Gotlandsdricka | Jester King Brewery

GotlandsdrickaGotlandsdricka
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49.1%
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3.61 w/ 293 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by StaveHooks on 10-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,753
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
293
Liked:
144
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
16.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
57
Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.87/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven't reviewed for a while now… but one smell of this beauty and I had to make sure I got this down. This… THIS is a moment in time I want to have recorded some where!

And for good reason.

Bottled December 2014. So, about one and a half years old now.

Pours a hazy deep orange gold with a very slightly off white head that is thin and dissipates quickly. The head then remains as a rim of bubbles around the digs and patches among the inner part that have floated together like little clouds. Looks pretty good.

The smell! This is what made me want to write this down! The smoke comes through like no ones business. It is pungent and like the smell of smoke off of a jacket you have worn on a backpacking trip and you have burned all sorts of wood to keep warm at night and that collected variation is kind of sour and dingy but it immediately reminds you of those nights around the fire. And it is kind of sour and lemony! A little sweaty. A little dusty and slightly sweet. In essence, it is that hiking jacket… in a glass.

The taste has got that smokey, sweaty hiking jacket taste right toward the end when it warms. But it seems nowhere as powerful as the smell. Which is probably okay. The front of it is citrusy and bright, a sprinkling of raw grain. It has a bit of grapefruit pith to it. I think you get a hit of the juniper and then the smoke comes in a bit and then it dives into the sour, smokey, sweaty jacket thing. Pretty fantastic. After this wraps up, you are left with that sense of smoke and sourness but also with a very strong earthiness.

The mouthfeel is great. It has some weight to it which I really appreciate but not too much, it isn;t tacky or sticky at all and it is no where near being too thin! It has a crispness which will keep you drinking and the sourness makes your mouth water a bit then dries out fast. It is a perfect sequence. Very satisfying. The carbonation over a year and a half is just right in my opinion. It is not too bubbly and crunchy and gives the mouthfeel a bit of a creaminess.

Overall. If I ever see this again I will buy it. It really touches on my senses and memory. This may not be at all true for everyone and it probably effects my rating, but hey. Even when I take a step back and look at it from a quality of beer look and an achievement stance I still think highly of it. I mean, achieving that kind of pungent smell is almost magic. I would buy the beer just to smell it! It is ridiculously potent in the scent and just plain interesting in taste. In my opinion, another fine and unique offering from Jester King.

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Photo of Daemose
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with the awesome label art into a hollow drinking horn.

Appearance - Golden yellow, like a Wheat or DIPA, slightly opaque. Poured with a 1 inch thick white foam head, which dissipated within a few minutes. Some carbonation, not much.

Smell - Tart, bready, and smokey. A little farmhouse funk right along with the smoke, but not much. Almost like old bacon you've had in the fridge check to see if it's still good, and yes, it still is. Haha. Others may be able to detect more. My sense of smell sucks.

Taste - Awesome! Light and bready at first, you can definitely taste the rye, followed by the smoke, which is delicate and non offensive. It's actually really great, and doesn't overpower any of the other flavors. Brick oven pizza crust? After the smoke fades, you can taste a hint of the Juniper and the Gale, which linger into a slight bitterness as they fade.It's very refreshing for a beer with smoke on the palette, which my friends and I usually find ourselves sipping. I didn't detect any farmhouse funk at all, unlike the nose, but really I didn't want it. It's perfect the way it is. Although as it warmed up, it did take on a sourdough bread-like quality.

Mouth feel - The mouth feel is light with with a malty slickness, like a toned down wheat beer. It has a light carbonation that complements all of the other attributes terrifically. Like I said about the taste, it's very refreshing.

This beer wasn't quite what I was expecting, somehow I was expecting something more like a Sahti. I guess it was because I didn't really know what to expect from a style I've never tried before, but I liked it way more than what I was expecting. I'm of Swedish descent, so maybe I just have genetic predisposition to enjoy it? Hah.

