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Bernard Cerne | Bernard Family Brewery

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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: 66 |  Reviews: 31
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark beer pours with a completely black color and a decent dirty (light brown) head which sticks around. The aroma is surprisingly very gentle, slightly sweet and chocolately (+ some hops). The taste is therefore sweet and chocolatey almost completely without the usual roasted feel. The afterfinish kicks in late with its bitterness.
A very drinkable and easy going beer, with just enough taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rudzud
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear garnet hue with a nice two finger head that left a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of Czech beer, malts, light cereal grains, light roast.

T - Taste is very cereal and gain, light roast, mostly roast cereal grains.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin, light watery notes.

O - Overall I felt this was a solid Czech beer, nice light roast and good grains. Solid.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Prague a month ago, shared with rudzud.

Nice creamy 1/2 finger slight darker colored head fades slowly with nice lacing, good lacing, somehow clear but very dark burgundy molasses like color.

Nose is good but not great, light tin like lager and dark malt, grainy powdered coffee, syrupy molasses, typical Czech like syrupy root like earthy syrup, mild grassy hops.

Taste is syrupy fair sweetness, syrupy like molasses and earthy root like. Then light syrupy caramel. Little grassy slight earthy hop, fair to mild bitterness but not typical Czech beers, little lager soft feel, little mineral like hint chalk. Finish is dry with more bitter slight caramel and light mineral, decent grassy earthy bitterness.

Mouth is syrupy but not crazy syrupy, somehow a bit thin still, decent carb.

Overall not bad but not as good as the other Czech beers I had.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of djura
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the best dark lagers in the world. Problem was that i drink it at temp of 40 C,not so good for dark beers.

A - Foam is almost alive,incredible appearance,incredible foam! Dark ruby color.

S - Coffee at the first place,also dark malt and sweetness.

T/M - Low carbonation,high bitterness,usual for darker beers,but the aroma wasn't that strong as i expected.

O - Really good,worth of trying beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours really dark brown with hues of red. Tan medium large head leaves decent lacings.

S: Dark roasted malts, some sweetness. Some vanilla and honey. Faint coffee.

T: Dark malts, roasted. Vanilla and honey. Coffee and chocolate. Some faint dark dried dark fruits.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Long roasted, "dark" aftertaste.

O: A pretty nice dark lager.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this somewhere in Poland. From notes.

A - Poured a deep ruby colour but definately not black. No visible carbonation. Two finger tan head. Decent retention but no lacing.

S - Honey, sweet dark malts.

T - Dark malts, sweet honey and then just lot's more honey. Honey seemeed to come out floral and mixed well with the bready dark malt character.

M - Dry finish with a medium body and medium carbonation.

O/D - Nothing overly interesting. Flavourful but maybe too sweet. I didn't mind it.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 drpimento
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle in my cellar, not sure from whence it came, Brawley's perhaps?

A. Attractive, 2 finger tall, dense, light tan head atop a fizzy, clear, copper-dark brew. Enough commas for ya? Good retention, some lace. Not bad!

S. Surprisingly hoppy, although I'm not sure what I was expecting... smells Euro and dark, which is vague, but also dry and malty with hints of molasses and black bread.

T. Lightly roasted characterful malts, bits of coffee and maybe honey, a slight metallic bite, peanuts ( ? ), fairly well attenuated, some sweetness remains. Easy, slightly burnt, farmish and European. Decent drinking.

M / D. Middling carbonation, slightly dry. A lingering singed black bread finish and nuttiness round it off. Hmmm.

I enjoyed Bernard Cerne mildly, but it's fairly simple and isn't anything to write home about. An average European dark lager that is undoubtedly better at the source. Would pair with a pork and cabbage based dish, in quantity.

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Photo of atis
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Bernard Cerne from Bernard Family Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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