Bernard Cerne | Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard CerneBernard Cerne

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Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 01-11-2005

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by KrisPaulk77:
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3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of vinivini
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Discovered this in my garage - I bought it a while back and stashed it away...

A 500ml swing-top bottle with a BB of July 2011, so it's rather out of date. Hopefully hasn't deteriorated. ABV is stated as 5.1%, and the label mentions that it is unpasteurised.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark brown with ruby highlights. Produces a good head of light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of rich, dark malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, dried fruit and earthy yeast. Possesses a slightly vinous quality.

Tastes of dark malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain and earthy, fruity yeast, accompanied by hints of coffee, cocoa, dried fruit and stewed hops. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with tingly carbonation. Quite astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

Nice - a well-crafted dark lager. Rich and smooth. A blend of subtle flavours give it a rounded character. Czech quality at it's finest - definitely worth your time.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml swing top bottle purchased and consumed in Czech Republic. Bottle dated with both production date [7 Oct. 2011] and lot #. Unpasteurized.

Appearance: deep dark reddish mahogany, nearly black, with near creamy tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: plenty of dark roasted malt with notes of vanilla and caramel.

Taste: A rich dark malty flavor, with a clear coffee note and hints of chocolate and caramel. Sweet at the tart, and mildly bitter at the finish. Long-lasting aftertaste featuring roasted malt with traces of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied; good carbonation; some dryness in the finish.

O - One of the best, and tastiest Czech dark lagers.

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Photo of KristijanG
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unusual masterpiece, thanks to Georgina for bringing from her hometown. From the re-sealable cap through the finish, this style turned me and my mates on my head. Why did I agree to share it? Starting as a tart and sweet stout with roastiness and coffee and some chocolate, it moved through as a dunkel and finished with a mildly sour but beautiful yeast at the end of the bottle. Appearance: Mocha head and retaining lace. Its unpasteurized, but drunk fresh. Been imitated, but had the real thing.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.36/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CzechThisOut
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a nice light brown head and a great nose of caramel and coffee. Wow! This one is complex. Caramel, coffee, honey and wheat. Feels great in the mount and goes down a little to good. Half liter bottle with a flip style resealable cap. ABV is actually 5.1% not 13%.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that slowly faded down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of light roasted malts in the nose.
T: There are notes of roasted malts in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very sweet and creamy on the palate. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite sessionable.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flip-top 500ml brown bottle with an ABV of 5.1%, like others on here, not sure if this is the same beer, no Cerne on my bottle, but Dark is. A bit more expensive than other Czech beers, was it worth it?

The best before date is 31st Jan 2009, drank Nov 2008, with strong English Cheddar cheese and Celery salt (try it, its fantastic with any beer).

Poured into Gordon Thistle shapped glass twice so I could see the colour and head better.

The deepest ruby red you are ever going to see, looks coal black until you hold it up to a strong light. The large tan head soon turned into a weaker covering and then a wispy half covering and a collar.

The aroma was of richness, toasted or burnt malted barely, good for a lager, even a dark one. I often stuggle to pick up smells from lagers, this was a whole lot beter.

My portfolio of Dark lagers is growing and this one is towards the top of my list so far. It has some body and a presance many fail to reach. The burnt maltiness comes through in the taste, but there isn't a dry, burnt feel to the beer, it is well balanced and easy to drink.

Glad I had it, and yes, it was worth the extra wonga.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this one comes in a brown 1/2 liter bottle with a stout bottle, swing-top and a white and gold label featuring a ribbon and a few medals under the name. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 5/14/06, I opened it on 1/7/06.

Pours a very dark brown, with a light brown one finger head that fades a bit too quickly, leaving decent lace at first, then absolutely nothing. The nose is faintly of caramel. The mouth is light and mildly carbonated. There's a good smooth sweet caramel opening, but no hop backbone. Just a shadow of bitterness emerges in the aftertaste, but it quickly disappears. This one ends up being OK, but a bit too one dimensional.

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Photo of drmeto
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear ruby-brown with a small to medium,foamy,sand-coloured head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Not overly complex, but a nice,roasty & bready Czech Schwarzbier.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Quej
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Quite dark and almost opaque with some reddish highlights and lots of visible carbonation.
S - Smells burnt and black. Lots of roasty notes and sweet dark malty goodness.
T - Tastes very sweet, lots of fruitiness, with molasses, toffee and even a bit of anice. Strong flavour and a long aftertaste of bitter coffee.
M - Perhaps a bit over carbonated, and rather heavy bodied.
D - The heaviness and strength of flavour make it a bit hard to drink a lot of.

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4.12/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Bernard Cerne from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 68 ratings