MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Bičre 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).
TBone (13816) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.)
mjs (5185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught at Alaus Namai, Vilnius) Poured light brown and cloudy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained malts, hops and butter. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, molasses, bitterness, mildly roastedness and bitterness. Aftertaste was bitter.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Alaus Namai. Muddy dark orange colour with a nice creamy head. Sweetish fruity yeasty aroma. Great mouthfeel indeed. Fresh malty, yeasty and fruity bit sweet flavour with a pleasant soft bitterness. Very fresh and very tasty brew!
omhper (20915) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 Draught at Alus Namai, Vilnius (as Jovaru Kaimiškas Alus.). Cloudy deep golden, small head. herbal and fairly sweet, creamy and mildly fruity. Low carbonation gives the already soft malt character an extra cushion. Lots of ripe fruits, but fairly low on hops and bitterness.
FatPhil (10610) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Tap (Jovaru Brewery) (7:4:7+:4:15=3.7)
Hazy, mostly head, settles after 10 minutes. Slightly irony aroma. Superb refreshing taste, fruity and with some intangible wow! qualities. Dry, and well attenuated. Soft and so full. A magical brew fresh.
Rerate of: Keg (Šnekutis, Vilnius) (5:3:5:3:11=2.7)
Hazy brown. Sour aroma. Crisp full-bodied unfiltered lager taste. Sourness too prominent, and there’s some vegetal nature to the hops too. Would like a fresher sample - i.e. should rerate.
gnoff (8377) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Draught at Šnekutis in Vilnius, Lithuania)
On May 1, 2008
Shady copper color, white head. Subtle sweet scent. Sweet, acidic, bitter taste. Moussy mouthfeel, high bitterness.
AlutisLt (56) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - NOV 14, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply the best of tradition non-filtered lithuanian beers. Very easy to drink and have a good aroma - palatye. Little bit sweet but in normal proportions.
Oakes (13398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frothy, tan-coloured and cloudy. Leafy, fresh, bready aroma. Extremely refreshing palate. Very much like a cask bitter. The cleanest example of the style, with brilliant balance between the leafy indigenous hops and sweet, bready malts.