The Smoking Swede | Rowley Farmhouse Ales

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The Smoking SwedeThe Smoking Swede

Brewed by:
Rowley Farmhouse Ales
New Mexico, United States

Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by smithj4 on 08-25-2018

User Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 1
Photo of wisegreensoul
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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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The Smoking Swede from Rowley Farmhouse Ales
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 5 ratings