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Crna Kraljica

Rating: 3.75

Now for another beer picked up while I was in Croatia at the start of last month and one I assumed was just another random beer I’d be tring until I discovered the very next day that is was brewed by Pivnica Medvedgrad, a Zagreb based brewery with a brewpub that I ended up visiting. This is therefore the first of two beer from the brewery that I’ll be reviewing here, a review of there Dva Klasa hefeweizen will follow soon after this. Described as an almost “completely black beer” with hints of caramel and malts, this one that I picked up at a Zagreb supermarket on my second morning in the city after noticing it was one of the few non-radler beers they had in stock that I hadn’t already tried but thankfully a few other shops in the city had a slightly more varied selection so there’s plenty more reviews to follow this one.

Crna Kraljica Crno Pivo

Appearance (4/5): Chocolate to dark brown in colour and topped with a foamy, tan brown head that’s about quarter of a centimetre tall initially, even managing to hold quite well over the opening minutes. There’s a few fine bubbles rising to the surface to the beer as well and it’s not a bad looking drink.
Aroma (7/10): Roasted malts and a few slightly darker notes start things off alongside touches of caramel and some sweetness. There is a nutty aroma to the beer with hints of toffee and a few earthy hops towards the end.
Taste (7/10): This one tasted a lot like the nose suggested with a nice combination of caramel and dark malts starting things off. There was some good roasted flavours, a sweet backing and a little brown sugar too before touches of coffee and faint bitterness rounded things off.
Palate (4/5): Creamy and very smooth on the palate, this one has a medium body and subtle carbonation but there is also plenty of sweetness in there and some sugars too. Towards the end some bitterness makes itself known and balances things out a little making the beer an easy one to drink.

Overall (15/20): Quite a nice dark style lager with plenty of caramel malts and some nice, darker malts and fruits in there that keep things balanced and interesting. There was a pleasant hint of coffee to proceedings and I was surprised at how easy it was to drink with help from the creamy palate. Definitely one well worth seeking out if you ever find yourself in the north of Croatia and one I’m glad I stumbled across.

Brewed In: Zagreb, Croatia
Brewery: Pivnica Medvedgrad
Type: Schwarzbier (Dark Lager)
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Billa Supermarket (Zagreb)
Price: 11.99 kuna (approx. £1.15)

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  1. September 10, 2015 at 13:10

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