In November Bread’n’Beer visited Poland – just a short trip to stock up on local brews (yeah, we do that… sometimes). We came back with a trunk full of Polish beer. A lot of it was from Browar Kormoran, a medium size (or small? Polish experts, help!) regional brewing company. First up for tasting were three basic Kormoran brews – Jasny (light), Ciemny (dark) and Krzepkie (strong). Let’s see what they’ve got!
Kormoran Jasny, a 4.9% ABV pilsner
Appearance: Very clear gold coloured body with a white porous fast-settling head. Seems medium carbonated.
Aroma: Malty with a hint of sourness.
Taste: Light maltiness, followed by hops. The bitterness isn’t over the top, it’s just there – strong, confident. We’d say the taste is simple. But is simple always bad?
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light body, average lasting taste. The brew is decent enough and refreshing.
Notes: We felt a peculiar note flowing through the beer, but couldn’t decide what it was. Polish hops, perhaps? The beer is supposedly loaded with local varieties – Marynka, Sybilla, Lubelski. After a few sips the bitterness becomes even stronger and we liked that.
Kormoran Ciemny, a 4.5% ABV dunkel
Appearance: Almost clear brown body with off-white porous rather long-lasting head.
Aroma: Strong roasted malt and rye bread crust notes.
Taste: Bread crust – again! The taste is one-dimensional, only later supplemented with a hint of hops.
Mouthfeel: A bit watery and prone to dryness, with low-to-medium carbonation and a short aftertaste.
Notes: Meh. We weren’t impressed. Jasny seemed a better and more interesting brew. This one was only OK.
Kormoran Krzepkie, a 7.4% ABV strong pale lager
Appearance: Clear brown body with ruby red tints and a low white, yet rather long-lasting head.
Aroma: Prunes and rye bread crust. Sweet, even sickeningly so.
Taste: The highish alcohol content doesn’t reveal itself, making this beer easier to drink. The same sweet prune and bread crust notes.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, long-lasting aftertaste, decently balanced… but a bit too sweet.
Notes: Poland is famous for its strong brews. This one, however, was a pleasant exception – decently balanced, smoother, more expressive.