Jester King Gotlandsdricka

RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Gotlandsdricka, meaning “Drink of the Good Land”, is believed to have been the beer of the Vikings. Our rendition of this ancient style is inspired by the traditional farmhouse ales once brewed on the island of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. Gotlandsdricka (6.6% alcohol by volume) is brewed with birchwood smoked malt, juniper and sweet gale. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

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MetalNHopHead (2277) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
From what I can gather, Gotlandsdricka is a Sahti/Smoked Beer/Gotlandsdricke/Farmhouse Ale-ish type beer. That random-ass description might explain why it tastes totally unlike anything I’ve tried. This ale smells like herbal juniper and acrid smoke. It tastes like a liquidized version of savory birch-smoked meat with spices. Jester King says this "may have been the beer of the Vikings." If that’s the case, I’m going to brush up on my Norse mythology and die a Viking’s death. Then, I can go to Valhalla. I’ll fight, chase Scandinavian maidens, eat in banquet halls, and drink this beer from the teats of Heiorun the goat. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that this beer has changed the entire trajectory of my (after)life.

HuskerTan (2454) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2015
(Thanks Dain "DrunkSanta410") Bottle. A- Bacon, ham, smoky, spices. A- Yellow orange color, cloudy liquid, white head. T- Ham brine, bacon, smoke, woody, spices. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, meaty finish. O- Finally got to try my first gotlandsricke. This was a full on meat beer. Not sure what junipers taste like so can’t comment how prominent they were in here but damn was it meaty. Tons of bacon, ham, and smoke on the nose and palate. Sounds gross but it was like drinking ham brine. By those descriptors I should really hate this beer but in fact I really liked it. Next time I get something like this I better be enjoying some bbq with it.

Suttree (6543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle from rougeau13 - Thanks! Cloudy yellow, with a ring of foam. Smells like bread, juniper, flowers, and some biscuity notes. Thinnish body and insanely drinkable. Tart citrus, juniper, some smoke. More smokey flavors as it warms. Really good...

j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle at James’ house for the End of History tasting. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Spicy and herbal on the nose, a hint of smoke. Medium bodied, soft smoke, a bit of spiciness, yeast and a touch of herbs. Long slow smoke finish with a little bit of soft bitterness. Very tasty.

cfrancis (3612) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours light yellow with a fizzy white top. Aroma is smoked meat and sweet juniper berries. This beer is like a jekyll and hyde. I can have one sip and get roasty malts and smoked meat and a real rauch feel and then the next sip is light and farmy with sweet juniper berries and light wood. Very interesting and a great balance.

GRM (4243) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Olive bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on October 17 2014; eye: straw, lightly hazy, good white head that turns into a thick sheet, no lacing; nose: floral hops, light smoke, light citrusy, light wild yeasts; mouth: floral hops, light smoke, light meaty, light citrusy, light wild yeasts, salt, meaty finale, light-medium body, rather carbonated, lightly bitter, fizzy texture; overall: different FRANÇAIS Bouteille olive, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 17 octobre 2014; œil : paille, légèrement voilée, bonne mousse blanche qui se transforme en une bonne couche, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon floral, léger fumé, léger citrique, léger levures sauvages; bouche : houblon floral, léger fumé, léger viandeux, léger citrique, léger levures sauvages, sel, finale viandeuse, corps léger-moyen, plutôt carbonatée, légèrement amère, texture pétillante; en résumé : différente

Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Sampled at the End of History tasting. Aroma is smoked wood, sour cherry, lemon zest, and a nice floral funk. Pours amber with great carb and a decent fizzy head. Taste is smoke and tart forward with burnt wood, sour oak, iron, black peppercorn and lemon juice. Great blend of the two mouthfeels while still feeling light enough to drink a lot of.

Jow (4170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
This was a beer I wanted to try for some time. pours hazy yellow. nose is predominately smoke. Tastes of bacon smoke, juniper, white pepper, tree bark, and some pine. lively palate and big flavors

jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold white head. Nose/taste of juniper, smoked birchwood, smoked tree bark, lemon. Lighter medium body.

vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle. Yellow pour with white head. Smokey, light malt and spice underneath. Flavors are smoke forward and dominant.

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