Saku Tume | Saku Brewery LTD

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Saku Brewery LTD

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by scottum on 06-21-2004

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Photo of steveh
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably a first for me -- Estonian beer. No mention of Doppelbock on the label, just "Dark Estonian Beer." $1.79 for the .5 L bottle at the local grocer who caters to many Eastern European customers.

A -- Deep, dark, clear chestnut color with a dense tan head that settles slowly to a good cap.

S -- Rich, bready malts leaning toward some caramel characteristics and some clay-like earthiness back.

T -- Same rich malts and sweetish caramel character as the aromas, big dark bread crust character in the finish (very much reminds me of the Limpa bread my grandmother would buy from old Finn bakeries in the U.P.), and some mild bittering in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and lightly syrupy with a light-medium body. Might be a bit light to the designated style, but since the brewery isn't claiming anything specific, I'll let it slide a little.

O -- Quite a nice surprise for a gamble with the unknown. Definitely in that Doppelbock wheelhouse and very nicely so -- as good as many of the German exports. The same grocery has another of the styles that I'll have to sample soon.

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Photo of Brabander
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer frommy collegue Diane who was in the northern parts of Europe this summer. She brought this one, and other, back for me.

To start this review...i am very impressed by this beer! Poured in my Struise glass, the beer was served cold, this beer looked absolutely superb. Big big head and a nice darkrubyred fluid. Good smell. Taste is the biggest eye-opener of this beer. It surprised me. Not much carbonation but it had some crispyness combined with the flavor of a bockbeer.


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Photo of gwiedman1
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I got this 500mL bottle at Manchester Wine & Spirits, Manchester CT, for $2.49. Served chilled in a chilled pint glass.

Clear dark brown brew gives a ruby red glimmer when held to a light. Moderate pour generates a thin fizzy tan head that completely disappears in short order.

Smells of dark malts with a fruity sweetness, raisin and green grape juice. Taste is the same. Odd that I can't think of much more to say about it, since what I already said seems to sum it up well enough. Body is light for the style, smooth and highly quaffable.

This is a beer I would consider drinking regularly if it were reasonably priced and readily available. It's good enough to be enjoyable, but not complicated or special enough to be considered a waste if you don't stop to appreciate it. It's very even and balanced, neutral, nothing offensive, and highly highly chuggable. If I lived in Estonia I'd keep it in stock.

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Photo of matjack85
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought this single 500ml brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $1.49. I don't know what the word "Tume" means and I didn't know this was a doppelbock when I bought it. I have since learned that tume means "dark" in Estonian, so it all makes sense now.

The beer poured a dark brown color and made a huge 4-finger light tan head on top. Retention was good, but it left very little lacing.

The beer had a brown sugar, caramel, and toffee smell - very sweet.

Malty sweet with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar flavor. It also has some raisin and plum fruitiness to it along with a surprising trace of hop bitterness.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Very good if you like your beer on the sweeter side.

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Photo of lpgarcia8
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of scottum
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark lager from Estonia.

Pours out a clear maroon with a small off-white headskie. Supprisingly refreshing... quite smooth and well balanced. There is a mild hop flavor present near the end of the sip to counter the sweet almost fruity malting. A much better brew than I was expecting, and one I would not mind drinking more of.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no dating

appears a dark muddy brown color, not really any head. very nice sweet and sugary aroma with fruity notes. taste is dominated by rich malty flavors, a bit of raisin and plum. no hops detected. smooth. medium body, moderation carbonation.

overall - my first Estonian beer. didn't know what style this even was, but I am very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into my glass to a modest tan head that didn't want to stick around long. The beer is reddish brown in color. The smell is sweet caramel and buttery toffee. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet caramel and toffee notes. It has a medium mouthfeel and goes down really smooth.

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Photo of atis
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Estonia, very fresh

Pours dark amber with large and soft straw head that very slowly fades to dense layer, leaves dense patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is rich and sweetish malt, bits of toasted.

Taste is rich malty, caramel, hints of toasted and mild bittery hops with slowly drying finish and clean sweet malty alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth medium with average carbonation and very limited and gentle alcohol warming.

Overall, very nicely made, alcohol could not be felt almost at all and the beer was smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of edraz1224
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ekke
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a dark ruddy brown with ruby tints. Fine one finger light tan head with great reteniton and lacing. Aroma of sweet, bready malt, toffee and dark bread. Flavor of dark, sweet bready and toasted malt, brown bread, figs and dates with a fleeting hint of cherry and maybe rye in the finish, which is sweet and malty with mild toastiness. Light to medium bodied. Listed by the brewery as a "dark Estonian beer", I think the sweetness and malt profile do lean towards a doppelbock style as categorized here. A bit on the sweet side, and not quite as malty as a traditional bock, but a pleasant sipping dark lager.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. .5L. Branded gold and black pry-off crown cap. Simple red label.

