Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 liter PET bottle. Cloudy golden. No head to speak of. Initial smoky aroma. Then, juniper. Phenolic. Banana and bitter oranges. Refreshing once it enters the mouth. Some acidity. Refreshing beer. Well balanced. Rich and complex flavours. Body is light, but there are enough happening here to make this a really interesting beer. Strong, but very drinkable. (Thanks @larsga).
larsga (7497) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2016 Small white head. Hazy opaque yellow body. Powerful smoky mealy
banana aroma, kind of wheat-like, oily herbal yoghurt notes.
Dry, and faintly acidic, citric strawy smoky taste with yoghurty
notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Leaves a peppery,
abrasive feeling in the mouth that lasts a long time. Dry, again
faintly acidic, peppery yoghurty banana aftertaste with smoky
orangey juniper notes. Very interesting, highly drinkable, and full of
flavour. I like it. (1l PET bottle by devious means.)
I’ve had it a number of times since, from the fermenter, at the brewery outlet, in Tallinn, and again at home from PET bottle. What strikes me is that it’s never the same beer twice, even if some things are constant. The original rating is pretty good, but there is more juniper flavour than I noticed the first time, and the hot peppery thing has never appeared again. Also, a lot of the green, earthy, musty flavour is very like the Lithuanian raw ales, and so probably from the brewing process. It’s a very good beer, though, and deserves to be considered a farmhouse classic.
nihtila (3506) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
26.7.2014. Thick hazy, light brown. Has lemon, kataja, yeast. Looks, smells and tastes a lot like sahti.
Rammer (397) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in a bar in Tallinn. Fragrant a farmhouse ale. Pleasant. Very refreshing, a little sour, a little bitterness.
MartR (345) - Aespa, ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2015 Hazy yellow, light body and smells a bit boozy. Lots a banana flavor and a little lemon. Tastes sweet, but also yeasty. Something different, yet highly drinkable and I like it. Can’t go pass the ElavOlu store without taking one.
Nocturne (1973) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Põrgu, Tallinn. Ultra hazy yellow shade with a white head. Yeasty aroma, full on banana assault. Taste follows similar lines. Faintly bready with a dry finish that feels a little off at times. I can see where the homebrew comparisons are coming from. Pondering the style’s relationship to sahti was probably more interesting than the beer, but glad to have tried it.
Kauge (1899) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Põrgu in Tallinn (€ 2,6 for 33 cl). An opaque light orange (looks like sea buckthorn juice) with a modest white head that drops fast. Nose strikes me at first as something plasticky and burnt, dirty, rotten, vile, fermented, terribly acrid, and on top of that boozy... But it’s also doughy, yeasty and strangely sweet. Taste is... like something gone bad - apples (as in home-made apple juice), nuts, peach. Sourish, grainy, cidery, autumny. Tastes like it’s been brewed by some guy’s great uncle in his ramshackle dacha back in the 1980’s. Full body, dry palate, medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. A sharp, acrid finish. Probably the strangest beer I’ve ever had, but mind you, my experiences on the "wild side of beer" are not that great. I am, however, intrigued and would not hesitate to suggest (a small glass of) this to serious beer fans who happen to find themselves in our neck of the woods.
jann3 (363) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale hazy yellow with a small head. Slightly sour aroma with citrus and juniper notes. Taste is dryish at first, but then the sweetish yeast and fruity notes strengthens. A taste of alcohol is clearly distinguishable. Feels more like weizenbock than sahti/koduolu. (Draught at the craft beer festival in Helsinki).
tiong (7129) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ SOPP 2014
Pours murky yellow with a smooth head. Aroma of yeast, wheaty notes, tartness and farmyard. Taste is yeasty and earthy with loads of juniper, banana and farmyard. Finish is yeasty and stuffy with some banana and farmyard. This tastes like a mix of a weizenbock and Sahti.
jookos (6421) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow, milkshake-y. Bananas, strong asparagus, malts and yeast. Full bodied, but nicely enjoyed, doesn’t cloy much at all. This is an eastery, volatile, drink. I can’t say I fancy the asparagus, this time, usually it’s been mellower. My score is sort of an average over all the times I’ve had this.