Troublesome | Off Color Brewing

very good
161 Reviews

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

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

Added by MasterSki on 06-17-2013

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Surly teku. Shared by schen9303.

Bright goldenrod with a huge fluffy head and excellent lace. Perfect. The nose is bright and prickly. Hints of coriander, peppercorn, lemon zest and cane sugar. More saison than gose. Beer opens moderately funky and bready. Hints of coriander and peppercorn spice with a light citrus tartness. Drinkable and a fluffy foam flavor. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly but frothy on the palate and quenching and wet going down.

Pretty good. Again, more saison than gose but pretty solid nevertheless.

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Photo of Xamonline
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, Chicago, IL, Served in a stange

L: very clear and transparent; Yellow with a tint of orange; small head and med. effervescence

S: lemon

T: slight tart that ends with light citrus

M: a little creamy; medium body

O: a beer that has many great qualities that you don't often get in one package

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz pour into a wine glass

A; light tight small bubbled head. Body is a good clarity light yellow gold.

S: Nose has a ton of citrus and coriander some lemon and a little funk.

T: Very light sweetness followed by some orange tangerine a little honey a light bit of funk

M: Creamy smooth a little to the fuller side.

O: it's an odd Gose. It drinks more like a sweet heavy bodied Saison. It is still a great beer but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours a slightly hazy lemon gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of tart apple and lemon with saltine cracker malt.

Flavor is of citrus, apple, banana and light bready malts. Hint of sea salt in the finish.

Light body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Tasty tart wheat beer, good flavor. Drinks very easy and very sessionable. Tartness is mild. Worth a try for fans of sour and wheat beers. This is very wheat forward for a sour and tastes like a hybrid of sour and hefeweissen.

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Photo of Frazz
4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is what turned me on to goses and sours in general, so I have a very special place in my heart for it. Funky, sour, salty, spicy -- it has a little bit of everything flavor-wise. The color is nice and bright golden and the aroma is sweet and sour, a hint of what's to come. Of all of the goses I've had, this one is still my old standby. You can't go wrong with a Troublesome.

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Photo of MartinGood
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the tart, fruity flavors and lighter body. The coriander notes went perfectly with the Jamaican Lamb Curry I for dinner. Good fall beer, nice alternative to all the pumpkin ( I like that too) out there.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
1.8/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Maybe this is a good beer for its style as I haven't had too many goses but I liked the other ones better than this one. The flavor is just not good at all.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Poured aggressively into a pint glass. A slightly translucent yet paradoxically hazy straw yellow color beer with a two finger satin white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Bananas, coriander, clove and Italian parsley. Slight notes of sour lemon rind and salt in the background.

Taste: Sour with flavors of bubblegum and bananas. Mild white grape and lemon flavor. Very very mild soapy but pleasant notes of cilantro and clove in the background. Salt is barely perceptible. Creamy on the finish.

Feel: Refreshingly tart, yeasty and dry with notes of spicy, soapy coriander.

Overall: A yeasty, refreshing gose.

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Photo of projektyle
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Introduction to the style at a place in O'Hare airport. Definitely taste of coriander and salt/brine. I don't know that I will go out of my way to find beers in this style, but my understanding is that it is a good representative.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle, no date as far as I can tell. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with 3 fingers white head that slowly fades to a thick ring around the edges. Some lazy carbonation, not much lacing. Love the bottle art and that they give you ABV, Gravity, IBU, malt, hop, and additive ingredients clearly. Wish not had a date.

S: wheaty and slightly sour.

T: lightly tart arrival, a little funky and refreshing. Mid palate is fizzy and mild, with a little lemon, then a lot of complexity all at the end: dough, spice, salt, mild lactic tartness turning to a lingering lemon peel.

M: quite light with a little slickness; more active carbonation on the tinge than anticipated.

O: I'm not a huge Gose fan, but this is probably the best one I've had.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/7...pours pale yellow, translucent haze, with a touch of white foam. Strong citrus nose, salt water. Lemony wheat flavor, citrus wheat, straw. Spice hints come through, pepper and coriander. Sweet and salty flavor, all at once. Very creative.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a clear pale yellow-gold with better foam retention than most kettle sours.

S: Moderate tartness and salinity, with coriander and yeast notes. Dry bready pilsner malt and wheat.

T: Crisp German pilsner malt with some wheat character. Barely perceptible tartness, with a nice moderate saltiness that cuts through and adds drinkability. Hints of lemons, with a short, crisp, mildly bready finish

F: Just under medium bodied with a slight chewiness, and ample carbonation with small bubbles. Fuller feel than most goses, though hardly detracting from the drinkability.

Thoughts: This is not an in-your-face gose; it’s subtle and very balanced. In many ways, it registers more like a Kolsch than a gose with its clean finish and pronounced pilsner malt character.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good yellow brightness, substantial haziness, is it the salt or coriander? Aroma was wheat, lemon, lacto sourness.

Taste, good pop, good salinity, good wheat like feels. Pronounced tartness. Not overly acidic, a fun drinker in a convenient 4 pack, good price. Would be happy to crush a few of these over and over. Seems heavier than it is, good amount of flavor in a relatively small abv beer.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy pale gold with a white head than holds up rather well for the style. Nice lacing on the glass too. Smells of lemon zest, white pepper, hay, and wheat. Maybe even the impression of lime as well.

