omhper (18346) - Stockholm, 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.
TBone (11282) - 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.
Oakes (11031) - 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.
faroeviking (10299) - 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!
FatPhil (8107) - 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.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tasted as Jovaru Šnekutis Kainiškas alus Small rim, mossy-orange colour. Grain, grain, grain and some malt. Caramelaroma. Sweet malts, maltsyrup, honeyish. Syrupy, slick˛, viscous. Pretty awful, and I wonder whether it’s fermented at all? Tim, Martin, etc. I’m sure this tastes great on tap in Lietuva, but in the west, from the PET, it s*cks right royally. Thanks to marcusftbd
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
MartinT (7307) - 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).
gnoff (7030) - 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.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample @ ZBF’13 shared with the RB Belgian crew courtesy of Joris and British friends.
Ambre sur un léger trouble, col beige moyen.
Arôme est en effet mielleux. Note de grains et moűt, malté reste subtile couvert par ce bouquet organique.
Palais est aussi doux et mielleux voire organique sans vraiment ce côté faux-sucré. Malt est moyen avec un houblons se faisant trčs discret.
Sympa malgré l’esthétique de la bouteille ne jouant pas en sa faveur.
A parier et sans l’effervescence, cette bičre peut quais passer pour un hydromel léger.