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Gotlandsdricka - Jester King Brewery

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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gotlandsdricka, meaning “Drink of the Good Land”, is believed to have been the beer of the Vikings. Our rendition of this ancient style is inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales once brewed on the island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and naturally-conditioned.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 10-19-2012)
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Reviews by Lawl3ss:
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 25.4 oz bottle into a JK tulip. First had this at the Texas Craft Brewer's Festival back in October, really liked it then, let's see if that made it into the bottle. Not quite sure if this is actually the same stuff, as at that point I'm fairly sure it was presented as made without hops at all.

Look- Deep gold with three fingers of pillowy head. Excellent retention, not much lace.

Smell- Light smoke, pear, lemon, intensely herbal, spicy, apricot, allspice. Cracker in the background. Swirling brings out more of an apple cider aroma coupled with dry toast. Nice.

Taste- Smoke flavor is stronger than indicated by the aroma, and becomes the dominant flavor towards the end of the sip. Otherwise flavors are very similar to the nose, starts with mild citrus and rolls into light toasted rye, hints of cider and hopping/spicing is cloverlike. Juniper is noticeable. Finishes clean, light mineral flavor. The more I sip, the more it grows on me. On the smokier side for a pale beer, but it actually works well with the other flavors. As it warms, it takes on a fuller, breadier, light honey flavor that kicks the entire thing up a notch. Interestingly enough, in cleanses the palatte and doesn't suffer from the smoky build-up that some rauchbiers suffer from.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, medium-high but smooth carbonation. Light feel, easy drinking. 13 or so oz. went down easily,

Overall- Another unique offering from Jester King. More of an everyday beer than most smoked ales, and like certain sodas, room temp and nearly flat suits it well- let it warm up a bit and savor. I'll certainly pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 06:39:55 | More by Lawl3ss
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Aroma sour with a hint of smoke
Head large (5 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken layer
Lacing virtually none, rare small island of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
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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.

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Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.