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


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Kaimiškas Gyvas Alus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21769) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15616) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle, 1liter Pet. Thx to larsga and joet. As Kaimiskas Alus Jovaru Snekutis. An unclear dark orange-golden beer with a minimal sized off-white head. There’s butterscotch on the nose, with yeast, lemon, cooking rice, some wet cardboard and caramel. Some notes of cooked vegetables and wort too. Weird, nice and interesting in a way, and at the same time not. The mouthfeel gives me associations to sake, it’s pretty dry and mouth coating. Soft carbonation. Lemony notes, rice, toffee, some butterscotch and fruityness in the flavor, with almost no bitterness to be detected. There’s not much sweetness either so I don’t miss the bitterness. Lasting fruity and yeasty finish with toffee hints. A very complex and interesting beer. Don’t think I could drink much of it, but it’s sure interesting. My score reflects that. 140503

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (14613) - 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11532) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 14, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 27, 2010
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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Meilby (9842) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle 1000ml @ Hostel room - Anker Hostel, Oslo
Pours hazy/murky brown with a few off-white bubbles. Aroma has notes of malt, wort, yeast and cellar. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (8931) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2008
(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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (8701) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 Plastic bottle for a first try at Bambalyne in Vilnius.
From tap the next day at Alaus Namai, where I found it not much different.
Hazed semi-dark amber with a small ring of a head if you force a pour. Raw, worty, herbal aroma with more cabbage and carrots and composted, browned fruit (apple and pear mostly). Sugary, raw grain flavor, dirty sweat sock and just-fermented apple juice. Watery texture with a limp body. Seems very under fermented, like it came out of primary after a week.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8661) - 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 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).

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