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#120 ranked Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 8.20% ABV

Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic
bernard.cz

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
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85
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bernard Family Brewery "Bernard Bohemian Ale"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "PRODUCTION DATE / BEST BEFORE 2017-24.03.19-L:T23"
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is this? A Bohemian ale? But of course, at some point in time all beer was ale. And it's 8.2% which is interesting as well. I wonder if this is a historic recipe or something they just came up with. The brewery is historic though, although now owned by Duvel Moortgat. So, it's poured a mostly clear (it's bottle conditioned) deep amber body beneath a full head of fluffy off-white foam. I'll have to wait for the head to settle on this one! The aroma is brightly fruity (apple, banana, orange), lightly floral, and a bit spicy. There's a bit of a woody note to it, like sandalwood, but I think it's actually coming from coriander. The flavor is surprisingly malty. It's caramelish but lightly so, and rich but not too rich. It's been fermented out pretty well, and I'm sure there's some sugar in use as well. The fruitiness remains, and it's surprisingly hoppy. My initial thought was Saaz hops as it's quite spicy, but there is definitely some coriander in there as well, it comes out in the finish. There's a bit of alcohol there as well, and it has a nice, spicy finish without actually being "spicy" as in a spiced beer. It reminds me a little bit of Kwak, although that's a Beglain ale, but lighter, and spicier. It's got a median bitterness to it. It's nice, I could go for another of these. In the mouth it's medium bodied, and the natural, very fine-bubbled carbonation gives it a light caress on the tongue before warming to become more velvety smooth. I don't know. I find it very interesting which might be swaying me, but at the same time I can see all of it's parts. As I said earlier, I could go for another one of these. This to me is the perfect night cap beer, something to relax the stomach after a big meal, or as an apertif, but mostly something to sit down and relax with, just sipping at it in front of the fire (or the TV) or with a good book. That doesn't mean I wouldn't pair it with food, I think its spice and malt would be nice with some meat and gravy; or that I wouldn't just drink one on its own. I'm going to have to look for more of this, and as they produce a fairly large range of beers that includes a bunch of lagers as well I'm inspired to seek those out. In fact, I'm actually inspired to seek out the brewery on my next trip to Czechoslovakia.
Review# 6,278 (one was lost yesterday so this resets back one)

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is big bananas, clove, coriander and wheat. Medium bodied and carbonation, sweet. Really great value beer. Drinks like an imperial hefe. Will get this again.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight floral hops, hint of corn, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, slight floral hops, hint of corn, hint of citrus, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, a very light Belgian Strong Pale Ale (?) with a good feel and blend.

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Photo of BFrederickJudd
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A slightly dark colour. The smell is quite heavy on alcohol, with hints of coriander and yeast. The taste can owerpower you rather easily, hints of coriander and yeast can also be found here. Overall, take it easy and it's really quite enjoyable beer. I wouldn't buy this on a regular basis, though.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/11/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, apple, orange zest, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, apple, orange zest, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness and herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, peach, pear, apple, orange zest, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Fairly clean finishing. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, spices, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink for the ABV; with the balanced bitter/spicy/drying finish. Really well rounded yeast complexity, robust Pils malt flavor balance, and a pleasant addition of spice. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of monkist
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing Bohemian Ale by Bernard! Impressed by it from the very moment I opened the bottle and like a Jinn, hissed out the fruity hoppy scents and hit me in the face.
A golden amber thick ale with tremendous amount of (Czech, Saaz?) hoppy dominance in both taste and smell. Sweet, caramel malts give it a characteristic but smooth, heavy body at a respectful 8.2% ABV with pleasant amounts of carbonation.
Reminds me of Fullers Golden Pride without the cherry/bourbon hints, this one is all about hop and malts, very Czech indeed.
Might easily be the best Czech beer I have ever drank! Hats off to Bernard for this one! Outstanding!

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Photo of stcules
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper blonde, beautiful fluffy head.
Fresh and citrus smell, a note of honey, and a good hop.
Less convincing taste, without the citrus note, less interesting.
Sweet starting aftertaste, then a pungent bitterness.
Not too elegant.
Interesting, but the smell is more promising than the taste.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer, the taste of heady, intense. It feels a special density of beer, very good refreshing and not very intoxicating. Saturated color and pleasant smell !!!

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Photo of djura
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - light chestnut color with big head. Few bubbless in it.
S - Very weak malt aroma. Maybe some caramel.
T/M - Earthy aroma, strong tastes usual for strong ale`s, but very pleasant for those who don't like warmer beers. Drinkable and refreshing.

O - High quality ale.

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Photo of clarknova
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very very aromatic bohemian version of a strong pale ale. deep golden in colour. smells very fruity (banana) and taste like a fruity wheat ale. very heavy malts, not that hoppy. oily mouthfeel. simply great!

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Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden, rather clear, small white head that's in no hurry.
Coriander and clove on the nose, fresh bread, apple mash, faint ginger, pear, faint banana, some honeyed malt, pretty "Belgian", almost like a sweet tripel.
A pretty aggressive start, quite acidic and yeasty. Spices up front, tons of coriander and clove, then raw apple and pear, a splash of lemon juice, light sweet peach and grapefruit. Gets a bit bready, spices still strong, with crunchy herbs and some light honey hints. Finish is surprisingly hoppy, winking strongly at the usual Czech hop used in their pilseners. Kinda bitter and dry too.
Aftertaste is spicy (coriander really clings), yeasty, with some apple and orange peel, lingering bitter hop. Medium to heavy bodied, medium carbonation.
If they dialed down the spices just a bit, it would've been really awesome and refreshing. It's still quite nice, a bit unbalanced, but a really ballsy change of pace for Bernard.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange coloured, medium retention, could be better. Smell and taste: peaches, honey, candies and spice. Tripel. Bitter aftertaste - nice. Nice design of bottle and label. Good price. Will buy again.

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Bernard Bohemian Ale from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 50 ratings