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Extra 4 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
89
very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 255
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy deep gold with a half finger bright white foamy head. The abundant carbonation in this beer keeps the head maintained throughout the entire time the beer is in the glass.

Banana yeasty esters pop out of the glass along with hay and floral notes. The aroma is so crisp and clear it really is incredible. It is a mouthwatering aroma that lets you know right away this is going to be an amazing beer.

The taste does not disappoint. Light banana bread is the predominant flavor throughout but a healthy dose of coriander is thrown in along with the expected Belgian yeasty traits. Some floral notes are buried underneath but the yeast is really front and center here. Very soft mouthfeel with smooth and gentle, but abundant, carbonation.

Overall, every beer I have had from St. Bernardus has been world class and this one is no exception. Amazing nuances in a very sessionable brew. (924 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle. Pours hazy straw under a 1” clingy white foam collar. Fruit, banana and orange on the nose and palate. Light bread flavors. Refreshing, light body, medium carbonation. Good summer beer. (219 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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. (1,644 characters)

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuckersmth
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nikigava
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mattfancett
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer...but it also kinda had me wishing for a straight up Belgian pale ale a la Antigoon or Affligem. I know, I know, that's not the style, but this one just...well, maybe I need a few more to really get it. Little bit of honey sweetness in the nose, touch of apple perhaps, fairly subdued if pleasant. Palate is crisp, a few rogue phenols popping up for a bit of spice/bitterness along with some hops. Lightest touch of yeast (and only after I dumped the dregs in after about half the glass) and maybe some very light citrusy/herbal notes. It's light and easy drinking, and probably a touch better, even if subtler, than Chimay Doree, but it still came off as lacking enough distinctive character to really elevate it. Good summer drinker though. (759 characters)

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of heystevec
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ironchefkook
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Extra 4 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.