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Extra 4 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 255
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-05-2014

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Photo of breadwinner
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer...but it also kinda had me wishing for a straight up Belgian pale ale a la Antigoon or Affligem. I know, I know, that's not the style, but this one just...well, maybe I need a few more to really get it. Little bit of honey sweetness in the nose, touch of apple perhaps, fairly subdued if pleasant. Palate is crisp, a few rogue phenols popping up for a bit of spice/bitterness along with some hops. Lightest touch of yeast (and only after I dumped the dregs in after about half the glass) and maybe some very light citrusy/herbal notes. It's light and easy drinking, and probably a touch better, even if subtler, than Chimay Doree, but it still came off as lacking enough distinctive character to really elevate it. Good summer drinker though. (759 characters)

Photo of UncleEmu
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Extra 4 Belgian Pale Ale
serving type: bottle from Town Restaurant, Honolulu, HI (May 2015)

A: Straw

S: Pear, strong carbonation, pale and lighter malts

T: Some candi, and just a hint of medicinal herbs. Some vibrant pear and apricot,along with some green grapes. Quite reminiscent of a really good white wine. Wonderful tart finish.

M: Standard Belgian carbonation, extremely refreshing

O: A fantastic light drink. Flavorful and refreshing, this could easily replace white wine at the dinner table. It's nice to see carbonation play such a key role in flavor and feel. (589 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle. Pours hazy straw under a 1” clingy white foam collar. Fruit, banana and orange on the nose and palate. Light bread flavors. Refreshing, light body, medium carbonation. Good summer beer. (219 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a light blond color with a nice white head. The complexion is hazy, and the smell has a slightly fruity, grassy, and has a bit of yeast in the back. The taste is clean, with a nice hoppiness. Firm mouthfeel with some pleasant effervescence. (251 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle, dated 16 04 16
A - highly effervescent hazed peach colored body with a persistent bubbly white head
S - not overly aromatic, especially when cold but has some yeast, spice, grass, wheat perhaps. The yeast becomes very bready smelling as it warms
T - spicy, peppery, yeast, grass, mild fruity esters, faint lemon
M - thinner body but the high carbonation makes it feel fuller, modestly dry finish
O - nice and refreshing; very solid, but I couldn't help but wish I was drinking their dubbel or tripel as I drank this one. (536 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a mostly clear hay yellow color with a frothy white head. The aroma is slightly yeasty with some banana notes. The taste is smooth, light, and refreshing. Easy drink Abbey Ale that is tasty and not over bearing with yeast. Delicious! (244 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy gold with bright white foam
I like the aroma. With coriander and a straw lemon note. Orange peel.
Light and crisp with a orange blossom estery finish. (168 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful big fluffy white head, with excellent retention and lacing. Brew is extremely clear, with just a tiny bit of haze. Straw-like amber and gold. Quite a bit cloudier as you let the yeast into the glass.

Lovely light Belgian aroma. Lemon, hay, pale grains, and yeast. Tart but not exactly funky.

Crisp and clean, grainy, tart. Lemons and straw. A touch of Belgian Candi sugar.

Extremely lively with bite. More alcohol presence than I'd have guessed for only 4.8%. Semi-dry, with a dry finish.

This is a surprisingly great beer. It carries all the flavor and bite of a normal BPA or Saison, in a much lower ABV format. St. B delivers yet again. (654 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, date stamp A 15 04 16, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden yellow with a very thick head that died back slowly to a 1/8" persistent foam across the top. Lots of persistent lacing in thick sheets and strands.

Smell: Powdery sweet yeast, light bready smell with a hint of fruity esters. As the beer warmed up this went away and was still yeasty, but not as sweet, and the hop aroma came out a bit more.

