Ceres Old 9 | Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

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Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by 99bottles on 07-22-2005

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by 99bottles:
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2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yet another Ceres product purchased in Milan, Italy. This calls itself a doppio malto which I've taken to mean double malt, or strong lager. Surely at 9.1% this is one of the stronger lagers out there. The beer pours a dark golden with hues of tan. A small head of an inch or so rises and shows average retention. The smell is of strong malt and poorly concealed alcohol. A ripe fruitiness bursts through, but not in a complex way. The taste is more subdued than you might expect. More of the heavy barley malt used to get this guy up in ABV, more of the muted lager taste and hints of cherry, corn syrup and booze. Somewhat viscous and shows some signs of cloying on the palette. Carbonation is low and fits the style.

I can't say I'm too impressed with the Strong Lagers over here. I see them as filling the niche that malt liquors do in the US, only in smaller servings. Still, I suppose it's worth a try as it's not put together too offensively.

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Photo of fortega
3.6/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The reviews on this beer are quite harsh. This beer is common Italy's strongest offering. You go into a pub in Italy and request it, they will most likely have it. That being said, it beats the heck out of Birra Moretti or Peroni- ths beer kicks. I'm a hard time serpating myself from reality. This shit makes you wish all beers were this strong.
This isnt the best tasting bee, nor is it tooo related to SA beer. You wiil enjoy it anf 3idh you hadn't discimiated against this one. I love it. Love it love it!
Nice and strong

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Photo of ddegennaro
2.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pick this up in good ole Roma. Poured into a pint glass, it takes some effort to produce any sort of head. The head that does materialize ends up as sputtering sudsy, and white. For a beer sold prominently in Italy, frankly this doesn't come as a surprise. It pours a brassy wheat color color, nothing striking.

A deep whiff reveals...rice. Lots of funky, fermented rice. I want to say that it tends towards a sake scent, despite the claim off being a "double-malted" birra. Aside from the rice and the faintest suggestion of malts, the phenols make an appearance in a big way, reminding you that this is, indeed, a strong lager.

The taste, gosh, right up front the alcohol bites hard, burning the chest and the nose. Let it be noted that this isn't a warming presence, but an aggressive, assertive presence. After that, the malts make a brief appearance, giving way to more alcohol, and, of course, rice. As it warms, just about everything but the phenols get phased out, and it becomes a chore to finish. Also, there's a distracting sweetnes from the malts that I've never encountered before.

While initially pleasant, the mouthfeel degenerates into a syrupy mess, lacking any sort of carbonation. If you haven't picked up on it yet, the faster you drink this, the better.

Unless you find yourself in Italy with an insatiable need to get bombed, this isn't something you should seek out more than once. The lack of balance and the high alcohol content holds this back from even being sessionable.

Another lackluster example of a Euro Lager. Forza Azzurri, I guess.

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Photo of Suds
2.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a clear yellow colored brew, there's a modest little fizzy head on top. It's got a sweet, malty smell. Unfortunately, the smell also has a bit of distracting ethanol, harshness, and misplaced fruitiness (isn't this supposed to be a lager?). It certainly isn't a clean beer. The flavor does have some pale malt character, and a little caramel sweetness, it's also got a huge amount of sharp alcohol heat. It's actually a little better than I expected, but still falls far short of the mark. I find these high alcohol lagers a little boring and poorly conceived. Although better than most, I still wouldn't go back to it.

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Photo of stcules
2.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Golden yellow color. Abundant white creamy foam.
At the smell the malt is strong, but quite clean. Not much more. The alcohol is not too present, neither in the taste.
Predominant maltiness in the tasty, too, but the back hop is quite noticeable.
In the aftertaste the alcohol is more perceptible. It warms.
Monotone, all malt.

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Ceres Old 9 from Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)
Beer rating: 2.72 out of 5 with 5 ratings