Awesome Beer Jester King! Way different from the rest of the lineup. I'm glad I bought as much as I did. I hope you decide to brew it again one day.

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Photo of Premo88
4.64/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip

L: a pinch or three darker than yellow, light gold, 50/50 opaque/clear with light easily passing through, solid 1-inch head of offwhite foam that doesn't stick; no lacing but the activity in the glass is profuse and producing a beautiful collar of white foam with a 60-70% skin

S: smoke! meaty, salty smoked malt has a slight peat twinge to it, some burning green wood, oak or pecan; as it warms, it's like a cherry pie sitting inside a well-tuned barbecue pit ... lots of wood and smoke with something sweet; smokey grain sacks; sweetness reminds me of lemon cheesecake or tart-but-sweet cherries

T: smoked lemons ... smoked lemon peel ... smoked aftertaste ... smoked herbs ... you can't miss the smoke; something super sweet jabs at the tongue for a second during the swallow, then is gone ... the rest is tart and smokey, summer sausage and mustard come to mind, and the aftertaste is both smoked wood and earthy -- dirt, dusty dried grain sacks, bitter hay; the flavors are mixing very well with a slight smokey burn in the back of the throat, like an alcohol burn only with a pinch of peaty smoked malt; that sweetness might be from the "fingernail polish" family of notes often found in the world of "sours", but here it's much less medicinal and sharp and much more sugary sweet

F: classic Jester King ... as good as it gets, light but well filled out by the carbonation

O: it's exactly what a smoked Jester King beer sounds like, tart, smokey and earthy with just that little hint of sweetness to make it all go down that much easier; it's unique and packed with a ton of flavor; for a smoked-beer fix, this is very, very nice

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Photo of Clonies720
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jester King Gotlandsdricka 750ml bottled poured into 1 liter Hofbrau stein. This beer is the result of research into the types of beer that the Vikings might have brewed. Jester King presents their interpretation.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color. Thick and fluffy two-finger head.

Aroma: Starts off with an spicy, herbal, and earthy aroma. It develops into fresh cut grass and lemon . Finally, it transforms into a type of berry (juniper?) with a touch of smoked malts.

Taste: It is like delicious, smoked ribs in liquid form. A strange type of bitterness that is hop-like in nature, but tastes as though it comes from a different source. Not unpleasant, but just different. I believe the "sweet gale" ingredient may play a role in that.

Mouthfeel: Very dry from start to finish. This is a highly carbonated beer, probably being the 1st or 2nd most carbonated beer I've ever had. Body is creamy and full with a chewy finish.

Overall: Definitely an intriguing beer. This will pair amazing with some BBQ and/or smoked rack of ribs. Will definitely buy again when I get the urge to pillage a neighboring city.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #5

Poured gently at 47°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 21Apr16) into a tulip. Consumed on 06Sep16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of hickory smoked bacon are uniquely and suitably complemented by mild aromas of spicy juniper, sweet peach, pear, and white grape along with subtle aromas of salty minerals, sour green apple, spicy rye, toast, and sweet and earthy gale.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A flood of strong hickory smoked bacon and mild sour green apple flavors smother the palate. A mild shower of fruit is joined by a subtle spiciness as flavors of pear, white grape, peach and rye caress the palate. Mild flavors of salty minerals and subtle flavors of spicy juniper build up the uniqueness of the beer as the bacon flavors fade to mild. The complexity of the brew is deepened as subtle balsamic vinegar and earthy, sweet gale flavors make their debut while the juniper and salty mineral flavors grow somewhat stronger. As all the flavors now maintain and merge to form the final taste, the gale flavors manage to become slightly more dominate.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: I have had almost every beer from Jester King, including their collaborations. This one managed to earn the title of most unique. Not only was this the most unique JK beer that I have had, but this was one of the most unique beers that I have experienced in all my years of craft. Every aspect of the brew fell together wonderfully. I only wish the smokey bacon flavors could have maintained in the taste.

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4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Beer rating: 49.1% out of 100 with 293 ratings
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