Yup, you read it right — this time it’s a Baltic beer! This year, three Baltic craft breweries — Dundulis from Lithuania, Malduguns from Latvia and Tanker from Estonia — joined hands to create a unique and special brew. The beer is dedicated to The Baltic Way, a live human chain that extended from Vilnius to Tallinn on 23rd of August 1989. It was a cry for freedom, a protest against Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its secret protocol. A commemorative beer is an interesting way to mark this occassion and we, of course, wanted to taste it asap. Especially since it was brewed with juniper branches from all three countries, a splash of water from the Baltic sea, a dash of amber, rye and smoked malts.
Style: Smoked Amber Ale
ABV: 5,6 %
Appearance: Hazy, dirty brown body with an off-white porous fast-settling head.
Aroma: Subtle notes of smoked malt, sweetiness and sourness.
Taste: It starts off malty, followed by rather sharp bitterness. After a few sips the smokiness starts to settle in at the back of the throat — very mellow, subtle, not overpowering.
Mouthfeel: It has an interesting body — starts off mellow and smooth, then bam! hoppy bitterness only made sharper by the juniper berries.
Notes: While it is an interesting beer, we felt it had too much going on. So we bought ourselves another bottle to keep and see how it’ll turn out later. It’s a good kind of crazy beer. And 0,33 l is sure enough of it.