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Krušovice Cerne - Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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BA SCORE
81
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292 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stoutman on 06-08-2003)
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Photo of djmichaelk
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%

500ml bottle bottled on 2/26/09, courtesy of BobbysLiquors. Thanks, Dee!

A - Pours a somewhat translucent coffee color, with a finger or two or off-white head. Decent retention but not much lacing. Not a bad start.

S - Some roast, a bit of grain, and some soft brown sugar sweetness. Not bad by any stretch, but the problem is that it's just barely there. I have a really work to get much aroma out of it at all.

T - Similar to the nose, with plenty of roastiness. There's an almond note to it, followed by some bready flavors, and then it has an odd bitterness to the finish, almost like stale coffee. More like a brown ale than a schwarzbier. But either way just not all that good, just pretty bland.

M - It's soft and velvety, which is kind of a surprise. It opened with a prickly carbonation, but that gave way to a softness that reminds me of a nitro stout.

D - The very low abv makes this one easy to put away, but the flavors, or lack of them, makes it hard to reach for another. One and done.

O - Not a terrible beer, but not something I'd go out of my way to track down. And by out of my way I mean lift a finger to pick one up.

djmichaelk, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ejh06752, May 26, 2014
Photo of rredshift
2/5  rDev -43.8%

rredshift, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Portertime
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

This seems to be a rare beer (at least in Florida) but I was able to procure this Cerne as well as the light version of Kruovice.

Apperance - pours a little thin looking for a Schwarzbier but has nice color and a fizzy head.

Smell - has that Schwarzbier smell of roasted chocolate malts and a mild hoppy charredness

Taste - smooth and drinkable with the roasted malts dominating and some mild malts backing everything up.

Not a bad Schwarzbier. A touch thin for my taste but good flavors for what it had.

Portertime, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of drxandy
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

1pt .9fl oz dated 12/09/07 (guessing was when it expired?)to imperial pint glass, pours a deep dark brownish black, tan head fades

smells of yeasty roasty dry malts

taste is of dry roasty malt, slight hops have most likely faded out a bit, strange astringent sweetness (label lists artificial sweetner is used?), really easy to session, decent amount of flavor - i had no idea it was only 3.8%!

mouthfeel is dry, roasty, slightly sweet, yeasty, light

overall not bad but nothing that really stood out, perhaps it was an outdated bottle

drxandy, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of ronin926
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

ronin926, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of xav33
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

Krusovice Cerne
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a weizen glass.
Brewed 11/06, absorbed 06/07

Poured a clear ruddy brown with a large frothy mostly lasting beige head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate toasted light bread and caramel, with a light metallic/mineral smell.

Flavor was upfront light moderately bitter and toasted rye bread followed by a moderate bittersweet caramel and sugary green hops on a moderate finish.

Palate was upfront light bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated and lightly astringent and metallic.

Overall, this is somewhat disappointing for a Schwarzbier, but enjoyable nonetheless. I really was expecting a little bit more though. Tastes like metal too.

xav33, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of bushbeer75
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass - dated born 6/1/2010

Krusovice Cerne poured a clear dark brown body with a limited off-white head. Aroma is light, of roasted dark malts [chocolate, coffee] and a [very] little nutty. The taste is similar to the nose, with the hops and alcohol almost undetectable. Mouth feel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

The ABV and lighter flavor of Krusovice Cerne make it a good candidate for a dark session brew. Goes well paired with brownies.

bushbeer75, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of orangemoustache
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a deep and dark reddish amber with a tall three fingers of tan head that retains well while leaving behind small chunks of lacing.The nose is caramel malts and some faint burnt bitterness.This is delightfully nutty and subtly sweet with notes of brown sugars and a burntness that tastes surprisingly clean(no grittiness)or texture to speak of.Light bodied,with a lot less flavor on the tail than I expected,some nice flavor upfront but the end kind of falls off to a watery average finish.Not somthing to seek out,tho I could drink this again and enjoy.

orangemoustache, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Had on tap at Quarter Bar, Brooklyn.

Poured into a shaker pint, the beer has a nice stiff creamy looking head above a dark chocolate colored body with deep red highlights. Smells very malty with nice roasted and smoked aromas as well. There's an earthy bite to this beer, with bitterness and slight sour sensations all over with those same burnt and smoked flavors coming through in the taste as well. The body is pretty thick with lower carbonation. A nice beer for dark lovers looking for a session beer.

wcintula, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Beerman1977
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Beerman1977, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of crnipeter
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours very dark brown with rubby highlights (seems opaque but is actually clear), capped by rather thin yet well-formed light-tan creamy head that holds well. Aroma is moderately malty with caramel and dark chocolate qualities and herbal-spicy hops in the background. Flavor is rather neutral malt with moderate herbal-spicy hops leading into the dry finish with lingering roastiness complemented by hop-bitterness. Medium-light bodied and watery on the palate.

crnipeter, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of SetarconeX
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

Looks good. Standard dark beer, rather clear, lace that sticks around for a while. Smells good. Heavy on the malt, more than a little chocolate on the aroma. Little of the toasted scent you'd usually find on a dark beer like this.

