Ceres Strong Ale Export | Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

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Ceres Strong Ale ExportCeres Strong Ale Export

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Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An alias for the "Ceres Selection" beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 72
Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into San Miguel stemware at La Pirata pizza, La Puerto, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, (faux)Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head of fair cream, nice retention, and nice thickness. Gold-yellow (but not straw) colour.

Sm: Clean barley, malt, and surprisingly some nutty hops. Hmm.

T: Malty. Very malty. Finish is syrupy. Poorly balanced. The alcohol really hits you hard on the tongue. Terribly built.

Mf: Too thick and syrupy. I gulp it down awfully.

Dr: High ABV, and a very low price especially for an import. That said, it's barely drinkable and wouldn't even make a good beer for getting bollocksed with the lads on a night in. Leave her on the shelf, lads, and get some proper beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ceres Strong Ale
33 cl. greenish-brown glass, best by 201216

Unfortunately green-brown glass does not protect beer from UV light and my sample was skunked. I don't think it's really worthy of a secondary sample though as the adjunct in it is quite clear. It's malty, but not "malty" with grain; and at just 7.7% the alcohol is noticeable. It's a touch fruity, and what hops are there are quite generic in character, but at least display an overall herbal character. What it has going for it: it's more malty, flavorful, and interesting than the standard Ceres or other basic Danish lagers; and it's nicely balanced. As a basic strong Euro lager it's not bad.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Every single bar on the Amalfi Coast seemed to have this as their default strong beer, this review is of a 33cl brown bottle drank in the main square of Ravello.

Mid-pils colour, this strong lager looked OK, the wispy white head reminding me of the typical lager/pilsner covering found all over the world, even though this one had come down from Scandinavia to the Med.

Malts over hops in the smell and taste, although the alcohol content was never far from the surface throught the tasting. The beer was fresh (BBD 01 Aug 2012) and had good carbonisation, as you'd expect in this style of beer.

Overal: it had too much alcohol for it's depth of flavours and body feel, the sort of beer that gives you a cracking headache if large amounts were to be consummed.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Italy [imported from Denmark]. One of the better beers I found in Italy and many locations have it. Not as strong as I thought it would be, smooth, good head, malty overtones.

From my notes 6/11/07 pours a one-finger white head that quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Malty hoppy nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is slight maltiness and slightly cidery, smooth. €2.80 ($3.84) for a 330ml green bottle from Autogrill Badia Al Pino Ouest, Italy.

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Photo of Bung
2.41/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In Rome wandering.
Lighter amber/orange pour. Minimal white suds.

Aroma has some caramel and booze. Has that "Heineken" smell that I usually equate to a skunked beer.

Taste is actually not as bad as the aroma. Kind of like a sweet Coors, with considerably more booze to it. Nothing to balance the sweetness but the weird Heineken thing again.

A bit over carbonated and pretty difficult to drink. So I pounded it down to be rid of it. Tried once, that is enough.

I do like Heineken on draft, it doesn't have as much of the poor qualities.

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Photo of peensteen
2.99/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle my folks brought back from Italy

Pale golden yellow colour, just over one finger of dense white head, sticky with some pretty good lace. Smell is malty and bready, fairly earthy with some alcohol, not a whole lot going on here really, smells like euro lager. Taste is biscuity and malty, fairly fruity, under ripe fruit in the finish, some alcohol heat here and there. Light-med carbonation, medium body, decent feel. This isn't a bad beer really, I found the bottle to be to big (660ml) I wouldn't seek this out but would drink it again if it were given to me.

