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Troublesome - Off Color Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

674 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 31
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Most brewers spend a lot of time and effort keeping lactobacillus out of their breweries; it was the first thing we brought in (it still has to stay in the corner though). We blend together two different beers to make Troublesome. The first is a somewhat uninteresting wheat beer and the second is an overly acidic & funky beer fermented solely with lactobacillus. We blend the two beers together with coriander and salt at the tail end of fermentation to create a mild, lemony tartness and a fuller sensation of mouthfeel. And yes, it's hard to make.

10 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-17-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, wheat, lemon, and coriander aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour wheat, lemon, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and fairly light and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing consistently covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemons and coriander are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of lemons and spices along with hints of salt in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties; however the salt is only noticeable in the finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Troublesome in that wheat beers want to be "Wheat", and that sour beers want to be "Sour", and that spiced beers want to be "Spiced". But it doesn't come so easily as this revisit to a historic style of beer might seem avant garde to the uninitiated imbiber, but to those in the know of Gose understands its spicy, wheaty and sour ways.

With the delivery of the pour, its hazy canary-yellow glows with supple diffusion as light captures hues of gold and straw. Shedding a creamy sheet of foam, the ale trails with dissected necklaces of lace.

Its tangy, citrusy and bready aromas come with notions of sea brine, cork-like must and sweat. Enticing with an earthen scent of weathered woods, perhaps of attic and basement- a scent of dried lime, lemon and orange peels all float above a taste of sugar and shortcake to suggest the scent of "warheads" candy.

Its taste is much more firmly rooted in ale character as its sweetness is of light bread, sugar cookie and confectioners sweetness. But that lavish party is cut short as the middle opens with citursy tartness, fading bread, and a nod to iron and plaster in its tangy finish.

Semi-dry in its mouthfeel, its early creaminess is bready, lofty and lightened. But as the bubbles dissolve on the palate, a dry tartness takes hold- leading to slight warmth, acidic twang and soft powdery astringency.

Off Color's revival of Gose is a discovery of taste and the mind and the palate is transported to a time that's perhaps unimaginable. Yet this beer exists in all its wheaty, sour and minerally demeanor!

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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

8-8-13
Had this again today, two glasses. It was more sour than the first batch, maybe more of the lacto in the mix. Almost citrusy and very juicy, even had a slight tang in the aroma. Everybody ordered one after trying a sip, could drink this all night...upping S/T/M scores. Timeless simplicity, though plenty of nuance also.

06-27-2013
Draft pint at Map Room.

Pale straw color, slight haze with a sturdy lasting head of white foam on top. Some slowly rising carb trails visible, copious lacing that leaves a drippy intricate pattern in the glass.

Coriander steals the show aroma-wise, it's the main component, with some light mellow wheatiness in the periphery.

Snappy and crisp, it has a zippy tartness that is extra quenching. Smooth feel, light bodied, notes of coriander and wheat linger in the dry aftertaste. Brisk carbonation scrubs the palate, making this both a summer refresher and excellent palate cleanser when pairing with food. The clean tartness is pleasant and balanced, not extreme. The low abv lends itself extremely well to sessioning. Definitely will be a go-to session beer once it hits shelves in six-packs later this year.

Note: Six packs are $9.99-10.99 in Chicago, if you're paying more you have your local distributor/retailer to thank.

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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nothing like a locally-made six-pack of gose on the shelves, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brassy gold topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, coriander, orange zest, lemon zest, and a touch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, a mild-but-still-definitely-very-present tartness pervading throughout, accentuating and complementing the wheat. The body is a strong light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty solid gose, something I could easily drink plenty of in the coming months.

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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

beautiful packaging here, and we need more six packs of gose, regardless of their price (this one was a bit absurd). the beer is bright blonde yellow, with very little cloudiness and a short lived half inch of white airy bubbles. it smells less like coriander and more like a short lacto fermentation, tart, but not real dry. the wheat malt is also hopelessly plain, not bready, not fresh or seasonally interesting, but generic and unremarkable in aroma and in flavor. fortunately, there is enough else going on in this one. the corriander is more like seed than fresh herb, toasty and clean, not perfumy or overdone in any way. the salt adds more body and minerality than flavor, but its presence is there throughout. strange yeast in the finish, not as tart as it could be, with some sweetness left over. light alcohol makes it real easy drinking, but more robust carbonation and a dryer finish could really push it to the next level. an enjoyable and sessionable gose in a format i appreciate, but this prices me out a bit, and frankly isnt any better than most other american made goses out there.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Off Color Brewing "Troublesome"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating.
$3.25 @ Stinky Bklyn, 215 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY

I can't deny that marketing affects me. When I saw the label on this beer I just had to try it. In addition to the artwork, the label also reads "SECRET INGREDIENTS: Coriander, Lactobacillus"...

It looks like a Berliner weiße or Belgian witbier with a light straw gold body that's gently hazy and a short but creamy bright white head. The smell is a touch off-putting at first. To me it smells like spent grain, and perhaps a little bit of that "old bar" smell where dripping draft lines have left small puddles of beer in some unseen area, covered in white mold. Beyond that there's coriander, and the combination gives a bit of a wet straw or damp plywood character. The flavor is much the same, with the flavor of the lactobacilus coming in right up front, followed by bright coriander, and then sweet malt that gently fades away. It's tart, but not overtly so, and the balance of tart going to sweet is interesting. Oddly I find it a bit salty as well... ? ... and I see that it's listed on Beer Advocate as a Gose beer, but that's not on the label, nor is salt listed as a "secret ingredient"... but of course, it is (I checked their website). So now it all makes sense. Well that's great. Personally I find the salt a bit strong, but that's up to the brewer to decide. It's curious, charming, and ultimately, refreshing and enjoyable. It's not the best gose bier I've had, but I'm impressed and I'll have to try seek out and sample more beers from them.

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Troublesome from Off Color Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.