This spiced bock from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a clear ruby tinted orange colour and pours with a spongy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a stringy collar and a few spots of lace in its wake. Hogan’s Goat is ripe with earthy, herbal and outdoorsy aromas like juniper, mint and pine oil standing out against a sweet malt backdrop with a hint of wood.
Herbal flavours of peppermint, orange peel and juniper berry also permeate the taste of Hogan’s Goat. The addition of rye malt contributes to a decidedly dry experience, with toasted grain, red berry juice and a sharp hickory-like note rounding things out in the finish. This lager has a medium body and light carbonation, as well as a pronounced oiliness that lingers in the aftertaste with a blend of herbal tones that bring dry gin to mind.
Like most bock beers, the label of Hogan’s Goat features the image of a goat’s head, in this case looking rather surly and fitted with a gold tooth. Brown, yellow, gold and light blue printing creates an attractive contrast. As with all Beau’s products, you will find a descriptive card tied around the bottle’s neck and a full list of ingredients on the back label along with the date of bottling.
Hogan’s Goat is a unique bock whose abundance of dry herbal and fruit notes make it well-suited to the enjoying in early days of spring. I recommend saving a bottle for at least a few months, which really brings the peppermint forward and makes for a refreshing summer treat.
Try Hogan’s Goat with creamy cheeses, salty snacks, light rye bread, strawberries, maple pastries, chicken stew or split pea soup. This beer is currently available at the brewery, select licensees and through BYBO.
Region: Ontario, Vankleek Hill
Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 600 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.9%