Brewed by Jovaru Alus (Aldona Udriené)
Style: Traditional Ale
Jovarai, Pakruojo r., Lithuania


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Kaimiškas Gyvas Alus

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AlutisLt (57) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - NOV 14, 2004
Simply the best of tradition non-filtered lithuanian beers. Very easy to drink and have a good aroma - palatye. Little bit sweet but in normal proportions.

Podiathingg (8) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013 does not count
On tap at Blue Orange in Kaunas..Like drinking a piece of history, fantastic brew, cloudy amber w a small head, wonderful malty honey aroma, quite earthy, taste is sweet and malty with some herbal hints, slight bitterness which just about matches the sweet maltiness. Very full bodied and flavoursome, a clasic farmhouse style beer.

Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
Frothy, tan-coloured and cloudy. Leafy, fresh, bready aroma. Extremely refreshing palate. Very much like a cask bitter. The cleanest example of the style, with brilliant balance between the leafy indigenous hops and sweet, bready malts.

faroeviking (11084) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 27, 2010
Draught @ Alaus Namai. Muddy dark orange colour with a nice creamy head. Sweetish fruity yeasty aroma. Great mouthfeel indeed. Fresh malty, yeasty and fruity bit sweet flavour with a pleasant soft bitterness. Very fresh and very tasty brew!

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 My Bottom Line:
A modest barn sits on earthen terrain, pear esters and a few herbal hop vines in this easy drinking Kaimiškas Alus.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam tops the cloudy amber (from the bottle or Šnekutis tap). At the brewery, foam was plentiful and lacing all the way down the pint glass.
-When the carbonation is low (bottles and gravity cask), the earthy barn character stands out. But carbonation levels vary even from bottle to bottle...
-This is excellent with smoked peas.
-Mouthfeel is soft and full (for a quencher).
-The only comparison I can make for this type of brew (Kaimiškas Alus) is that it could resemble a farmhouse version of an ESB, or perhaps a twilight zone version of a Bière de Garde.

On gravity cask at Šnekutis Užupis (3.3), on tap at the brewery tasting room (4.2), at the Šnekutis in the Old Town, at Alaus Namai, and from many bottles (3.6).

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
In short: An earthy, farmhouse and floral/herbal ale that defies classification. Drinking a piece of land
How: From the tank directly at the brewery. Also on cask Šnekutis Užupis and tap at Alaus Namai, Vilnius, Lithuania and from a PET 500ml bottle. This rating is for the tap directly at the brewery which was much better than my other experiences with this beer
The look: Very cloudy glowing dark amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is quite floral and herbal, dirty and with a farmhouse/henhouse character. Taste is has husky grainy malts with a strong earthy character, flowery and herbal hops essence, citrusy notes. This beer truly smells and taste small-scale farmhouse, you can literally feel the regional terroir touching your senses, like drinking a piece of land and being able to taste its history. Hard to describe really. I wasn’t impressed with the cask at Šnekutis Užupis and even less by the bottle version but the pint I had directly at the brewery was pretty damn fine and even had a nice mouthfeel. Not only was the beer awesome, but drinking it on location at the brewery tasting room was an unforgettable experience. I like to travel to foreign countries and discover new breweries and locate find new places to dispose of bodies.

Travlr (25745) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2017 Draft at Snekutis Stepono. Cloudy golden amber color. Funky bready aroma. Taste is sweet and sour floral honey. 8-3-8-3-11-3.3 Tasted again from a bottle at the source. More clear than its draft brother. Aroma is bready with light funk. Taste is tart, fruity, bready. Special.

lokis333 (563) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - JAN 3, 2016
Cloudy unfiltered dark honey color with minimal white foam. Aromas on the weak side and smells like this Lithuanian candy that I can not remember but I know it! Which means aromas are somewhat sweet? Other than that smells of malt, straw, grapes and rasins. Palate, medium/full body, with heavy sweet thickish texture (could be bit thicker), and leaves rye bread, typical Lithuanian farm house ale finish that is somewhat sweet and really nice! Taste,Sweet of rasins, sunflower seeds, malty, nice and simple.Overall, nice simple, easy going and good fit for Lithuanian farmhouse ale style category, just bit on light side. I really did enjoy it but I had some other Lithuanian farmhouse ales and they did have nicer thicker texture and feel heavier in the mouth, but still very good and highly recomendable ale to try!

omhper (25538) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 Draught at Alus Namai, Vilnius (as Jovaru Kaimiškas Alus.). Cloudy deep golden, small head. herbal and fairly sweet, creamy and mildly fruity. Low carbonation gives the already soft malt character an extra cushion. Lots of ripe fruits, but fairly low on hops and bitterness.

larsga (7625) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015

Small white head quickly disappears. Hazy amber body. Fruity herbal walnuts aroma with phenolic oily notes. Dry-sweet herbal dusty walnuts taste with phenolic fruity notes. Full-bodied. Mealy soft faintly hot mouthfeel. Dry herbal hoppy syrupy walnut aftertaste with peppery floral notes. Excellent! Really unusual, harmonic, and scarily drinkable. Very complex. I’ve had this beer at least 10 times by now, and it always keeps presenting new facets of flavour. I love this beer.

It should be added that this is not your average beer. It’s a raw ale, for one thing, meaning the wort is never boiled, as is normal for farmhouse ale, both in Lithuania and elsewhere. The yeast is the family yeast, which DNA sequencing indicates is unique. (Draft at all three Snekutises, bottled from Bambalyne, and probably more places I can’t remember right now.)

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