One of the great things about the European Beer Bloggers Conference was that despite its presence in the UK for the third year in a row, there was definite representation from all over Europe. While much of the continent is known for its yellow fizzy beer, more interesting beer is starting to make itself better known and one of the people leading that charge in Poland is Tomasz Kopyra.
The treasure trove of my one of my local shops is running dry – I’ve now drunk pretty much every beer they’ve got and they don’t seem to like changing the range any more. So, this is the last of the bunch – Dębowe Mocne.
As usual despite my polish heritage I have no idea about this beer other than that the ‘mocne’ means ‘strong’. However, after a quick google (and hitting upon my main source of info for polish beer, even if I disagree with almost every one of his reviews, Hywel’s Big Log) I now know some things. Dębowe means Oak, named so as it’s matured in oak barrels, and the bottle slogans of ‘Naturalna Moc’ and ‘Bogaty Smak’ mean ‘Naturally Strong’ (rather than fortified) and ‘Richly Flavoured’. If you understand polish then there is a website, complete with smiling man with his arms crossed and animated barrels, that looks like it’s cost a bit more to put up than the rest of the polish brewing industry have spent on the internet combined. There’s also an obligatory advert up on the YouTubes – this one has more of a classical theme than most of the beer ads I’ve seen recently:
It’s a darker then usual lager with a reddy gold tint and it has a slightly cereally, biscuity smell. To taste it’s quite pleasant – soft and richly malty, with a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end and a touch of caramel crispbreads. For a 7.5% polish beer it hides the alcohol rather well and is quite worryingly drinkable, although you can feel its effect creeping in behind the eyes quite quickly. All in all rather a nice find from the corner shop – the best of the mocne beers I’ve found as of yet.
Now to move on to the next shop on the parade. I just hope they have as interesting a meat selection as the last shop…
7.5% Oak Aged Polish Strong Lager
About £1.70 from your local corner shop