Taste: Herbal/leafy hop bitterness right up front, backed up with a cracker-like malt with just a barest amount of sweetness. Nice bitter finish which doesn't linger much.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation which scrubs the palate clean between sips. Not fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good beer for sipping and enjoying and very drinkable - I wish I had another. This is a beer that you could easily drink all night if available - a Belgian session ale? In any case, quite nice. (943 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - massively foamy white cloud of gassy head. Clingy ex girlfriend lacing. Fairly high clarity, considering, butter exactly the color of melted margarine. 4

S - sweet corn and fresh hay. Mild citrus notes 3.5

T - sour rye whiskey initial tastes, mild buttery aftertaste. 3.25

M - watery but slightly buttery. 3.5

O - no where near as strong as their other offerings. But a perfectly acceptable showing none the less. 3.75

Re-review

A - buttery melted butter with a cloud of meringue on top. Glorious lacing. 4.5

S - banana peels. Vegetal earthy mineral notes like a carrot just plucked from the ground. Lemon zest and sourdough bread. 4

T - initial crystalline hard candy sour middle flavors and slightly bitter aftertaste. 3.5

M - buttery smooth and slightly sour sparkling at the end. 4.25

O - another offering that didn't disappoint. Good example of the style. 3.75 (883 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, great sized white fluffy head, fades at a decent pace, mixture of large and small bubbles make up the head, plenty of bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is quite bready with a strong yeast presence, light hint of lemon to the nose along with a mild grassy aroma.

Taste starts out with a lemony grassy flavor, lemon zest bitterness in the aftertaste, carbonation is medium-high with the beer almost turning to foam once it hits the mouth, light and delicate with a surprisingly strong bitterness aspect for a Belgian. (587 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep straw/pale gold producing almost 3 fingers of a white, foamy, lasting head that leaves motes, streaks, webs & splotches of clumpy lace. Aroma is tangy mixture of bready malt, dough & biscuit, yeasty pear, orange & pineapple esters, wet hay, Belgian funk, heady lemon, with some grass & herbal notes. Taste is biscuit & dough malt, Belgian yeast funk, tangy pineapple, orange & lemon, cloves, pepper, some banana & thin coriander with Belgian yeast funk & Belgian yeasty ester undertones of apple, pear & honey undertones. These yeasty esters become more dominant and intense as the brew warms. The finish rapidly transitions to more apple & pear underwritten by bitterness with the bitter becoming dominant in the astringent doughy, grassy/floral aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderated carbonation, dry & prickly on the tongue becoming astringent before it fades. (899 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention is good, if not quite great, and the texture is foamy yet soft. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: So, so, so bready. The Belgian character in general, though subtle (perhaps due to its low strength), is wonderful. Letting it open up will reveal delicate nuances of apples, pears, and white grapes. Want proof that a regular Belgian pale ale (err, patersbier) can stun like the best 10% quads? Look no further. (4.25)

Taste: An initial bready flavor slowly transforms into a gentle fruit flavor around the middle. It finishes with notes of lemon and pepper. Even a bit of grass-laden hops appear in spurts. Adding the dregs give it a stronger vanilla cream flavor; while nice, it's best to leave them in the bottle. This is a killer offering, with a level of complexity that would make some 10% beers jealous. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Borderline intense carbonation envelops the mouth, making this an extremely crisp, endlessly dry brew. Yet the finish is long, and loaded with flavor. One could chug this beer - granted, they would miss the wonderful, complex flavor profile... (4.25)

Overall: Hot damn, this is fucking gorgeous. It's terribly priced (over $15 for a 4-pack) for little ol' blue collar me, but it does EVERYTHING a smaller beer should. It has the complex intensity of a bigger beer, with the gentle nuances of a smaller beer. Shame about the aforementioned prices, because I'd drink this all day and night. If I had a million dollars... (4.25)

4.21/5: Everything a patersbier should be (1,639 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark gold with a fizzy-ish white head. The head doesn't last long after pouring but leaves a thin disc that provides small lacing. The aroma is bright and reminiscent of citrus zest and hints of yeast. The taste is similar but a little thin when compared to the aroma. The body isn't watery, though, with just a faint hint of carbonation on the finish. (368 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2ml bottle sealed with fancy St Bernardus pressure cap with a blue #4 as the main logo.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: pale straw yellow bodied beer with a slight almost moderate haziness to the color of the body of the beer (because I poured the dreggs into the beer). Massive fluffy white head that is over 3 fingers tall. Great staying power from the head that slowely drops down to a think cap of fine bubbles that sit on top the beer. Moderate almost thick lacing on the side of the glass as the beer's head receeds.

