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Samuel Adams continues to expand their Small Batch Series in 2012. On the schedule is Verloren, and gose. There arenít a lot of U.S. brewers making a gose, especially a brewery as large as Boston Beer. Thatís probably why they dubbed it ďVerlorenĒ or ďlostĒ beer . (Itís 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, itís 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 thatís full of flavors to discover. Batch #1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrSilverworm (7782) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2012
16.9 oz bottle, batch 1. Poured into a flute. Half hazy pale yellow color. Thin white head. Some lace. Fruitier than I was expecting. Some tropical flavors, like mango, apricot, peach, strawberries, or watermelon in there. More dry texture. Lighter carbonation. Yeah, thereís a light salty taste, and thatís prominent. Not much sweet or bitterness, really. I shouldíve shared this with somebody, because... This isnít interesting or tasty enough to kill on my own. Yeah itís kind of salty, but Iím not sure what that adds here. Iím not sure what a "gose" is supposed to taste like, but if this is it, I canít call myself a fan (nice to learn about a new style, though). Had to toss the last bit out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Deeply golden with a lasting head. Rich malt aroma. Full nectar with plenty of carbonation. A rich brew with mild sweetness, defined spice essence, and a real skanky finish. I wonder to myself, why even bother bottling a beer like this let alone brewing one. Drain pour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11906) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle from the Folsom Whole Foods. Pours hazy amber with a 3 finger foamy white head. Aromas of wheat and light lemon. Med+ body. Flavor is wheat, lemon zest and a touch of peppery spice. The finish is all that but somehow a bit different - maybe itís citric sour, maybe itís salt. Overall a very mild flavor, but somehow suggesting a good pastry (without sugar, etc.)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (1653) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pretty bland brew, but coriander did add a promised "spice" taste. Cloudy amber color. Described as having a "softness" is accurate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1424) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Samuel Adams Verloren has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a quite bubbly, golden-orange appearance. The aroma is faint, but one can detect lightly-roasted, sweet malts, citrus, and maybe salt water. The taste is of fruity sweetness, salt, sweet bread, but no coriander is detected. Those familiar with orange Gatorade will recognize the flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and Samuel Adams Verloren finishes somewhat dry, refreshing, and mild. One can not taste the alcohol at all with this beer. Overall, itís very good. RJT

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Right after Sam Adams charmed me with their Dark Depths, they go and louse things up again with Verloren, a fairly piss-poor attempt at a gose. This beer drinks like a harsh hefeweizen with a faint salty lemon aftertaste on the fade. All the character has been removed from the brew, leaving a pretty, vapid, frustrating pint. Skip this and get another bottle of Dark Depths.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2919) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2012
A nice beer. Great for the summertime. Aroma was decent. Grains and light malt with a hint of lemon. Pour was a nice cloudy murky light orange with a one finger white head. Taste was delicious. Sweet malt and a light berry flavor with just a slightly tart lemon and wheat flavor. Very different and refreshing. Nice carbonation. You can taste the mineral-y flavors and the salt just adds a thicker mouth feel. Slightly wet and quick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2403) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a mostly clear medium orange color with a decent head that quickly fades. Mostly pale and caramel malt in the aroma but also some lemon and spiciness. Taste is mildly sweet at first with lemon and orange on the tongue, then turns slightly spicy and very salty which dries the mouth on the finish. Slightly tart but fairly smooth as well. Definitely a unique beer to me. Kinda like a malty scotch ale with some added spices. The added salt is weird and dries out the mouth too much. Still worth a try for something unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6093) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle, clear orange in color with short white foam, aroma is banana and fruit cocktail, flavor is buttery bread , banana , fruity, no trace of salt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle: 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. Hats off to the breweres at BBC for trying.

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