Extra 4 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light gold in color with a very hazy complexity due to being unfiltered. A fingernail thin eggshell white head is present. Brussels lacing. Aroma of bready malts with a saltine cracker to a gentle sourdough note. The sourdough note is more forward than the saltine cracker note in the taste. This a pale malt forward beer. The mouth is crisp and moderately carbonated. A summer quencher with plenty of flavor.

More User Reviews:
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 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 Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Specialty Beer Cellar. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Broght orange. Hazy. Huge white head. Lasts a long Tim.

Smell - Light citrus. Belgian yeast. Lightly phenolic. Grainy cracker malt aroma.

Taste - Very grainy. Yeasty flavors are strong. Flavorful for being so light. Phenolic. Bright herbal hop flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - I rather enjoyed this. I could drink a few of these without getting bored.

Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

M- light-medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish

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

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 smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A classic looking Belgian pale. Big dolloped whip white head on top. Supper creamy like icing and bright white with sheets of lacing down the sides. Body color is a classic opaque lemon yellow to darker brown, with good pin head white lines of rising carbonation all along the sides of the glass. A little dull, but still a good looking brew.

Big clove like notes on this, and phenols. Spicy brown and dry, with a bit of crisp malt to it as well. Some light sucrose but not much, pretty straightforward.

That sharp stinging phenol and spice really hits the palate. Hop spiced herbal finish and lots of warmth, making it seem larger than 4.8% abv. Crisp bodied and light, hints of floral sweetness and a real subtle complex quality. Chewy sweet breads, mild honey and vanilla, hop stinging bitterness, and soda quinine flavor and dryness.

What a real nice pale addition to the family to be having on the other side of the pond. Delicious.

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a light gold with some haze and a nice, fluffy layer of foam on the surface. Aromas of soft fruity yeast, lemon, mild clove, and a pleasant doughy pale maltiness. Taste certainly has that St. Bernardus character...delicate fruity yeast esters like pear and banana, a bit more clove than the smell, cracked pepper, and light grass. Less malt than the aroma, which is only slightly disappointing as this is still very enjoyable. Medium-light, lush mouthfeel, finishing crisp. I imagine I would session the shit out of this if it wasn't so expensive.

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 Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Very light and easy drinking. Well done. Not as hoppy as other BPAs, which I like. Very good beer.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%

Yes. All kinds of yes. This jolly old monk has not steered Raul wrong! Let's begin, shall we? Raul does not want to get in trouble, so we won't make an analogy on how easy this sucker goes down. Beautiful banana like King king cooking his girl breakfast in the morning meets beautiful, light and citrusy Belgian yeasts. Other than an odd, small dirt-like aftertaste well in the end, this dang sucker is pretty good

Photo of Immortale25
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best Before End 15 04 16.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Belgian yeast aroma brings some mild fruity esters and light notes of banana.

T- Very mild across the board with more notes of banana, plus some apple and pear. Not a lot of malt to speak of as the yeast is the main source of flavor. Next to no bitterness.

M- Crisp and snappy with medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- I can see why this is the beer that all the monks at the abbey session throughout the day. Very quaffable and smooth. An excellent water alternative.

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 CraftyViki
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Extra 4 is definitely in my top 2 favorite Belgian pale ales. It is very tasty and definitely a session beer. Good to see a lower ABV selection from this brewer.

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 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 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 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 JayQue
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very impressive 4.8 abv beer. Rich and tasty, I could drink several of these. Pours a cloudy honey gold color into a Stone tulip. Big white head..delicate bubbles but the end result is a big, healthy frothy head. head retention is very good and there is some spotty patches of filmy lacing. If the tulip, this beer looks like a print beer ad.

Aroma is prominent as well. Belgian yeast, cloves, lemon and malt. Very inviting.

Taste is very good as well. The ingredients from the aroma are nicely blended and strong. A light, flavorful, yeasty Belgian beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Would expect this beer had a much higher abv. There is still a lightness about it and a little astringency, Very nice.

Overall, an excellent summer brew, very enjoyable.

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 BEERchitect
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.

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 Suds
4.03/5  rDev +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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Extra 4 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
88 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.