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Brewed by A. Udrienes (Jovaru Alus)
Style: Traditional Ale
Jovarai, Lithuania

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Kaimiškas Gyvas Alus


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlutisLt (22) - LITHUANIA - NOV 14, 2004
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Podiathingg (4) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013 does not count
On tap at Blue Orange in Kaunas..Like drinking a piece of history, fantastic brew, cloudy amber w a small head, wonderful malty honey aroma, quite earthy, taste is sweet and malty with some herbal hints, slight bitterness which just about matches the sweet maltiness. Very full bodied and flavoursome, a clasic farmhouse style beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12633) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10289) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7860) - 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).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19447) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9363) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tim Webb (229) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (4030) - 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.


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