brought this as a souvenir from Venezia, Italy, where he and his wife
were celebrating their anniversary. Nice gift, though (of course) I
was first a bit suspicious, because my first thought after seeing the
bottle was “oh my, is this another strong industrial lager…”
boy, was I wrong. Very, very nice strong ale feel, almost like
sniffing a barley wine, though not that strong. Specs I copied from
net: 8,6% ABV, yeast is Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, hops used are
Tettnang and Spaalt with four kinds of malts: Monaco, Pils,
Caramunich and Carafa.
is full, warming, sweet but not ugly sweet. Malty, fruity feel (dried
fruits) and enough hoppy bitterness to give drying balance to the
Have to admit I was positively surprised but this is a
brewery with historical background and they make only this strong ale
and pils, so they definitely have put some effort in these selected
beers. If you want some great strong ale, choose this!
bit watery saison which is kinda acceptable, because this was obviously forced to be lighter than the real saison with these
ingredients (thanks to our now former stupid laws that forbade over 4,7% beers to be
sold anywhere else but state monopoly stores - obviously it is 2018 now, and the law has changed!! But review is from dark ages of 2017).
This manages to give some
nice funky and peppery tastes, and is an easy drinkable and
Quite OK PS. There is a new version of this with its natural ABV!
bought a “Big Four” –pack from local grocery store. This is
Finnish indie brewery from Tampere and the 4-packs name in Finnish is
“iso nelonen”, which is a humorous nod to the beers earlier known
as IV-beers here in Finland, that were only sold in state monopoly
Alko and restaurants. When people got to a bar, they ordered a beer
by saying “tuoppi”, “olut” or by taxation classes “kolmonen”
(III class beers sold in stores) or “nelonen” (IV class beers).
Nowadays most bars sell beers by their name, but there are still
those more traditional Finnish shitty bars (“räkälä” in
Finnish, which translates roughly as “snotty house”), in which
the beer is sold either by “tuoppi” (which usually is III class
basic lager) or if asked, as “iso nelonen”. So, nowadays we can
buy “iso nelonen” also from grocery store – but just as a
Pyynikin humorous 4-pack of 0,5l cans :D
what about the beer? This was a bit cold when I opened the can, so
scent was a bit metallic, but the taste was suberb, so nicely
balanced session ale with fresh fruits and bitterness that have to
say, I could have drank couple more of these, if I have had any.
old favorite indie brewery from Finland. They use traditional emmerwheat and other rare grains, but here emmer is the key to success. Soft,
easy-going, easy drinkable, but enjoyable pure pale ale to drink with
food and just enjoyment of course.
No gimmicks, just good stuff with
nice, balanced, nicely hopped beer.
this was a bit harder to digest than Duvel, because there are so much
dark ales and Belgs and everything out there, so why should this
trappist be called classic?
Its good, its nice, its enjoyable, its
easygoing, its nice and its so fucking tasty. But is it great?
a classic, and I cant complain, but there are great ones and there
are very good ones, and honestly, I have to classify this now as the
latter one. Thanks monks, you do a great job and every beer of yours
is great, but I cant raise this to a pedestal. Still, this is...
my fucking god, The Devil! The beer that started it, the beer
This was the first beer to blow my mind.
At first it
feels like so many Belgian beers – you know from the smell, that
there are Belgian yeasts doing their magic.
Then there’s the color,
that’s so light yellow, that you think, that maybe this doesn’t
taste a lot, but how wrong can you be. Pepper, coriander, orange
peel, grapefruit, bitterness, pepper, pepper, fuck this is good.
not a huge fan of Belgian yeasts in general, but here they make their
best performance, they are at their prime, and wow, I just love this
beer, year in year out, forever.
profession-series, arkkitehti means an architect and this is IPA,
quite British like with not so bitter ending, but still high
drinkability, very easy going stuff, malty and nutty, enough hops to
balance this as an easily enjoyable beer.
Red Ale with Rowan berry. In Finland we punks know legendary rowan
berry wine Sorbus (which is actually a latin phrase for rowan).
