Marko (3724) - Split, - NOV 25, 2011
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Brought from Finland, shared with heavy and ogivlado. So for their summer/SO anniversary special they made a beer aged on birch leaves. Oh great, another birch beer we’ve had that day, first one using wood the other using leaves. Anyway, golden body. Oooh. Empty aroma (what the!?), slightly... eh, "jewfry" isn’t a word (and you have a dirty mind), and I wouldn’t repeat "empty" (would I?), so imagine that you didn’t read anything after "what the!?" till here (does that cancel out what I said just now? nevermind). Slightly malty too. Yay. And now the taste. Ehm, the first and the biggest note (bear in mind that I wasn’t drunk/inebriated/high) in my notebook is "pička materina". Google it. Or don’t. Let’s just say I didn’t like it (and remembering it even now, I still don’t). Sweet malty taste, with distinct notes of something between mayo and remoulade. I hate mayo and can stomach remoulade (when in Denmark...), so no, I didn’t like this. Everything said and done, this was technically a summer seasonal, but it’s inside the BB date. Quite possibly that I just didn’t like it. At all. But, it’s cool that they experimented and all!
kiwianer (2990) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The head is medium, the body yellow and cloudy. It smells malty, bit sour. The taste is bit sour, malty, a bit yeasty, medium. 10/9/9/9/-/10
olio (4830) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110707.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of herbs, grass, some grain and caramel. Flavor of toffee, caramel, herbs, fruits and hay.
kingstoni (1169) - FINLAND - SEP 26, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear light copper color with a minimal head. Mild aroma of malt and birch leaves. Light malty taste. Sticky and slightly oily texture.
hlkanga (204) - - SEP 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. Pours clear golden with minimal white head. Rather unpleasant and a bit tart aroma of birch-leaves, malt and mild hops. More pleasant taste of birch and sweet malt as undertone. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Birch finish. Unique idea and taste but I´m not sure do I like it or not. Birch is dominating both aroma and taste.
zomba (194) - Nokia, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours amber with small white head. Somewhat bitter taste. Didn’t really notice the birch leaves in the taste. Ok, but nothing special compared to bulk stuff.
ration (1843) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours clear golden wtih a nice head. Aroma grass, bread, hay. Some flowery aromas. Low palate.
Beerheart65 (801) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is quite weak. Bit fruity, some birch. On the sweeter side. Finnish summer smells nicer. Clear golden, short head. Taste is more interesting than aroma and has much more birch in it. Bit of bitterness, more than in aroma. Bit herbs here. Some vegetable like flavors not to my liking. Light, medium carbonated. This one was made to honour finnish beer societys 20 year anniversary and idea was to make it using traditional finnish ingrediants. Should also remind me of summer. Best part is taste but overall this is not near as nice as finnish summer..even with the rainy days..and gnats. Wont drink this after sauna.
omhper (18366) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2012
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draught at Villi Wäinö, Helsinki. Clear golden, small creamy head. The birch mostly comes across as vegetable soup. Bland and and fruity with rounded mouthfeel. Compost and iron takes over the finish. Had to double check that it wasn’t mislabelled Lapin Kulta...
heavy (2046) - Split, CROATIA - DEC 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
20/11 0.5 l bottle courtesy of Marko, thanks! It poured orange body with smaller head. Weaker malty aroma revealing it’s sweet character. Sweet fruity, sugary, vanilla flavor, balanced with some slightly bitter herbal notes, I assume it’s birch. Medium bodied with long and quite fine bitterish finish. Pretty strange and nothing special for sure, but it wasn’t so bad to me.
ogivlado (5294) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 9, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled 500ml. -Courtesy of Marko, shared with him & heavy (thanks!) Golden coloured, small white head that went away fast, sweet and light sourish grainy caramel nose (?). Sweetish sour malty and light perfumed something (wtf). I don’t know what to say more. Didn’t like it at all.