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Samuel Adams continues to expand their Small Batch Series in 2012. On the schedule is Verloren, and gose. There aren’t a lot of U.S. brewers making a gose, especially a brewery as large as Boston Beer. That’s probably why they dubbed it “Verloren” or “lost” beer . (It’s 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, it’s 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 that’s full of flavors to discover. Batch #1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10147) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle... Lightly hazy amber ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, flimsy, white head. Good retention. The nose is mainly composed of cookie malts with undercurrents of coriander and minerals. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor presents subtle spiciness, soft bitterness, hints of cookie sweetness and a hefty pinch of salt. Finishes salty, raspy and very dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gription79 (2653) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. This is very bready, strong coriander aroma, hint of salt. Minimal tartness and acidity. Not a bad beer but it should have a strong lacto character. Love the owl label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Malt and light spice aroma. Malt and light spice flavor with light herbal notes. Medium bodied. malt and herbal notes linger with light spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
A refreshing break from all the other stuff. Really beautiful color. Very mild, soft and rounded. Tea like. Yeasty, farmhouse, appealing. Wheat. No sour. Butterscotch, lemon, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2053) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours golden-orange into the glass, with a soapy off-white head that leaves thick ring lacing. The nose is of yeast, citrus and basement. Flavors have lots of well-integrated lemon and orange, with a touch of earth to close the pull. The mouthfeel is light and zesty, with a medium body and soft carbonation. Nice offering here, very well-integrated and a great session brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5594) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Cloudy orange, decent sized white head. Smells like ocean air, plus some cookie and crackers. Clean, fluffy palate, peppery, some subtle sweetness, and a nice bit of saltiness. I liked it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - 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 (532) - 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 (826) - 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 ’vaguely salty’ and ’tart’. 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, it’s not much different than what I’d 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. There’s a foaming thickness to it that spoils its drinkability and ability to refresh slightly. O: Good summertime beer, but it’s not blowing my mind. I’ll 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, that’s for damn sure.

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