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Extra 4 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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89
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | 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 mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Hallertau
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lillitnn92
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tim007007
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tlema1
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patlabor44
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Michael914
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of funkel81
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Z2thet
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and refreshing. Not as strong as the other St Bernardus options.

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boone757
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of George2744
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Extra 4 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
89 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.