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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rinkuškiai
Lithuania
rinkuskiai.lt

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Vvall on 02-01-2008

BEER STATS
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73
Ratings:
136
Avg:
2.92
pDev:
35.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 136
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Quique for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable and not all that bad for what it is.

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Photo of mactrail
2.57/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Strange fruit, strong ale.

Looks nice, dark amber in the glass. First taste is kind of shocking. Actually it gets better after your taste buds get used to the idea. Aroma is like a powerful doppelbock but with a big dose of caramel apple. It is so reminiscent of mixed drinks, like Long Island Iced Tea or maybe Captain Morgan and Diet Coke. Odd mix of fruity and spicy flavors-- pumpkin pie, applejack, dried pears. Quite woody and astringent in the mouth, mixed with that funky sweetness. Then a shuddering bitterness hinting at almond pits.

A true oddity, or maybe a new strain of Belgian beer yeast mixed with Lithuanian rocket fuel. It seems clean enough, so maybe the brewers meant for it to taste like this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Never moon a werewolf."

--Mike Binder

Crystal clear kumquat with amber colored trim. The upper half of the pint glass is filled with a pretty good looking chunk of peanut shell colored foam that lasts and lasts. A serrated collar of lace turns into tattered sheets... that don't last. Not a bad look.

The aroma is no great shakes. The beer smells toasted malty, musty and bruised apple fruity. Amazingly enough, almost no alcohol is appreciated. That's almost unheard of with high-ABV Eastern European beer. Maybe things will be different on the taste buds. Here's hoping.

Werewolf is definitely not a Belgian dark ale. As far as I can determine, Rinkuskiu Alaus Darykla only brews lagers. Trouble is, I have no idea what style it fits best. Although it isn't that dark, it isn't pale either. How about Euro dark lager or even Euro strong lager? Lithuanian strong amber lager (LSAL) probably won't be a recognized style on this site any time soon.

I'm as unimpressed with this higher octane, darker lager as I was with the worse than average Werewolf (Green Label). The flavor profile consists of sugary toasted barley, wood, alcohol and a small splash of turpentine. My tongue is burning and is starting to grow numb... and I can feel my liver cringe after each mouthful. Gack!

It's safe to say that this is one of the thinnest 8.2% lagers in existence. It feels like water with a few drops of cooking oil added for a barely perceptible viscosity. The carbonation is borderline flat, adding no mouth excitement whatsoever. Since I can imagine worse, the lowest score won't be granted.

The tagline for Werewolf is "you must be sure you wanna taste it". I wasn't sure at all and now I'm sorry I did. This is ghastly, flea-bitten, baying-at-the-moon beer. If you dare, make sure you've had your rabies shots.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took a chance on this despite the little tag hanging off the bottle proclaiming its high ABV, usually a sign of a bad thinks to come (think Tenents Super for instance). But the Wolf-man was my favorite old school movie monster, so let's give this a flutter..

Pours copper colored with 3 fingers of sand colored head. No head retention & only a bit of lacing

S: Breadyness, fruittyness, plus some leafy hops once warm

T: Breadyness, plus metallic hops (not a lot) & apple peels up front. Some leafy hops as this warms, along with sweet apple flavor. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation

Drink okay, the ABV is well hidden, but this just not that good a beer or a representation of the style. I am happy that I had a better experience than some prior reviewers, beware the Werewolf!!

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

For a strong beer, this is pretty smooth. Lots of malt presence in the aroma and taste, some honey sweetness, some hay. Orange amber with small creamy head. Not as bad as expected.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a pretty brownish amber color with a small head. Smell is of alcohol, some fruits. Taste is alcohol up front, some fruits and malts, not overly flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a decent brew but nothing great.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewery Rinkuškiai : Werewolf
Bottle States "You must be sure you wanna taste it"

Appearance: Cloudy maroon color with soapy white head and quite a bit of yeast sediments, this is ale.

Smell: Fruity, malty and alcoholic, like most of the range from this brewery. No detectable Belgian yeast, but some ale yeast of some sorts is responsible for the fruityness.

Taste: Malt forward with some brown sugar, caramel and faint date notes. Hop bitterness is enough to keep the syrupy sugary malt character in check. Some warming alcohol is noticed. To get a beer this high in ABV, a rediculous amount of malt was used. It tastes like that.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, semi smooth with lingering hop bitterness riding a wave of caramel.

