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Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 07-11-2012)
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: Hazy golden honey coloured with 3/4" soft white head.

S: Pepper, orange peel, lemon, grassy hops and sweet malt.

T: Pepper, orange peel, sweet malt, yeast and grassy hops.

M: Soft, medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Perfect.

O: The best witbier I have ever had, I went back to the store and cleaned them out.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:01:15 | More by DaftCaskBC
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superspak

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 8/24/2013. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, coriander, earth, orange zest, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, banana, pepper, clove, bubblegum, earth, wheat, bread, coriander, herbal, orange zest, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, pepper, earth, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Insane balance and complexity of flavors; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and prickly mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class witbier. Insane flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. This is the best I have had in the style hands down.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:08:38 | More by superspak
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:39:57 | More by GilGarp
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:41:23 | More by Rutager
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - $10.49 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a delicately hazed, pale honey-hued body with a tall, white crown of suds. Little bits of lace on the way down.

Smell: Soft wheat aroma, lightly bready with mild notes of sliced apples, banana, fresh-cut flowers, lemon zest, and spicy yeastiness. Razor thin sliver of perfumy alcohol.

Taste: Honey-brushed, bready wheat malt and pils. Big gulp of apple juice. Then, light, likable tastes of florals, bruised banana, citrus, and spicy, peppery phenols run together making up the bulk of the flavor present. Modestly musky yeastiness, particularly on the later pours picking up the lees at the bottom. Drying, wheat-laced, smooth-yet-sudsy finish with just the tiniest amount of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Is there even any citrus peel and spice in here? Sure doesn't seem like it. Not that I minded, as I found it to be an exceedingly drinkable, quaffable beer wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:23:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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impending

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A

Pizza Port Ocean Beach.

Served a cloudy milky honey, pure white froth with nice retention, ok lacing.

Interesting meld of classic wit and a phenolic caramel. The Prior 8 seems to be sitting nearby.

The flavor too melds a wit to the Prior, which shadows the foreground of grains, light white fruits, citrus and a great subtle banana accent. Behind is the Prior malt and dark candi sugar, delicious. Zero bitter. Light lively mouthfeel.
warms wonderfully
unmistakeably the art of the brewers of St Bernardus
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 05:22:33 | More by impending
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Kromes

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy straw color with a thick white head that sits on top of the beer. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

A nice wheat, clove and banana aroma. A very pure smell to it. Kind of smells like banana cream of wheat.

More of the same in the flavor except a lot less banana. A touch of banana and a creamy wheat flavor with a large shot of clove spice. There is also a grape and citrus fruit flavor in the beer along with a candi sugar sweetness. Finishes sweet with lingering yeasty spice.

As you would expect, the mouthfeel of this wheat beer is super smooth with the perfect amount of high carbonation to make it feel like you are drinking velvet.

I tried to find some flaws in this beer, but couldn't. As I would have expected, a really great offering from St. Bernardus here.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:06:31 | More by Kromes
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Semi-hazey copper and brass color mix. Just shy of two fingers of head. OK bubbling. Great lacing, nice and sticky.

Some chalky dry yet Spring-likefruit aromas. Toasted sweet crackers and a little roase petal and grass aromas.

Dry, gypsum palate. Fruity, nicely toasted malt bill. Very well balanced hop, yeast, and malt flavors. Crisp and refreshing snap to this palate. The hops keep the malts in a place that makes them just the right amount of sweetness. This is one of the most flavorful session wits in my opinion. What an awesome beer!! Highly reccommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:25:15 | More by scruffwhor
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flagmantho

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: golden hue with a good haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam with good retention. On the darker side for a witbier, but still quite attractive.

Smell: sweet, wheaty aroma with a nice banana character and a little spiciness underneath. Quite enjoyable.

Taste: boy, the Belgians are still the best at this style. Rich, creamy, wheaty, sweet but not too sweet, banana-ey, just a little bit clovey, and richly bready and yeasty at the end. Really quite wonderful. One of the best witbiers I've had.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a massive carbonation and a huge mouth-filling creaminess. Delightful.

Overall: extremely tasty, drinkable and satisfying. As I said, a delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 04:50:18 | More by flagmantho
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JayQue

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Wit. Pours a hazy honey color/ light amber into a wine glass from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Looks great, nice color, big carbonated white head with good retention and some scattered lacing on the glass.

Smell is good, not blow you away good, but the wheat bitterness, cloves, coriander, lemon yeast are all there. The taste is the same but far more pronounced. Big flavor of wheat bitterness, spices and lemon zest This is just right and among the best witbiers I have tried.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Very inviting. Overall an outstanding beer especially for summer time.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 20:01:52 | More by JayQue
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ikantspel

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a duvel tulip

Pours a hazy golden color with a monstrous foaming head that settles down quick and leaves some sticky lacy residue

Spice, clove, orange peel and sweet belgian yeast in the nose

Clove to start with some citrus and spice to finish. Not too sweet.

Definitely drinkable. Blows away any wit ive had before. Why did they make this a single batch!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 04:15:40 | More by ikantspel
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a huge white head. Really a great nose. Tons of sweet bread and biscuit malt, coriander, yeast, and banana. There’s some pear and apple along with a mild citrus peel aroma. The flavor is pleasantly sweet with a strong biscuit malt character. Good fruitiness of pear, apple, and particularly banana. There is a light citrus note and good spices, particularly coriander. Nice high carbonation to the beer, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 20:53:08 | More by womencantsail
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.5.12

A - Pours a hazy medium to light orange with a two inch fizzy and foamy white head that fades slowly.

