Cerne (Dark)
Bernard Family Brewery

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Bernard Family Brewery
Czech Republic
Czech Dark Lager
Ranked #28
Ranked #21,826
3.78 | pDev: 12.43%
Yesterday at 08:47 PM
Jan 11, 2005
Very Good
Cerne (Dark)Cerne (Dark)
Notes: This unpasteurised dark lager is all about speciality malts. The combination of caramel, Bavarian, Pilsner, and colour malts results in its roasted character, which is an amazing alternative to the sharp grassiness of good Bohemian pilsners. After the first sip, you will be pleased by coffee, caramel and nutty flavors balanced with the bitterness of noble Saaz hops. The unique experience of this traditional lager is underscored by the EU protected geographical indication “Czech Beer” and several Czech and international degustation awards. Dip your nose into its brown head and enjoy the taste of this deep dark lager.
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Deep, dark brown body, looks black in the glass; thin yet dense and creamy light khaki head, lasting. Beautiful soft cocoa and light chocolate aroma. The taste follows along the lines of the smell; richer cocoa sweetness; mild chocolate notes; quiet underlying bitterness, probably more charred grain related than hop. Medium-heavy body; smooth and silky; moderate residual sugar density; semi-sweet feel.

For a beer approaching five years of age and of unknown storage history, this is one smooth, tasty, and very easy drinking dark lager. Balanced and nuanced with rough points, no disappointments in the look, smell, taste or mouthfeel. In search of fresher edition.

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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Brownish black body with two fingers of tan foam. Roasted malt, slight nuttiness and earth aromas. Taste takes a turn toward licorice, dark bread, and a hint of leafy hops, with nuts and earth with the roast still grounding, but it clashes a bit and is thin in complexion. Feel is malty, light for style, thin, chewy and warm. Better examples of the style out there
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Peas & Honey in Malmö.

Pours a dark reddish brow with thick, creamy head.

Smell is malty and slightly floral. Notes of brown bread, chocolate and leather.

Taste is soft and malty, with some floral hints. Notes of leather, chocolate malt, brown bread and a bit of honey. Soft bitterness, very balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a very tasty dark lager, well balanced and drinkable.
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Reviewed by jonmikel from Spain

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Bought at a Supermarket in Olomouc. 0,5 l poured into a Pilsener glass.
-Thin foam head. Pitch black color. Opaque.
-Smell to fresh coffee. Dark beer smell like Guiness. Freshness. God smell.
-Not fully bodied but is a Good flavour.
-Doesn't leave a lot of after taste.

I don't like too much dark beer but this is fine.
Aug 22, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Surf_rock from Ukraine

Jul 30, 2020
Rated: 4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I like the classy looking bottle label artwork, great use of color. The pour is black with some red ruby tinges. The taste is raisin, prune, roasted malts, caramel & pumpernickel bread. Cheers! B
Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

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Rated: 3.44 by Lanas from Greece

Oct 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
330 mL bottle. Deep brown body. Smells of raisins, caramel, and dark bread. Tastes of dark bready malts, a bit of caramel, and a brighter, almost acidic flavor. Herbal a d slight bitter finish. Medium light, easy drinking. Not that flavorful, but it drinks fine.
Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

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Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
11.2 oz stubby brown bottle consumed in November 2018. "Bernard 12" on the cap. BB date stamp of May 2019.
Pours with a slightly fizzy tan head that is semi-durable and leaves temporary sheets of lacing on the glass when tilted.
Plenty of dark roasted grain flavor that lingers on in the aftertaste. Light spicy hops and faint hints of smoke and dried fruits accompany the grains.
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Rated: 4.69 by Jabberwock from Russian Federation

Nov 11, 2018
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Ruby-black; doughy yeast, tin, raisin + hot-buttered rum; Challah, butterscotch, cola, plum + mild spice; round + low fizz.

4 4 4.25 4 4.25

Surprising - more fruit + less bread than expected. Diacetyl there. Finishes sharp + clean for all there - definitely a lager. Deep; need further exploration.
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Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A decent schwarzbier.
But, it Looks only average in a not-so-good-looking style. Smells tell me the dark malts have been well-toasted; some chocolate or molasses is in there to make it interesting. Tastes are the same, but slightly better; creating a balanced dryness in the finish. I like the way this sits in my mouth. I found it in June and I hope it lasts until Autumn.

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Taste", the reviewer makes a good case for putting it on the list. This Dark comes from a small, regional family brewery and manages to get a good share of the Czech "special" market. It is unpasteurized and lagered for 40 days, creating a clean taste without the shortcut of the flash of heat. Call that old school and craft.

8/18/18 Had the 3rd of the 4-pack because Schwarbiers pair with seared food and it went well with something I burned. Lesson: don't burn your food.... and if you do, have a black lager in stock.
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Rated: 3.67 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 27, 2018
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark reddish tinged brown almost black color. Thin velvety tan head dissipates somewhat but not completely.
Beer misquote effervescent when held up to the light.

Aroma has notes of dark bread and grains, plum, raisin, and prune.

Taste follows the nose with some notes of dark bread and dark fruits - raisins, plum, prune. A hint of spicy hops peeps through.

Feel is incredibly smooth, almost reminiscent of a nitro beer (but its not nitro). Mild carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a nice easy drinking dark lager. Its a very nice example of a rather obscure Czech style - and one I'll certainly revisit.
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Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

May 25, 2018
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Rated: 4 by mcrawford from Michigan

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
L: thin and brown with a dark brown head, but looks black in the glass.
S: sweet malts with slight hops and musty wet grain aroma
T: just like there aroma....this starts sweeter then the hops add bitterness while all along this tastes like grain and water
F: thin and watery with a bitter finish
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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-medium to high carbonation visible
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/28/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, caramel, smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, caramel, smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light coffee/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an outstanding schwarzbier! All around awesome complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Clean and rich Munich/roast malts, with just enough hops to balance sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.
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Rated: 3.46 by Latarnik from New Jersey

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Rated: 3.71 by mishi_d from Romania

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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From 32 Great Power. In Teku glass. At lunch, with rice soup + san jacobos. Light body, pleasant initial sweetness and a good herbal hop bite to compensante at the end. 5 months after BB date and still in good shape
Feb 19, 2017
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Rated by Inaya from Slovenia

4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the best dark beers I've drunk...
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