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Extra 4 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-05-2014)
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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev +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 Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Carpetsmoker
2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of davelag
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mattsucks
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tfidler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AlexFields
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.72/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of isaacgomis
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jennlou83
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a true Belgian classic. I will never walk past a bottle of this in a bottle shop without purchasing it. I would normally walk right past this beer, but after trying it I gotta say, this is one elegant Belgian beer.

Photo of wdf210
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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Extra 4 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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