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The Monarchy
Brewed at Jopen

Style: Grodziskie/Gose/Lichtenhainer
Köln (Cologne), Germany

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Five beer enthusiasts with a common passion for historic brewing came together to create this distinct Polish beer style in the most authentic way we can think of after the brewery in Grodzisk Wielkopolski closed in 1993. It is brewed by Jopen and Monarchy of Musselland together with the beer writers Ron Pattinson and Evan Rail. We use 100% oak-smoked wheat malt, have the exact same gravity of 7.7 degrees Plato, employed classic Lublin hops and fermented with the original yeast. As the town once and again today belongs to Poland, but in the meantime was part of Prussia, there are two different names for the style: Grodziskie and Grätzer. Our research found that brewers also formerly used willow bark in brewing which we thought was an interesting variation. That is why we are offering two different takes on the style: a classic version bearing the name "Grätzer"and a willow bark version called "Grodziskie".


Plaas' rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plaas (92) - Alkmaar, - NOV 23, 2012
Tasted it together with the Grätzer in In de Wildeman. Not easy to distinguish from the Grätzer, just as great as the Grätzer is. Very good session beer.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SVD (784) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
Bottle at home, golden beer with a small head, aroma is yeasty some smoke, Taste is a bit sour, some smoke, some citrus... nice beer

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
corkyrory66 (845) - BELGIUM - APR 11, 2015
Style historique polonais, dont la recette du Moyen-Age employée ici comprend de l’écorce de saule, en dehors d’un malt 100 % froment fumé. Houblon de Lublin. Niveau abv de 4 % ... Couleur jaune clair pâle. Voile assez marqué. Bulles fines en colonnes depuis les parois. Mousse blanche à flocons moyens, nappage à 2 mm un peu irrégulier. Arômes de pâtes au jambon, épice douce, herbes vertes, malt clair, pointe de carotte râpée. 1ère bouche liquide sur des pâtes à la carbonara, du jambon fumé. Arrière-bouche toujours sur le fumé. 2ème un peu moins fumée, mais aucun équilibre. Arrière-bouche assez plate. 3ème un peu sur la couenne maintenant … Arrière-bouche avec du jambon à l’os cru. Longueur sans harmonie, banale. Jambes assez collantes. Levure faible, un peu sur le poisson blanc. Alcool nul et non avenu. Finale encore en-dessous. CONCLUSION : mes points vont à l’anecdote de la recette historique du Moyen-Age. Pour le reste, on ne va nulle part... D’ailleurs, avec 7,7° plato on nage un peu dans le vague ...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1678) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
Mooie donker oranje kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, honing, boterbabbelaar. Smaakt zoetig, honing, bloemig en iets gerookt. Tikkeltje dun.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fdemmer (33) - - MAR 26, 2015
drinking this after the "grätzer" version. looks very similar murky, orange, maybe a little redder. smell is a little lambic/lactic, wet wood, leather, hint of licorice and cold smoke. taste is sour, citrus, still smokey, but sour and umami with a hint of soy in the aftertaste. light bodies and refreshing, will be gone quickly...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (2186) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle from my Euro Secret Santa, MrHangover, many thanks. Pours hazy golden color, white head. Aroma of malt, bit smoked, yeasty, spicy. Taste is yeasty, smoked, malty, grainy, bready.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle shared by Dan at the house. Snifter pour was a mostly unfiltered cloudy orange brown with a thick head. Some decent lace. Aroma is leather, smoke, dough, bread, cereal, and hayfield. The taste is solid with cereal, dough, leather, smoke, grass, hay, and wheat noodle. Medium to full body, moderate carb, complex flavors and finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1088) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Cloudy yellow white color. One finger frothy white head, dissipates very slowly to a thick layer, good lacing; aroma smoky, burned wood, tree bark (I think), cheese, vegetables; mild taste, combination of sweet, bitter and sour, smokiness, cooked vegetables; light body, watery texture, soft carbonation; mild bitter finish, grassy and earthy notes, and also some sweetness, smokiness lingers on in the aftertaste. Interesting, quite complex in every aspect. Wouldn’t drink it very often though.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (10443) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy gold white head. Nose/taste of smoked wheat, smoked meat, smoked banana and light citrus. Lighter medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (510) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2014
Slightly hazy golden colour, white foamy head that nicely laces the beer. Nose has smoky but creamy cheese and sweet malts. Additionally, taste is very soft and slightly acidic (probably the oat or the yeast used). A little more rounded that the Grätzer but flavourwise they’re very likewise. Medium carbonation, easily drinkable light body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2555) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Tap at the Jeffrey. Pours hazy greenish yellow with soapy head that quickly vanishes. Nose is smoked wheat all the way. Tastes of wheat, lemony citrus, peppery, sour cardboard, woody (willow bark I suppose), and light bacon. Nice carbonation and body. Pleasant quick sipper


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