ogivlado (5525) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 22, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled(500ml). -This beer was brewed only once, i.e. on Easter 2006, and I finally managed to get it in November 2006. The label states "Best Before End: 1.9.2006". I got it from two different sources-friend from grocery in Osijek and girlfriend’s father from some pizzeria in Đakovo. Distance between these two towns are about 40km, and from the brewery in Solin even 675km. Since you can’t find this beer in supermarkets, on stadions or local pubs, but only in those places that "cherish personality", I just don’t see the way for this beer to survive.
Clear pale yellow coloured, small white head, lively carbonation. Aroma is malty with slight hoppy and metallic herbal notes. Moderate bitterness in the finish.
Marko (3878) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5l bottle, 2 months and 13 days past its expiry date courtesy of ozusko (thanks!).
We heard about this a long time ago, but couldn’t find it... guess it was made only once or twice, and didn’t sell too well, so it was discontinued (to be verified). We probably got some of the last bottles that are left. Ah well, better late than never :). This didn’t show any signs of deteoriation anyway.
It poured s very, very pale/watery yellow and had a big, fluffy white head that went away fast. The nose is interesting... malty and grainy with hints of honey. Not bad for a lager. The taste is nice enough. A bit watery, but a distinct malty/honey taste, similar to what was in the nose, a touch of metal, a minor hint of acidity, and some light, chewy hopiness in the end/background. Light but pleasant. This was the first time I’ve had this, and will most likely be the last. I’ve had far worse Croatian beers, and it’s a shame that this one didn’t manage to stay. Ah, well.