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Photo of alexgash
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Belgian strong dark ale this is not. More of a Euro strong lager. Anyway, medium-yellow body with a small, sticky, off-white head. Nose is stale-ish cereal malts, light alcohol; not much going on here. Taste is one-dimensional, with hearty cereal malts dipped in cheap honey. Gets sweeter and a little warming. Minor hop presence is uninspiring. Medium-bodied, kinda sticky. Not as kerosene-like as I expected and actually was pretty smooth for the abv.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.63/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My wife brought this back from her trip to Italy and France recently. 11.2 oz bottle with a gold label that covers the entire bottle. 7.7% alcohol level and label should keep the beer well. Poured into a pils glass it forms a small but steady white head that leaves spot lacing. Golden body with healthy carbonation.

First drink has me thinking adjunct quality all the way. Corn and Corn syrup mixed with some spices and a huge alcohol smacker. Green apples make up a sweet fruit backdrop.

Notes: Ughhh This is a high alcohol flamer at its finest. This is an adjunct lager that has tons of alcohol. Crisp, Clean, Refreshing, Interesting? forget about it. I see they have changed the style to Euro Strong Lager which is exactly where I"d put it as well. Avoid.

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Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a clean, clear glass at a rest stop on the side of an Italian highway. This stuff is very much available all over Italy. I think that I saw it in over 150 stores in bottles throughout Italy (I visited 14 cities in 9 days).

A Creamy big head over lager like body.

S Barley malt of some strength, some grains. Inviting, interesting.

T Strong light Ale, very close to lager in taste but with more strength.

M Medium with big ABV, some grains and the malt.

D Good for an ABV of 7.7%.

Not bad selection when in Italy. It is still VERY MUCH available everywhere that I went in Italy.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.91/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this one up in Italy while traveling there. I bought a few at the time, but this single I have had in my fridge since the first of 2002...so this beer is "conditioned". I am hoping that it has melded the flavor.

This ain't no Belgian Strong Dark! It is more like a Euro Strong Lager

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear yellow golden color with a 1/4" head of white foam at first pour that fell to be a pretty consistent white layer on top of the beer that was maintained by quite a few bubbles rising. The bubbles kept rising the entire time in a mellow vortex action, and the beer left some light lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Malt driven aroma with some sweet corn-like notes in it. There are some spicy hops that have aged pretty well considering. As the beer warms up some, the spiciness seems to shift and be more derived from alcohol than the hops. Interesting...

Taste: The flavor is balanced toward the malt also with some evident corny notes that I would suspect were from adjuncts...bummer since I have kept this beer for so long. There is some pretty aggressive bittering that comes out in the middle of the flavor profile, but they don't ride out until the end. The malt comes back in to lead the finish into a noticeable alcoholic warmth on the back of the throat.

Opinion: Needless to say that I am a bit disappointed in this beer. There is too much corn flavor and aroma for my taste, and it tastes like they were just trying to crank the gravity up. Oh well...I'll just have to keep trying to find the "holy grail" of beer. Heck of a job I MUST say. Oh! I see you are doing it too! ;-)

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Photo of Radome
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 33 cl bottle bought in Italy.

A - The color is an odd brownish gold. Extremely clear. Head is white, wispy and weak. There is some lacing.

S - The aroma is faint and hard to pick up. Very much like any international light lager. I expected some malt or alcohol, based on the alcohol content, but this smells like a Bud light or something similar. Light corn and very faint noble hops; nothing else.

T - Taste is clean at the beginning; some malt and a bit of noble hops with low bitterness. Late in the palate comes a burst of corn. Hops linger in the aftertaste. No yeast or alcohol flavors.

M - Light to moderate body. Light hops bitterness burn. No alcohol warming.

O - A very neutral and forgettable beer. It does not seem to have gained any significant character from being brewed to this high alcohol content.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

When I saw the "Strong Ale" on the label, I was thinking maybe a darker style, well, that isn't the case as the beer hits the glass similar to other Danish lagers with a fizzy, yellow burst. It is a bit darker that some light lagers, but not much. The only surprise here is that the head and lacing are both very good. When you take a whiff of the beer you are greeted with the classic, skunky scent that is only backed up with a hint of more malts in the background.

