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Debowe Mocne is my beer of choice when I have friends round for a drink. Thyis is for a few reasons. Firstly, it tastes pretty tasty, secondly, it's strong and very effective in getting the party started, and three, it's cheap, with four 500ml cans of 7% beer costing £5.25 from my local corner shop, or 5 cans for a fiver from Polish delicatessens a little further afield.
Now, not being well versed in Polish, I can't interpret much of the label. I do, however, understand that the word 'Mocne' translates to strong.Through further research, I have discovered that Debowe means oak, so as far as I can tell, this is oak matured strong beer.
Pouring it into a glass, it's a dark beer with a red-gold tint, and a strong odour rather like that of Horlicks. The smell is very malty, and this comes out in the taste, which is malty with hints of caramel and just a little bit of a burnt taste. The first few sips do give away the strength a lot, this not being the smoothest drink to start with of an evening, but once you've drunk the first half can, it's actually rather smooth and very pleasant.
However nice it is to drink, there is no denying that the strength of this beer not only leads to bad behaviour, but also to painful hangovers. Whilst I rate this beer 5/5, thats a situational rating. If I had more money, I'd undoubtedly drink something much nicer, perhaps something weak but fruity.However,if you're fairly skint and aiming for a good amount of drunkenness per pound spent, then this is fantastic.
Debowe Mocne (translating to Oak Strong) is a strong dark beer (14% extract and 7% alcohol), it pours a very dark golden colour with a large creamy head and has a great strong rich taste. It's the stronger version of Tyskie, so if you like Tyskie, you might like Debowe Mocne.
Advertising itself with 4 main points: (taken from their site)
Dębowe Mocne accumulates its strength in a long brewing process.
Dębowe Mocne is a naturally strong beer.
Dębowe Mocne is a beer for real
It takes maturity to drink Dębowe Mocne!
But whilst it seems to have some macho issues, it's actually very tasty and it's a fair enough point that it probably won't appeal to girls unless they also like arm wrestling. For a macho beer, you'd expect a masculine label, a lion or a hammer perhaps.. no, instead you have an oak tree which sticks with the "oak" theme of the name of the beer.
Debowe Mocne is a bit of an acquired taste but I really love it! It retails in the UK for about 1.69 a bottle and in Poland for around 70p. It's not a particularly fizzy beer and it's incredibly refreshing when very cold. It tastes a little salty and leaves no aftertaste!
P.S. I don't really agree with all the manly beer patte from its website!