Extra 4 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Best before 4/16/16.
Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, lemon, and a skunk aroma that fades as the beer warms up in the glass. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, spice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and tasty, but the skunk aroma I am getting at first is unpleasant.
Serving type: bottle.
08-28-2014 05:16:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +1.3%
11.2 oz bottle poured into an Achel Trappist glass.
Ap: A straight down the middle pour produces a huge fluffy white head atop a hazy straw body (I poured in the yeast). Quite a show. Lots of thin, tight bubbly lacing.
A: Aroma of banana, grains, bubble gum, citrus fruits, and rubbery yeast.
T: Much like the nose with all the fun yeast flavors (banana, rubber, cloves) citrus fruit tartness and a nice hop bite and bitterness. Pleasant almost wheat like malt backbone.
Mf: Prickly carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Great drinkability.
Overall: An easy drinking, flavorful beer that would go great with food. Very light and refreshing with nice flavor complexity. Subtle yeast, small hop bite and a wheaty malt finish. Recommended.
08-27-2014 02:50:53 | More by CowsandBeer
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
With the reputation of St. Bernardus preceding it, their recently released golden ale carries the taste of "tripel" but with a dainty and finesse oriented taste.
The Extra 4 kicks off with a bright straw hue, cast with a lightly dispersed haze. Its nose opens up with a candied lemon scent with spicy clove and white pepper. The first taste comes alive with light bready-malt flavor, powdered sugar and citrus fruit galore.
The middle simply blossoms into vibrant honeysuckle, pulled candy, lemon-drop, apple cider, white grape and under-ripened orange. While an undertow of citrusy grasses of lemongrass, pepper and cilantro loom, an earthen bitter taste begins to rise while vinous white wine tethers through its terse sweetness.
Delicate and elegant in finish, the medium-light bodied ale sheds its early sweetness and embraces a peppery, grassy, and floral finish with stern bitterness and tepid vinous alcohol.
08-16-2014 07:02:38 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
Batch A 16 04 16, poured into a chalice
A- pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a bubbly two-finger hear that retains nicely, eventually reducing to a cap, leaving a bit of lace behind 4
S- banana yeasty aromas pop out up front with some candied sugar notes, clean earthy dried hay mixes with some musty damp aromas, lemongrass with some floral and phenolic notes close it out with some crackery toasted malt 4.25
T- Belgian yeast flavors take over up front with notes of banana & candied sugar, lemon grass flavors add a slight tartness, floral hops, finishing dry with some must and earthiness 4.25
M- light-medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish 4
O- pretty impressive that this beer falls under the category of session beer, yet is packed with classic Belgian pale flavor, another solid addition to the Bernardus family 4.25
08-16-2014 00:27:57 | More by Treyliff
4/5 rDev +1.3%
330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 4/16/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
08-13-2014 02:41:22 | More by superspak
Extra 4 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.