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Jester King Gotlandsdricka



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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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. Gotlandsdricka (6.6% alcohol by volume) is brewed with birchwood smoked malt, juniper and sweet gale. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (799) - Burlingame, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pours a hazy gold with a thick, foamy white head and lacing. It has an aroma of smoke and malt. The flavor is light smoke and malt up front with a medium malt backbone and slightly sweet and sour finish over a medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
750ml bottle, hazy honey gold hue, with a frothy rocky white head, with a yeasty, ripe apple, pear fruity esters, with a doughy, birchwood, beechwood, pale, pilsener, smoked malt nose, with some rye, wheat, muesli cereal, spicy herbal notes, with a faint dry juniper, blueberry accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, doughy, fruity, pilsener, wheat, rye, toasted, beechwood smoked malt character, with some light flowery earthy leafy, tobacco, citrus hop, faint spicy herbal flaovurs, with a faint burnt wood, burnt toast, wild blueberry, juniper undertone, leading towards a yeasty, doughy, fruity, birchwood, rye, wheat smoky maltiness, light lingering green earthy tobacco, grassy, leafy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14969) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle shared by Dennis at the Tulip inn, Bodegraven, 28/09/13. Lightly hazed pale golden with a thin off white head. Nose is smoked malt, cereals, straw, smoked gammon. Taste comprises more subtle smokey notes, toasted malts, sugar, straw, lightly charred wood. Medium bodied, fine carbonation. An OK smoked affair, pretty subtle in the flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2128) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
750ml bottle from IPB. Rated on Android App. Pale yellow white foamy head nose Smokey malt with some wheat. Saison yeast some spices. Light rosewater. Taste smokey malt with wood and very light smoked ham. Saison yeast with spices. Some wheat with rosewater. Long head retention big foamy white head. Interesting beer. Quite aromatic. Fizzy carbonation. Overall interesting and pretty unqiue but nothing really worth having again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1616) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2013
750 ml bottle - kindly shared by Dennoman, sampled with FX Cannelle and Romain VeryNiceGuy at the pre-BBF13 tasting. Pours hazy light yellow with a soapy steady head. Aromas of smoked bacon, some sunflower buttery tohc, floral notes and lime. Lots of carbonation prickling in the nose. Light medium body, sweet and a light bitter finish. Pecullar beer; light and drinkable but a tad too much sweetness for the body of the beer; 4th and 5th sip are leass agreeable than the first ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16051) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle in hotel Tulip Bodegraven. Hazy gold colour lasting white head. Smokey aroma. It’s got some ok pale malt and then more smoke on the finish. Never too much though. Decent I thought.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
My Bottom Line :
Wooden smoke, yellow pear esters and bay leaves ride this brew’s excited effervescence, leading to a bubbly, yeasty and smoky finish.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam sits atop the misty gold.
-This is basically halfway between a Saison and the Gotlandsdricka I had years ago. Carbonation is through the roof (Saison-like), yeast character is rather expressive (Saison-like), but the flavors imparted by the rest of the ingredients are reminiscent of that Gotlandsdricka (salient wooden smoke, rye, fruity leaves, etc.)
-The only other beer I can think of which is similar to this one is Hopfenstark’s Boson de Higgs.
-The very high levels of carbonation get in the way of the finish, washing away most of the complexities.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6356) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2013
bottled, thanks to bu11zeye, amber color, fruity with a dry sweet grape essence, liked this better than most of the genre

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4340) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
Cette bière est jaunâtre. Sa tête plutôt blanche s’accroche longuement sur la paroi de mon verre. Les arômes qui viennent à mon nez sont un mélange de choses qui font du sens. Je sens des grains pâles fumés, de la poussière et des fruits épicés à travers une forte présence des levures. Des odeurs de barrique embrassent le tout avec conviction. Sur mes papilles, rien pour dérouter mais tout pour étonner. Les fruits sont terreux et la fumée s’infiltre à travers un chemin boisé par de bonnes bactéries. Unique et assez plaisant pour ne pas vouloir partager cette grande bouteille. En bouche, je suis content d’y retrouver un corps construit autour de la légèreté. Les bulles vitaminées aident à bien nettoyer le palais. La texture est douce et reste toujours huileuse. La finale s’accorde en nombre avec la présence d’une herbe piquante, d’une fumée asséchante d’un caractère boisé et d’un profil fruité et aigrelet. Une curieuse chose qui fonctionne réellement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (5439) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Clear gold, cloudy white head. Aroma is smoke, juniper. Flavour is woody, funky, a little barnyard... Salt/brine. Excellent stuff.

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