Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Best by 08/24/2013
An interesting take on the brewery's classic witbier recipe, focusing more on wheat malt and yeast-produced esters and phenols than fruit peels and spices. This is more of a Belgian take on a German hefeweizen than a witbier, and as I taste more of this, I'm reminded more of the former and less of the latter. Regardless of style, this was good, something I'd revisit again if it wasn't $13 per bottle.
Pours a tall, 3cm head of clean, white foam that is made up primarily of small bubbles. The small size of the bubbles renders the head quite dense-looking, very frothy. Retention of the foam is excellent, lasting many minutes in its decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer, present throughout the entire session. Lacing is good, substantial, arranged in interesting patterns across the insides of the glass. The body is an orange color, hazy from suspended sediment, about 50% opaque. Light brings out golden orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible up the center of the glass, strong and substantial.
Aroma of baked winter squash, toffee, wheat malt, with modest coriander, banana bread, and cloves. Somewhat reminiscent of a German hefeweizen, definitely not a pure, classic Belgian Wit.
Taste is significantly maltier than the "normal" Bernardus version, with some toffee, apple cider, bread, and baked butternut squash flavors quite evident. Front of palate detects yeast, baked squash, wheat malt, banana bread, coriander. Mid-palate is yeasty, baked winter squash, wheat malt, apple cider, coriander, cloves, and banana bread. Back of palate finds sligt bitterness, continued malt sweetness, bread, banana, coriander, and cloves. Aftertaste is sweet from wheat malt base, with yeast, banana bread, and clove being representative.
Beer is medium-bodied, with medium to medium-low caronbation, leading to a smooth, slightly foamy, mouthfeel. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickiness across the palate.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 21:29:35 | More by falloutsnow
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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.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 03:27:00 | More by MattyG85
3.46/5 rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Pale orange body with thick clouds, white head. I briefly saw tiny bubbles on the pour, bit they are gone now.
S: Somewhat faint, some citrus fruits and breadiness. Not much spice that's usual for this style, if any.
T: Disappointingly watery, but nice! Light, clean grains with touches of the fruits smelled. A somewhat harsh minerality is present as well, somehow not off-putting. Caramel aftertaste.
M: Crisp acidity, very effervescent, yet somehow soft.
O: It's OK. A new and commendable direction for the style, and one of the few with an ABV higher than 5%, but overall I'm not too choked up it was a one-time batch.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2013 08:21:43 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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