Overall: Not sure what to call this. There is nothing Belgian about this, so it may be mis-categorized. It is strong ale, but if anything it most closely resembles an English Barleywine. Interesting, and not without its charms.

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Photo of Zorro
1.65/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Severely hazed amber colored ale with basically no head.

Smell is sweet malt syrup and nothing else. Yeah it is that lame.

Starts out sweet and noticeably alcoholic. Malt with some fusel alcohol tastes and a slight bitterness. Frankly though this doesn't get quite to the level of St. Ides Malt Liquor for taste.

Mouthfeel is average or so.

Overall this is a big bottle full of crap. There is nothing to recommend this beer at all. AVOID!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz bottle marked L.67287. Sampled on April 26, 2009.

It pours a hazy copper with almost no head. The head that is there (for a few seconds) is beige and creamy.

The aroma is overly sweet like caramel and sugar. Also there is an element of malts. Most beer lovers would think they were sniffing an ice cream sundae it is so sweet but I actually kind of liked it.

The mouthfeel is typically medium and the taste is outrageously sweet! It was like drinking caramel swirl ice cream. If you like it sweet you will probably like this. But if you are a hops or alcohol fan you might find it a bit too much to bear.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cream, three-finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost clear red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is caramel and toffee. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of rudzud
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up to check "Lithuania" off my list of countries. Bought at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a stagnant reddish copper with a two finger head that quickly faded to leave minimal halo.

S - Some sweet malts and some cherries. Not digging it, smells very sweet and fake, and metallic.

T - Not digging the taste either. Mor eof the same with super sticky sweet fruit easters. Metallic is still slightly there.

M - Only halfway decent quality about this brew. Somewhat crisp, but, still syrupy.

O - Overall, really didnt care for this beer at all. So many, hell, "average" examples of this style, not this junk. Still, go Lithuania!

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not sure this really a Belgian style brew, but what the hell. My review is going to be short because I'm not really sure where this guy fits. The beer was a clear copper-gold color with a medium white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The brew had a sweet scent, with a noticeable alcohol aroma. The beer had a flavor of caramel and alcohol. The body was thin and sticky. Drinkabilty was OK, but I might have to try it again to get a handle on it. Overall, not a bad beer, just different than most any other beer I've tried. Certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of barczar
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper with a frothy cream head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

Booze, dark candi sugar, nutty caramel malt, raisins, and plums form the aroma.

Flavor is less appealing, beginning with a metallic note that lingers throughout. I can tell the base toasted malt is nice, with brown sugar sweetness accenting the underlying notes of dates, figs, and prunes.

Body is a tad light for the style, with fairly low carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Could be a really nice beer, but that metallic/tangy character kills it.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.49/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a medium to dark gold with a huge light tan head that rises about 3 fingers but doesn't have great retention. Tons of carbonation. Lacing is ok.

The aroma is light mostly some skunk with a little sweetness at the end.

The taste is light get a little sweetness but mostly weak hops and skunky.

The feel is terrible its very light, almsot water-like.

The beer is pretty drinkable.

Overall, this isn't very taste but I can't believe its got 8.2% abv. You wouldn't think it for a second. If you just want to drink something watery and get cracked this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is sharp and malty with an undertone of apple cider. Color is a clear light mahogany, and it pours with a somewhat thick head that sticks around. Flavor is rather sweet but not cloying and has an undertone of caramel and a hint of apple. Texture is smooth and crisp, and aftertaste has both cider-like sweetness and hoppy bitterness in it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"You must be sure you wanna taste it" on the label. lol...sure, why not?! Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a large-bubbled light tan head. Fades pretty quick to just a thin sheen.

Dont know why, but when I bought this I thought it was a Euro lager. After one sniff, it most certainly is not. Lots of dark fruits are bursting out of the glass as well as a thick malty aroma.

This is actually quite smooth and pleasant to drink. Figs, raisins, brown sugar, caramel and burnt toast come to mind. By far the best beer I have had from the Baltic nations. It is a bit thin and not overly complex, but it is not lacking in flavors and the 8.2% is well hidden. As is warms though, it does get a bit rougher around the edges and mildly boozy. I am thinking this bottle probably has about a year of age on it and seems to have done it some good, however it does not taste like it would age for more than a couple. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would buy it again, for sure.