Smell: wheat and pale malts. Yeasty, bready, peppery, and light citrus too. Light fruit phenols present as well.

Taste: Light sweetness balanced with a light biterness. Also a light tartness about the flavor as well. A bready quality, yeast flavors, and white pepper are fairly abundant. Fruity phenols are defiantely there too. Clove honey and light belgian candied sugar. Tasting some mineral qualities of water in this brew as well. Floral hop flavors in the middle of the beer. Very light citrus peel in the finish adds the another hint of bittering and a slightly tart quality that I sensed in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Carbonation is soft, creamy, and delicate. The slightest bit of dryness is also found in this beer which adds a light crisp texture to the overall effect of the mouthfeel. Drinkability is off the charts as well, but resist chugging this beer or you will miss out all the subtle complexities of the beer.

Overall: This is a true Belgian classic. It is a very elegant beer that could sit at the table with just about any meal or could be drank as a lawnmowing beer on a really hot summer day. So much vibrant flavor and complexity in this beer. World class mouthfeel. This is my favorite belgian pale ale that I have ever tried, it is just excellent. It is always nice to find shelf beer that is of such high quality. (1,940 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330mL (best by 4/15/2016, I think) into a St.B chalice. Pours a hazy pale lemon yellow w/ a soft bright white head, lively carbonation. Looks alive and inviting.

Aroma is spicy, citrusy, peppery, bready. Good Belgian yeast here, layers of complexity.

Taste is likewise lemony and spicy with a pilsner malt quality. Subtle clove, bready.

Mouthfeel is soft, crisp, finishes semi-dry. Satisfying.

Overall a really great, complex, low ABV option. I am impressed. (462 characters)

Photo of Chaz
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy off-gold / hite Gold in color, topped with a two fingered off-white head. Decent lacing altogether, and a nice loo in the glass.

Wheat malt and fairly prominent yeast, a note of lemon zest -- maybe some white pepper? Fairly neutral and dry apart from that (not sweet.)

Light, crisp, sweet-malty, tangy, and brisk-scrubbing all on the first sip -- whoa! And there are hops, here (Noble or Euro Pils-style hopping rate.) Creamy.. again: All on the first sip. Dry at the end, almost but not quite fully astringent.

Estery and lightly medicinal on the first sip, medicinal from the herbs and a lighter touch of the yeast character as well. Malt base (and some sugar, too?) is very rich for the lightness and crispness of this one, and the spice character is well-reigned.

Nice and pleasing mouthfeel. Lighter but not too light, and definitely on-par for this crisp and refreshing style of beer.

An excellent example of the style -- Props to BA gory4d for the trade!
Edit: Too bad this was only brewed once! It would make for an excellent summer refresher.

Code on label: 14 5 16 (A best by?) Seems to be quite fresh. (1,140 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (dated A 15 04 16) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated September 17, 2014.

A-An aggressive pour produces a big, pillowy head of nearly white foam. Retention is so-so, but head leaves a good bit lacing behind. The beer is quite light in color and hazy.

S-The aroma suggests subtle lemon, some grain, Belgian yeast flavors like bubblegum and bread dough, and just a bit of spice like coriander and pepper.

T-The taste is pretty similar to the smell. Pale malts give off some bread dough, cracker and bread crust flavors that pair pretty well with the light fruity flavors and candy sugar. There is bit of snappy spice on the finish too.

M-The body is pretty creamy with a smooth carbonation that is almost too creamy and smooth for the style.

O-This is a pretty good beer. There is nothing mind blowing here, but if you want to get your traditional Belgian fix without drinking a 9 or 10 percent bomber, this would be a great choice. Belgian session ale? (984 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Large eggshell white head atop a dense, glazed orange colored body. Lots of carbonation activity with a lenthy amount of head retention. Big sloppy chunks of lace deposits.

S: Semi-dry fruit, sweet peach, dry apricot, along with a lingering dry hay scent.

T: Crisp dry fruit, apricot and peach as with the nose, with some fresh breakfast fruit. Rocky candy, candied fruit with a sweetness of buttered grains, dry hay, with some orange and floral hop notes. Touch of grapes, sweet malt, stalky greens, and starfruit on the finish.

