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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stoutman on 06-08-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
357
Reviews:
201
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.73%
 
 
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8
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38
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Photo of Chaz
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium-firm pour produces a fairly 'black' beer, a deep dark ruby-amber in color, and very clear, with minimal carbonation. Head is medium-tan in color with average lacing and retention. Nose is full of character appropriate to the Schwarzbier style: dark and roasted malts with a touch of metallic tang as well as a very, very mild sour aspect. Light notes of toffee, espresso, and vanilla as well. Tangy and slightly metallic on the first sip, with pleasant notes of caramel and burnt grains bringing up the rear. A very faint sourness is present, but is indicative of its grain bill no doubt. Light notes of vanilla and sour cherry mingle and merge as this begins to warm a little, and they do so to very likable effect. A touch of dry biscuity malt in here, too, but very little in the way of hops (and still, bitterness is appropriate for the style). Mouthfeel is about average, although it is lighter-bodied and even a bit thin - reminds me a bit of Kostritzer in this regard (not to say any other characteristics are similar between the two). Finish is dry, and the overall impression is of a light, dry, and refreshing dark lager. I will admit to preferring a touch more body and booze in my dark Czech lagers (Topvar is my favorite), but this is a unique and above-average interpretation of the Schwarzbier style which should appeal to those who like their's on the lighter and thinner side of that style.

Served chilled in a 250 ml pilsener glass.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Milos- A deep cola pour with a thin beige ring. Nose is coffee and hops, musty tobacco, some pit fruits. Tastes very coffee like with no sweetness whatsoever. Dry and hoppy with dark chocolate too. Surprisingly light bodied and super easy drinking. Very good. Thanks Milos!

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Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in St Petersburg.
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Served very dark with a small light tan head. Quite smooth; mouthfeel is nice; aided well by the malts. Hop balance is good with just a very little bit of bitter. There is a light hint of toasty too. A very decent dark beer.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown/black with hints of ruby around the edges. Had a nice off white two finger head that slowly faded with decent amounts of lacing.

Smells were a little coffe and chocolate, with roasted malt.

Taste was mild coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. It has an almost smokey finish to it. Mouthfeel was a little thin at first, but was a little better after warming up some. This one is very easy to drink, especially with the low ABV. Wish I had a few more of these.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in my local Bierhalle on New Years Eve.
Bottle served into Krusovice pint glass

A- Not jet black, when held to light, some ruby tones apparent, 2 finger tan head, that produced good brussels lace.

S- lots of roasted malts, some faint hops. all very toasty

T- some faint character of chocolate, but roasty malts, and a slight hop bitterness in the finish overpower, as aftertaste arrives, chocolate comes back, very nice balance

M- light yet full bodied, defintitely not watery

D- very sessionable at low abv, roasty bitterness i think would be trying after a few. i did a shocking thing with this beer and paired it with Amaretto on Ice, the roasty bitterness of the Krusovice, and the Almond Syrupy sweetness, was a joy to behold.

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Photo of droomyster
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this not long ago at a Czech restaurant in Concord, CA. Came in a big bottle with its own its own unique Krusovice goblet, which added its appeal. I was disappointed in this beer on several levels: its blackness wasn't that black, its body was water thin, and its aroma and taste were less burned than my overcooked schnitzel! I hate to pan this beer but it couldn't stand up to my food and didn't taste good on its own and fell short of my expectations from drinking Köstritzer, Samuel Adam's Black and (especially)Death and Taxes.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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 poskok
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jbphoto88
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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 dmamiano
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Born on date 11-15-07.
Poured deep brown with a big tan head and lacing left behind.
Chocolate, roastiness and some actual medicinal notes in the aroma.
Taste was very sweet, black licorice and figs on the palate. Strange lingering finish. Once again remindiing me of medicine.
I will not buy again, just not my fancy.

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

Appearance: Very dark, almost black body; good head; dissipates quickly; but good lacing

Aroma: malt, coffee-like

Taste: malty, creamy, bitter, dry finish; good balance

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; please disregard those scores

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Photo of bmaggot
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Dface
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with some brown when held up to the light. Small amount of off-white head that just leaves a ring around the glass. Full tangy malt nose with some baker's chocolate. Light creamy body rich on toasted malts. Unsweetened chocolate just like the nose. A good amount of carbonation tingles all the way to the finish. Easy drinking full malty flavor.

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Photo of Mplsbrew
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tazzman
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one in Czech. Very fresh and awesome! The beer has a full, sweet caramel taste and a light hop flavour. Light roasted and chocolatey aroma. Extremely dark brown/black colour, light brown head, good lace. Very full for a beer with just 3.8% alc. Long sweet and roasted coffee finish. Very good.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance
Pours out a dark cola brown with a small head that has no lasting power nor leaves any lacing

Smell
Some chocolate, cookie malts, slight smokiness

Taste & Mouthfeel
Sweet and bacony, though overall a weak flavor; thin body with good carbonation; some artificial sweetness; no real aftertaste

Overall
I was pretty underwhelmed by this, although I recall enjoying the tap version much more.

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Photo of gnikola
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Krušovice Cerne from Královský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.
3.53 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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