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Union Temno Pivo (305 of 1001)

Rating: 3.75

Finally a new review from a beer that features on the 1001 beers list now, a bottle of Union Temno Pivo that I sampled in Ljuubljana last month and my first from the list in quite some time; mainly due to the fact that I had already reviewed both Croatian beers on the list a few years ago and this one is the only Slovenian beer listed. Due to the fact that this one was the only Slovenian beer on the list to try, this one was the beer that I was most anxious to try on my vacation this year despite the fact I didn’t think it would be a particularly good offering; thankfully that wasn’t the case though and it actually proved to be one of the better Slovenian beers I managed to try on my travels; it was also my seventh Union beer alone and the last review of one from me for quite some time now.

Union Temno Pivo

Appearance (4/5): A mahogany brown colour with some red tinges and an opaque body that is one centimetre tall and quite foamy looking with also has creamy spots. It sits a light tan colour on top of the beer with good retention over the opening couple of minutes.
Aroma (7/10): The nose of this one starts off with some dark roasted malts and an earthy bitterness that features some caramel too. There’s a few darker fruits making an appearance along with some sugars, bread and a touch of toffee. It’s not an overly sweet beer but there is some throughout with some subtle hops sitting in the background to round things off.
Taste (7/10): Earthy malts and sugars kick off the taste of this one, there is some caramel malts not far behind though and these add to the sweetness of the beer a little. Next up is some background fruits and a slightly grainy taste with some subtle hops from the nose making another appearance here. Touches of toffee and a various roasted flavours come through at the end to finish things off.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation, the beer has some slight grains coming through alongside a decent amount of sweetness from malts and caramel. It was quite an easy beer to drink with a good balance and no alcohol showing.

Overall (15/20): This one was a surprisingly enjoyable dark lager from Union, I say surprising since so many of the beers from them that I’ve reviewed here recently have been fairly disappointing offerings but this one was quite a pleasant one. The beer was well-balanced and smooth with a nice amount of sweetness coming through along with some darker, roasted flavours and a few background fruits. It was an easy one to drink as well with enough variation to keep things interesting.

Brewed In: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brewery: Pivovarna Union
First Brewed: 1989
Formerly Known As: Union Baron Black/Crni Baron
Type: Dark Lager
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Premier Pub, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Price: €2.80 (approx. £2.04)

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