Gotlandsdricka | Jester King Brewery

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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
Ratings:
293
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
15.99%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
56
For Trade:
3
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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.87/5  rDev +32%
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 oriolesfan4
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Inglewood
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emergency_beef
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of svenness
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL poured into a tulip.

Surprisingly light in body as I was expecting something darker from a smoked beer. Looks peach-skin in the body with a considerable haze. Foamy head quickly dissipates but a layer of lace remains. 4.25

Campfire level smoke with some tartness and lemon and bacon. Aggressively smoky and I fuck with it. 4.25

Wheaty, fruity, lemony before smoke overwhelms this and becomes campfire heavy, ashy, and a bit like smoked meat Perhaps a bit too much ashtray, even for this smoked beer lover. I notice a bit of chalky, plasticky flavor in the aftertaste, something I found in Snorkel as well. 3.75

Love the light body and fruity character and tartness, followed by an incredibly dry, ash-like finish. 3.75

It's intense and not for the weak of heart. But unique and pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Jhavey
2.47/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/8/2014.

L: Off-orange and hazy. Slight head and fizz.

S: Smoky, burning wood, charcoal.

T: Light smoke, toasted grain, burnt meat. Slight saltiness gives the feeling of a gose.

F: Wish it had a little more body and carbonation for 6.6% ABV.

O: A nice smoked beer! Jester King is doing things right - a true farmhouse brewery.

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Photo of xtonytx
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdimento
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkn09
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pnelting
1.63/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is the strangest beer I've ever had. The appearance is the only redeeming quality. It tastes like smoke and bologna. It's one of two beers that I've had to drain pour.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marqoid
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ricoslim
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of elliott1184
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of coronelaurelianobuendia
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours well. The aroma is decidedly smoky (redolent of the burnt ends of a brisket). THe taste is complex. Smoke, slight tartness, malt. Mainly smoke. Feels oily on the palate. I recommend this beer be shared, I found it hard to drink more than 2-5oz. Drinkability is not the mission of this beer and any more than 5 oz might put you off. A good, interesting, sampling beer.

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