M: Crisp mouthful, light bodied, dry fruit-alcohol notes on the tongue with a slipper texture.

O: Overall a nice dry fruit quality in a small 4.8% abv package that drinks bigger then one drinks. Crisp, dry malt finish. A good table pale. would give this a 3.85. (804 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian abby ale, purchased at CBX.
Poured into st. Bernardus snifter.
A: pours a 2 finger foam head, light golden straw body, some carbonation
S: Belgian yeast, candy sugar, clove, white pepper
M: light medium body
T: light pepper, clove, champaign, white grape, hay, lemon
O: great brew, light and refreshing, full flavor (325 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian aroma with hints of fruit and spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, clove, white pepper, and coriander. Pale malt with hints of straw and cracker. Fruit esters of banana, lemon zest, orange, and a little apple. Subtle hop presence with floral hints as well as a little grass. Also some light candied sugar hints. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, spicy, and zesty Belgian ale taste with good notes of zesty fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with upfront notes of clove, funk, white pepper, and coriander. Pale malt with notes of straw and soft cracker. Fruit notes of banana, orange, lemon zest, and apple. Light notes of Belgian candied sugar. Some floral and grassy hop notes in the background. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great Belgian Abbey Ale from St. Bernardus. Great mix of spice and fruit esters with a clean and nicely drying body. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured a cloudy golden body with three fingers of thick, fluffy white head. It looks fantastic, very true to style and quite appealing. Scents of bubblegum, sweetly spicy Belgian yeast with notes of clove, white pepper and light funk, notes of floral aromas, jasmine and citrus blossom, medium fruity esters and light soft malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a wonderful Belgian that combines the nice phenols and esters of the yeast with some floral hoppy aromas and just enough malt to balance. Very well done and quite appealing. Flavor begins with notes of spicy Belgian yeast with notes of white pepper and spicy hops with a bit of floral European hops in the mix and a light orange peel flavor. Middle opens up further floral hop flavors with a medium bitterness that is quite pleasant. Finish is dry with notes of floral hops that I assume are Noble hops, grainy malt, soft biscuit-like malt and orange peel with a light sourness alongside white pepper. Aftertaste is white pepper, biscuit-like malt and floral hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a lovely Belgian single, a light ale brewed to compete with German Pilsners. It has much of the same malt and hop character, but the Belgian ale yeast adds a pleasant spiciness and complexity lacking from the lager. Very well done. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth, slightly drying and chalky flavor. Quite nice. Overall this is a fantastic ale. It combines the lovely aroma and flavors of a Belgian Pale with a good level of hopping that lends it a character in-pine with a hoppy German Pilsner. Hoppy, complex and intriguing, a very good ale. (1,644 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lemon yellow color. Cloudy. Small head. Spotty lace.

Pale malt with earthy tones is my initial impression for the smell. There's a good dose of Belgian style yeast to the nose as well.

The flavor is sour with a strong bite from the yeast. This is light for a Belgian, yet it contains all of the elements of a typical Belgian. The swallow and aftertaste is an extension of the initial flavor profile. This is an easy introduction to the world of Belgian Ales. (467 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light, quite hazy yellow-orange amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light pear and apricot, Belgian yeast, bready malt, pleasant. Flavor is bready malt, mixed citrus and light stone fruit, Belgian yeast, clove, hint of banana, starts semi-sweet and finishes a bit drier; a pleasant flavor change profile. Medium bodied with active carbonation. An impressively flavored pale ale for the ABV, perfect Belgian pale profile and flavor progression. Very nice and a great addition to the available ales from this fine brewery. (612 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a fairly light, just slightly hazy yellow color with a decent head and great lacing. Light carbonation is visible.

Smell – Yeast, hay, malt, spice, and a hint of candied lemon sweetness.

Taste – Belgian yeast, malt, and a just a hint of pepper. Surprisingly tasty for a 4.8%abv beer.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, slightly creamy, with medium carbonation.

Drinkability – Easy drinking, though it is only 4.8%. (433 characters)

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Extra 4 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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