Brewed by Jovaru Alus (Aldona Udriené)
Style: Traditional Ale
Jovarai, Pakruojo r., Lithuania


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Kaimiškas Gyvas Alus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2013
Thx to JorisPPattyn for this one – sort of assume that he knew the couple which deposited this one & another bottle from this brewery at our table. Otherwise thanks to them for bestowing upon us randomly Lithuanian awesomeness. 1000 cl. brown PET bottle which looks more like 750 cl. Lithuanian craft in PET bottles, awesome. Psychopathically happy bearded, very, very old school Lithuanian on the bottle. Murky orange amber appearance with almost no head. Smell is sweet caramel, sweet syrup, sweet honey, syrupy,… Taste is sweet caramel, caramel extract, honey, sweet herbs, brown sugar, creamy,… Flat, light honey,… Not too bad but nowhere near as awesome as their Su Naturaliu Medumi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tim Webb (327) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
From the jug, at he brewery. I have no idea what this but it is to be respected. Take a glass of Orval, oud lambiek and sahti alongside it and you will start to get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
In short: An earthy, farmhouse and floral/herbal ale that defies classification. Drinking a piece of land
How: From the tank directly at the brewery. Also on cask Šnekutis Užupis and tap at Alaus Namai, Vilnius, Lithuania and from a PET 500ml bottle. This rating is for the tap directly at the brewery which was much better than my other experiences with this beer
The look: Very cloudy glowing dark amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is quite floral and herbal, dirty and with a farmhouse/henhouse character. Taste is has husky grainy malts with a strong earthy character, flowery and herbal hops essence, citrusy notes. This beer truly smells and taste small-scale farmhouse, you can literally feel the regional terroir touching your senses, like drinking a piece of land and being able to taste its history. Hard to describe really. I wasn’t impressed with the cask at Šnekutis Užupis and even less by the bottle version but the pint I had directly at the brewery was pretty damn fine and even had a nice mouthfeel. Not only was the beer awesome, but drinking it on location at the brewery tasting room was an unforgettable experience. I like to travel to foreign countries and discover new breweries and locate find new places to dispose of bodies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nekronos (3954) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 14, 2012
Nice too. It was a shame they did not have the Medaus one that time. Very tasty, sweet and cloudy. Bubbly and thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
MrW (518) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - APR 4, 2012
Jovaru Snekutis Su Medumi 50cl on tap @ Snekutis Old Town. Sweet honey, fruity aroma. Honeycolor with a lasting head. Medium body. Sweetsugary taste, some fruit, lots of grain and a alcohol taste. Maybe it is because I’m not used to this, but I didn’t like this taste at all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
En fût, cask. Pinte dégustée chez Šnekutis Užupis (Vilnius, Lituanie). Arôme: Odeur fruité avec une pointe de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-ambrée voilée. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement aqueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. (Rating #4183)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2012
Bouteille de 1l. Arômes très fruités (pomme verte, poire), terreux et très toastés. Robe brunâtre très trouble, aucune mousse et effervescence minimale. En bouche, on retrouve un malt biscuité, toasté et terreux très particulier. Le caractère apporté par la levure est également très original, fruité et rustique. Finale relativement sucrée et très peu amère. Vraiment intéressant, mais je ne crois pas que je boirais cette bière sur une base régulière si elle était disponible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 My Bottom Line:
A modest barn sits on earthen terrain, pear esters and a few herbal hop vines in this easy drinking Kaimiškas Alus.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam tops the cloudy amber (from the bottle or Šnekutis tap). At the brewery, foam was plentiful and lacing all the way down the pint glass.
-When the carbonation is low (bottles and gravity cask), the earthy barn character stands out. But carbonation levels vary even from bottle to bottle...
-This is excellent with smoked peas.
-Mouthfeel is soft and full (for a quencher).
-The only comparison I can make for this type of brew (Kaimiškas Alus) is that it could resemble a farmhouse version of an ESB, or perhaps a twilight zone version of a Bière de Garde.

On gravity cask at Šnekutis Užupis (3.3), on tap at the brewery tasting room (4.2), at the Šnekutis in the Old Town, at Alaus Namai, and from many bottles (3.6).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (15611) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2011
Draught@Šnekutis, Old Town, Vilnius
Hazy orange-amber color, small white head. Aroma of green beans, bread and alcohol. Medium-bodied. Flavor of sweet malts, honey, wood and green beans. Aftertaste has lingering woody sweetness and minerally bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7102) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015

Small white head quickly disappears. Hazy amber body. Fruity herbal walnuts aroma with phenolic oily notes. Dry-sweet herbal dusty walnuts taste with phenolic fruity notes. Full-bodied. Mealy soft faintly hot mouthfeel. Dry herbal hoppy syrupy walnut aftertaste with peppery floral notes. Excellent! Really unusual, harmonic, and scarily drinkable. Very complex. I’ve had this beer at least 10 times by now, and it always keeps presenting new facets of flavour. I love this beer.

It should be added that this is not your average beer. It’s a raw ale, for one thing, meaning the wort is never boiled, as is normal for farmhouse ale, both in Lithuania and elsewhere. The yeast is the family yeast, which DNA sequencing indicates is unique. (Draft at all three Snekutises, bottled from Bambalyne, and probably more places I can’t remember right now.)

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