Tasting: ten new varieties of the Russian brewery Jaws
Jaws beer is well known to the Belarusian consumer: for the first time varieties of the brewery appeared on sale in Minsk back in 2014. During this time, the number of beer lovers Jaws has increased significantly, as well as the range of the brewery.
One of the new products released late last year is Witbier. Jaws Brewers not only brewed beer in a rather popular style, but also came up with an unusual chip: beer design was done by street artist from Yekaterinburg Ilya Brains. He made a series of labels with different inscriptions in the style of his street work.
– The first rises in the nose orange peel. There is a lot of it in aromatics, – Alex Leit sniffs beer. – Usually the color of a whitbier is a little lighter, but if you take, for example, La Trappe, then its color is also quite dark.
Toasted beer brought a slightly unusual color to the beer, which also added hints of freshly baked bread. The rest of the beer has a classic taste with characteristic spicy and citrus notes, although, according to tasters, the variety came out a bit unbalanced.
– A little stronger than the standard Vit, and more wheat, and zest. It tastes bitter. Not only from hops, but also from zest. There is a lot of coriander too, sums up Alex Leit.
Next we try another new product – Check Out. However, the style of this beer is quite new. Brut IPA – dry IPA with high carbonization – entered the market only last year, but quickly managed to become one of the main trends.
– I do not know how brut he is. In theory, it should be dry-dry. By sweetness, some blond reminds me, ”says Artyom Avakov.
– It seems! – counters Alex Leit. – The effect of a number of glycerin compounds gives a feeling of sweetness. Therefore, I think there is no excess sugar left here.
“But it dries me normally,” laughs Maxim Belyaev.
Everyone agrees that the style does not have an accessible sample, and there is nothing to compare this beer with.
“We need to try the very dry-dry one and understand how dry it is, how they write about it,” Alex Leit refers to the beer from the American brewery Social Kitchen & Brewery, where the amylase enzyme, which is added to break down malt sugars, is used for dryness. – Check Out, in fact, is almost as degraded as possible, the finish is very dry. The aroma is very good, and the taste even feels white grapes.
We turn to another ambiguous style – pumpkin beer. Lost Pumpkins is an experimental variation of a seasonal variety with a bright spicy profile.
– I see a rum woman! – Artyom sniffs in surprise at the beer. – And the candle from Ikea reminds. There are spicy Christmas candles: when you light it, it also smells.
– Some give spices. In this case, the set is not familiar. Everything is very balanced, easy and intelligent. There is nutmeg, a little clove, ”explains Alex Leit.
Indeed, a set of cloves, cardamom and nutmeg played quite unusual in both aroma and taste, revealing various shades against the background of the caramel base of this beer.
– The taste is sweet at first, in the aftertaste the spices are knitted a little. All this resembles a mantle – it is it, and not a carrot – with dried fruits, with dried cherries. I usually do not like pumpkin: beer most often comes out either very spicy or baked. And here is the case when it’s nice, ”says Alex Leit.
Next in line is the blond Amelie ale, hopped by the traditional Czech Premiant hop variety, most often used for both bitterness and aroma.
– The aroma of hops is spicy, floral, herbal (rather than grassy). Hops are characteristic of such a beer, as is the yeast in it: they even give the aroma of apple seeds. Do not get hung up on the word blond in the description. This beer, rather, can be called Belgian Golden Elem. It is golden in color, and blond ale is darker, honey in color, with a more malt flavor. And here hops come first, yeast, then only malt, ”Alex Leit conducts educational program.