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King Cobra (272 of 1001)

Rating: 3.25

This one is a fairly unusual offering now, essentially an Indian beer (the flagship Cobra was originally brewed there) that is brewed in Poland before been trucked to Belgium and bottled there and finally marketed by a British company who oversee the entire operation. The beer is listed under Belgium in the 1001 beers book and since the beer is finished off there I’ll follow suit and list it as another Belgian beer. The beer itself is one that I’ve noticed some of the larger Morrison’s supermarkets in the UK have been stocking for the past year or two and it’s always one that I’ve meant to pick up and try without ever getting round to it but luckily I was recently given a bottle as a birthday gift and have been looking forward to popping the cork on it ever since. Essentially the beer is a beefed up, stronger version of the regular Cobra, a beer that I quite enjoy when no craft beers are available and mass-produced lager is the only thing available so hopefully this one will be fairly enjoyable too. The beer was originally launched in 2005 and brewed by a Palm Breweries subsidiary in Poland (Brouwar Belgia) before being transported to the Rodenbach brewery in Belgium after primary fermentation to undergo secondary fermentation and bottling there. The beer is available in the United States & Canada under the Krait Prestige Champagne Lager alias as well.

King Cobra

Appearance (3/5): This one pours a really light and very clear looking golden-yellow colour with an average sized, one centimetre tall head that is a bubbly white and holds for about twenty seconds before fading to a thin and quick patchy lacing that covers about half of the beers surface
Aroma (6/10): Quite a sweet-smelling beer, definitely a lager like aroma but with plenty of emphasis on the malts and some medium strength alcohol notes making an appearance as well. There was some faint citrus notes as well but the sweet malts are what make up most of the aroma with some bread, corn and faint background fruits making up the rest. It’s nothing special in truth, on the nose at least but it’s certainly better than average for the style with some I’ve had in the past proven less than impressive on the nose, hopefully it can carry this through to the taste.
Taste (6/10): Starting quite sweet with a lot of malts coming through, this one matches the nose fairly well. There is some citrus making itself known quite early on, some bread and corn as well before hints of floral and spice start to feature. Some faint hops appear alongside the noticeable alcohol content and some added sweetness giving this one a fairly predictable taste for the style but not necessarily a bad one, it’s drinkable and a lot better than some I’ve tried in the past.
Palate (4/5): Slightly grainy but smooth with some sticky sweet patches and a light to light-medium body and medium carbonation. The beers alcohol content was noticeable throughout, as was the sweetness and the finish was a dry, sticky one with very faint spicy touches.

Overall (13/20): I wasn’t quite sure about this one at all really, on the one hand it was quick strong and fairly basic but on the other it was easy to drink despite the strength and seemed better than what you usually get from an imperial pilsner, it wasn’t great but it was certainly a decent effort. I’m not entirely sure it’s a beer I’m realistically likely to pick up again but it is another off the 1001 list and I did manage to finish it easily enough.

Brewed In: Londerzeel, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Palm/Brouwar Belgia/Cobra Beer
First Brewed: 2005
Type: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (750ml)
Purchased: Morrison’s (Glasgow)
Price: Gift

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