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Real Ale 18th Anniversary (XVIII) Gose



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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
Gose is a rarely brewed regional specialty beer from Northern Germany. A slightly sour ale, it is known for its use of coriander and a unique saltiness that is derived from the local water source. Our first batch of Gose was brewed on a 7 bbl system with our friends at Odell Brewing Company. The recipe is the same now as it was then: a high percentage of malted wheat, acidulated malt to lower pH and impart a subtle sour character, with fresh ground coriander and crystal salt to finish the boil. As a twist on the original German brews, whole limes were pureed and added to the beer after fermentation. The result is a delightfully tart and most refreshing tipple, a perfect beer for a Texas celebration. Thank you to our friends in Colorado for sharing in this creation; thank you to our friends here at home for enjoying it with us after 18 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5436) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2016
EXPLODED CAN!!! Hazy golden coloured body with a fast-dying white head, about a single centimetre tall. Aroma of yeast, sour grapes, light wheat, grass and a good deal of tart cherries - very nice. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive tart and sour notes coupled with some smooth yeast and wheat, finishing with a little grass and herbal notes. Aftertaste shows a little sweetness, but a pure and smooth wheat flavour that goes down easy and has a good deal of tartness and a touch of saltiness. Overall, a nice gose with some good flavours, a nice profile and some smooth complexity at the end. Would have been even better had the can not exploded on me, but as I was moving some beers, I saw a can on top of this one that was askew, so I moved the other can, lifted this one up, and it exploded in my hand - luckily, no injury or shrapnel - just the top popped, scared me, but didn’t cut me even. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Spec’s Liqour in Dallas, Texas on 01-September-2015 for US$8,41/six pack, sampled at home in Washington on 23-December-2015, less than four months after purchasing it and storing it at room temperature.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tapthis (221) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Pours a Dull yellow with no head or lacing. Decent carbonation. Has a sour mouthfeel and aftertaste. Tastes of flowers and grass

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (2393) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Can shared at the WWWW beer tasting at iphonephan’s. Cloudy straw with small white head. Lite salt and citrus. Very lite palate. Eh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $0 ][ Shot glass ][ 08.15.15 ]
murky gold, white head drops fast. Dirty tea nose, heavy citrus and off acid, plenty of wheat. Front palate is sticky wheat, moderate citrus, lightly dirty with grass. Sticky and contrasting with high effervescence and a few glaring errors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Can:   Pale straw, little head, no lacing.   Very much a lemon/lime like aroma.   Spritzy and tart on the tongue.   Very spritzy.   Seems like a lemon/lime spritzer to me.   Very refreshing actually.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Tart and semi-sweet finish, lemon/lime linger.   Lots o burps on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1278) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2015
(Can) Mildly hazed golden pour, almost no head to speak of. Lime, citrus on the nose. A bit of a slick mouthfeel led to a crisp taste of grainy malt, citrus, and spiced apple before a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZacM612 (479) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Orangish golden, hazy, with almost no head. Aroma is sour, some yeast, and some citrus. Flavor is similar, with a little spice. Tart, but refreshing. Nice summer brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Can courtesy of crajun (Secret Santa) and shared at the WWWW Mid Atlantic Summer Beer Tasting. Hazy lemon, medium foamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of doughy wheat, bright lemonade. The taste is pale wheat, spice, lemonade. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty tame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (6782) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Light salt and sour. Pours hazy white with OK head. Light tangy finish. Citrus. Can shared at tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5083) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Can at the RateBeer WWWW Tasting. Hazy lemon yellow. Aromas of lemon lime and salt. Tastes of lemon lime, salt, light herb. Light body with a dry finish.

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