Tastes...dissapointingly light. I'd expect something that looks and smells like this to have a bit of heft to it. A much more watery beer than I really wanted here.

SetarconeX, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of petluo
3/5  rDev -15.7%

petluo, May 07, 2012
Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Corson, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of BILF
4.13/5  rDev +16%

A - Black with hints of brown on the edge. Generous off white to beige head.

S - Chocolate, coffee beans, malt, chaff.

T - Roast coffee, roast malt, molasses, bitter chocolate, charred wood and bitter licorice.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth and syrupy.

D - Could drink this all night. Satisfying and very relaxing to drink.

BILF, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of TheMistler
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a .5L bottle purchased in Budapest... so absolutely nothing is decipherable other than a freshness date that I am pleased to see is rather far in the future.

I like schwarzbiers, from my experience with them, and am looking forward to this. This "royal" beer pours a deepy amber brown, more opaque by the width of the section of the glass you are looking through. The head took some coaxing, ultimately getting up to a few pinkies width of rocky, cloudy tan bubbles, displaying little retention other than a pockmarked film. Some bits of lacing.

Sweet chocolate wafer on the nose, I was surprised by the bitterness to the taste, though a certain hop crispness is noticeable at the tailend of the aroma.

Well carbonated, the taste is of processed grains with a combination of milk chocolate and a tad of coffee. Light dusting of dark chocolate left on the palate, reflecting the building of a hop taste throughout the drinking experience. Very crisp with carbonation, the grain hop bitterness becomes more noticeable as the the carbonation subsides.

Very well balanced, and pretty tasty, though I feel like it could be more substantive in flavor.

TheMistler, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of ernie
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

My everyday dark lager.

On tap - smooth, creamy, with spicy aroma and majestic crown. If you empty your pint glass in less than 15 minutes, you enjoy every drop. If the pint lasts for more, you'll feel candy sugar and may find it unpleasant.

Bottled version is more balanced and somehow drier. Perfect companion to smoked meat, cheese or even fruits.

Must admit that the quality hasn't diminished in last 5-6 yrs. Quite the opposite, the beer has become tastier. Recommended!

ernie, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Pours a dark black hue with deep mahogany highlights, topped by a thick and voluminous head.

S: Interesting array of a heavier malt notes but with a starkly clean profile, all very subtle.

T: Up front there is a formidable malt presence, notes of roasted malt and chocolate, espresso. Still, the flavor is quite subdued, and fades into a light finish with a faint malty aftertaste that lingers. Barely noticeable hop bitterness, very much a lager in character.

M: The level of carbonation feels appropriate, giving the beer a bit more body than your average lager, but doesn't overdo it, which is nice.

D: Overall, a quite drinkable offering that can satisfy a malt craving but keep things on the lighter side of a lager. Definitely worth a try, as it tastes better than other black lagers, but may not be something that will blow you away.

CharlieMopps, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of tazzman
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

tazzman, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a cola-like dark with tan bubbly head that sticks to the glass with little gobs of lace.

Smells of musk and hops. Not as malty as I'd expect. Hops up front with a bit of brown sugar.

Taste is mild and nice. Bits of caramel and hops.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and a bit bitter.

Drinkability is fine but I wouldn't go searching for this one unless you hadn't tried many schwarzbiers.

gonzo46and2, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of RoyFokker
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

RoyFokker, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.95/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Dark brown to black color thin body. Completely opaque. The head is thin with some mild bubbles. It dissipates rapidly. The head forms a ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt odor. Hints of charcoal. Wet smelling. I think it smells like Guinness. Slight sweetness. Hints of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted flavor. The malts are good. a nice balance between sweet charcoal malts and a bitter hop backing. Not bad at all for the price of 1.99 for a pint and a half. Leaves a slightly sour taste upon finish. Hints of coffee and wood flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light. Thin. Good balance. Light carbonation.

Overall: Good for a change of pace. I normally don't drink black lagers. The price was excellent and it was well constructed. I will recommend this to my friends.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of SoPeL
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

SoPeL, Aug 12, 2013
Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
81 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.