S - Light Belgian yeast, sweet spring fruit, pears and candy.

T - Light fruity, some sweetness, light Belgian touch, citrus.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Citrus, candy, Belgian and a nice finish. I was surpristed and really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:31:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium straw yellow to pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall dense and creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with some light notes of candi sugar adding sweetness. There is a lighter amount of lemon citrus along with the aromas of banana and clove.

T: Sweeter than I expected and sweeter than a lot of other beers in the stye, likely from the introduction of the candi sugar. Moderate flavors of wheat with light notes of banana, clove, and lemon citrus.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Refreshing and I can see how the slightly sweeter version of this style would be very enjoyable in a hot Tokyo summer afternoon. Glad I got the opportunity to try this limited edition version of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 15:29:03 | More by dbrauneis
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:04:24 | More by LiquidAmber
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a nice glow to it and a moderate pure white head. Notes of hay with a whiff of bubblegum in the nose, with a touch of clove on the finish. The taste is similar- hay, some cereal grain, some bubblegum, a modicum of spice, and an additional touch of fruit. An interesting take on the style, and there is definitely a house taste of St. Bernardus here. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:44:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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julian89

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The start to a very good evening of beer tasting, this one provided by my buddy Scudder.
Bottle into pint glass
Appearance- Pours a typical hazy opaque orange/yellow color. An excellent 2 inch head with great retention. A fair amount of lacing. A beautiful wheat beer.

Smell- A lovely floral spiced hop character with a great toasty wheat smell. Fairly typical though.

Taste- Lots of floral hops mix. The citrusy lemon taste is almost as if lemon zest was added to my beer right now.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light with great carbonation. Could use a little zing from ABV.

Drinkability- It's a great wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 22:26:31 | More by julian89
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:11:02 | More by mdaschaf
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beergoot

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gold body topped with a persistent, thick, chunky white head; lots of carbonation dancing through the body. Sweet-sour fruit-like aroma; citrus-y with lemon and nectarine notes. The taste is softly bread-y and sweet with hints of banana and light grain flavors (i.e., banana bread). The feel comes across soft, dry; overall light and smooth.

This is a nice, delicate yet complex tasting beer. Subtlety seems to be the best way to describe the overall character and feel of this beer. There is a superb balance throughout and does justice to the easy-going character of a wheat-styled beer. I hope this is available during the warmer months. I could enjoy this beer while reading some Bukowski poetry out on the back patio as a summer afternoon fades into a quiet evening...

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:13:51 | More by beergoot
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mscudder

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 04:06:50 | More by mscudder
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:14:04 | More by metter98
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a sample snifter. Pours a somewhat-hazy very light straw color with a nice head and lacing. Great nose. Almost a lemongrass character. Good wheat presence. Light and crisp. Very dry and easy drinking. Not the typical wit. Heavily drinkable; I would buy a keg of this if it were available.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 12:35:17 | More by Thorpe429
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spoony

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on October 2, 2012.

From a 750 ml into a pils glass.

A-Orange and light golden color with a light haze. There was a tall, shiny white head that really stuck around. Noticeable carbonation.

S-A nice bready, yeasty wheat smell with highlights of spice (white pepper), orange, and lemongrass.

T-The beer has a bright, citrusy flavor with orange and lemon components. There are hints of white pepper and coriander spice carried on a sweet, wheat background.

M-Creamy mouthfeel and lighter body. The carbonation is there, but its very fine.

O-I quite enjoyed this beer. I thought the citrus components played nicely with the wheat and spices to form a more substantial and interesting than average wit. Even though the ABV is on the lower side (although, not low for a wit), this beer had some complexity and backbone that many beers with higher ABV are lacking.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:54:11 | More by spoony
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best by date of August 24, 2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color, topped with a thick white head that recedes to a collar, leaves some nice rings of lacing.

S- Light, sweet aroma of yeast, bread, banana, honey and light spice.

T- Similar to the nose, light bready malt, yeast, some wheat and honey sweetness along with some coriander. Also nice notes of banana.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, creamy feel.

O- A really nice, highly drinkable witbier, I would pick this up if they brewed it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 12:01:57 | More by WillCarrera
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oooh, new St. Bernardus, can't wait to try it.

Pours a huge frothy bubbly 1.5 finger head that layers across the beer well, fading at a med pace with lots of soapy lacing, fairly hazy honey orange colored beer.

Nose starts with wheat, interesting wit like aromas, fluffy wheat with a touch of wet hay like malts, and light amber toasty sweet malts, then light spices, little yeasty aroma, some citrus orange peel, and fruity aromas.

Taste starts with lots of fluffy malts, a little creamy even, with plenty of wheat flavors, light sweet and toasty amber malts, hint of banana and biscuit, just a bit of wit like spices with some orange peel and juicy citrus like flavors, and a bit of fruity flavors again. As it warms nice Belgian golden malt flavors and light esters come through, with light apple flavor. The huge amount of carbonation helps it dance off the tongue and feel fluffy and light like it's just floating on my tongue. A nice bitterness starts to come through as it moves to the finish. The finish is dry but a bit sweet tasting, light lingering orange zest and spices, and bit of wheat.

Mouth is med bodied, very fluffy and airy from tons of carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice flavors, wheat, malts, yeast, fruit, citrus, spices, etc. Not a show stopper, but a nice drinking summer beer with full flavor and nice fluffy feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:20:58 | More by jlindros
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Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.