St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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3.75/5 rDev -10.1%
Purchased at the LCBO as a 4pk 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass
A- Opens well and pours an unfiltered high white head. Nice and golden white beer
S- Lots of yeast.
T- Coriander and wheat. Quality brew
M- Very much a white beer.
O- Pretty good but not in the same league as Hoegaarden. Very expensive comparatively speaking as well
This nice white when well with....... homemade bread that had Feta, black olives and spinach.
08-24-2014 17:50:34 | More by DaveBar
4.54/5 rDev +8.9%
330 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before 06/03/2016 and served slightly chilled.
This beer pours a cloudy straw-yellow colour, the liquid rife with streams of effervescent bubbles. It is topped with just over one finger of fluffy, eggshell white froth that very gradually seeps away, eventually resulting in a dense, creamy cap and collar. Interesting aroma, which includes some wheaty malt sweetness, orange peel, lemon zest and a nice array of yeasty, spicy notes - ranging from coriander, to clove, to peppercorn. It's a pleasant, somewhat floral bouquet, and it strongly suggests that there is a good reason for this beer's high aggregate score...
I am really digging this one - the flavours are a little subtle, but remain complex for the style. Wheat malt sweetness, red apples and banana are detectable at first, with citrusy notes of lemon and orangepeel coming through mid-sip. Mild sugary tartness toward the finish, with the spice notes from the aroma being considerably toned back on the palate - coriander, clove and peppercorn are all noticeable toward the finish, but it is a mixture of citrus, wheat malt and yeast that finishes the profile off. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that weakens noticeably over the course of the glass, offering an increasingly smooth mouthfeel. I can't find anything to complain about, as far as this beer goes, although I prefer my wits to be a little more crisp than this.
Final Grade: 4.54, an outstanding A grade. It took me a few sips to get the hang of what they were going for here, but in the end it's not hard to see why St. Bernardus Witbier is widely considered to be the best commonly-seen example of the style. This beer doesn't seek to overwhelm your senses with a variety of exotic adjuncts or spicy features - it's beautifully balanced, plain delicious and simply a pleasure to drink. A must-try, unless you just aren't a fan of the style to begin with.
08-23-2014 20:27:41 | More by thehyperduck
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.