The Smoking Swede
Rowley Farmhouse Ales

The Smoking SwedeThe Smoking Swede
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3.9 | pDev: 2.05%
Rowley Farmhouse Ales
New Mexico, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The Smoking SwedeThe Smoking Swede
Notes: The Smoking Swede is an interpretation of Gotlandsdricka, an indigenous farmhouse ale brewed on the island of Gotland. The small island of Gotland is 40 miles or so off the coast of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Since the Viking age, this beer has been continually brewed on Gotland, often in small wooden mash tuns called rostbunns. A main component to this style involves the use of juniper, and since we have no shortage of local juniper in and around Santa Fe, we foraged our own local boughs and berries to be used in the brewing of our version. We also used birch smoked malts, that our good friend Tobias smoked for us up in the hills in the Jemez wilderness. Typically one might choose a harder wood in the US, but we wanted to be true to style as much as possible. Besides the birch smoked malt, the grain bill for this beer consists of a large portion of rye, raw wheat and naked oats. We lightly hopped this beer to 22 IBU's using Russian Serebrianka hops, and fermented it using our house mixed culture. This beer was brewed exclusively for the Rare Beer Club, and Pints for Prostates, which is an organization we stand behind wholeheartedly. It will only be available through the club, and we will also be pouring a gin barrel aged version during Denver Rare Beer 10 and at our tap room. Cheers! Or should we say Skål!
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had 11/23/18.

Pours a bright yellow, a little cloudy, with a half inch head and some slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of yeast, malt, rye, light apples and lemon, a little sulphur- um, in a good way, a light spicy aroma overall. The flavor is malt, yeast, juniper, rye- more as it warms, lemon, some smoke, a light saltiness. Smooth, a good lighter body, well carbonated.

First thing- I have no idea if even half of what I wrote hits the mark. It’s good, different, not as juniper forward as it was described. The smoked malt was really good.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 05, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. It's around 8 months old as it was only brewed once and a friend picked this one up at the brewery while on vacation. The beer pours hazy orange amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring. The aroma is sour, hay and funk as the wild culture has had some time to work. The taste is sour, with a lot of sour flavors that I can't accurately describe. The finish is barely smokey, dry and unbitter. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation. Overall, good, just not my thing. There's a lot more sour than smoke here. Rated as an American wild ale, as it would fail as a smoke beer.

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jkblr from Indiana, May 11, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Well...this one literally exploded on me. Opened it up and it immediately started gushing all over. Not cool. White head quickly recedes. Very hazy and thick appearing dark orange hue.
S: Loads of funky tart citrus. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, white pepper, soft spice...or wood (?), and a hint of smoke. Very interesting aroma.
T: Tart orange and lemon juice hits first, quickly followed by smooth birch-smoked malt, juniper, white pepper, honey, sourdough yeast, and a hint of berries. Brings a lot to the table and mostly works.
M: Light body. Quite tart up front, then turns softer in the middle and finishes dry and mildly sour. Lingers nicely.
D: Definitely a different sort of brew. Refreshing, tart, some smoked wood, interesting sourdough yeast, some fruit, etc. Worth a try for the unique experience...just careful when you open it.

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mwilbur from Minnesota, Oct 05, 2018
The Smoking Swede from Rowley Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 9 ratings