Nomad Saltpan Desert Gose is a salty-sour beer featuring Murray River salt and desert limes.
This limited release beer from Nomad Brewing pours a light and hazy pale yellow colour. It froths up with some white bubbles which soon subside on the first few sips.
On cracking the can, there’s a citrus aroma that gives the impression of it being a hoppy beer. In fact this comes from the addition of native desert limes, making the initial sensation of the beer fresh and juicy.
The first sip delivers a brief wave of of sweetness, quickly followed by a tart, tingling sensation before a dry finish. The tartness, combined with the salinity, is the primary characteristic of this beer.
Perfect For Summer
It’s light in the body and the mouthfeel isn’t far off drinking water, which works for this light refreshing style. The salinity is subtle, even more so than the Freshie Salt & Pepper Gose, Nomad’s other seasonal gose.
Both this and Freshie are very well suited to summer but it’s bold of the Brookvale brewery to release two goses at the same time, particularly to put both in cans. A few years ago who’d have thought we’d see a day when a craft brewery launched two canned goses at the same time?
The salinity in this gose comes from Murray River salt. As you sip away at the salt becomes more prominent but it never overwhelms. It adds a subtle fragrant brininess to the beer which works very in this style, complementing the sharpness of the desert limes.
Complement Or Contrast With Food
It’s not hard to imagine pairing this with a light and fresh Asian salad using both Murray River salt and a lime dressing. Alternatively, a contrasting pairing would be a fragrant Thai curry featuring fresh chilli, basil and coconut rice.
Nomad continue to brew with interesting native ingredients and this Saltpan Desert Gose is another in the long line of limited release beers that challenge perceptions of what beer can be.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Gose
Pair with: Asian prawn salad with Murray River salt and a lime dressing
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