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Saku Tume - Saku Brewery LTD

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BA SCORE
82
good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saku Brewery LTD visit their website
Estonia

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 06-21-2004)
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

malfunxion, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

I bought this single 500ml brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $1.49. I don't know what the word "Tume" means and I didn't know this was a doppelbock when I bought it. I have since learned that tume means "dark" in Estonian, so it all makes sense now.

The beer poured a dark brown color and made a huge 4-finger light tan head on top. Retention was good, but it left very little lacing.

The beer had a brown sugar, caramel, and toffee smell - very sweet.

Malty sweet with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar flavor. It also has some raisin and plum fruitiness to it along with a surprising trace of hop bitterness.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Very good if you like your beer on the sweeter side.

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matjack85, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of WillCarrera
3/5  rDev -16.4%

WillCarrera, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a dark ruddy brown with ruby tints. Fine one finger light tan head with great reteniton and lacing. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, toffee and dark bread. Flavor of dark, sweet bready and toasted malt, brown bread, figs and dates with a fleeting hint of cherry and maybe rye in the finish, which is sweet and malty with mild toastiness. Light to medium bodied. Listed by the brewery as a "dark Estonian beer", I think the sweetness and malt profile do lean towards a doppelbock style as categorized here. A bit on the sweet side, and not quite as malty as a traditional bock, but a pleasant sipping dark lager.

LiquidAmber, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Olavi, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

hayesjw, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

gwiedman1, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

lpgarcia8, May 16, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +10%

500 mL bottle, no dating

appears a dark muddy brown color, not really any head. very nice sweet and sugary aroma with fruity notes. taste is dominated by rich malty flavors, a bit of raisin and plum. no hops detected. smooth. medium body, moderation carbonation.

overall - my first Estonian beer. didn't know what style this even was, but I am very pleasantly surprised.

jmdrpi, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Brabander
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

I got this beer frommy collegue Diane who was in the northern parts of Europe this summer. She brought this one, and other, back for me.

To start this review...i am very impressed by this beer! Poured in my Struise glass, the beer was served cold, this beer looked absolutely superb. Big big head and a nice darkrubyred fluid. Good smell. Taste is the biggest eye-opener of this beer. It surprised me. Not much carbonation but it had some crispyness combined with the flavor of a bockbeer.

Good!

Brabander, Nov 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

LJWalker, Sep 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

ekke, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, especially near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film with a thick ring at the the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruit (raisin and plum) and sweet caramel + roasted malts.

T: Similar to the smell, there is quite a bit of sweetness to the taste of this beer - and it only increases in sweetness as it warms up. There are caramel, toffee, and roasted malt flavors combined with stronger flavors of dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin). Minimal amounts of bitterness are noted in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery but smooth.

O: The alcohol is well hidden but this beer is a little too sweet to be easy to drink or very enjoyable for me (I do not like overly sweet).

dbrauneis, Jul 10, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Although the head came spuming out of the bottle, in the glass it didn't make much of an impression atop the chestnut colored liquid

Smell: Crusty brown bread with dried figs

Taste: Brown bread and dried figs, up front, with a growing brown sugar character that develops through mid-palate and the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little aqueous

Overall: Decent enough, but nowhere near the quality of the top doppelbocks to the West

brentk56, Jun 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

edraz1224, Mar 25, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +24%

Probably a first for me -- Estonian beer. No mention of Doppelbock on the label, just "Dark Estonian Beer." $1.79 for the .5 L bottle at the local grocer who caters to many Eastern European customers.

A -- Deep, dark, clear chestnut color with a dense tan head that settles slowly to a good cap.

S -- Rich, bready malts leaning toward some caramel characteristics and some clay-like earthiness back.

T -- Same rich malts and sweetish caramel character as the aromas, big dark bread crust character in the finish (very much reminds me of the Limpa bread my grandmother would buy from old Finn bakeries in the U.P.), and some mild bittering in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and lightly syrupy with a light-medium body. Might be a bit light to the designated style, but since the brewery isn't claiming anything specific, I'll let it slide a little.

