Welcome to the latest edition of 'Piwo Uncut'!
In order to bring you reviews of the most interesting and flavour packed beers currently on the go, we've teamed up with Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, the city's best venue for craft beer and tapas. Each month we visit Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland and beyond.
This month we’re reviewing WRCLW Schöps, It’s A Trap, Dziwak, Pożegnanie Lata and Limonka Hooligans.
It’s A Trap, Pracownia Piwa (5.7%)
To begin with we have a few beers from the Pracownia Piwa brewery in Kraków. This first one is an American Saison funnily named 'It's A Trap'.
The beer has a clear dark-yellow colour, a small frothy head and good lacing. Meanwhile the aroma is of peach, citrus and spices. Typical of saisons, It’s A Trap has a light body, which makes it entirely drinkable, while the dry finish goes down well too.
All in all, it's no understatement to say Pracownia Piwa have come up with another solid beer here – it's not a trap as far as I can see!
Dziwak, Pracownia Piwa (8%)
The title of this second Pracownia Piwa beer means “eccentric”, and this is certainly an interesting Imperial IPA that justifies its name.
For those not clued up on Imperial IPA's, the term dates back to the late 18th century, when British brewers exported an “Imperial Stout” to the imperial court of Russia. Imperial IPAs then took their name from that, while they may also be called a Double IPA.
Dziwak has an aroma of citrus, pine, spices and bread. When it comes to the taste, flavours of pear, zest, banana and bread can be detected, all of which are underpinned by a malty base and complimented with a zesty bitter pine finish. Although the beer has an high alcohol content, it isn't so noticeable in the taste.
This is a beer that deserves respect, so drink it slowly and savour those flavours!
Pożegnanie Lata, Pracownia Piwa (5.6%)
This last of the the three beers from Pracownia Piwa this month is this Sour Ale.
Pożegnanie Lata has a yellow, cloudy colour and a foamy head. As for the smell, you'll find aromas of citrus and lemon with notes of Mirabella plum. Its taste is tangy and lemony and has a sourness like berries and the brettanomyces yeast you can find in red wines. Having a tart finish and being somewhat sweet and lightly carbonated, Pożegnanie Lata proves itself to be a refreshing beer.
The title of the beer in English means “Farewell to summer”, which may be somewhat ill-fitting for this time of year. Nonetheless it is certainly worth trying and I would still advise you to drink this, perhaps as way of reminiscing this past summer.
Limonka Hooligans, Browar Piwoteka (5.1%)
This is a Lime APA and as the name suggests, the taste and smell of lime dominates this beer.
Limonka Hooligans is balanced by its APA base, which brings with it a splash of citrus and bitter base. Add to that the lime-zest finish, and you have a nuanced form of bitter impression.
All in all, this is a bracing beer that will work as a nice upgrade for those who like to drink Corona with a slice of lime in the bottle.
WRCLW Schöps, Browar Stu Mostów (4.3%)
Last but by no means least is a beer with a Vratislavian history that we’ve been waiting eagerly to try ever since it was released back in September.
Named Schöps (meaning “ram”), the beer was originally brewed in Wrocław from the 16th century and was known as being one of the leading beers in Europe. However, the recipe went missing in 1945 and until recently it had not been brewed here at all. Thankfully however, the brewers of Stu Mostów, together with international historians and beer experts, have revived this fine beer.
Schöps is essentially a Wheat Ale and is dark yellow in colour and rather cloudy in its appearance. Give it a good nose and you'll find notes of bread, banana, nutmeg andhoney. Seeing as it's brewed with wheat malts, the beer has a pronounced malty taste with undercurrents of wheat; notes of banana, straw, cloves, nutmeg and biscuit. Meanwhile the use of the Polish hop Lomik adds a slight bitterness. To offset the sweetness, sauergut (a watered version of various bacteria used in kefirs and yoghurts) was added to the oak barrels used during fermentation, which gives Schöps a lactic acidity.
To paraphrase an old Wrocław saying, if one hasn’t drunk Schöps, one hasn’t been in Wrocław!
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