmy than I like but being a big Wild fan I always happily put my tastebuds into their yeasty experimental hands as they know what they are doing. The decent zingy gooseberry coming through saves the balance.
An introduction...
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This was the first Wild Beer Co brew I tried, already being a big fan of the continental sours when they get it right (not the cloying artificial fruit nonsense churned out by a lot of the bigger brewhouses to expand their range). Certainly not as sour, and neither as fruity, as a cherry lambic for instance but a nice light & bright gateway beer into this brewery's more experimental (and flavourful) offerings - start here and see where you end up!!
It's OK... but no depth
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A hit of zest, a sparkle and.... nothing! Drinkable, sure, but nothing that makes you go "Yea, hit me with that!", more wondering what the next beer will be!
Good sour but they're are better
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One of my fave breweries and again they have delivered another good sour. Sourness is a good balance. It overall beer isn't one of the best. But still refreshing and a must try
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