Cricket's Nocturne | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

Cricket's NocturneCricket's Nocturne
BA SCORE
3.73/5
82 Ratings
Cricket's NocturneCricket's Nocturne
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
Ranking:
#24,765
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
82
pDev:
13.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Photo of sixpaxrcool
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque beautiful blackish-brown in color with a 1" tan head that laces extremely nicely, and has large bubbles. Beautiful color, as good as they come in black lager.

Smell: the mild malt sweetness is pleasant, appealing, inviting. Roasty, but not over powering. A winter beer.

Taste: Of course malt, but subtle. Less cloying than brown ales, with some herb, earth, chocolate, grass, and hint of bread. Bitterness moderate, fresh tasting, and with nice sweet-bitter-earthy balance. A great session beer. Approachable, will be great with food, tonight shrimp cocktail and sphagetti with meatballs. Stands up to any foods. A great seafood dinner or roast beer. Also great with cheese.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-full bodied, a little creamy. Crisp, sessionable, satisfying. Aftertaste short-lived. Leaves one in a good earthy not too sweet place.

Overall: this is a drinkable dark lager that can be a session beer. Great NJ Brew! worth trying out. I will definitely get more. If I am to drink dark lager, this would be near the top of my list. I could see drinking this and surprising my friends with it.

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Photo of HoppyHomo
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had the pleasure of attending the Cricket Hill Brewery in Fairfield last week. The man in charge of the brewery, Rick i believe his name is, really knows how to draw a crowd. Sure the crowd looked like they had just left Comic Con but overall everyone was very nice and it was a good time.

One of the beers on tap at the Brewery was their dark lager (nocturne). On tap i thought it was pretty good so i decided to pick up a 750 at the local bottle king and see how it would taste out of the bottle.

Warning:Pour gently, there is a lot of head.Too much head in my opinion.

But once the head settle you have a delicious dark lager in front of you. Feels smooth in the mouth and while not overwhelming with flavor is just perfect for those November nights where your along sitting on the internet(eh?).

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-21-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Received in a trade

Starts with a huge off-white head on a murky, dark brown beer. Excellent retention and lacing in the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet, followed by some roasted malt notes.

The taste brings to mind a dark, french roast coffee initially, plus malty caramels and chocolate. Earthy hops give a light bitter element. Medium bodied, with a crisp and clean lager mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry and with the coffee roast flavors noted before.

Overall a tasty balance of roasted/toasted notes in a not-too heavy lager beer.

Thanks to Steve for this one!

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Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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 nickfl
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a solid black with a foamy off-white head. aromas of yeast, bananas, toasted grains, tobacco and coffee. tastes like a watered down stout (roasted grains, caramel, chocolate). totally not what i was expecting. a little bready tasting and some metallic hints throughout the pour.

very refreshing, crisp (could be a summer/spring beer), light on the palate with subtle toasted hints, dry finish.

i was expecting a shit beer honestly. i sent one off to a friend in wisconsin and he was not a fan of it. maybe it got better with aging, it's been sitting at room temp for about 3 months. the very subtle flavors honestly make it a great beer for any season.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of 57md
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with hints of ruby and practically no head. The nose has a very slight malt element, but not much. There is little more than a hint of roasted malt in the flavor and this offering is especially thin in the finish.

Took a chance on this beer b/c of the relatively high BA rating, but this one is a big downer.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, somewhat hazy Coca-Cola brown with a fairly thick pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty aroma has a smoky overtone and a hint of caramel. Flavor has a malty core with smoky, caramel and coffee hints. Texture has average, powdery body and just a little fizz, leaving a malty and slightly smoky finish.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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