ClubGonzo’s Pink Goose

Pink Goose by ClubGonzo, Mead/Melomel, 12.6% ABV.

Pink Goose, ClubGonzo's 11th mead batch.

Pink Goose, ClubGonzo’s 11th mead batch.

More red than pink.

Light red or pink, take your pick.

I must admit that I haven’t tasted gooseberries since I was a kid, so I don’t remember what they taste like. I wonder if this brew can wake up some dormant childhood memories?

It pours a light red, crystal clear body. Unusual, but very good-looking.

The aroma is strong and it’s more dominated by honey than the last few ClubGonzo meads I’ve had. There is a fruity background, but it’s quite subtle. It’s a pleasant aroma, but somewhat simple and not as over the top as I’m used to from this experimental brewer.

The flavour is moderate, and there’s a good balance between the honey and the gentle sweet candy-like fruity notes (ok, berry notes, then). It’s thick, very sweet and syrupy, with reasonably well integrated alcohol.

Conclusion: a well crafted mead, but not extremely interesting. If it tastes gooseberries? Frankly I don’t know. 

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.2/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold by ClubGonzo, Mead/Melomel, 15% ABV. 

ClubGonzo's Fool's Gold, mead batch no. 12.

ClubGonzo’s Fool’s Gold, mead batch no. 12. Hiv og hoi.

The cloudberries ensured that is the most expensive mead that ClubGonzo has brewed, let’s see if it’s the best!

The colour of this mead is actually quite golden, just look at the picture below. #nofilter, btw.

Rest assured, ClubGonzo, your expenses payed off, the aroma is strong and definitely dominated by massive amounts of cloudberries. This isn’t exactly my favourite berry, but this mead smells as good as any cloudberry will ever smell. The honey mixes in well.

Fool's Gold, and golden it is.

Fool’s Gold, and golden it is.

The flavour is strong and packed with gooseberries, and of course honey. The 15% ABV is very noticeable, a bit too noticeable for my taste. It’s quite warming and the alcohol has a vodka-like drying effect on the palate. It’s a sweet brew, but not cloying.

 

Conclusion: if you like cloudberries, this mead is for you. It’s a bit too alcoholic, but as a slow sipper it sort of works. 

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0