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Photo of Brenden
3.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is essentially red with a dark orange hue. A fluffy white head pours and remains at about one finger for a short time, leaving light to moderate lacing behind.
The smell is malt, a light caramel sweetness, something just slightly musty, and a mix of tart and citric fruits. It's a little light with a funk to it.
The taste is to par with the exception of a stronger hops presence and a light sourness lingering that seems to complement the sweetness and makes me think it's some mix of fruits that produces it.
The body shifts between seeming a little thin and filling out with a creamy thickness. I don't know when that's happened before. I'd say the light side of medium is where this one sits. Carbonation is moderate.
I think this loses points in some score because no one really knows how to classify it and it seems some people want more alcohol in the flavor. I think well-masked is a good thing, and I;ve certainly had worse than this. It's an above-average brew.

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Photo of jsh420
3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear redish amber with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells like sour apples and not much else

taste has the same sour apples flavor but also with grapes and some alcohol

mouthfeel - has a medium body with little carbonation almost flat

drinkability is ok the flavors are decent i just wish there was more carbonation

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Photo of Zach136
3.94/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy orange, with a one finger rocky light beige head.

Aroma/Flavor: Fruity, yeast driven aroma, with a touch of acetaldehyde. Some bready malt character as well. Malt character is more present on the palate as caramel and bread with aforementioned yeast character. Less green apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body

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Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the cellar of the one and only Degarth.

A: Pours a nice copper hue with a small white head. No real retention or lace.

S: Tons and tons of sweet malt. Caramel, toffee, and molasses. Light sweet fruit notes round things out.

T: Flavor matches the aroma with the addition of yeasty bread. Tons of malt sweetness. Layer after layer with no real depth though.

M: On the lighter side of medium... sweet from start to finish.

D: Just okay, not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of matjack85
2.06/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I found this 500ml bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $2.99. Cool label but no freshness date.

The beer poured a murky apple cider color with a 1-finger white head. Short lived retention and almost no lacing.

The aroma was on the sweet side Toffee/maple syrup smell with bready malt and a good dose of alcohol.

Very sweet caramel and bready malt flavor with a lot lot lot of alcohol. Huge and unpleasant alcoholic aftertaste as well. Yuk!

Medium bodied with medium high carbonation.

Not very drinkable. A waste at any price.

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Photo of ordybill
2.4/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was a reddish color with a large white head. the aroma was malt and the taste was wretched. Maybe this beer had become contaminated. NOT Good at all.
This was a drain pour.

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Photo of schoolboy
1.61/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Werewolves should be avoided (it is easy to do because they are mythical). Unfortunately, this werewolf is real, and I paid $3 to have it attach my senses.

Like the other beer I bought from this brewery, it is a vile concoction. There really isn't anything I can say that is good about it.

I knew it wouldn't be any good based on it's origin. I should have trusted my instincts and avoided the beast.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.77/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Oddly reddish brown in color with a murky complexion. There's a trace of beige head mostly present around the rim of the glass and barely elsewhere. The aroma is rather off putting with loads of malt and alcohol. The flavor is packed with loads of malt and the alcohol is detectable. The mouth is sticky and chewy.

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Photo of Offa
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is similar to, but less pleasant and enjoyable than, the same brewer's Before-After. I do not understanbd why this is listed as a Belgian Dark Ale as this seems like a doppelbock or maybe maibock or strong lager of some sort.

Amber-copper, it has a medium tan head soon shrinking to a few bubbles, not very good and in fact rather ugly.

Aroma is strong fermented grain, wet rusty metal, old raisins. It is very strongly malty-sweet, simple, and not pleasant at all. In fact, it smells quite bad to me.

Taste is much better but not enough to save it. It is spicey-sweet fruit juice, raisin, a hint of toast and cheap brandy. It is lightly sweet with hint of faint spicey bitterness underneath. It is simple but tastes reasonably good but in the end is mostly fermented, alcoholic fruit juice and fails to maintain any interest in the face of the off-putting aroma. It is also very heavy for what you get. Drinkability thus fades fast.

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