6.7% ABV. Reviewed from notes as a dark beer per the label. Best before: 030416. Produced: 090415. Served cold into a tulip in Finland.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. Khaki colour head. Great shiny complexion. Creamy and foamy. Nice thickness. Retention is quite good - ~5 minutes.

BODY: Dark translucent ruby amber. No yeast particles are visible within. Quite clean and vibrant.

It's a good appearance overall. Inviting and attractive.

AROMA: Rich toasted amber malts, cherries, red fruit, cherry skin, and bready sweetness. An excellent aroma overall, but seemingly more of a winter ale judging by the sweetness.

Hop presence is minimal. Suggests a balanced beer with above average complexity.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a lovely dark cherry presence with supple notes of cherry skin and cherry flesh. The toasted amber malt backbone is damn near perfect, and the interplay between the cherry and the amber malts is lovely. The caramalt presence is subtle and wonderful. It's not too bready, but boasts an apt and subtle sweetness that makes it more of a winter ale. Hints of winter warmer-esque English spice.

Perfect balance. Great overall build. It boasts above average intricacy and ample subtlety. Sure it could have even more depth of flavour - and variety of flavour. But as-is, it's an enjoyable amber with a gestalt build. I quite like this.

As it warms, I become more enamored by its balance - particularly the sweetness, which is ideal for the style.

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied, with ideal thickness on the palate. Has just enough weight and heft on the palate to support this flavour profile. The texture feels custom-tailored to the taste, and helps accentuate the cherry notes nicely. It's slightly coarse and dry from the toastiness, which really plays into the malt backbone beautifully.

It does suffer from slight overcarbonation, and some will find it a biteen syrupy.

OVERALL: A surprisingly good dark beer from Saku, Tume is a treat of a beer in its style and will impress the discerning drinker. Well worth the price even as an import in Finland, Saku Tume is a brew I can definitely see myself revisiting in the future, and my only criticisms concern its potential to be better (e.g. its potential for still more intricacy and depth), not any shortcomings. I look forward to trying it on-draught. Highly drinkable and very pleasant, hiding its ABV very well. Hat tip to the brewers responsible. I'll greedily finish the whole bottle.


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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a two finger high beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface. A high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is rather malty and sweet and has notes of dark bread and dark fruits.
T: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the overall taste, which becomes stronger as the beer warms up. It has flavors of caramel, dark fruits and toffee and the finish has a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and is a bit watery.
D: If you can get past the sweetness, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the taste of alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep wine-red-brown; the liquid is clear. The off white head quickly sinks down to a minimal ring.

The smell is mild. There are some sweet notes of dark bread and a roasted touch.

The taste is somewhat roasted with a lightly smoked flavour. Most Dopplebocks are quite sweet, but not this one: It is as dry as a Japanese Lager! Hops (both bitter and aroma) are very low. The aftertaste got some buttery notes, lots of dry roasted flavours and a barley noticeable bitterness that balances the overall finish.

The carbonation is strong with sticky bubbles. The liquid is watery.

Much better than expected, and almost dangerously drinkable for a 6.7% beer.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Olavi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of hayesjw
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer, fairly tasty, but simple and a bit on the bland side, especially for a doppelbock, if that is really what it is.

Deep brownish red, it has a big, orangish tan head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and leaving no real lace.

Aroma is dark caramelised fruits and grains, dark raisins and plums, brown sugar, brown bread hint. It's characterful and very nice.

The taste is not up to the aroma, however, especially after the first few sips. It has sweet caramelised fruit and dried fruit with brown sugar up front then resurfacing after the finish to linger in the aftertaste. It has a light leafy-peppery, spicey bitterness hint, a light hint of red wine but overall it's a bit subdued and bland, especially after the first few sips and the finish fades fast. It has some hints of burnt grains. The feel is rather light but not watery or rough.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, especially near the surface of the beer. The beer has a two finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film with a thick ring at the the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruit (raisin and plum) and sweet caramel + roasted malts.

T: Similar to the smell, there is quite a bit of sweetness to the taste of this beer - and it only increases in sweetness as it warms up. There are caramel, toffee, and roasted malt flavors combined with stronger flavors of dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin). Minimal amounts of bitterness are noted in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery but smooth.

O: The alcohol is well hidden but this beer is a little too sweet to be easy to drink or very enjoyable for me (I do not like overly sweet).

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