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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a moderate white head. Aroma is lightly smoked malt and bit of farmhouse yeast. Flavor is tart and vinous, with smoked malt, yeast, juniper, and some other notes I can’t quite identify. Pretty interesting, and more than "just" a smoked beer, but perhaps a bit harsh in a hard-to-define sense: it almost works for me but doesn’t quite hold together somehow. Nonetheless, it’s worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (832) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2015
Slightly cloudy orange-gold pour, thin white head. Smoky, peachy apricoty fruit, citrus aromas. Taste is sweet/sour citrus, a little smoke under it, berry, a little sourness lingers at the end. Pretty cool!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2015
Opened at the Eagle Bay Cacao Launch by Elliot. Bloody impressed with this one! Complex apircot jammy notes with bright citrus, mango, moderate smoke and light floral undertones. Veyr citrusy which helps it flow and has a mild sweetness which is a nice touch. Really nailed this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (598) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
Looks..light orange amber, sml head on pour, before completely dissipating, looks like low carbonation Smells..juicy stonefruits, very fruity sweet citrus, earthy dull vegetable leaf, dull berry & yeasty funk. Tastes .. Straight up tarty lemon, dull berry.. earthy & leafy, smoked malts and bright funky wild yeasts.. Complex and amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2553) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Hazy yellow orange in color... Aroma is medicinal almost... Juniper berries and smoked malts... Flavor is smoke, tart berries, funky citrus... Great beer, so unique ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2551) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Massive smoked nose. Light yellow pour, hazy with a slight white head. Surprisingly mild smoked malt taste. Sour and yummy. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2015
750ml bottle pours out a rich straw color no head. Nose is holy smoke lemongrass citrus spice and some wood. Taste is smoke smoke smoke bacon lemon and plenty of citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbuskirk (1022) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
From what I can gather, Gotlandsdricka is a Sahti/Smoked Beer/Gotlandsdricke/Farmhouse Ale-ish type beer. That random-ass deScription might explain why it tastes totally unlike anything I’ve tried. This ale smells like herbal juniper and acrid smoke. It tastes like a liquidized version of savory birch-smoked meat with spices. Jester King says this "may have been the beer of the Vikings." If that’s the case, I’m going to brush up on my Norse mythology and die a Viking’s death. Then, I can go to Valhalla. I’ll fight, chase Scandinavian maidens, eat in banquet halls, and drink this beer from the teats of Heiorun the goat. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that this beer has changed the entire trajectory of my (after)life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTan (1271) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
(Thanks Dain "DrunkSanta410") Bottle. A- Bacon, ham, smoky, spices. A- Yellow orange color, cloudy liquid, white head. T- Ham brine, bacon, smoke, woody, spices. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, meaty finish. O- Finally got to try my first gotlandsricke. This was a full on meat beer. Not sure what junipers taste like so can’t comment how prominent they were in here but damn was it meaty. Tons of bacon, ham, and smoke on the nose and palate. Sounds gross but it was like drinking ham brine. By those deScriptors I should really hate this beer but in fact I really liked it. Next time I get something like this I better be enjoying some bbq with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5767) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle from rougeau13 - Thanks! Cloudy yellow, with a ring of foam. Smells like bread, juniper, flowers, and some biscuity notes. Thinnish body and insanely drinkable. Tart citrus, juniper, some smoke. More smokey flavors as it warms. Really good...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle at James’ house for the End of History tasting. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Spicy and herbal on the nose, a hint of smoke. Medium bodied, soft smoke, a bit of spiciness, yeast and a touch of herbs. Long slow smoke finish with a little bit of soft bitterness. Very tasty.

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