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