Praise Be To The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose!
Before you decide to damn me to hell for blasphemy, here me out. I think someone over at Anderson Valley Brewing Company might have a religious background. The name The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose is far from being sacrilegious. It’s just a different take on the names of the Trinity in the Christian religion. You see, there is a different “language” spoken in Anderson Valley in Boonville, CA according to Jay Brooks from Brooks on Beer: “Like most of their beer names, it’s in Boontling, the unique Anderson Valley dialect — a mixture of other languages, including Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Pomoan and Spanish, invented in the late 1800s. The dialect became popular in the Anderson Valley in the early 20th century, and has more than 1,000 unique words and phrases. There are just 700 people in Boonville today, so the language has become a fairly esoteric, fading jargon.
Using Charles C. Adams’ 1971 dictionary, ‘Boontling: an American Lingo,’ I discovered that a ‘kimmie’ is a man and a ‘yink’ is a young man. Allen confirmed my guess that the name is a play on the Christian trinity: the father, the son and the holy ghost.”
There you go. No blasphemy, just a weird language.
Let’s talk about this Holy Gose!
To say this gose is highly carbonated would be the understatement of the week. Foam pretty much exploded up out of the can when I popped the top. Fortunately, I expect this to happen after a couple of past experiences, so I was able to get all but a little bit into the glass.
It pours a light straw color, typical of this beer style. The head is huge, foamy, and hard to control. You need to take your time pouring it, or you’ll have a big mess on your hands and table and floor. The head reduces slowly to a spotty, floating film that laces the glass heavily but doesn’t hold together for long.
The aroma is very astringent. It almost burns your nostrils. Sour apples are very strong and dominate pretty much everything. It very much reminds me of a white wine.
The flavor is very salty and sour. There is a huge note of sour, green grapes. It tastes a lot like an extremely dry white wine or champagne. It has a funky, slightly weird quality to it, but not in a way that is a turnoff. The aftertaste is dry and funky and leaves the feeling of needing a drink of water.
The Kimmie, the Yink, and The Holy Gose is not the best gose I’ve ever had, but it is solid and worth a try. I give it 4.1 out of 5.
Praise be and cheers!