Jester King Gotlandsdricka

RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Gotlandsdricka, meaning ďDrink of the Good LandĒ, 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. Itís unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated through re-fermentation in the bottle.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (5242) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 28.09.2012, tap @ Borefts:
Lett frisk lukt med preg av lettrÝykt lys malt, humle, korn, sitrus, urter, hÝy. SÝdmerik lett tÝrr smak med preg av lettrÝykt lys malt, humle, beiskt gras, hÝy, sitrusskal, urter, litt rÝykt skinke. Middels bitterhet som set litt. Grei.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4450) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Strange, sweet, and fresh. The juniper defines the beer but there is an understated smokiness to this as well. Excellent and very unique beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle- Pour is a clear gold with a fluffy white head..Nose is smoke, light sweetness, spices, campfire wood, peat, juniper..Taste is Smoke, wood, dry, juniper, light sweetness..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (7745) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle - my 75th style for my 1500th rating! Pours cloudy yellow with a large white creamy head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is smoky, grain, hay. Medium sweet, lightly bitter, juniper/sprucy notes present, along with smoke. Lightly astringent as well. Medium body. Interesting, but I am not tossing an ISO on the board to get another one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
750ml served in a Chimay goblet. A - Pours a very cloudy but glowing burnt orange. 2 fingers of white foamy head that sinks at a medium pace forming a cirrus cloud cap. S - Smoked wheat malt, beechwood, earthy and dust hay, smoked bananas, juniper, unknown spice. T - Follows the nose with delicate smoke, a good dose of pilesner malt, green and dried grassy flavors, the juniper is has a medicinal character and comes out mostly toward the finish. Dried banana, some acidic fruit around the edges of the tongue. The herbal character comes out more toward the end. It has a long and very dry smoky finish. M - Light side of full body with ample creamy carbonation. Has a nice lush feel with a dry finish. Apparently this (Gotlandsdricka) is itís own style but itís not listed yet on BA. Probably because itís an ancient Viking ale that nobody makes anymore. It reminded my of a mix between a Gratzer and a rustic Hefeweizen. Very rustic and the smoke came out more as it warmed. Didnít get as much of the juniper as I thought I would but maybe thatís a good thing. This would pair well with food. Serving type: bottle 10-19-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (6100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Location: 750 ml bottle from Central Market, 6/19/13

Aroma: The aroma is smoky and acidic, thereís some earthiness, and a bit of fruit as well
Appearance: It pours a cloudy golden color with a fizzy white head and drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is smoky and a hint tart, with a mild sweetness, and a light bitterness too
Palate: The body is medium, it has an overly fizzy carbonation, and a dry, smoky finish
Overall Impression: Another gushing Jester King beer from Central Market, this is starting to seem like a trend... Anyway, this beer is solid, but a little odd. The fizzy carbonation and odd flavors also hurt the drinkability and overall enjoyment of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3771) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2013
750mL bottle. Really liked this beer. Pours a golden color. In a nutshell, the beer is beautifully smoked. Strong smoke in the aroma and flavor yet a great strong carbonation and light body. I would put it a step above the Aecht Schlenkerla Helles as light and easy drinking smoked beer. Clean and bright white bread malts. Has a farmhouse-y feel only in that the body is lighter and strong carbonation. But its awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Clear light gold color with lasting white head. Spicy smoked meat, peat, berry fruit aromas. Light body with lively carbonation. Nice smoked spicy grains, berry fruit flavors with dry spices--drying finish---tasty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2013
P: Pale straw body with a massive airy white head that has multiple honeycombs. Retention is decent and leaves no lacing due to the frailty of the head. S: Smoldered wheat, semi farm funk yeast, pilsner malt, smoked birch wood, moss, oak barreling. T/M: Flavor follows the nose but has more powerful smoked oak and herbs. Cardamom, coriander and salty tobacco. Tart white grapes give a profile similar to a smoked sparkling wine. Dry hay and bitter persimmon in the finish. Vivacious body. O: Really easy drinking for the style. The smoke seems natural and complimenting not forced. Sometimes smoked beers are just plain hard to drink due to the massive smoke profile. This is not the case. This is about six months old so the smoke may have faded a bit but I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A careful pour into my New Belgium globe glass still ends up filling my glass to the rim with foam, and then rising almost a full two fingers in height over the top. The beer is a rich gold color, and shows a mostly clear, pale yellow, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of spices, smokiness and fruit character. From a distance it smells fruity and spicy, but a closer inspection is dominated by the smokiness. The smokiness doesnít not have the fullness nor savory quality that beechwood smoked malt has, but it isnít sharp, phenolic and overwhelming like peat smoked malt either; it adds a nice, softer, woody and smoky character to the nose without being overly sharp or phenolic. The has lots of berry like notes to it (perhaps even evocative of juniper berries); it reminds me of a small, dried, bluish berry of some sort that I canít quite put a name too. The spice character seems to lend an herbal edge to this beer, but it melds in with the smokiness so well that at times it can be hard to pick out.

Softly fruity and light tart up front, the middle and finish is dominated by the smokiness that lingers on the palate a bit like a saw-burned plank of wood; the smokiness is not so dominant in the flavor though that the other notes canít come through. The beer is quite light bodied, it is buoyed by the effervescent, prickly carbonation, and certainly isnít watery, but it is light and refreshing (assuming you are not turned off by smokiness, which I am not). That bright, berry like fruitiness from the aroma is also here in the flavor; it is joined by a hint of pear or ripe plum character, but really has a tart, almost , but not quite, dried blueberry note, perhaps a touch of mulberry even. The malt character plays a supporting role here, it adds a rounded, slightly cracker like, but more of a wholesomeness to the smokiness that dominates this beer.

An interesting beer; it gets extra points for its uniqueness, and I would love to try the real thing at its source, but I canít really say that the smokiness is balanced well with the other notes. Still this is far from bad, and I am actually enjoying this.

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