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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Served at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Moderate head which dies to rim bubbles. No lace. Cloudy with golden color. Fruity with a touch of caramel. Sweet flavor up front. Good fruit and mild spice. The body is medium with a slightly elevated carbonation. The aftertaste reminds me of plum. Short lived.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
The pour at first glance can be mistaken for a Pilsner, except for being a shade darker, and with more bubbles. As ordinary as the pour looked, the way the beer smelled was anything but. Even from an arm’s length, there was a sour, floral, and mineralized smell coming from the glass, which intensified when brought nearer. This was clearly not an ordinary Pilsner. The taste stayed true to the style, but was lighter than others of the type I’ve had, which sadly has been only a couple. This was a bit more tame in acidity and salt, and little sweeter. Not a bad taste at all, mind you, just not all that it should be. Light and crisp on the palette, but again softer, and lacking that Gose edge. I don’t mind having had this bottle, and it is certainly different than Sam Adams typical fare, but I much prefer the real German bottle, or that fantastic recreation by Westbrook more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tnkw01 (956) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy gold color with a medium head. Aroma is a touch of funk and not much else. Salty and slight sour almost lemony, not much spice though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2311) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle from ABC on Apalachee. Murky orange pour, thin tan head. Aroma is muted biscuits. Tastes are sweet cereal, coriander, orange, herbal, wheat. Slight tartness - wish it were more so. - 6.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
600 ml bottle. Pours a murky orange with a resilient white head. Aroma is coriander, oranges. Flavor is very salty, dry, malty, dusty, and corianderish. Finish is lime, lemon, lingering salt. Medium body, soft mouthfeel, average carbonation. Alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft at the Bier Baron in DC. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma was notes of light, watery malts, some salt, dishwater notes to it. Flavor was light water, touch of salt with some light bitter malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Meh....flaccid. Was hoping for more sour and less body. Fine beer, tasty even, but not as advertised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
toml219 (203) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
poured into a trapist glass. Pours a golden color. I got a slight sour taste with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Clear amber with a large pillowy off white head. Aroma is salty with gingerbread, malt, coriander and some noble hops. Taste of middle of the road malts, salt, bready malts, mild toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TizzleJizzle (530) - Garland, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2013
22 oz bottle. Poured a slightly unfiltered golden color with a nice white top and some great lacing. Taste of biscuit, grain, and banana. High carbonation, medium body. Cheers

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