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Lithuanian beer: Sakiškių alus

It’s been only a few months since a new Lithuanian micro brewery Sakiškių alus started operating, and already they’ve presented five different brews (with at least 2 more on the way). Before going commercial, the duo behind Sakiškių alus have been active members of the home brewing community, so to call them newbies in the beer scene would be an outright lie.

Sakiskiu alus

We’ve been a little slow to taste their production, mainly because we live in a god forsaken village in the middle of nowhere outside of bigger cities, far away from all the posh pubs. Over the last couple of months we still managed to get our hands on all five beers. Their Witbier was our first acquaintance with Sakiškių alus’ production. Then one after another we bought all the rest and could finally do a little photoshoot on the beach (and then later taste them).

Sakiskiu alus

Style: Witbier
ABV: 4.9%

Appearance: Matte yellow body with a nonexistent head. Looks thick.

Aroma: It was suspiciously good and hit all the good spots. We felt coriander, banana, cloves.

Taste: Contrary to the aroma, it was too bland. Sure, it had the coriander and a little bit of bitterness, but it wasn’t smooth enough.

Moutfheel: Watery and thin.

Notes: This was their only brew that we had on tap. And, we hate to admit it, the weakest link in their assortment.

Sakiskiu alus

Style: Saison
ABV: 5.2%

Appearance: A little bit hazy yellow body with golden tints and a fluffy white head. Looks real good.

Aroma: A bit on the weak side, with sour, earthy and leathery notes coming through.

Taste: It tasted just like it smelled! Light sourness, earthiness, some peppers.

Mouthfeel: A nice, well-rounded body. We only disagreed regarding carbonation. One of us thought it was OK, the other found it too much.

Notes: A nice, pleasant, well-balanced brew.

Sakiskiu alus

Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2%

Appearance: Since it was one of the brews that we took for a ride (to make the pretty pictures), it foamed up quite a bit. After it settled, we saw a hazyish copper coloured body with a tall white head.

Aroma: It had a strong aroma, but not a jarring one. A beautiful bouquet of pines, citrus fruit, mangos.

Taste: A mellow, moderately hopped beer. It starts malty, and finishes off on a hoppy, yet not-too-bitter note.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and well-balanced.

Notes: It’s a great ale, showcasing the aromatic hops, with a perfect balance between maltiness and bitterness.

Sakiskiu alus

Style: Milk Stout
ABV: 4.7%

Appearance: Black hazy body with a fluffy light brown head. Wonderful.

Aroma: Strong roasted malt aroma, accompanied by slight sourness and some prunes.

Taste: It begins with roasted malts, and ends with slight sweetness, leaving some bread crust notes to linger.

Mouthfeel: It’s a bit watery, but still has a firmer body than his brother from another mother, also brewed in Lithuania.

Notes: The roasted notes seem to be too sharp, we wished for more smoothness and mellowness. The texture is milky enough, however, the aroma is too one-dimensional.

Sakiskiu alus

Style: IPA
ABV: 7.2%

Appearance: Hazyish dark copper-coloured body with a fluffy brownish head. The body has some red tints to it.

Aroma: This one is more intense than that of Pale Ale, sharper, with more exotic fruit in the mix.

Taste: It’s a bit sharp, but moderately bitter. We certainly felt quite a bit of Mosaic hops, which is either a good or a bad thing. Good if you like them; bad if you think they taste like paint.

Mouthfeel: Again, a well-balanced beer with a firm body to counterbalance all the hops.

Notes: Luckily, this IPA is not just bitter. It has more to offer, from fruit to currant notes.

In conclusion, it is a promising start. Although their Witbier was a disappointment, other brews more than made up for it. While sipping the beers, we asked each other, which is the best. It’s hard to say, really. We felt that Saison, Pale Ale and IPA were exceptionally good, especially the latter two. We liked how Sakiškių alus made them very aromatic, but not disgustingly bitter. Well done, and we will be waiting for new brews!

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