“Sorbus, nectar of the gods!” shouted Soppatykki-singer – in
Finnish obviously so here’s some of the lyrics for you people to
sing along: “Vituttaa natsiskinit, ja muka täydelliset pilvihipit,
vittu ei kiinnosta, siks juomme Sorbusta!”
What has punk rock then
got to do with Jazz ale? Well, I believe, that greatest jazz is also
anarchism towards the “rules”. Pyynikin brewery is definitely a
mix of punk and jazz, an indie brewery making things their way and
also this beer shows, that you can do very tasty “mild” ales
mixing up things and experimenting with different kinds of spices,
hops and malts.
malty, red/copper brown beer, with lots of nice hoppiness to tackle
the malty sweetness. Very good beer that does not lack any body for
its 4,7% ABV. Hop palette is Target,
EKG, Amarillo, Citra. There’s also lots of different malts:
Crystal100, Black, wheat and also traditional Finnish sahti.
are not my favorite, but this is definitely one of the best of them.
brew from Manse, Finland. Not a lot Pyynikin beers have visited my
glass, so its time to correct the situation with possibly one of
their crown jewels.
This black stuff smells like bourbon all right,
sweet and sugary rum. Taste gives the same sensations but with very
nice hoppy bitterness that gives a nice afterburn to melt down too
sugary feel. Very nice first touch, quite nice and balanced.
after couple of tastes this feels even a bit too easy? I’m not
saying this is bad, but it could use some edge somewhere, its juts
very nice, but…
get me wrong, this is not bad, this is fucking good. But for it to be
for example “best beer in Finland” or even close to the best
imperial stouts, well, there is still something to be done to get
there. After all this blaablaa, I just have to say, go get this and
enjoy, its very good, but not sensational.
Amorphis is a Finnish heavy/progressive/folk
metal band that started in 1990 as a Death metal act and has this
tribute beer made by Finnish indie brewery Maku. Usually band brews
have been tasteless or metallic (sic) piss, so I didn’t expect a
lot. Maybe this has that metallic sense in smell, but taste is way
better, nicely hopped lager.
basic lager with Czech pils-styled hoppiness, which I like a lot
Estonian beer I ordered from our beloved alcohol monopol’s new
onlinestore, as it delivers the beers thoughout Finland to this
backwoods town in the middle of nowhere.
A sweet nectar with an
espresso (expressly sweetened) vibe. Maybe a bit too sweet to be
called “A Dark Night” for me, but I like these
overthetop-sweetened ones still more than those
Actually I don’t think sweetness is
necessary for imperial stout, but it might still be necessary for the
full-bodied-experience and to hide its volume of alcohol.
mildly bitter one this is, maybe some of that fine hoppy bitterness
would make this better, but it matters not, this is Dark Night, so
fuck it, I take and ingest and drink and swallow this as it it.
what a nice scent of citrusy hops. Taste then, a bit like hoppy
juice, as I’d expect, but enough of that shit and body, so
resembles a lot like best IPAs like Brewdog’s Jack Hammer or
Stone’s IPA. So this is one of the best.
this is interesting. First, I had to order this from Alko (our
beloved alcohol monopol here in Finland), then wait a week to not
have it, because I had not a receipt for the order, then I did have
it and this Friday, after my good’ol friend wouldn’t see me in
bar, I opened this bottle with peculiar hard plastic melted top. WTF!
Well, after five minutes of hard labour (not) I finally got beer open
without bloodshed. Maybe a bit too cold, but still smelling lovely,
like some, erm, portwine.
Taste is complex, but I guess it isn’t
wrong to say, there is sugary, rum styled flavors, portwine feel all
the way, coffee / espresso sweetened, with nice hoppy
Still, this might be ugly sweet, if I weren’t so
receptive: This is a night warmer, dessert beer and btw, I am a candy
lover, so this is my loves combined, if you get what I mean.
Aftertaste is bittery, I like it a lot. Lets leave it there: I like
it a lot.