Bernard Cerne | Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard CerneBernard Cerne

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Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic

Style: Euro 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
Photo of patto1ro
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Near black colour with a fine-beaded tan head; roast, chocolate and cream aroma; sweetish/bitterish taste with black chocolate, liquorice, toffee, cream and resin aromas; bitter finish with coffee, roast, toffee, pepper and burnt aromas.

A dark lager with a flavour profile somewhere between a Schwarzbier and Porter. One of the best Czech beers I've drunk for years and one that can stand up to the best in the world. Worth hunting for.

The 13% is the gravity in Plato, NOT the ABV. That´s 5.1%.

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Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of atis
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml swing top bottle from Lithuania

It has 5.1% ABV and design is slightly different, e.g. fonts of the name. Pours very dark brown, almost black with large and dense brownish head that keeps for a while and suddenly fades, leaving patches on the top. Aroma is rich dried fruit, hints of sugary caramel and what seems like occasional scent of roasted.

Taste is sweet caramel-like dried fruit, raisins, licorice, bits of spicy hops and log lasting slightly bittery citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, one of the best dark lagers I have tried. I think even the best.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml swingtop bottle bought from Tescos...

Poured a very deep dark mahogany brown. Dirty mocha head poured thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to light wispy covering... very light lacing...

Aroma - Strong toasted bread, lightly roasted milk chocolate maltiness, some smokiness, toffee, leathery and woody notes, treacle sweetness, burnt nuttiness, buttery, some dark fruit notes (dates and figs)..

Taste - Nice roasted caramel malts, peppery hop bitterness, light coffee, chocolate, liquorice, some rich sticky fig and date fruitiness, metallic notes, toasted malty bread, molasses sweetness, light spiciness...

Feel - Pretty rich and smooth with just a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied.. extremely quaffable - i could happily drink this all evening..

Overall - A superb example of what a lager can be... definitely recommended...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a smallish, ivory-colored head.

Smell: A welcome chocolaty nose with notes of simple syrup layered over golden raisins with a background hint of roast malt.

Taste: Sweet dark maltiness imparts tastes of dark caramel and cocoa powder. Again, there's just a very minor roast character. Raisin fruitiness. Light touch of licorice. Mild herbal, spicy hops and bitterness. Additional chocolate flavor on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As it's flavorful yet remains light and relatively low in alcohol, for once, the idea of a Weekend at Bernie's doesn't sound so bad. Quite a nice dark lager, actually. I'll admit to being a bit hesitant towards these odd imports from remote places in Eastern Europe, but I'll cheerfully try any other Bernard products in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
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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Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, somewhat thick, light tan head taht mostly lasts and a little lace. Color is a very nice clear dark cherry. Nose is super nice: dark, toasty, roasty malts, a little cocoa, toffee, and the barest hint of dark, ripe fruit. Flavor is like aroma but sweetness comes out a bit more, but just barely. Subtlely delicious. Body is ok and carbonation is maybe just a bit fizzy. Finish is like flavor and slowly tapers to a medium to long duration. Session.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of FirstMan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy went to Prague and this is one of the beers he brought me back. A good man, he.

It pours a dark ruby color with very little light getting through the glass. Very nice head retention. More than 5 minutes have passed since I poured it and there's still a couple millimeters of even, cocoa white head. Very small bubbles, but not quite as small as a british stout or that sort of thing.

The smell is warm and malty. Toasted grain and raisin and fig seems to come through.

A slick, somewhat chewy, but also unexpectedly light mouthfeel. After a couple sips, there is very even and strong lacing nearly an inch up the side of the glass.

Alcohol makes a very quick introduction in the taste, but this quickly warms out into flavors of bread, raisin, and a light bitterness of hops. It's good, but there's less complexity than I was expecting. Quite well balanced, but not really the same depth as you'll find in some other dark lagers in Europe. Of course, I'm holding this to a pretty high standard. I can't say I've had a dark lager in the U.S. that really compares.

Overall, despite the high abv, it's very drinkable. In fact, I would never have guessed it at 13%.

Thanks for a great beer Matt!

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: big coffee, dark, carmael, chocolate

taste: Coffee, carmelized malt, dark rich flavors, great, malt backbone

mouthfeel: medium bodied but heavy for style, good carbonation

drinkability: well balanced, equally drinkable lager.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a swing-top 500ml brown bottle, 5.1%abv. Something on the back label particularly attracts my attention: "Micro-filtered, non-pasteurised and enriched with yeast by the Bernard Family Brewery" - Does it translate as a bottle-conditioned beer in some way? I really have no idea. BB 07/12/08, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: superbly lasting thick khaki-hued froth; deeply dark brown body with a mildly hissing carbonation. Looking fabulous.
S: the profound flow of roasted malts abounds, hinting at sweet nuts, chocolates, coffee beans, dried dark berryfruits, while grassy hops, a focused touch of lager-sourness and loads of hop resins provide all the crucial stimulation at the back... Smelling as deep as lively.
T: soothingly effervescent on the texture, the initial dark malts come rather light, then followed by chewy black dates, a touch of walnuts, coffee-ish & chocolatey malts, and a clean palate of fruity tartness typical of a well lagered beer... A flow of quietly deepening herbal bitterness and more sour-bitterness from roasted malts creep down the tongue. Semi-chewy in the end...
M&D: the texture is soothing and clean, with a healthy amount of fizziness; the balance is reached between the relaxingly-light dark malts and herbal bitter hops, on top of a consistent input of tart dark-fruitiness. All in all, this is yet another good quality Czech Cerne, medium-bodied, almost a bit like a porter for a lager...

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Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep mahogany, almost opaque, thick layer of spongey tan foam, good head retention

Aroma: sweet maltiness (almost like a milk stout), molasses, light brown sugar, hint of chocolate

Flavor: medium sweetness with hints of cola, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, prunes, and dark brown sugar; finishes semisweet with a scorched caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, soft carbonation, smooth and silky texture

Other comments: This is one of the better dark lagers I've tried. Well worth a try or two or three or four...

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Photo of valgalder
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this home from the Czech since this brewery doesn’t export to the United States. I’ve had their Celebration lager many times in the Czech as it was one of the best Pils you can get, but for some reason I didn’t get to try this one while I was there but I brought home a bottle for later.

Pours to a nice near black color with a good creamy head. Smell of sweet malts detected but not a whole lot more. It has a good medium body to it, but like any good dark lagers are very easy drinking. Packs a lot of flavor, of toasty malts, coffee and caramel notes. Very creamy and smooth with a nice hop finish! Perfect balance. Nothing too complex but it’s not supposed to be. This is a nice straight forward easy drinking dark lager. Grab it if you have the chance.

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Bernard Cerne from Bernard Family Brewery
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