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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a hazy amber to sunset golden hued body with a lasting, small, pure white head. Good lace. Aromas are of baked bread, slightly doughy and biscuity. Coriander, lightly salty, mild ester, nice malt profile. Light pear and lemon, light lactic, very floral coriander. Flavors show a very low lactic tartness, mild salt, floral, coriander, mostly bready, malty, biscuity and grainy. Very nice malt character, but doesn’t feel traditional. Clean and crisp but feels a bit too weighted. Medium to lively bubbles with a fuller bodied than I expected. A bit of a mouth watering saltiness left on the palate. A bit heavy and very heavy handed on the coriander. Not a traditional Gose at all, but still pretty pleasant. No real tartness or salt, just a ton of fresh coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1142) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Honestly, I would have thought this was a Wit by the taste. Pours a slight cloudy orange color. Fresh aroma of grass and cilantro. Definite taste of orange peel, coriander and some peppery notes. Overall, tasty...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2339) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2012
dark gold/ orange pour with a thick off white head. aroma is grainy wheat, earthy, some sweet orange and corriander spice. flavour is bready, candied orange peel and corriander, has that salty tang to it and a slightly minerally finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle at Sam Adams Longshot event. Pours a slightly hazed orangey gold with a sticky head. Nose is earthy, faint yogurt notes and citrus. Some bready wheat as well. On tasting, light acidity, could definitely use more. Some soft coriander herbal and citrus notes and a full minerally mouthfeel without the saltiness. Nice and clean and very refreshing. Biggest beef is that it could use more acidity to really make it pop. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2012
20120629 bomber from Wine Source. As SA beers go, this is a great one. As gose goes, so so. Lightly clouded medium amber with small lasting white head. The aroma is peach cobbler with some mildly sour doughy notes. Nice coating mouth feel but just slightly tart and refreshing. A bit sweeter than I’d hoped, but with the pleasant late esters of a good hefe. Not a bad attempt, but light years behind the Triumph gose I pine for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1426) - Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Mild herbal aroma, pours a clear amber with a full white head. The salt and the spices create a complex beer, that’s light on the palate, and refreshing on a warm summer night. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burg326 (3982) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
500ml bottle poured a golden yellow color, aromas of salt water, and a touch of light citrus. Flavors are all salt, almost as much as a brine treatment. Each sip made me want more to quench my thirst, saltest beer I’ve had for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (3575) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Malty aroma has firm fruity and yeasty notes. It pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, off-white head. Flavor has a malty core with subtle notes of apple and banana and a hoppy, but not bitter, undertone. Or is that coriander? I get a touch of that. Salt? Well, a teeny bit of salt. Salt in beer? That’s the most unheard-of thing I’ve ever heard. Ha ha. (Or tasted.) OK, enough being a wisenheimer. Smooth texture has firm body and a fair bit of fizz, leaving a rather persistent tingle on the lips and tongue. I hope that Samuel Adams keeps us this series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2465) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle. An interesting brew from this collection. Wheat, lemon , spice and bread.Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6433) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle. Hazy orange gold with a dense off white head. Beautiful lacing. Wheaty malty base, with a citric hint and a very slightly salty finish. Subtle, balanced, and actually quite refreshing. Sam Adams has hits and misses, and continues growing bigger than anyone probably ever expected. But it’s nice to see them staying true to their craft brewing roots and brewing wacky styles like Gose.

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