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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - AUG 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-22-12- Poured from bomber into strange glass Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice two finger just off white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, with big soapy looking bubbles slowly popping over time to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a floral and wheat aroma. The floral nature of the brew has strong scent of lavender and jasmine which melds quite well with the wheat as well as a odd and light salty “sea like” smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet orange citrus, peach, and wheat bread flavor. The wheat, peach and citrus remain a base for the beer with the peach and wheat actually getting slightly stronger in flavor as the taste moves on. In the middle of the taste a light spicy and peppery hop flavor come to the tongue. These flavors while present are still quite soft and meld with the soft wheat and citrus flavors well. Some light flowery notes come to the taste at the end, leaving a nice smooth and clean wheat flavor to be left on the tongue when it is all said and done. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. The feel is quite nice for the softer and rather diverse flavors of the brew. Overall – This is one tasty brew. While I do not have much experience in the gose category and hence do not really have a great perception as of yet what the ideal one tastes like, I very much enjoyed this rather soft yet flavorful and quite drinkable beer. This is definitely one to try if you get a chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
Franzen (363) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
Aroma is malty with bit some orange and nougat. Hazy golden. Bready nutty malty taste with orange with sone salt. Nice with a goose that is not to salt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5968) - Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a fairly transparent gold with foamy eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells yeasty with mild notes of lemon and salt. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A little bland for the style, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5172) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gold body under a one finger frothy off-white head that left some heavy lacing. The nose is slightly briney with some pale malt sweetness. The flavor is not quite as intense on the saltiness as many of the other beers of this style that I’ve had. Slightly sweet up front with some bready malt and a slight citrusy note. Light to medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty interesting, but not quite as vibrant as most other efforts I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cards04 (1937) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
So this is weird. Aromas of bread, salt,cardboard, some unidentifiable ingredients... Maybe coriander. Salty flavors, bready.. Some herbal notes. Not sure I can finish the whole bottle. Not bad.. Just weird.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Draft at rustico, pours yellow with medium white head. Aroma is ligth bread and sweetness. Taste is maily sweet lager style, no salt or tartness to speak of. not good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1622) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
Lemon and tartness on the nose. Citrus and a bit of wheat on the palate initially, finishing tart. Not much in the way of spice even though that is what the description says.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1927) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2014
On tap at East Nashville Beer Festival 2014. Golden orange color. I believe the keg was being kept too cold which killed a lot of the flavor. The spiciness is nice and overall refreshing. The style is difficult and almost bland by design. Sam does a good job of respecting the style and making it just interesting enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NikkTwist (1774) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Very hazy orange pour with a frothy off-white head. The saltiness jumped out at me before I knew to look for it. Lots of expected wheat beer notes but it is the odder ones that distinguish it. A lot of hard minerals. Some funky citrus happening here as well. Unusual, but cannot help thinking that someone poured a Margerita in my beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
Murky light orange pour with a light beige head. Aroma is spice. Taste is wheat, little peppery in the finish. Didn’t get much salt. Heavier finish than the only other gose I have tasted. Tasty none-the-less. Nice lacing.

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