The feel of this beer is slightly heavier than a light lager, being a bit smoother and less carbonated, but not by much. The flavor the beer presents is basically just a "heavy" version of other Danish lagers (aka Heineken). The flavor is slightly more malty than expected and has just a touch of sweetness to it. The back end of the drink has just a touch of hops bitterness.

Overall, this wasn't what I expected from a "strong ale," and I'm pretty sure it isn't an ale at all. That being said, it is just a small step ahead of similar beers in the style of Heineken and the like.

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Photo of Samp01
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle from local bar in Calabria, Italy. Pours a deep crystal clear golden copper with a medium lasting white head, some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some dark fruit notes, dates as it warms up, with some yeast and alcohol esters. Taste same as aroma with some sweet bitter flavors, and a bit of spicy notes as well. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finishes with some sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, yeast, dates and a lingering sweet alcohol and nutty flavor. Overall nothing really stand out for this brew, an average ale.

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Photo of stoutman
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one in Torino, Italy. Medium airy white head on top of a clear yellow golden colored beer. Smell of hops, malts, card board and a hint of hay. Taste hops, iron, malts, medium bitter, light sweet, hint of something light fruity. Sharp bitter herby aftertaste. Low carbonation, medium body, tingly mouthfeel and a light watery texture. Not too well balanced and very average at best.

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Photo of djura
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Italy.

A-Dark gold with lots of bubbles. White foam,lasting minute or two.

S-Nothing special,some malts,sweetness and a bit metallic touch.

T/M-Very drinkable,not so strong in the taste or in the head. On the first high carbonation,warm and bitter aftertaste.

O-I would say this is strong beer with lower strong taste.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Golden to amber in colour. Medium white head that shows very little retention but leaves some lacing

S- Strong caramel malts and some alcoholic notes

T- Caramel malts again and a faint hint of hops, with some sirupy corn notes that remind me of an adjunct lager. Alcohol is quite easily detectable

M- Medium body. A lively carbonation brings some life. Decently warming from it's alcoholic feel

O- A very easy drink and overall a decently enjoyable beer

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Photo of boss302
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ceres strong ale. Bottle .33L, in Milan.

A clear, typical head. 3.5 

S caramel malty aroma. 3.5

T There is some sweetness and is balanced by a definite astringency in the finish. 3

M Thin, good carbonation. 2.5

O Drinkable overall, better than the heineken I had coming into town on the train.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Italy in a green bottle. Light to medium golden color, crystal clear. Thin head that didn't last too long. little carbonation. Smell was sort of a skunky maltiness. Starts like a mild lager with a bit of skunkiness and finishes with a stronger maltiness (slightly fruity) and alcohol bite on the middle to back of the tongue. Starts sort of light and finishes strong.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

like everyone else i tried this in italy, in rome. the villa borghese was across the street from my hotel and i'd buy a few bottles from a vendor in the park and throw them in my back pack for later that night. the appearance is good. it has a good head. color is boring transparent gold. taste has some bite to it but you get use to it soon enough. an ok beer that does the job in a pinch. i.e.... your on vacation in rome and good beer is very, very, very hard to find.

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Photo of JCBears
3.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Average in appearance clear filtered, frankly almost Bud like.

smell: Bitter like a pils smell, grainy and not really something I personally want to stick my nose in

taste: Well rounded flavor, tastes a bit sweet with some hoppy notes but overall not bad a nice brew actually.

mouthfeel: Stouter than you would think it is actually nice it sits there long enough to enjoy. A real feast actually.

overall: Really not bad I have seen this exported to Italy before and I must say I really enjoy it over all. Not a #1 but very drinkable

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at a corner market in Rome across from my hotel, poured into a hotel glass:

A - Medium Amber color with thick head.

S - Alcohol pervades the scent.

T - If you can get past the high alcohol taste, it does have some hoppy notes that make it more paletable. Unbalanced however.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D - Not great.

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Ceres Strong Ale Export from Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)
2.95 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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