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Krušovice Cerne | Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
Czech Republic
krusovice.cz

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stoutman on 06-08-2003

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#38,979
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pDev:
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Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a foamy tan head. Head falls fairly slow. Decent lace.

Tinny, sweet malt aroma. Quite metallic.

Rather sweet malt taste. Slightly metallic and a bit roasted. Ends sweet.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Decent enough, easy drinking beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown with some red highlights when held to the light. Light cream colored foam head, no lacing.

Light coffee and cocoa aromas. Roasted malt, some sweetness.

Nice roasted malt up front. Clean roasted grain flavors, some light coffee and cocoa powder. A little grain sweetness, some brown bread. Light bitterness. Pretty smooth. Flavors a solid, but a little on the light/mild side.

Lighter bodied, a little thin. Good carbonation. Easy drinking at its best. Not the best of style, but pretty good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission, and a half finger, light brown head that dissipates slowly to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of mild sweet toasted malt, nuts and a hint of cocoa. Flavor is light toasted malt with a hint of char, nuts, cocoa, slight dry mineral, especially in the finish, which has a mild hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A pleasant light schwarzbier with suggestions of a quite nice toasted malt component. Too light flavored to really get the full benefit of the malt. Starts semi-sweet and finishes drier, with a somewhat stark mild char and hop finish, probably due to the light body. Another light bodied beer that hints at something bigger. Mild and pleasant, but nothing exciting. This version at 4.4%, so perhaps a bit more robust than the older one.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheMistler
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle purchased in Budapest... so absolutely nothing is decipherable other than a freshness date that I am pleased to see is rather far in the future.

I like schwarzbiers, from my experience with them, and am looking forward to this. This "royal" beer pours a deepy amber brown, more opaque by the width of the section of the glass you are looking through. The head took some coaxing, ultimately getting up to a few pinkies width of rocky, cloudy tan bubbles, displaying little retention other than a pockmarked film. Some bits of lacing.

Sweet chocolate wafer on the nose, I was surprised by the bitterness to the taste, though a certain hop crispness is noticeable at the tailend of the aroma.

Well carbonated, the taste is of processed grains with a combination of milk chocolate and a tad of coffee. Light dusting of dark chocolate left on the palate, reflecting the building of a hop taste throughout the drinking experience. Very crisp with carbonation, the grain hop bitterness becomes more noticeable as the the carbonation subsides.

Very well balanced, and pretty tasty, though I feel like it could be more substantive in flavor.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
Listed on the 1001.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. "Born By Date" of 25.04.2007 is clearly printed on the label, putting this one at over a year-and-a-half in age. Ingredients listed on the label are water, malt, hops, and, rather strangely, artificial sweetener. That last one has me wondering...

Pours a very dark brown with a nice, thick cappuccino-colored head of creamy foam that rests down to a cap with good retention and nice lacing on the glass.

Mild toasted malt aromas appear in the nose. Aside from a faint sweetness, not much else going on there.

Body and mouthfeel are rather light. Flavors are mild, consisting mostly of light roasted malts and a hint of bitter chocolate, with a slight bitter hoppiness in the middle and a finish that is dry, playing host to a mildly astringent sweet flavor, perhaps from the "artificial sweetener"?

Easy-drinking and low in alcohol, and overall a decent tasting beer, this would make a good quaffer. Not the best example of a Schwarzbier, but then it is an "Original Bömisches Schwarzbier," and not a true deutsches Schwarzbier, and therein lies the answer.

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Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with ruby highlights producing a one finger thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Faint, but nice predominant aroma of creamy chocolate and grains.
Flavor of spices, creamy chocolate, roasted malt, cola, licorice, minerals and finishing with earthy and herbal hop bitterness. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Smooth Black Lager and very easy to drink, not cloying at all. Decent not awesome. I bet this 4.4% abv version is better than the lower abv one.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a stout, superior dark brownish black with a thin body. Head is a very light tan that rose to maybe 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Light malty sugars, almost bock like but it is then again light.

Taste: Molasses come off light, little sweet but still lightly bitter. Honestly it feels like the only thing missing is dessert.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, lightly sweet after-taste.

Overall: Good beer but not exactly great. I have had Schwarzbiers before and didn't even know this was one till I started taking my first sip. Not a hard beer to drink and pretty easy to like, grab a glass...Salud!

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Photo of Captain68
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black with a garnet hue when held to the light. Pretty clear, but darkly tinted. Big creamy tan head with really nice lace left on the glass.

S - Roasty firewood and nuts. Pils-like saltine cracker aroma that is very similar to Krusovice Imperial but with roastier overtones. Cracked wheat crackers.

T - Charcoal grilled flavor with elements of smoke, wood, and pilsner-like hop characteristics. Smokey, but very crisp at the same time. Worcestershire sauce and light touches of caramel.

M - Light in body and moderately carbonated. Very quenching....I could see this paired with spicy Mexican food. In fact it kind of reminds me of Negro Modelo, but smokier and better.

D - Excellent. This is not really all that interesting, but it is definitely a sessioner! This seems to go well with food as it's mellow flavor profile and it's thirst quenching ability scream "summer session BBQ beer."

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Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a capped and foiled bomber into a large mug.

A: It poured a black body that when back lit had garnet hues. It has a creamy modest half finger head that receded quickly to a slight cover. There was a dense curtain of lacing.

S - It had aromas of a hardwood fire with darkly rosted malts.

T: It had flavors of charcoal and smoked nuts. The hops were crisp and only slightly bitter.

M: It had a light body with moderate carbonation. It was light and refreshing however, giving its low ABV it barely cleaned the palate.

