Cricket's Nocturne | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
crickethillbrewery.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Dunkel Lager".

Added by jwc215 on 01-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very large head on this one with excellent retention on a clear amber brown body

S: simple aroma with toasted caramel malts, rye breads, musty hops.

T: smokey and roasted malts with strong coffee presence. flavor is good but the soft drink level of carbonation is distracting. breads and light spices.

M: lighter than expected with very very high carbonation. semi dry finish and crisp.

Overall: drinkable and fairly flavorful but not really a great representative of the style.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down and left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and brown bread in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and roasted malts along with notes of chocolate.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very sessionable because it’s not very filling, goes down easily and has a low alcohol content. It packs in a lot of aroma and flavor for a beer with a light body.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cricket Hill "Cricket's Nocturne"
22 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness date.
$5.99 @ Wine Legend, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not really sure of what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by this offering. It's caramelish, toasty, chocolatey/cocoa-ish, and a touch roasty. There are some nice floral and leafy hops to it, and it initially balances quite well. Unfortunately, the roasty edge builds on the palate a bit, thus accentuating the bitterness a bit as well. It finishes dry with a coffee character and solid bitterness. The first quarter of the glass was great, it lost luster half-way, and then it became softer and more enjoyable as it warmed. The roastiness is a little bit much given the malt component, but that makes it unique. Probably worth trying.

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

Nice creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, semi clear darker brown caramelized brown sugar color.

Nose had a crisp lager, semi sweet toasty malts, light lager fruits, some light fluffy roast and toffee, light pillowy caramel and touch if an herbal fruity hop.

Taste starts with a toasty and light roasty malt, dark light roast, caramel malts, light toasty reddish malts, light creamy porter dark malts, touch of minerality, then light lager flavors, crisp and sweet toasty malts and light fruit, a but of an earthy slight herbal hop and some bitterness, starts semi sweet and dries just a little on the finish, more bitterness and earthy his, as well as a slight astringent and mineral like flavor, lingering dark and roasty porter malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, semi crisp.

Overall pretty good, nice crisp lager flavors, nice malts both toasty reddish malts and darker roasty porter malts, finish could have been a bit drier and light minerality flavor from the dark malts and light herbal hops.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The cap comes off to a quick gusher that continues to foam up even after it is gently poured into the glass. The result is a massive, five finger head of foam that overtops the glass like a mushroom cloud. The body is a hazy dark brown and the head retention is epic.

S - An aroma of roasted malt with some nutty caramel and spicy notes of pepper and lavender.

T - Bready malt up front with some caramel and brown sugar. Some lightly roasted notes in the middle and a finish of dry caramel and more bready malt.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Based on the over the top carbonation, I assumed that this beer would taste infected, but it shows no off flavors or other signs of infection. It is a little on the dry side, which may be related to the carbonation, but otherwise fairly good.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

honey color to it though with some darker touches around the sides that served it quite well. Aroma was decent, very sweet with lots of caramel and honey notes as well as lots of touches of nuts as well. Warming almost brings out a touch of fruit now. But the flavor really falls off. It seems as though it comes across musky and stale, the fact that it is flat does not help at all. A wash of bready malts, touches of grain and a hint of caramel all seem to miss and this quasi wheat and fruit note comes in, with a wet cardboard flavor. Not working out at all.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

This is a nocturne. A Which? You know: Frederik fucking Chopin. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet-brown topped by over a finger of dusty light tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light toffee, mineral water, and a touch of vague fruitiness. The taste holds notes of very light roasted malts, mild cocoa powder, potting soil, dark greens, and a slightly biting herbal bitterness at the end. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty nice Munich dark, something you don't see too many of in these parts.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good lager. Quite robust though, and almost like a rauchbier or smoked beer. Consistent and smooth. Nose brings a somewhat chocolate character. Would probably be heavier than most would expect, almost reaching into porter or stout territory. Well, not almost. It does. Regardless, it's a nice beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this!

Pours brown with ruby highlights. It has a nice, thick, off-white/light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of pumpernickel with a some roast.

The taste is of lightly roasted, bready graininess with soft underlying fruitiness.

Light-bodied, towards watery, but very smooth. Very, very drinkable. Looks awesome, smells and tastes very nice - mild roastiness, grainy, a hint of fruitiness - feel is smooth, but could use a bit more body - still amazingly drinkable, with a pleasant aftertaste. Very refreshing - a nice dark lager.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215.

Pours a dark clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, little off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, bitter, and dry. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee as well. Taste is chocolatey, some coffee, drinks more like a stout than a lager. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not what I expected, but a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly and sports some large bubbles.

Smell: a mild malt sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with some bits of chocolate, grass, and hint of toasted bread. Bitterness is moderate and balances out the flavors nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is very short-lived.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable dark lager that can be an all night session beer. Definitely worth trying this one out.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Very dark brown almost black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty and flavor is toasted malts. $7.25 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark chestnut brown with a 3 finger, frothy tan capping that was well lasting, leaving a lacing of splattered foam deposits on the glass. Against the light the coloring appeared a deep crimson red revealing a strong and rapid carbonation factor.

S: The nose had a dried munich and caramel presence to it of moderate proportions. Hints of fresh pie crust and semi-dry dark cherries are also present.

T: A light smoky and sweet dried caramel first greets the taste buds. Some husky grains and a light coffee presence is picked up as well a dry fruitiness of apple peels and dry spice of cinnamon. Evidence of chocolate is picked up before the beer rounds out with a soft dry touch of grains and dried apples. Overall a dark lager with a nice touch of smoky sweet and toasted appeal gives this a flavor similar to a Vienna lager. Nice to see Cricket hill is stepping up thier game.

M: The mouthful is lively with a good deal of carbonation coming through while a creamy maltiness provides an ample medium-full experience. The swallow finds a gentle smoky woodiness and sweetly dried caramel left behind.

D: Nice drinkability, dry, sweet with a light appreciable smoky touch gives this some variation and depth. Probably one of their better beers to date and one that may finally give them some respect. Drinks like a smoky Vienna lager but not as sweet with a nice dryness for a finishing touch. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, kind of chesnut. Thick tan head. Roasted, smoky malt aroma. Some sweetness, probably chocolate. Mostly malt taste, molasses, still showed that smoky taste. And yes, there was a bit of chocolate taste. Medium-bodied, nicely carbonated. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. a very dark brown pour, some amber around the edges. Thin off white layer on top.

Aroma, a lot of chocolate, some peat, leather.

Taste, Some molasses and sassafras. Some malty toffee and chocolates, almost a milk chocolate like quality. A dry cocoa and noble type hop finish.
Quite dry. Feels like the high carbonation is hurting the flavor profile some.

Lighter bodied and drinkable, but I found the carbonation prickly and a bit distracting.
Fix that and this is a winner.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with good amounts of sweeter dark malts. As it warms light hints of breadiness come through as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with hints of roastiness kick things off. Midway through the sip mild amounts of leafy hops enter into things and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this wasn't quite robust enough for a schwarzbier however it was certainly different in flavor profile for an amber lager. A nice cross between the two styles and well worth a shot.

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Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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