Brewed by Klášterní Pivovar Strahov
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Prague, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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First beer we have cooked here after many years of break. Its origins reach back to Munich from the first half of the 19th century. Our St. Norbert tastes dryer and bitterer than the Munich lager. Whole malt well hopped beer, showing the Munich, caramelized and roasted malt in its taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 First experience on tap at the brewpub, in 2005:

The Lure:
Another great head collapses slowly onto atttractive roasted malts, anise-y sweetness and blackberry/blueberry fruitiness.

The Festivities:
The strong carbonation and fruity esters of the yeast make both of the beers I had here seem quite Belgian. Caramel and chocolate caress languorously and roasted malt bitterness and dryness. The balanced sequence of flavors also proffers various fruity suggestions, and a touch of star anise, all the while remaining a comfortable pint to quaff. 3.8/5

Watching a talented sculptor at work.

Second experience on tap, in 2008:
The chocolatey roastiness took the form of earthy tobacco and the balancing herbal hop finish made for a very well structured pint. The body is overall leaner than the usual Czech Tmavé. 3.6/5

Third experience on tap, in 2013:
Dry, bubbly with a few blackberry notes and a beautiful malty finish (not sweet, just malt flavors). 3.7/5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2005
By far my favorite beer during my trip to the Czech Republic which cut prematurely short, unfortunately. Pours brown/black with a tan head. Smelled of nuts and sugar. Tasted of caramel and toffee. Nice peppery finish. Wish I could get this one back home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Very dark brown with thick, frothy tan head. Like their Easter (Velikonocni) beer, a huge nose that was surprisingly bitter. Roasted, burnt caramel flavor with a dry, hoppy finish. Best dunkel I’ve ever had, beating the hell out of U Fleku.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2005
(Draught at Klasterni Pivovar, Prague) Dark brown colour, thick beige, creamy head. Sweet, sugary, malty nose. Roasted, rounded malty flavour with hints of toffee. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9012) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 Tapped, in the brew-pub: almost black, huge dark brownish head, sweet malty nose (caramel), initial dry malty taste, leading to a lasting bitter - chocolate- finish, medium bodied, well quaffable............

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5316) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2005
Draught at the brewpub/restaurant at the monastery. Dark brown, nearly black colour. Thick creamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, some leather, hints of treacle. Solid flavour of roasted malts and coffee, notes of dark bitter chocolate. Reminds me of a Baltic porter. Dry bitter aftertaste from the roastiness and hops. A very good beer - good enough to make me go back the next day for more! By the way - the brewery restaurant serves decent food too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2005
Tap. Sampled at the abbey restaurant, 04/25/05.Black colour. Medium, off-white head. Chocolatey, roastmalty aroma. Chocolatey, roastmalty, caramelly taste. Slightly sweet. Coffeish, bitter-chocolatey finish, which is quite lasting. Really, really excellent. With is biiter choclate flavour and its other aspects it is very reminiscient of a porter to me. This was the best beer I have had in the Czech Republic, so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2004
Tap@Klasterni Pivovar, Prague. This is a lovely Czeck dark. Some light touches of caramel to start, but it quickly gives way to a a mocha/roasted malt character. Good amount of saazy bitterness in the finish. Nice and bitter, but soft at the same time. Extremely more-ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2004
Nice deep dark brown colour with solid head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is malty with clear notes of coffee. Flavor is again malty with some caramel and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Very dark brown, slightly cloudy, with ruby highlights. Thick persistent brown head. Malty aroma with a flowery and fruity aroma. Caramel, butterscotch, some light roastiness. Estery aroma reminds me of some Belgian strong ales. Flavour also shows dark fruit and coffee. Very good.

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