Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ölbeat 219: Bryggeri Helsinki Vuosi Sata

Brewery: Bryggeri Helsinki 
Country: Finland
Style: Doppelbock
Abv: 10 %
What about the beer?
Colour is dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma has dark fruits, sugary malts, sweetbread and syrup. Taste starts with sweet-berried malty sting. Sweet berry-flavoured malts with gentle bitterness and slightly boozy bite take over. Towards the end caramel malts, sweet fruity bitterness and gentle alcohol burn get on top. Aftertaste has fruity malts and warm boozy bitterness.

Strong, tasty and very drinkable Doppelbock. Sweet fruity malts rule, bitterness follows and warming alcohol comes through in the end. The brew seems quite appropriate to be one of independent Finland's 100th anniversary beers. At least I enjoyed it.


When they are brewing beer for the 100th year of independence, someone could expect something like Jean Sibelius' Finlandia. But no, not in this blog. Instead we take another perspective to Finnish independence and celebrate the times of recession in the beginning of the 1990's. The song's name in English goes "When Finland fell off the tree" and the song has several parodic references to bigger and smaller pieces of Finnish culture. Which always has its place - even in the most celebrated year of one century.

Ismo Alanko: Kun Suomi putos puusta (YouTube)

From the 1990 album Kun Suomi putos puusta, the song was written by Ismo Alanko.