Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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TokyoTokyo

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 07-11-2012)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this on a shelf and forgot to try it when it first came out. Past its 2013 best by date but its a Belgian so that shouldn't matter much if its only two years old.

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty and fruity Belgian aroma with big hints of dried fruit and caramel malt. Belgian yeast with some funk and hints of clove, coriander, and pepper. Wheat and pale malt with hints of straw, grains, caramel, biscuit, and cracker. Also some good hints of leather and bubblegum. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of banana, pear, apple, orange, lemon, and grapes. Also some dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and plum. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Also some subtle hints of earthy hops. A very good aroma that kind of reminds me of a Dubbel.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and fairly sweet Belgian taste with big notes of dried fruits and sweet malt. Belgian yeast with some good notes of funk, clove, coriander, and pepper. Bready wheat and pale malt with notes of caramel, grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and leather. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar and bubblegum. Fruit esters with some notes of banana, orange, lemon, apple, pear, and grapes. Dark fruit undertones with some notes of fig, raisin, and plum. Subtle earthy hop presence. A very good Belgian taste that is kind of like a cross between a Witbier and darker Belgian style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great Witbier from St. Bernardus. Good wheat and yeast notes with a nice presence of darker caramel notes. Very good with some age. Glad I found this before it vanished.

Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
Brewed Feb. 13/12
A- This beer has a hazy deep yellow body with a cobweb head that fades away but is supported by a sea of micro carbonation.

S- The delicate aroma of fresh rain ester and wheat dough has some classic dried citrus hints blended in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet club soda and soft wheat bread flavor has some nice citrus hints that turn more apricot in the aftertaste.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz that complements the finish taste of the beer

O- This beer is delicate with nice wit flavors of wheat, esters and citrus, making it a great session beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pretty golden color, slightly hazy with a foamy white head on top made up of lots of very fine bubbles. Great head retention lasting for the entire time it took to drink the beer. Pretty lacing streaking down the glass.

S: Light wheat and citrus, a bit of orange and orange zest. Underneath the citrus is some nice Belgian yeast and spice, a little bit of clove.

T: Lots of bright citrus upfront, more orange, similar to the aroma, as well as a bit of lemon zest. A great level of spice on the flavor profile, some clove, coriander, and a bit f white pepper.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, giving it a really nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

O: Surprise, a great beer from St. Bernardus!

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. Brewed in February 2012.

Served cold into a goblet, Tokyo is a very hazy golden yellow color with thick white head. The head continues to grow until it is much taller than the glass. As it settles, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is distinctive and enjoyable with great yeast character and lemon undertones.

Flavor is excellent as well. It has the mild wheat malt flavor as a base but really showcases the Belgian yeast with great spice and citrus. It has nice depth and balance too which keeps it interesting.

Mouthfeel is light in body and heavily carbonated.

Overall a really well done Belgian wit. I really wish it wasn't a one-time only beer because this would be great on a warm summer day. Easy drinking but far more interesting than most American wheat beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap when quite fresh in Belgium this Spring and surprised to find it here in the States. Didn't know it was to be bottled at all. Now some eight months later I find it in a local bottle shop. Reminded me of Vitus at the time which seemed at odds with the others at the time, yet now I must saddle them side by side. A witbier that they said was a Belgian Pale vs. a Weizenbock that I thought it bore a resemblance to.

750 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass, showing a hazed golden with a rambunctious two finger cap. Aside the Vitus with a similar pour it has a bit more depth to the color and a more volatile carbonation boil. Both offer stellar retention and lace with the Tokyo a bit more robust.

Aroma is creamy with lemon hops and some spice. Does offer a hint of clove/banana but not material as in the Weizen. More spice emerges with warming and the lemon notes expand as well.

Offers a nice bready wheat texture and a balanced soapy yet no so much so lemon hop aroma. Belgian yeast esters abound with warming. Oddly this beer is much more of the Belgian Pale originally advertised vs. a Witbier or a Weizen by any means. Funny how that goes. Wheat yes but not to the degree I originally envisioned. Soft and subtle finish with a nice carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice (proper!). Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spice, earth, fruit, bread, banana, and subtle bubblegum. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spice, wheat, earth, bread, and bubblegum. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really enjoyed the drinkability of this brew due to it being light in flavor and light on the palate. It was rather refreshing and the hint of bubblegum on the followthrough was very interesting and inviting for each additional sip. I have yet to have anything bad by this brewery and based on past experiences, I doubt I ever will.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mscudder
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems like I am the first one to review the bottle! I must say I was quite excited when I saw this in my local shop. Poured into a traditional pint. Best by 24.08.13. I like the artwork on the bottle as well. The explanation on the rear also was a nice little read; in short saying "this beer has been created for the opening of the St Bernardus Tokyo pub in Kanda..."

A - Super cloudy yellow with a sharp gradient of color as it approaches the center of the body and up towards the head. Thin pale head with little lace and retention.

S - Orange peel, touches of banana and bubblegum, malts,grains and some floral spices round it out.

T - Almost tastes on the lines of a Hefeweizen although blended with apple cider. Follows all the notes from the nose and comes together quite nicely. I must say I am sold on the taste.

M - Light malt backbone leads to a fairly large light body. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking leading to a heavy amount of a fizzy/crisp feel.

O - Another all around good beer with some nice flavors going on. For the style this is definitely a winner.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by date "23.08.13" which seems a little generous for a witbier already 8 months old. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Glowing opaque orange with a superfine line separating the foam on top. Pouring the yeast in it becomes a shade darker and brownish. Fine creamy texture to the foam, with copious sticky foam draping the glass in 3-D forms.

Soft wheaty aroma, mellow citrus, orange rind.

Similar flavors, mellow coriander spice, dusty wheat, mild sweetness, dry finish. Smooth feel, medium bodied, slightly faded with a touch of white wine. Somewhat mellow in general, but pleasant enough to drink. Not picking up the hop character mentioned on the label, but that could've faded in 8 months time. Overall it's well made, but not all that different than standard issue St. B's Witbier. Wouldn't really say it's worth seeking out, maybe if you see it on the shelf and love Witbiers though.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, DaftCaskBC!

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey colour with a little peach and 1.5 fingers of white, fluffy head.

Smell. Toasted wheat, some spicy hops, and fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Fruity, funky Belgian yeast, toasty wheat, and a little grassy hops. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. Haven't had a wheat beer like this before. Very nice.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Healthy three finger white head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of citrus, sweet malt and surprisingly, coriander or clove (the bottle says it is unspiced). Spicy. Flavor follows, quite sweet malt, wheat, Belgian yeast. Finishes with slight hops and sweet wheat. Nice flavors, and fits the expectations of a fine Belgian meeting a fine witbier. Flavor is slightly attenuated, probably due to the lower ABV than a typical Belgian ale. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very interesting take on a wheat beer and hopefully this will be brewed again in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy dark yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of wheat in the nose along with some hints of orange peels. The smell of candi sugar becomes very apparent as the beer starts to warm up; this is when notes of banana also become noticeable.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems to have hints of sweetness along with flavors of wheat and orange peels.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very interesting witbier because it tastes a little sweeter compared to other beers in the style, almost if some hints of candi sugar were introduced into the boil.

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Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.