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Książęce Burgundowe Trzy Słody

Rating: 3.5

A beer that I didn’t even try to pronounce the name of when I received this as a gift from someone returning from Kraków now, and most surprisingly the beer is only the sixth from Poland that I’ve managed to review on this blog. Despite the number of Polish shops in my local area, it appears that the only beers from the country to regularly appear in bars and supermarkets are the usual Lech, Tyskie & Żywiec offerings but beyond that it’s unusual to see many others. This particular beer was one that was picked up at the airport in Kraków and is unlikely to be one that’s made it to the UK in any great numbers before. I struggled to find much information on the beer before opening it but I had expected it to be another Polish style pale lager, instead I found it to be much darker and it fell somewhere between a Vienna lager and a winter warmer style offering which I was quite pleased about.

Ksiazece Burgundowe Trzy Slody

Appearance (4/5): Pours a slightly copper tinged amber colour that is semi-clear and topped with a thin, half centimetre tall head that’s a foamy texture and slightly off-white. Retention is okay, with it eventually halving in size around about a minute but still covering the surface fairly well; there’s a touch of lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a sweet and very malty nose initially, there was a lot of caramel coming through in the early going with some earthy notes featuring too. I’d opened this expecting a pale lager but it was anything but, there was some nice sugars and a few background fruits coming through alongside hints of toffee and a faint alcohol aroma. A very pleasant beer on the nose, this one was well-balanced but the caramel sweetness was definitely what struck you first; good stuff so far.
Taste (6/10): Opening with some sweet malts and caramel much like the nose suggested, the taste wasn’t quite as strong as the smell but it was far for weak either. There was a sticky sweetness to proceedings and I got a lighter toffee flavour around the middle before some earthy malts and the odd background fruit came through further down the line. Some bread malts and a couple of sugars appeared nearer the end and there was touches of hay alongside some faint grassy flavours to round things off but it wasn’t quite as good as the nose sadly.
Palate (3/5): This one was a surprisingly light beer on the palate, it was thinner than I expected and almost seemed watery straight off the bat. There was a solid sweetness coming through from the start though with some sticky touches and a few sugars as well. Carbonation wise the beer was quite light as well but it didn’t seem flat at any point thankfully and it was still easy to drink, this despite the fact that it had faded slightly from the nose.

Overall (14/20): This one started as an excellent beer thanks to the smell that came through very strong and sweet with plenty of caramel and quite a few sugars too, all of this proved quite appealing given I cracked the bottle open expecting a run-of-the-mill Euro pale lager. Things faded slightly come the taste though, the beer wasn’t quite as pronounced with the sweet malts and caramel coming through slightly weaker than before and the body of the beer proving to be a lot lighter than I’d anticipated. There was still enough to keep me interested though thanks to the background fruits, sticky sweetness and earthy malts that featured throughout. Overall the beer was a good one but I couldn’t help wondering what might have been had it not faded to dramatically come the taste; it was still a decent beer though.

Brewed In: Tychy, Poland
Brewery: Kompania Piwowarska
First Brewed: circa. 2013
Type: Vienna Lager/Winter Warmer
Abv: 5.6%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Kraków
Price: Gift

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