Cerna Hora | L'Amère à Boire

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Cerna HoraCerna Hora

Brewed by:
L'Amère à Boire
Quebec, Canada

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good pils, good head lots of lace.Floral aroma. Saaz hops and Czech yeast. Crisp, clean taste with dry and fruity finish. Well malted and well carbonated. Not the subtle complexity of the real Czechs I have had. A good summer beer that I think has held on with popularity.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is off white and foamy. Settles slowly but finishes as a ring of bubbles. Ring lace and then it becomes spotty.

Mild aroma but it is well balanced. A bit of raw grain to the nose.

Very full bodied for the style. Good caramel start but the tale of this beer is the strong bitter hop finish. The aftertaste is more balanced. Smooth with the low carbonation.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at L'amerie a boire, Montreal.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mixture of citrus and noble hops with doughy malts.

The taste consisted of a doughy malt and a lively hop. There was some citrus detected but for the most part the earthy, dry noble hops dominated.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall an easy drinking pils.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a crazy palate attack from Péché Mortel, I decided to mellow out on a smaller beer. Served in a ten ounce glass, on to the beer:

Light gold in appearance with decent head retention. The aroma of this beer hints hay, some grains, and pale malt. Grassy and sweet this beer's flavor is, is this how a fresh Czech Pilsner's suppose to taste like? Spicy hop in the bakground, creating a floral flavor. The balance is good and is easy drinking, yet holds a good modest flavor. I chose a good beer to loosen up on.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a rich golden color, slightly hazy from chill.

The aroma offers biscuity malt sweet, grassy floral grains, slight butter. A touch fruity.

The flavor has grassy hops, grains, slightly bready, longing zesty bitterness. Lingering bitterness. Medium plus mouthfeel. Creamy soft mouthfeel.

A surprisingly well done traditional pilsner from Montreal.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, clear, with a generous white head. Nice looking pint. Lots of floral/spicy saaz hops come through in the aroma, along with a bit of malt and a very clean yeast profile. Moderate bitterness with some malt backbone and light spiciness. Short finish with hops appearing again through to the end. The carbonation was a little on the low side, which made the body seem heavier than expected. It also ended up smoother with less crisp carbonation character than commonly seen in the style. Still good though. Slight dryness as well. I'd definitely think of using this as a session if I lived in the area.

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Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewpub yesterday.

Appearance: An orange body with a creamy white head that drapes the glass all the way down. As the glass empties, love the layers of lacing all the way down.

Smell: Aroma of floral hops, crisp.

Taste: A nice spicy bitterness. The Saaz hops really shine here. Grassy a bit, some orange and a bit of sulfur.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, pleasing bitterness, creamy.

Overall: A very pleasing and satisfying beer. Worth the trip here.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pilseners I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. This beer may even be better than Prima Pils! It was presented to me with a lovely golden colour and a nice, compact, white head. The aromas were all of fresh hops and malts and the taste was more of the same. A very easy-drinking, old-school, Czech-style pilsener here folks. This almost reminded me of La Bolduc by Unibroue...but it was slightly better (probably because it was much fresher) The mouthfeel is light and crisp as well as refreshing and the drinkability was tops as well.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden yellow with a bright white head that left generous lace.

S-Light ,alts and Saaz's ALL about the Saaz!

T-Malty with just enough hop bite to keep things in Czech! Even an ale freak like me appreciated this one!

M-Medium-light body with the expected crsipness one looks for in a pils.

D-Very well done and true to style. Would not be hard to reach for a few of these on a hot summer day in the city.

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Photo of bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll begin by saying that I've never come across a pils that's blown me away, or, more accurately, I had never come across a pils that blew me away until Cerna Hora. The beer turns up with a radiant golden body and a frothy, sticky white head. Nice, clean floral aroma with saaz spiciness. The taste is crazy good, and if I hadn' have known better I would have said it was on cask, as it had that nice character a cask can imbue. More malt aspect than I've come across in a pils, and the better for it. The floral hopping of the hops produces a well-balanced bitterness. Crikey, this is a good beer. Everything is well-balanced and this would be a perfect session brew. One of the best beers I had in montreal.

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Photo of rarbring
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear deep brass colored, a white high head with loads of lacing.

Smelling of fresh fruits, pears, apples and grass.

Upfront a white bread sweetness, red apples and fresh cut grass.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, an almost coarse texture but very refreshing, a dry finish.

Well balanced, fresh and refreshing. A good Canadian Czech!

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Socialiste
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of prisdefer
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks light copper in the glass with a decent-sized white head that eventually drops to a film with good pick up. Concentric rings of lacing, very pretty. In general this beer has a grassy European hop presence. The aroma is mainly this with some soapiness. The flavor is a tiny bit biting, but aside from that is easy-drinking, enjoyable and clean. The finish is the same, in fact the whole beer should get extra points just for being really true to what a lager should be. Tasty, simple, together, clean, drinkable. Great beer for a hot day or to have two or three of. Would have again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at L'Amere a Boire on the Thursday night of Mondial week. Arrives a nice robust golden, a shade darker than the standard. Finger of head.

Nose is biscuity malt, hint of graininess, light grassy hopping, perhaps a dash of lemon.

A really round body for a pils, the malt really shines and gives it a much more robust feel. Clean, noble hopping, grassy with a hint of lemon. Would have loved a heavier hand on this area, doesn't stand up to even some local favorites such as King. Still, really nice quaff and perfect on this warm evening. Would love to go back and revisit.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid appearance for a pilsner, golden with a big white head, very foamy and nicely sticky. Aroma of baked cookies, pancakes and light fresh Saaz hops. This is pretty good, good malty character well-balanced by the meticulous hopping which bring a nice herbal saaz cripsness, the finish is a little watery, the bottom of the keg perhaps.. The body is top notch though, filling and velvety. / A few weeks later, I find it far less crisp with a more restrained Saaz character, surprisingly not so consistent? From 3.7 to 3.4

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Photo of Goldorak
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden and opaque, with a frothy, clingy head. It's a lager, what else would you expect?

Smell: Like a flour mill on a grassy meadow, a bag of grain spinkled with noble hops.

Taste: Much more malt than your average lager, the carbonation was just smooth enough to hit it off for me, especially considering the fact that it was scorching hot outside. Like a beefed up Pilsener Urquell. Even ale zealots will appreciate this one.

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Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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