Gotlandsdricka | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

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

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3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very appreciative for Stakem sharing this bottle, a treat to enjoy this after a year in the bottle, thanks Adam!

The color is golden with light hazed and quick dropping white head which becomes a ring of beads with visible carbonation and spots of lace. The smell is smoky with an herbal aroma with light earthy quality and subtle hay like element augmenting the hint of fruity yeast. The feel is earthy with moderately high carbonation and slight dry feel with light spice texture and mild sweetness.

The taste brings a tangy yeast element with light malt quality and slight smoke in the initial flavor impression with subtle spiciness which could also be considered herbal hop with mild yeast tanginess and light malt nuttiness with a slight herbal quality carrying through into the dry crisp finish. This is great with very good drinkability in general -I appreciate the chance to try this old world style and it is every bit as good as I expected.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated cellared bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
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
Flavor changes as the temperature rises – the smokiness dissipates and a spiciness comes through. I have no idea what gale tastes like, so its’ anyones guess if that’s the source of the spiciness. There is no taste of alcohol, hops, or diacetyl. A woody and smoky aftertaste follows.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

An interesting brew. My bottle has been cellared for a year and tastes different (better) than a fresher bottle. I don’t know what gale tastes like, but the juniper is barely noticeable. I think if I lived on an island off the coast of Sweden, I’d probably brew and drink a lot of this.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy golden color ale with a nice generous white head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light salty rustic malt notes with some spices, juniper and light smoked notes also noticeable. Taste is a unique mix of juniper, smoked notes with some salty rustic malt notes clearly identifiable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very interesting beers for sure but I am not sure I would feel the need to drink this on a regular basis.

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Gotlandsdricka from Jester King Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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