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Extra 4 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 44
Photo of RossusMaximus
2.08/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Musty flavor. Thumbs down. So so at best.

Photo of elNopalero
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.87/5  rDev -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.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -7.1%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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 draheim
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Z2thet
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Chaz
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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?

Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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%.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from ABV. Long time want. Faintly hazy light yellow with the expected, dense white head with exceptional retention and very nice lacing. The nose is pure joy. Snappy, doughy malt, delicate but beautifully defined crisp, lemony and earthy hops,pears and mildly spicy yeast, this is awesome stuff. The palate opens crisp, earthy,snappy with a blend of water crackers and a minty, herbal and mildly lemony hop flavor. A little cotton candy and a moderate yeast expression, a blend of white pepper, moderate fruitiness , spicy phenols and a little clove are present. The yeast expression is reminiscent of the St B Tripel. Drying on the finish, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated and has lingering hop and yeast characteristics on the finish. Just a shade watery, but hot damn, this is an impressive beer.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down but has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some faint hints of fruity esters and candi sugar. The smell of yeast becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the flavors of Belgian yeast take center stage and there are additional notes of grassy hops, candi sugar, and bananas with hints of spices towards the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of dryness are perceptible.
O: This is a pleasant Belgian pale ale to drink – I definitely recognize the yeast strain as being the same as that used in the other St. Bernardus beers, such as the Abt 12. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle from Tipples in Gainesville. Pours hazy yellow with an absolutely massive head, big and white and fluffy. Aroma of yeasty esters, pears and bananas, dry bretty funk, hay. Not bad. Flavor is sweet pears galore with dry funky hay and barnyard funky yeast, a hint of spice, and some honey sweetness. Extremely light bodied with nearly effervescent carbonation. This is a nice light Belgian brew that goes nicely with dinner. But at $5 a bottle in not sure it’s accessible to a long session.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stamped A 15 04 16. Cloudy golden color with little head but nice lace. Smells like wheat crackers and floral and vegetal hops. Hint of cucumber. Dry and refreshing on the palate. Crackery, grainy malt with rustic sorts of spicy, floral, vegetal hop flavors - like lettuce, even - and some fairly assertive, lingering bitterness. A bit of a lemony citrus flavor. Texture is on the light side but not watery, and the fine carbonation lends additional cushiness. Interesting beer!

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Extra 4 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
88 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.