The taste is an extremely well balance of tart lactic acid, lemon and hay like earthiness. The mouthfeel is fuller than the average gose. This greatly improves the impression of the beer as being less seltzer like and rounds out the drinking experience improving on the flavor. Despite the fuller feel it still remains nimble on the palatte and cleans up with a nice dry tart finish. One of the best example of the style I've ever had the chance to enjoy.

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Photo of telescifly
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks good, but like nothing special out of the bottle, and it smells exceptionally sour and a little funky - intentional indeed, but that doesn't make it any less off-putting. However, the taste is intriguing and sublime. Tart, salty, lemony, bread-like, just hinting at coriander towards the end, and lingering with a satisfying fruitiness; never has a first sip been so fascinating and surprising. The mouthfeel is a foamy and light, but just (barely) full enough to stand up to the complex palate. To be honest, I wanted to dislike this beer, or a at least find it to be average, since the bottle and the branding feel a little odd and more than a little pretentious. And while it's not a smeller, it's one of the better tasting bottles I've had this year.

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Photo of Allenjoseph5
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle split between two shaker pint glasses.

L- ok. This was a little weird. This beer exploded into a foamy disaster as soon as it hit the glass. That's why I had to split it between two glasses. Even then, it took a while to let the head settle enough to empty the bottle. When it settles, it has a light straw color with a luxorius white head. Nice lacing and head retention for the whole beer, especially for drinking out of a shaker pint. Lots of sediment on the bottom of the glass.

S- Lemon meringue pie

T- lemon upfront with just the right amount of saltine cracker notes, imo. Finishes slightly sweet.

F- medium bodied. Definitely on the heavier side for a gose, but the description says that was intentional, and I'm into it. Still very refreshing.

O- I'm loving this beer. I think I might have gotten a weird batch, due to the crazy amount of head that formed right away and the sediment (more sediment than what could be considered intentional). Even with that, I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. This will be a repeat buy for me.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft in a 16oz Mason Jar @ Pub Royale Chicago. This Gose had a light yellow with a minimal haze look to it. This was a nice sour beer before a spicy meal and after a spicy meal. This was a nice change of pace than the typical IPA,BPA, APA's that I float too. Very nice local Chicago beer and look forward to trying more of Off Color's styles.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle.

Pours a hay color, hazy with a short fizzy head with limited retention but with a bit of lacing. Nice wheat, spice, coriander nose. The taste is light wheat, spice, mild sour notes, briney not salty, coriander and some sweet malt. The mouthfeel is nice and light with lively carbonation and clean, crisp finish. This is a really nice version of the style and unsure why it's not rated higher.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made a vow to drink more local beer and Off Color is a good one.
Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a somewhat hazy yellow with a small white that settles to a ring pretty quickly.
S - The aroma is subtle, some lemon and yeast.
T - Flavor is tart, lemony, a little grassy with a bit of salt.
M - Light, crisp, refreshing with medium carbonation.
O - This is my first Gose so I am rating to flavor more than style. I am not a sour fan so I'm glad this is tart rather than sour. Very refreshing and tasty, I see myself buying a lot more of this one.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No idea how this beer doesn't have higher ratings here. Exceptional in every way. I feel like reviewers here need to take some time to rate to style and to try to really appreciate the intricacies in a beer. The crispness, the mellow tart, the way the carbonation perfectly enhances the salt.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 3/7/16. Single bottle bought for $3.99 at the local Hy-Vee. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "MICHELOB FINE ALES" flute glass.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a 1-finger fizzy white head. Decent lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is of some lemon zest, yeast with a mild hint of vinegar. taste follows the nose and is a tad sour/tart with a hint of salt, BUT I liked it. Lighter-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, a decent brew which I would try again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale and cloudy. Sour smell and this carries through to the taste. The aftertaste taste continues this. A good farmhouse ale. I only sampled this but felt it would do well against similar saisons.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated up and review edited on 6/21, the Solstice ....

Let us now praise unusual styles... particularly when they are interpreted well.
At the very least, let me now praise an unusual (and hilarious) brewer who is very venturesome to take on a style that is an acquired taste in even the region that spawned it.
To someone unfamiliar with how Germans make things sour, Gose is a very strange beer. I had a few Gose and never really got used to it...
I got much, much closer to enjoyment with the Troublesome rendition... because it is half as sour as the Leipzig rendition and Troublesome has more wheat, for a very soft mouth. More so than barley, wheat also lets coriander. But together as a different package, Off Color has reinvented an unpleasant style and made it pleasant on a hot day.

Will I drink this again? Yes. But It should be hot outside... and only light food is part of the equation.
Bravo to Off Color for this quality offering and, in general, its success for making beer fun.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid beer that reminds me of Goose Island's Sofie or Allagash white in some regards. It is a hazy yellow with decent head and some lacing. Has a lemony, citrus overtones and with a little zing/tang at the endnotes. This is an enjoyable beer, but doesn't really blow your hair back

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Photo of Evilyak
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw colored, with a mild head and some haze.

smell holds some hints to this one, but it's more in terms of how subtle the aromas are. there's some lemony tartness and a touch of funk. nothing shouting out for attention here.

taste is equally as mild. even the saltiness is reserved.

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