O -- Quite a nice surprise for a gamble with the unknown. Definitely in that Doppelbock wheelhouse and very nicely so -- as good as many of the German exports. The same grocery has another of the styles that I'll have to sample soon.

steveh, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ADZA
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

Pours a colour exactly like kola beer with a frothy two finger head that doesnt last long and if looks were anything to go buy you would probably write this off straight away,the smell is dark malts,cheap chocolate and cocoa pops,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and a touch creamy but not much and the tastes are exactly the same as the smell with hints of burnt toffee,cheap chocolate,black coffee and finished with a herbal bittersweetness and overall its very average for the style but the ABV is well hidden and would be perfect for a dessert beer cheers.

ADZA, Dec 30, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

cantfindme, Dec 10, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

A- Two inch- dark tan head atop a dark red/brownish beer. Good head retention.

S- Has a cola-acidic smell to it.

T- Follows smell to a degree. Slightly tart, more cola, dark fruits, etc. Well balanced.

M- Big bubbled carbonation on my tongue.

D/O- Middle of the road dopplebock. Good for the Estonia tick and quite a deal at $2 for a 16.9oz bottle. Recommended for big time dopplebock fans and tickers, otherwise pass.

Duff27, Aug 23, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Enjoyed this one in downtown Tallinn, Estonia with a healthy helping of Estonian style wild boar. Quite the pairing if you ask me. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a 50cL glass.

The color is ruby-hued brown, and the body of the beer is extremely clear, just as a lager should be. The head is fairly disappointing, as it reaches only 1 finger in height and then disappears as quickly as it formed after the pour. No lacing to speak of, but with such a fleeting head, I didn't expect much different.

The aroma and flavor of this beer are strikingly similar, so I will just review them together rather than writing the same thing twice. Toffee is the dominating characteristic, with some light grassy/earthy notes from the hops that were used. There are also some darker fruits...not dark enough for raisins, but I would say plums and dates for sure. Maybe just a touch of black cherry in there, too. I can't make out any coffee or chocolate, as they would stand out against such a light body. There is a redeeming toasty flavor, though it isn't dark enough to call it roast.

Easy to drink, even on an 85F day in the sun. Definitely a beer that I would return to, as I think it is a very solid beer. Unfortunatly, I think it is more a dark lager than a doppelbock, but I have rated it to the doppelbock style here, for consistency. Definitely B beer overall, but not for the style under which it is listed. If you are in Estonia, this is a must try. If you get it anywhere else, try it, but note that it won't be as good as it is at the source.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 05, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

I got this 500mL bottle at Manchester Wine & Spirits, Manchester CT, for $2.49. Served chilled in a chilled pint glass.

Clear dark brown brew gives a ruby red glimmer when held to a light. Moderate pour generates a thin fizzy tan head that completely disappears in short order.

Smells of dark malts with a fruity sweetness, raisin and green grape juice. Taste is the same. Odd that I can't think of much more to say about it, since what I already said seems to sum it up well enough. Body is light for the style, smooth and highly quaffable.

This is a beer I would consider drinking regularly if it were reasonably priced and readily available. It's good enough to be enjoyable, but not complicated or special enough to be considered a waste if you don't stop to appreciate it. It's very even and balanced, neutral, nothing offensive, and highly highly chuggable. If I lived in Estonia I'd keep it in stock.

BeerNinja007, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

Very mahogany in color, and very clear. Very carbonated, and pours with a creamy head that settles quickly down into a thin wisp that retains well. Very little lacing. Very strong malt aroma, almost molasses thick and rich. That's a lot of molasses in the nose. I wonder if Tume means "Black strap molasses" in Estonian. Flavor is very similar to a sweet doppelbock. Again, almost entirely molasses based in flavor. If I didn't know better (and I don't), I'd swear they were adding molasses to this beer. In reality, I suspect there is a huge oat component. Ahh, but reading the label my first impression was very close: "burnt sugar" is an ingredient. Very smooth and rich in the mouth. Finish is short and crisp. Not much lingering. Not bad and super well-priced at $1.99/pint + 9oz. bottle. Actually worth it and worth buying if you see it, but not great beer.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 18, 2010
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Saku Tume from Saku Brewery LTD
82 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.