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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-22-2002

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 69
Reviews by rickyleepotts:
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2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have no idea what this beer is about. I see this all the time at Total Wine & More, and I didn’t realize it was a Heineken product. But I have seen the logo somewhere… I just don’t remember where. Besides Total Wine that is. Perhaps it has something to do with soccer. When I was in Poland, we went to a few soccer matches. Maybe that is it. Not sure… but I am excited to drink this low ABV beer. Especially when the tasting notes mention caramel and sweetness. I love my sweets! Let’s see what this cerveza tastes like.

In the Glass: It pours thin, but very dark. Black, really. The thin head is in fact tan, but is gone quickly. There is little to no lace, as well. I am hoping this beer smells as sweet as they say!

Nose: Yep. It does! There is a ton of sugary sweetness in the aroma. Not really smelling caramel, but I love the sugars I am picking up. Not having had this beer before, I have to assume (based on price and the thin lace) that this should be drank cold. Or is it drunk cold. Either way, drink this beer cold. We pulled this from the fridge and are drinking it as cold as we can. Let’s see if that sweetness carries over into the flavor.

Flavor: It does… a little. But this beer smells WAY better than it tastes. There isn’t much flavor here until the aftertaste. We will get to that. Not sure why I had higher expectations, but this beer is really disappointing. There is no caramel in the flavor, and what sugars I get are toward the end. Those sugars taste burnt and over saturated. This might be OK on draft and in a huge cup during a sporting event, but I wouldn’t order this at a bar. I am not even sure food would help this one.

Mouthfeel: There is a ton of carbonation going on here. It kicks off and stays full of bubbles until you swallow. The beer is also thin (as it appears in the glass) and goes down smooth. This is nothing to write home about.

Aftertaste: This is the best part of the beer. As soon as you swallow, what sweetness there was is gone. However, you get some burnt sugar flavors that rest easy on the tongue. If you like that taste, then you will want to finish this beer every drink just to experience those flavors.

This beer might be nice for those living in Portugal, but my palate is more advanced than this. Not trying to be a snob here… but man, this is just not a good beer. Glad it was a small bottle! Oh, and the burp provides more of those burnt sugar flavors. Now I want to light up some sugar and see if I can replicate that flavor.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of equinox1
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of warnerry
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown, though still translucent. About one finger of head with poor retention.

Smells of some earthy malts, but not much aroma to speak of.

Taste is pretty thin. Again, some earthy malts, but really nothing else to speak, save maybe a faint bit of hops.

This is really thin and pretty watery; carbonation level is nice though.

Other than the wateriness (which is a pretty big problem), nothing taking away from the drinkability, but not much making you want to drink more, either. For 0.65 euro from a Lisbon convenience store, you could do worse.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JMSiefer
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well its not that bad, deep brown with a tinge of red, some annoying industrial, plasticy aromas hang around, and its not exactly complex, but it has some nice roasty malt flavours in their (surprisingly), and a is not as sweet and nasty as i thought it might be. But lets face it, its no masterpiece.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear. Very dark brown, although not opaque. The fluffy tan head holds fairly well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma displays a sweet, toffee-like maltiness. The body is light-medium with a standard carbonation and a gently crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is lighter than the aroma suggests, but fairly nice with a smooth, chocolatey, and gently molasses-tinged maltiness. The bitterness is in balance but display a little roughness in the dry finish, which lingers with some light roastiness. This beer has some character to it, but is overall a bit light, leaving it just a bit better than your average beer.

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Photo of sfprint
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

exp: 12/2012
A: Jet black, but with a huge 4 finger head and lots of little streams of rising carbonation.
S: Toasty, wall plaster, acidic.
T: Toasty with a bit of sour fruit. Or perhaps just sour, implied lemon. But quite ok. Very plain, but easy to drink. Chocolate.
M: Not exactly dry, but alters the inside of your mouth in a funny way.
O: Decent, unexciting but very drinkable.

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Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gusler
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a deep brown in color with an average sized head and tolerable lace, both a light beige in color. Nose is light malt, with a slight hint of coffee or caramel. Start is clean malt, the top skinny, the finish is bitingly acidic, scarcely hopped, aftertaste dry.

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Photo of XmAjOX
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of mitlinks
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown/black hue. The head was amazing - five fingers. The retention was not good but the thick head left very nice lacing.

The smell was of toasted barley and espresso, cut with a nice hop aroma.

The taste was rich and full. A deep toasted flavor. A nice flavorful coffee/espresso accent which lasted long after the sip. The beer finished remarkable dry, thanks to a nice bit of hops.

The mouthfeel was full as well, and finished extremely dry. Very nice.

This was an incredibly drinkable dark lager. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DamageCase76
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DrMindbender
2.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of mooseisloose
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%

Popping the top yields a nice roasted malt aroma. Pours to a dark brown barely translucent color with a foamy tan head. Taste is a nice roasted malt with only a hint of bitterness. Finish is clean and sweet. This is an easy drinking very flavorful brew. A sessioner without a doubt. Simple and refreshing but not monotonous.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a rich off-white head that leaves some lacing down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted dark malt with caramel/toffee.

The taste is of darkish malts with a caramel/toffee character - sweet with balancing roastiness and a subtle Continental-type hop bitterness in the middle. LIght touch of smokiness leads to a dry finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a nice, easy-drinking EDL that goes towards a schwartzbier (though a bit more caramelish). Pairs very well with shell-fish, especially mussels.

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Photo of Blair_84
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of horseblanket
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: very light malt aromas

Appearance: Huge foamy head, light brown in color.
Very dark brown, with ruby highlights, almost opaque.
Clarity is very good in the highlights.

Flavor: Dark malt flavors dominate up front:
light chocolate and coffee.
Not roasty in any way, just dark malts.
Malt flavors seem somewhat muted, so I'm thinking
this example is a bit old and oxidized.
Hop bitterness is low, IBU about 20.
Very light hop flavors.

Body & Mouthfeel: moderate-low body.
Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A disappointment:
I bet this beer tastes a lot better fresh from the brewery.
If I ever get to Portugal, I'll try it there.
I would classify this as a Schwarzbier style.

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Photo of jmtpi
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful off-white head. Extends over the rim of the glass. Very nice lace on glass. Mahogany color.

Smells of spent grains and adjuncts. No malty sweetness.

Lots of burnt black patent malts. There's also some gentle chocolate and coffee flavors. No notable hop. Very thin body with high carbonation--similar to Coca Cola. Very short aftertaste.

This may be the best of the Porteguese beers, although that is not saying much. Definitely below US/UK beer standards.

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Photo of Florya
3/5  rDev -5.1%

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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
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