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Troublesome - Off Color Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

681 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 67 | 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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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow color. Good active carbonation while drinking. Half a finger of head on the pour and stuck around while drinking.

Smell: Sweet creamy malt mixes well with some lightly funky sour tones. Grassy airy hop tones on the body with just a touch of wheat and oats. Orange peel and coriander are noticeable on the body. That sweet dairy tones linger throughout and are truly unique.

Taste: Lush, creamy front of sweet wheat and oats hit the palate first. Buttery yeast body warms up on the body and some lightly tart, effectively funky, salty, sourness adds an extra punch. Spiced tones with accents of coriander round out the taste.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful balance of tartness, dry oats, and sweet lactose. Carbonation adds to the creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: My first Gose style beer but there is no doubt this is an excellently crafted brew. Multiple layers and interesting complexity keep the drinker on their toes. Hopefully I can get my hands on more stuff from Off Color.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

Pours cloudy yellow with a partial skim coat on the surface for the duration with some stringy lacing of white.

Aromatics lead off with an over-ripe lemon in a wet sock. A hint of ocean breeze and dusty boards follow through.

Light bodied with a slick, almost syrupy mouthfeel.

Lemon-drops, coriander, and spritzy citrus oil starts the palate. A hint of sea water and wet hay in the end.

Finishes with an interplay of slightly sweet and tart with lingering lemon and a brackish hint.

Interesting beer, a nice take on a Gose.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
4.3% ABV, 13°P, 10 IBUs

A - The hazy pale straw yellow beer struggles to retain it's fluffy white head beyond the halo of loose bubbles it disintegrates but it comes as no surprise with lactobacillus, a souring agent, at the helm.

S - The "secret ingredient", coriander, along with salty notes, gives the nose a nice spicy bite but doesn't draw as much attention as it's other "secret" friend, Lactobacillus; the reason for the slightly funky and deliciously tart aroma. Soft wheat and simple pale malt comprise a gentle base for the unique funk to spring off of.

T - Almost like a slightly soured witbier, Troublesome has a prolific, tasty wheat profile with delicate coriander spice, which imparts a touch of lemony citrus, and slight saltiness on the finish.

M - Carbonation dances on the tongue but this wheat beer is incredibly smooth with delicate tartness that's overcome by gentle lingering saltiness and coriander spice for a refreshing, thirst-quenching finish.

O - If it weren't for the tart and acidic addition of lactobacillus, Troublesome would be very witbier-esque as it's bountiful with soft wheat and coriander spice but this German-style Gose makes for an incredibly easy drinking, crisp and refreshing brew!

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4.52/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troublesome – Spiced Wheat Beer (4.3%) - Off Color Brewing (Illinois)
☆☆☆☆½

App: Solid golden pour with slight greenish hues to the extremities of the glass. Head is very thin. Weak ring of bubbles clings to the edge. No lacing at all.

Smell: Aroma is bright, grainy, and slightly sour with some strong aroma of lemon and a slight pepper like characteristic. Definitely got that sour twinge high in the nose.

Taste: Taste is bright, with a cider like acetic quality that shines through. Coriander lends a slight spiciness which compliments the semi-dry finish very nicely. Almost akin in acidity to white grape juice, with a similar puckering quality. The thing that makes this beer great is the finale. After the initial hints of white pepper, lemon and grainy sweetness, the hops bitterness appears and mingles with a lacto sourness long after the swallow. This might be the ultimate porch on a hot summer afternoon beer. Top notch.

Mouth: Medium bodied but slightly slick. Slightly dry and spicy in the aftertaste. Carbonation is overall very low, but this brew never feels oily or like it's sticking to your tongue.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 4/9/14.

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Troublesome from Off Color Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.