Alengrin (6017) - BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2018
Bottle from the Mitra shop in Lelystad, Netherlands. After trying to wrap my head around the concept of a 10,5% Gotlandsdricka aged on red wine barrels and after reading some of the reviews below and taking note of the fact that this is in the top three in its category here on RateBeer (which probably doesn't say that much - competition isn't particularly stiff in the sahti / dricka / koduõlu class I suppose), I was more than eager to try this one. Thick, fairly large-bubbled, irregular, egg-white head quickly dissolving in the middle due to the alcohol but well-retaining around the edge, over a lightly hazy, warm 'rusty orange'-tinged, almost amberish peach blonde beer. Fascinating bouquet of smoked trout or bacon, soggy rye bread and sweetish white bread dough, gin including (unsurprisingly) juniper or other conifer tree aspects ethereally piercing through the smoke, potato juice and cooked turnips, freshly cut red apples, vermouth, dry hay, some dry red wine in the background but subtly so, hints of dried apricots, deep-fried pineapple, old linen fabric, unsmoked cigarette tobacco, bitter honey, brown soap, tree bark, dried wormwood leaves, whisky. Fruity onset but not overly estery, hinting at green Conférence pear, unripe banana and apricot, restrained in sweetness with a sourish edge, relatively softly carbonated with a very full, resinous and somewhat soapy body. Dried bread crust- and vaguely peanut-like maltiness, sweetish (even remotely honeyish) with an ever so slight toasty edge and a spicy hint from the rye malt, penetrated by this smokiness almost from the start, adding an expressive smoked trout- and cigarette-like accent without becoming too much. Ethereal, resinous spiciness from the juniper pierces through in a deep bronze green way, so to speak, while a deeper, more clove-like phenolic spiciness develops underneath; still neither of these two overpower the smoky aspect and long before the finish, the alcohol kicks in, whisky- and calvados-like, warming the back of the mouth and even heating the throat, where it becomes a bit wry and crude. Still the basic sweetishness and smokiness come through all this, along with a leafy, herbal hop bitterness, well in place and assisting the woody tannins from the wine barrels in drying the finish; the alcohol does, however, drown the red wine flavour a bit, which is a pity as I was looking forward to it. I wonder what a stronger red wine factor would do to this - even for a Gotlandsdricka of sorts - utterly unusual, but well-constructed beer... Jopen started off in the late previous century as revivalists of the city of Haarlem's proud old brewing tradition, recreating historical recipes of the time, then jumped on the craft beer bandwagon and now produces highly interesting brews, some of which, like this one (and its regular, non-barrel aged congener), refer back to their roots and original interest in historical beers. It typifies the elan of the present-day Dutch craft beer movement that they are not afraid to tackle an ancient, still partially home-made style of highly traditional 'Viking beers' hardly anyone out of Sweden ever tasted, but then not too many people will have any frame of reference to properly judge this from a Gotlandsdricka perspective... I have very little, if any, experience with this style myself so all I can do, is say that this is not only conceptually interesting, but flavour-wise quite complex as well. I do not normally like juniper in beer, but it's usually the 'berries' that are used and in this case the branches have given off less of that extreme spicy resinousness and fit in well with the smoky aspect, which I think is on the strong side for the style; also, the alcohol burn is a bit much for me, demanding too much attention at the back. More of the red wine would have been interesting, too, but a beer conceived like this is complicated enough as it is so I won't take that into account for my rating here. Not the best Jopen I've had, but certainly the most interesting. Mister_Li (1664) - GERMANY - JAN 6, 2018
Leicht trübes, dunkles Orangegold mit relativ wenig Schaum. Reichlich Raucharomen, Speck, Wacholder, Waldbeeren, Kräuter, dezent Rotwein, wow! thanatosti (1873) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ W. van Schaik, Vianen.
Hazy amber with a thin white head. Smoky aroma. Sweet taste with some red wine notes without the astringency. Long smooth slightly warming finish.
Didn't knew what to expect from this as I never had this style before, and I don't think this is really a typical example of the style, but it was really interesting, tasty and a bit too sweet for me. MonsterMagnet (1684) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2017
Bottle, bottle date 12-2016. Pours a clear orange/red with a white head. Aroma is mild smokey, juniper berries, red berries. Taste is sweet, smoke, birch tree (indeed), juniper berries, elderberries, notes of red wine. Lingering lightly vinous finish. The smoke is present but quite mild. I like it. Franksv6 (1000) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2017
Cloudy coper colored beer with a small white cup, low carbonation.
Aroma is smoky, elderberry, fruit, malt, caramel, slight herbal.
Beer is dry, the aftertaste is light bitter.
Ungstrup (39109) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2017
Draft. A hazy amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of smoke, malt, caramel, and juniperberries. The flavor is sweet with notes of smoke, juniper berries, caramel, and malt, leading to a dry finish. ALIBALI (2904) - Kiel, GERMANY - NOV 30, 2017
Schinken, Islay, Gruit, Kräutersäckchen & der scharfe SpritAtem (in Richtung Cognac/Cherry-Blend). Also? Geeky LebertranSud👽🍄❤..& English Strong Ale Lover indeed ✨ 0,33l Flasche in Groningen...Rattys Stuff :)...
Rasmus40 (22697) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2017
Tap @ Taphouse, Copenhagen. Light hazy amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, smoked meat and wood Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and soft. 291117 Koelschtrinker (22517) - KÃ¶ln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 29, 2017
Trockener, hefig würziger Beginn. Geringe Süße, spritzig würzig, trocken, eher langweilig. 10/8/9/8//9 caesar (7475) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2017
Bottle from Mitra Bunnik. Almost clear amber color, short frothy head. Aroma of juniper and wood, some vinous notes I guess. Slight sourish in taste, bit sweet, fruity wine, juniper. Weird stuff. Ok.