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Rinkuškiai Sambariu Alus 8%

Brewed by Rinkuškiai
Style: Traditional Ale
Biržu raj., Lithuania


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Etnologų nuomone Šiaurės Lietuvoje sambariais vadinta šventė, kurios metu buvo geriamas alus, padarytas iš žmonių sudėtų miežių. Kaimas tiksliai nutardavo kiek ,,pilti sambarių” (t.y. kiek miežių sunešti salyklui). Sambariai suburdavo visus sodžiaus žmones, nepriklausomai nuo amžiaus ir socialinės padėties. Gėlėmis, vainikais išpuošdavo trobos vidų, kiemą, sodą, pasikviesdavo muzikantų ir prasidėdavo šventė. Dienų rūpesčiai darbas, vargas, pareigos buvo atidedami į šalį, užmirštami.
Apibendrinant sambarius galima pacituoti istoriko J. Jurginio žodžius: ,,Dabar sunku pasakyti, ar sambariai ir ilgės buvo susijusios su pagonybe, tačiau visai aišku, kad svarbiausias jų tikslas buvo ne religinis, o visuomeninis, viena iš kaimynų bendravimo formų, turinti ilgą praeitį”.

"Sambariu Beer"
In the old times, „Sambariu“ beer was believed to bring better barley after the sowing of grain. During this ritual, all the people would bring their own barley and contribute to brewing „Sambariu“ beer. After the beer was brewed, village people gathered in a house decorated with flowers, they listened to the music, danced and drank beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (8982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle at Bambalyne in Vilnius.
Oxidized malt / notebook paper.
Plaster / drywall yeast.
Chewy, grainy dog food malt aroma and flavor.
Decent body, good froth, medium to full mouthfeel.
Medium sweetness, low bitterness.
Metal and tomato / sweet catsup notes present.
Soured cola and vegetables after it breathes.
Another flaw-ridden country beer, this one with surprisingly full carbonation in the mouth but little to no visible signs in the glass. Raw, grainy, under-fermented with some strange DMS-like faults (take your typical carrot / cabbage character and add some catsup, paprika and garlic... siracha sauce!)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
laiti (7887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2012
1L bottle @ KBF. Rated on 26.11.2010
Aroma is rather strong on butter. Also some sweetish honey notes and grainy malt. Flavour is a bit odd and sweet with butter, spices and some grainy malt. Odd stuff, but decent for a 8% pale lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2012
In short: A big sweet copper lager with a spicy twist. Meh.
How: Tap directly at the brewery restaurant
The look: Clear copper topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Nose is malty and a tiny bit spicy. Taste is oily caramelized malts, oily roasted nuts, a surprisingly strong spiciness sensation, some candies and notes of sweet breakfast fruit jam. This felt a bit heavy for a beer that is only 8%, low drinkability. Not my thing. Certainly the most memorable beer I had during the Lithuanian road trip, a road trip that I find hard to describe, I don’t know if I should describe it as a trip where I was taking naps between drinking beer or a trip during which I was drinking beer between naps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2012
En fűt. Pichet partagé au restaurant de la brasserie. Arôme: Légčre odeur de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est blonde est cuivrée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goűt de caramel légčrement brűlé avec une pointe fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arričre goűt. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légčrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arričre goűt. (Rating #4224)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12763) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2012
Tap (Rinkuškiai brewery tap) (6+:4:7+:4:14=3.5++)
Nice christmassy spicy aroma. Dark treacle hints. Mixed peel too. Mellow, nicely attenuated and aged. No way this is 8%. A touch of toffee in the taste, and some aged yeastiness too. Suspect this should be a S/H/V rather than an ESL. Either way, it’s delicious!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Spicy hops manage to protrude from this powerful brew’s almond-laced caramel malts, building a nuanced, if unmemorable, sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam bobs atop the glowing amber.
-This is more effervescent than the average for the region, but it actually helps in this case.
-This is drier than expected, which increases drinkability.
-Marzipan notes roam about.

On tap at the brewery restaurant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (8793) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle @ KBF.
Rated on 20101126.
Aroma of grass, fruits and spices. Flavor of mild fruits, spices and malts, some grain also.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
Nose: Mustardy, spicy, some sweet toffeeish tones. Some alcohol. Mouthfeel: Soft and quite full. Flavor: Some fruit. Hot and spicy, almost chili-like, alcohol. Straightforward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22727) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2009
Bottled, from Snekutis, Vilnius. Deep golden, rich head. Juicy floral nose. Sweet and fruity with medium-full body. Soapy and rustic with notes of butter. Dense and soft, juicy and sweaty, alcolol is well hidden. Some late herbal bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
estpiwo (1319) - ESTONIA - NOV 20, 2008
1l bottle from Lithuania. Red color. head is not so long. Sweet malty, strong, but not bad. Not bad.

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