RBF Raspberry Sour Ale

Gose The Larimer Beer Company

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RBF Raspberry Sour Ale, a German-style Gose by The Larimer Beer Company

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RBF Raspberry Sour Ale is a German-style Gose brewed by The Larimer Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal clear honey gold and capped by a finger thick head of fizzy white froth that bubbles away almost immediately. Ample effervescence is visible in the glass at first but disappears shortly after the pour.

Aroma

The aroma is slightly sweet with a scent of honey, fruit, and grain.

Flavor

The palate begins with a soft, doughy wheat bread that turns tart with a touch of berry fruit. A squeeze of sour lemon juice follows with just a pinch of salt.

Mouthfeel

The feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and a bit salty. Doughy malt sticks to the back of the tongue.

Overall

The RBF Raspberry Sour Ale has a really nice flavor but misses the mark in a few of technical areas. The aroma is a little too sweet. Its appearance shows too much clarity and the feel doesn’t have enough carbonation. The latter could definitely be improved but the others don’t detract from what is an otherwise satisfying sour ale.

Charitable Contribution

It’s always nice to see a brewery giving back. A percentage of sales from this craft beer goes to the Boulder Humane Society.

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About the Gose

The Gose (pronounced GOH-zeh) style originated during the Middle Ages in the town of Goslar. Production declined following the Second World War but has been revived during the modern craft beer era. Its appearance is hazy with a medium gold color. Puffy white head with excellent retention. Visibly effervescent. Its feel should have a medium body with high carbonation. Being dry and salty lends a mouthwatering quality. Its aroma and palate have a light sourness with noticeable amounts of salt and coriander. Bitterness is all but absent with no hop flavor. Its saltiness should be used with restraint. And its sourness shouldn’t be as intense as found in a Berliner Weisse or a Gueuze.