St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by Pegasus:
4.21/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: A hazy golden-orange body is surmounted by a thick, dense white head, which retains well. Thick lacing adorns the glass wall in an unbroken sheet. Slight sediment is noted. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.
Aroma: The aroma presents a dense bouquet of coriander, citrus, and wheat. The citrus notes are reminiscent of unsweetened orange juice, the coriander certainly the most prominent I have ever encountered in any beer I can recall. The wheat offers a sturdy presence, like a rustic farmhouse bread.
Taste: The taste opens with strong notes of coriander and cloves, as well as a very prominent, sweet orange flavor. A distinct wheat bread flavor as present as well, although it is secondary to the other flavors, all of which are far more pronounced than in other examples of the style that I have tried. Finally, the yeast contributes a slight earthy note near the close. Any hop flavors are either quite subtle, or entirely absent.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, velvety.
Drinkability/notes: A magnificent, over-the-top example of the style. Many other examples of the witbier style seem but pale shadows of St. Bernardus Witbier.
Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce brown glass longneck bottle sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2013 12:59:05 | More by Pegasus
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4.13/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Slightly hazy lemon with a modest ivory head. Orange zest, clove, wheat, lemon, coriander, and floral hops form the very strong aroma. Banana emerges late. Flavor is slightly more subdued, with citrus leading, and becoming bready and toasted mid palate. Citrus notes strengthen in subsequent sips, dominating the profile.
Delicious take on the style. I love the bready malt presence, and the fact that it's not bubblegum or banana laden until the finish.
Serving type: on-tap
07-23-2014 01:52:45 | More by barczar
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.