Saint Norbert Dark | Klášterní pivovar Strahov

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Saint Norbert DarkSaint Norbert Dark

Brewed by:
Klášterní pivovar Strahov
Czech Republic

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
First beer we have cooked here after many years of break. Its origins reach back to Munich from the first half of the 19th century. Our St. Norbert tastes dryer and bitterer than the Munich lager. Whole malt well hopped beer, showing the Munich, caramelized and roasted malt in its taste.

Added by smcolw on 11-29-2008

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 28
Photo of bwood06
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip glass

A - Beer arrived at my table with only a very small amount of head, half finger at the most, which was off white in color. Beer itself was very dark caramel in color, reminiscent of Coca-Cola. Small amount of carbonation visible but color is dark enough that you can't see much. Head dissipates to a thin lacing that is retained. 3.75/5

S - Aroma is mainly of a dark toasted bread and a dark maltiness, almost a bit of dark cocoa. Clean, grassy hops accentuate the maltiness. Aroma is a bit sweet overall. 4/5

T - That same dark maltiness that I got in the aroma is the first thing that hits my taste buds and is quickly followed by a dark toasted bread note. Maltiness is a bit sweet, leaning towards caramel. Hints of coffee and chocolate come into play in the middle and transition into bitter, grassy hops that come in on the back end with a bit of peppery spiciness. Somewhat of a lingering bitterness. 4/5

M - Beer is medium bodied with a dryness on the back end that lingers somewhat but is gone by the next sip. Carbonation is moderate with a moderate burn, which helps to keep this beer right in the middle in terms of body. 3.75/5

O - Nice medium ABV (for the Czech Republic that is) dark lager that stays nice and lighter but also has a toasted malty backbone that can stand up to pairing it with heavier foods (which is what I was eating since it was late November during my trip). 4/5

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Sv Norbert Monastery in Prague. It was a 3 mile walk up a hill, so anything likely would taste great. Very nice spot. 4 beers on tap. This poured a very dark caramel color, with little head. Little smell. Nice malty taste with decent carbonation. This was a nice smooth taste that was very refreshing. Nice malty beer with a small amount of a hop kick to differentiate it from other Munchers. Nice. Will likely never have again as it is a million miles away. Great stuff

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Photo of ccrida
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up at the Monastery and consumed a few days later. Color is dark brown, almost black, with a small light tan head leaving decent lace.

Smell is pretty intense, caramel and molasses, a little sweet grape.

Taste is rich, sweet grape again, much like the esters in a Belgian, but with some chary roast, really like an export stout, which I'm loving.

Mouthfeel is slippery, dry, medium plus.

Drinkability is pretty high for me, as this really tasted like a Belgian stout, which I enjoyed. Atypical of other dark largers I had in Prague though with the sweetness that had an estery character.

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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sv. Norbert Special Dark (Specialni Tmave pivo)
.25 L served in mini-stein at brewery.
Unfiltered variation on a Munich dark, with a little bit drier “flavor and is more bitter”. “All malt, well hopped beer."

4.5 Near opaque and black with mahogany highlights; hazy; topped by a creamy tan head that has good retention.

Aroma; a bit hard to distinguish since the brewer was checking a boil kettle only about 12 M away, releasing a fine aroma of boiled malt. Anyway, the beer itself smelt of dark malt and spicy hops.

4.5 caramel and dark malts in about equal proportion with spicy hops. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate in the finish.

M – near crisp; medium body; medium carbonation.

O – an interesting variation on a Munich dark.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Klašterní Pivovar Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a two finger high dark beige head that slowly died down and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts in the nose as well as some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of dark malts with notes of caramel and sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is very easy to drink. It's very sessionable and I could easily have more than one in a single sitting.

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Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is dark, very dark, with a cream colored head, two finger, quite beautiful.
The taste is dark, too. Toasted malts, quite strong, a plesant roast, and a hint of hazelnut in the back. Good.
More complex taste, more characterized, and, in the end, better.
Again dark malts, some caramel, dry fruit notes, and a light coffee and chocolate in the back.
Light body, quite drinkable.
Again toasted malts in the aftertaste, and dry fruit.
Good beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is brewed at the Strahov Monastery in Prague and served at the Klašterní Pivovar A Restaurace.

Near black in color with a beige head that leaves good lace. The aroma is mild (although it's difficult to measure with the lingering smoke). I can detect some dark toffee (dry, not sweet).

This is thinner than the amber version. The initial impression is coffee and cream. Lots of grainy, dark burnt malts which culminate in a very strong espresso finish. No notable hop bitterness here. Very close to a dry stout flavor.

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Saint Norbert Dark from Klášterní pivovar Strahov
3.93 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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