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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2761) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
It poured a hazy orange/amber color with a white head. The aroma was notes of coriander, lemon peel and some pepper. The taste was wheat bread, pepper and a hint of light salt. A very good Gose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 43°. Color is a bright gold with a very slight haze. Carbonation is good producing a nice soft white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with honey and melon. It has a medium body with an almost creamy mouth feel. Flavor has a hint of peach, honey, lemon zest and white pepper. After taste has a mild sourness giving a nice dry feel as the honey lingers. Overall its a good brew, smooth, slightly sweet and just easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Yellow label, owl pic. Dark orange color. Thick, eggshell colored head of creamy. Aroma of fruit punch and simple fermented malts. Flavors include pale malts, nice coriander, subtle fruitiness from the coriander seed, and very distant salt taste. Its a heavy bodied session. The body of this beer couldn’t be more perfect. Low ABV, heavy bodied?? Perhaps the salt addition added a complexity that acts like a hearty mineral content to harden the beer. Finishes like an English Pale with a bit of funk, and with salt. So far, my favorite of these Batch 1 brews. I love the uniqueness! (3372)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (3526) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle for $6.00 at Gary’s Beverage, Portsmouth, NH. Used a mug. Showed a clear amber / gold with steady carbonation. Unfiltered, uh?? Nice head retention, staying until the last drop. Bready yeasty aroma. Flavor is wheat, lemon zest and a touch of peppery spice. I do get a taste of salt after the sip. Leading to a dry, salty mouthfeel. This is a nice attempt at a beer that most American breweries don’t do but if I’m buying another SA small batch; it wouldn’t be this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1201) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a high, pillowy, white head. The nose is citrus and herbal, with an acetic undertone. Rich on the tongue -- the salt is almost an echo rather than a flavor, and I can sense the peppery bite of spice. The beer foundation to those notes is a solid wheat ale with just a bit of sour and sweet. Just different enough to be eye-opening, and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7015) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
On tap at SPSBF. Pours a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has an earthy grain note with backing sweetness and light fruit that has a hint of tartness. Flavor is similar with sweet grains throughout and a hint of light tart in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (881) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Malt, grassy hops, citrus, and some iced tea in the aroma. Flavor is malty with some lemony ctirus. Some hop bitterness and spice in the finish for balance. All in all a really nice effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (640) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours a golden amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is bready with hints of citrus. Flavor is wheat and malt with hints of citrus, coriander, cloves, peat, and spices. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Quite interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
StefanSD (2192) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head that recedes to a film. The aroma is bready with a bit of peppery spices. The flavor is subtle with biscuit malts, mild pepper, and a hint of sour grapes. The palate was just a bit thin and watery and the carbonation was weak. Finishes short and unsatisfying. Overall: Might make a good lawnmower beer, as it is--meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Pours a cloudy orange with no head. Light lemon, some spice in the aroma. Sweet, slight sour, saltiness I’m not used to (but balanced). Tastes of wheat, spice, lemon. Finished with coriander and then some saltiness, like sea salt. Very pleasant, easy to drink. Definitely different but I like it.

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