Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4.23/5 rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I knew once I saw the label on this beer, as happens with every Jester King offering I see, that I'd have to get it. It caught my eye, the evil-looking Viking, so I took a closer look. I was curious of what the style of beer it was. But while the label explains what the beer is like, it doesn't say what it is. That intrigued me further. I have to say, Gotlandsdricka did not disappoint.
If I could best describe the look (and other qualities) of Gotlandsdricka, it'd be that it looks similar to a Belgian golden ale. It has a bright golden color, is cloudy, and produces a fine bubbly and frothy white head. Lacing was not present.
A nice toasted breadiness hits the nose first. It's moderately smoky, just right so that it doesn't mask any other aromatic characteristics. That plus the juniper/gale gives the smell an earthiness. The juniper/gale, and I should say that I can only guess at the characteristics of the gale since this is the first beer I've had that uses it, add a peppery, coniferous spice, not to be confused with the pine resin-like coniferous character present in most pale ales. The farmhouse yeast keeps the beer seeming like a Belgian golden to me. I get a bit of lemon zest in there too.
The taste is much like the smell. Right off the bat there's the toasty light malts with the juniper/gale spiciness following. The smokiness, what Jester King told me via Twitter is birchwood-smoked malt, comes right after, blending in with the toasty malt and spiciness so that you get a nice variety of flavors one after the other but all in harmony. There's an excellent grassy sugar sweetness throughout too that balances perfectly with the rest. Once I let Gotlandsdricka warm up a little, I was greeted with an incredibly well-balanced beer. It's sweet, smoky, spicy, and none of it overpowers the others. This is definitely an interesting beer to the taste buds.
Gotlandsdricka is also very drinkable, lighter in body, and has a nice medium carbonation. It's smooth as silk going down.
I definitely recommend this to anyone. Jester King says it's giving the beer "additional fermentation with wild yeast and souring bacteria. We presently have a version of Gotlandsdricka that we inoculated with wild yeast and bacteria aging in oak barrels." I can't wait!
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2012 18:21:07 | More by BeardedRiker
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3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: A 3 finger head belched from its orifice into a standard pint glass. The bright cloud white foam held strong for many moons white the brilliantly golden liquid brought forth bubbles from the depths. When the clouds finally parted the spiders web was revealed on the edge of the glass.
S: The smell of smoke from the burning fires from the night before, earth and nature revealed underneath. A faint whisper of sweet breads and berries. Clean and crisp as the nights sky.
T: The balance of smoke and earth once again washes over my senses. The smoke is fresher this time and with more phenols peering through. There is a firm, yet noble bitterness about this grog that I came to enjoy over a few swallows. Crisp and clean like the legendary beers of distant Germanic lands. The balance is speared down the center.
M: Dry as a drought and crisp as a winter night. Light in body like a fair haired maiden and a soft bitterness left on the scenes, not unlike the fair haired maiden.
O: Worth the journey for this tasty brew? Indeed. Not to the liking of all, but hit the spot on a mild almost-spring night.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 01:08:06 | More by guityler83
Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.