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Samuel Adams continues to expand their Small Batch Series in 2012. On the schedule is Verloren, and gose. There arenít a lot of U.S. brewers making a gose, especially a brewery as large as Boston Beer. Thatís probably why they dubbed it ďVerlorenĒ or ďlostĒ beer . (Itís Dutch.) The style originated in Goselar, Germany in the 18th century. Gose became very popular the adjacent city of Leipzig, Germany due to a lot of local breweries brewing the style. Gose all but died out during WWII due to brewery closings. Expect this beer to have a touch of sourness, with notes of lemon & salt. A link to the ales of Saxony that had all but vanished, Gose is a peculiar yet captivating brew. With a base of an unfiltered wheat ale, itís vivid and refreshing yet also has a softness to it. The flavor is brought to life by an unexpected touch of salt for a mineral quality, and coriander for a peppery spice. The result is an unusual and delicate brew thatís full of flavors to discover. Batch #1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1058) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Pretty interesting brew here. Pours like a witbier, hazy amber. Smells of wheat and coriander. The salt character comes out when the beer very first hits your tongue and then is gone making you want to take another sip to see if that is what you really thought you tasted. Wheat character and orange peel with some coriander. Finishes crisp and refreshing. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pras (474) - Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Hazy orange color. Nose is full of oranges. Almost no head. Light gentle carbonation with tight bubbles. Taste is full of orange wheaty goodness. Finishes very dry, slight hop bitterness, and a slight burn. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kimbo419 (19) - - AUG 25, 2012
The first time I have ever tried (or seen) a "Gose" style beer. It had a very sublte, caramel aroma. Golden in color, very clear, with minimal white head. The label said the beer is brewed with coriander and salt, so I was surprised by the sweet taste. Is it light-bodied, with just a hint of salt at the finish. Soft carbonation, but works well for this beer. Overall, a very smooth, easy-drinking beer. I would drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz bottle poured into a glass. Keep in mind I have little idea what to expect from a gose other than ívaguely saltyí and ítartí. A: Pours a medium copper color with intense looking carbonation and low clarity. The head is a four finger offwhite color with a wonderful creamy texture and moderate retention. Webbed clumps of lacing are left on the glass. S: Wheat malts, subtle spice, and a distinct salty twang. Aside from the salt note, itís not much different than what Iíd expect from a typical wheat ale. Not bad, though. T: The general flavor is quite savory, with a running salty note underneath a simple - but nice - wheat base. Traces of coriander spice and mineral notes appear, as well, strengthening slightly with concurrent sips. Generally, I kind of want a little more complexity from this, but this is solid, especially in this kind of hot weather. M: Medium texture and carbonation, with only a light lingering mineral note left on the aftertaste. Thereís a foaming thickness to it that spoils its drinkability and ability to refresh slightly. O: Good summertime beer, but itís not blowing my mind. Iíll have to give more goses a try to really be able to judge this fairly. Even still, I like this a hell of a lot more than Summer Ale, thatís for damn sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice fairly dense 2 finger off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange, wheat, bread, coriander, earth, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal spiciness. Nice and very unique aromas with good balance and strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, wheat, grass, salt, coriander, light pepper, earth, floral, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, floral, wheat, bread, grass, salt, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance and complexity; fairly dry on the finish. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and pretty crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brew. This was my first gose and this was quite a nice experience. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: Verloren
Date: June 15, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, GA
Appearance: cloudy orange, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, orage candy
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, light spicyness, salty, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Hazy yellow orange pour with a white head. Aroma is light citrus, slight pepper. Flavor is the tiniest bit salty with some lemon acid notes. Wheat base is apparent. Ok. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle: † Hazy amber, moderate to large frothy of-white head, fairly nice lacing. † Soft sweaty nose, a bit wheaty and mealy. † Pale fruity wheatiness up front, a little tart, some pink peppercorn like flavors. † Very interesting. † Needs a bit more umph, seems to start of nice but it falls off quickly. † Tiz clean. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † As it warms I get a bit of that corriander. † Sort of a pale wheaty beer with non-traditional spices. † Not bad, certainly different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours an average cheddar orange with a nose of tangy dark fruit and bread. Flavor is a fluffy biscuit with stale fruit and stagnant water. Oily onm the tongue. Yes, this is supposed to be a reproduction of an old style but címon. Up the ante a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - AUG 7, 2012
20oz bottle from bevmo
Pours clear straw yellow with a medium sized white head that dissipates quickly leaving some light lacing. Aroma of berries, honey and sweet caramel. Taste of berries, lemon, bready and herbal. A lot going on that just didnít mesh.

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