Resistance Is Fruitile
Barreled Souls Brewing Company

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Leipzig Gose
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3.94 | pDev: 0%
Barreled Souls Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Imperial Gose with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and currants.

Can artwork by Nicholas Pabon.
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can - no date - poured into a tulip at 45F.

Pours a deep wine stain burgundy hue, with three fingers of foamy magenta head, with superb retention, and intricate lacing. The body itself is completely opaque with a dull matte sheen.

Nose: Berries on berries. Sweet macerated blackberry, blueberry, currant, and raspberry. The lacto tang also gives a hint of creaminess, giving the impression of mixed berry yogurt. There's a faint note of salinity, as a good gose should possess. There's a faint impression of clean, pale grain, which shows the senses that it's still certainly beer, however, there is no olfactory indication of any hopping.

Palate: Both a subtle sweetness, restrained tartness, and hint of salinity hit the palate simultaneously. The bouquet of berries comes into focus next, with strawberry and raspberry taking the lead. Flavours of currant, blackberry, and blueberry are also evident. The sweetness and flavour of the berries paired with the slightly salty tang really go nicely together, and all is well. However, there is a very sharp, almost acrid bitterness that comes into clear focus shortly after. It isn't a pithy or resinous bitterness that one would associate with hops, but rather a very tannic, almost medinal bitterness, like what you would find in the pits or seeds of certain fruit. I'm not entirely sure if perhaps the berry seeds are responsible for this bitterness, or if it's due to something else, but it is quite distracting, and ultimately detrimental to the overall experience. There is also a creamy, milky flavour that tastes exactly like lactose, although the can says nothing about it, therefore I will assume there is none in the beer. This creamy aspect slightly dampens the bitterness a little, but not entirely, as it lasts well into the finish, where the creaminess fades away, along with the sweetness and salinity, leaving a fairly dry aftertaste, with the bitterness being the only thing to linger.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-to-full-bodied, with a thick, creamy feel about it, giving it a "milkshake-like" quality. Effervescence is very fine, and rather scarce, to the point where it feels like it's lacking a little bit. The little bit of carbonation seems to be at odds with the creamy body. The beer is fairly wet upfront, becoming fairly dry in the finish.

Overall: This beer feels confused. It looks great, it smells great, and it tastes great, for the first third of the experience, before the aggressive, biting bitterness comes in, and lasts well into the finish. The mouthfeel isn't a strong point of this beer. The thick creamy body seems out of place, and is somewhat of a turnoff. The enjoyable qualities just don't seem to outweigh the distracting negative qualities, and for me, personally, I have a hard time enjoying this one. There are others that will not mind the texture, and even fewer who may be able to look past the astringent bitterness, but for me, it's a miss - and that's saying nothing of the serious price tag on this one.

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Resistance Is Fruitile from Barreled Souls Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1 ratings