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Tasting: eight varieties of the Polish brewery Trzech Kumpli

At the recent Minsk Craft Beer Fest, the Polish brewery Trzech Kumpli successfully debuted in Belarus. A month later, the beer of this company appeared on open sale in Minsk.
Trzech Kumpli is one of the pillars of the craft revolution in Poland. The brewery has existed for five years and is a constant participant in the most important brewing events in the neighboring country. During its existence, Trzech Kumpli introduced about fifty varieties, many of which continue to be produced on an ongoing basis. Brewers themselves emphasize that they are obsessed with using the freshest and highest quality hops, and it is their vibrant taste and aroma that underlie most varieties. It is logical that six of the eight we tested are different IPA variations.

Nevertheless, we begin the tasting with lager and blond ale. Pils isn’t as much a Pilsner as expected – rather, a variation on the Czech theme.

“It looks like a very pale beer – not even a golden color, but a straw one,” Alex Leit describes the beer. – It smells like flower hops. It could be Lubelski, the Polish variation of жatec hops. It is a little rougher, but they are difficult to distinguish, especially not in large concentrations. But here is Saaz itself. Bitterness is very clean, but dim. The name is a little misleading: you expect a more bitter taste from Pilsner.

– Pay attention to the label – as if “Barley ear”, Pavel Golubkov laughs.

Trzech Kumpli has a line of conditionally classic varieties in ascetic design a la 90s. In addition to the camp, it includes Weizen, Bok and the Baltic Porter. American Beauty is not in this series, like other tasting varieties. But against the background of numerous IPAs, this beer stands out for its unusual taste, combining Belgian yeast and American hops.

– Interesting beer. I really like the aroma, but the taste is a bit too sweet. It turns out a certain imbalance, – says Evgeny Semenov.

– The aroma is citrus and something similar to either a melon or a watermelon. Cascade tastes a little coniferous bitterness, ”notes Alex Leit’s nuances. – It is impossible not to notice that it turned out to be a very strong variety. It’s like Pils, only for those who like a richer flavor.

– When I first saw this beer, I thought that there would be some kind of garbage: well, what’s interesting in the American blond ale? But it turned out that beer is complex and multifaceted, but it is really easy to drink, ”says Maxim Belyaev.

The turn of “ipashka” is coming. We start with a pair of Pia and Taura. These are two beers with oceanic hops, which is reflected in the name. “In a traditional school of esoteric teaching, a novice Maori is called pia. As soon as you advance in the knowledge of occult knowledge, you will become taura, ”can be read in the description of beer. The first grade is the muddy IPA session, the second is its imperial version.

“I don’t like what a very soft body and little bitterness are,” Pavel Golubkov tries Pia.

“You wanted body and bitterness in session beer?” – laughs Maxim Belyaev.

– It turns out not just a session, but a new england session. It sounds strange, but as it is, ”explains Alex Leit. “It’s a subtle but expressive fruity aroma.” Ocean hop varieties are exotic, but have a fairly recognizable profile with tropical shades and a slight astringent bitterness.

In Taura, the same hops are Wai-iti, Motueka and Galaxy, but they added twice as much. Two degrees more alcohol. It turned out more full-bodied beer. True, the first grade still tasters like more.

– The aroma is much weaker than that of Pia. In addition, a hopburn appeared – not very strong, but it is. Probably, pollen was added and the proportion was not so calculated: the aroma left, and it turned out not so bright, says Alex Leit.

Against this background, Misty, which the brewery entitled as a contemporary IPA, looks almost the standard of “vermont”. There are six almost the most popular varieties of American hops, which give a recognizable bright profile with a wide range of shades: from grapefruit, mango and lychee to currants and white wine.

We are moving from troubled affairs to more classic versions of IPA – American and wheat. We start with a pair of Amok and Native American. If the first grade was first released a little over a month ago, then Native American is one of the old-timers who has been producing Trzech Kumpli since the opening of the brewery.

– After NEIPA, the smell seems rather weak, but this is the old-school Polish IPA of the 2016 model, only cleaner than before, says Alex Leit.

“By color you might think that this is a ruipa, but not caramel, but a good malt base with residual sweetness,” comments Pavel Golubkov.

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