D: Nice balanced Black Beer. Refreshing, light and low ABV make this a nice brew for a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Anthony88
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Krusovice Cerne is a very dark beer but with a fluid pour. The head is a thick caramel color and laces the glass beautifully. The smell of hops is pungeant, but the hoppy taste you would expect is not there. The flavor is that of coffee and caramel.

You would think the beer would be a thick stout by the color, but it is actually a rather smooth beer to drink. The beer has the tendancy to coat your tongue which is less appealing, but the taste is similar to that of its smell.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber brown with garnet highlights and a rough khaki head. Sticky as it dissipates down the glass.

Smell is all about some sweet malts. It kind of smells like a sugared up breakfast cereal. Lightly toasted malt nose mixed with some caramel.

Taste is sweetened as well. The malted grain flavors are definitely dominate with subtle caramel undertones. The finish has a metallic coppery taste that is not one of my favorite things.

Decent mild carbonation that let's you taste the beer. The mouthfeel is just short of being buttery smooth. It's almost like sipping on a good 2% thinned out milk in the way that it coats your mouth. Combine that with a mediocre 3.8% ABV and this one is easy to slug down.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought a can of Krusovice Cerne home from a recent trip to Europe. The beer poured very dark / opaque with slight off white head that only laced at the beginning. The smell included roast, hints of sweet malt/caramel, and some dark fruit. The taste did not dissapoint, there was toasted breads some burnt quality to the brew, but it was somewhat weak on the finish. Mouthfeel was ok, good carbonation, but very light body. Overall it would make a good session beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now here's a low alcohol beer I can drink....nice chocolate milk like aroma....flavor is mild sweet cocoa mixed with a little dark cocoa...pours dark brown/black with a nice reddish tan lace surrounding the glass as you drink..

Body is thinnish and a little watery...medium carbonation.

All in all this would fit a spot as a tasty session beer for dark beer lovers...nice beer...

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. A nice two fingered head forms quickly and had great retention. Large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a distinct Noble hop aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt. The flavor starts of interesting with chocolate notes from the malt combining with the spicey and earthy hop flavors. Unfortunately the flavor is short lived and ends very watery. Bitterness is low to moderate. The body is a bit thin but does have a nice carbonation. An easy drinking beer with a very low ABV and gentle flavors. The flavor just falls away too quickly.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this not paying attention that the bottle dated from 2009, so I have to give props for the excellent head retention. Deep, clear brown color. It has a roasted malt aroma and flavor - mild and drinkable. I think it goes especially well with food. I whipped up a curried rice dish for dinner. The food brought out the roasted flavor of the beer. As far as mouthfeel, it's not like a Belhaven, but then again, we're not talking about an ale here. This is a dark lager. I would have this again, hopefully a fresh version next time.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin creamy tan head.

S: Fruity aroma bursting with fresh cherries, and plums.

T: Flavor is dried fruit, cherries, raisins and plums with some good bread notes. Beer ends with a good nutty chocoalate finish with just a slight smoky touch. Easy to drink with low carbonation, a smooth palate that flows from starts to finish.

M: Low carbonation and silky mouthful.

D: A decent example from the chech. Republic.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; only some hints of amber color appear around the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high creamy beige head that slowly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel and dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of caramel and dark malts.
M: It feels light-bodied, very smooth, creamy and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and is easy to drink, making it rather sessionable.

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Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a finger of light tan, creamy looking head. Deep, dark brown that verges on black in color. Hints of shimmering ruby around the edges. Just OK head retention.

S - Slightly sweet maltiness up front; touch of dark fruits; pretty muted overall

T - Mirrors the aroma with the hint of sweetness, but the dark fruit is actually closer to raisiny/pruney. Solid enough, but not that complex.

M - Thinner MF, a little sticky, pretty tame carbonation.

D - Pretty solid drinkability given the way below average abv. Fine session beer with just enough taste and flavor to keep things moderately interesting.

Just an OK take on the style, and there are way more complex out there. Check it out, but only if readily available.

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Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown with eggplant highlights and a foamy firm cap of finely bubbled light brown foam that slowly recedes.

Sweetish malty aroma of cocoa and raisins, a dash of fig and clove.

Lightly roasted malty goodness upfront, not bitter, tending slightly toward sweet. Mild cocoa flavors, hints of coffee, plum and fig. Flavors are all understated, no one flavor dominates, pretty balanced.

Creamy and full, but slightly slick, finishes a bit chalky. Tasty and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in most dull light however holds a glow within of dark ruby-like molasses when up to a fair amount of light. Densely firmed capping of dirty light tanned creamy foam. Dissapates slowly to keep a thin skim always present and the lacing is strewn about the glass in a bunch of leathery strings.

Aroma is light and dry misted with cocoa dustings, dried black malt husks, and ever so faintly grassy herbs.

Taste is mild with a clean front of blackened sweetness. Vanilla paste slips in over the middle with a gradual leveling off into the finish where it drys faintly with a favorable touch of grassy herbs a bit of watery milked chocolate fluff.

Feel is fairly light-bodied, clean, quick, and smooth. Lightly and whispy drying across its nature with mild but flavorful little tones of cocoa and grassy herbalness.

An OK Black Bier, tendered a bit more lightness on the body and palate than I'd prefer, but seems well-crafted enough and is drinkable all the same.

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Photo of Foley67
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A classic looking 500ml europian bottle with gold aluminum foil and a pretty black label.
Poured it into a mug. The beer is very dark brown, like a porter.
Nice off-white head that stays for a while but not too long.
Pleasant light roasted aroma with hints of caramel, chocolate and dark bread.
The chocolate is back on the tongue as well, together with some coffee and toffee, roasted malts and mild hops at the end.
Medium body and perfect carbonation help a lot with the drinkability, which was high to begin with.
a very decent schwartz - one of the best I had of this style.

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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 359 ratings
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