Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
TokyoTokyo

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

46 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 46
Hads: 130
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 3.64%
Wants: 22
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:
Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 07-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (12) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 46 | Hads: 130
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3.5-finger bubbly, frothy, white head. Really nice retention and some patchy lacing. It has the slightest bit of haze and a good number of bubbles. After getting the bottom sediment in the glass, the beer is downright cloudy.

S – Grainy wheat malt, orange and lemon zest, and yeasty coriander and clove aromas. There may be the slightest hint of some bubblegum, as well.

T – It starts off sweet with grainy wheat malt and orange and lemon zest. Spicy and dry peppery and coriander yeast creeps in next, with a slightly tart citrusy taste bringing up the rear at the finish. There’s some earthy, almost herbal flavors reminiscent of tea that appear at the finish, as well.

S – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a smooth and creamy yet crisp mouthfeel, and a slightly tart and dry finish. Citrusy tartness and yeasty dryness lingers on the tongue for a bit.

O – This is a good example of a witbier. It smells and tastes good, has a great mouthfeel, and is very drinkable and refreshing. I may prefer their original Witbier (even if my rating doesn’t reflect it), but they’re both really tasty beers. (1,224 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice, and is textbook wit, showcasing light honey, clove, coriandor, and considerable underlying spice (nutmeg, alspice, etc.). The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the sweet clove flavor dominating. The finish is quite dry and spice filled, and the mouthfeel is surprisingly full and rich in this wit beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, making for one very enjoyable witbier.

Not the best wit bier I've ever had, but nevertheless, this is a pretty impressive effort from the folks at St. Bernardus. (663 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a pale hazy straw color w/ a big fluffy white head, clumps of sticky lace.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spices, banana, clove. Nice floral, almost perfumy aroma.

Taste is also flowery and spicy. Nice sharp citrusy twang. More pepper and clove.

Mouthfeel is soft and round with a sharp clean finish. Semi-dry.

Overall a solid but otherwise unremarkable offering from a world-class Belgian brewery. (421 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,276 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy, clouded golden straw color with three fingers of fluffy sudsy head that lasts for several minutes, leaving behind decent amounts of lacing on the glass. Medium body and higher side of medium levels of carbonation.

Smells of light clove, coriander, and apple / yeastiness on the top of a fairly by-the-books wheat malt banana aroma. Tastes of the same banana breadiness but the spicing is somewhat more emphasized in the flavor than in the nose, as is the yeastiness, and the apple aroma seems to not have a flavor equivalent at all!

Everything is in great balance, but at a somewhat muted level compared to other Witbiers, and I cannot seem to find any special Belgian (or Japanese, for that matter) influence in the beer. Other than these concerns, it's a pretty nice beer. (794 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Kraftwork in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Slightly zesty aroma that's dominated by bready yeast and banana character.  There's some pepper, coriander and clove but the bubblegum, banana and bread notes overpower things a bit.  Decent citrus presence with lemon juice/rind but I wish it was a bit more prominent.  

Full bodied and more complex than expected.  Strong zesty spice presence up front with lots of ginger, pepper and coriander flavor.  This is countered by bready yeast, bubblegum and banana flavors.  Citrus acidity in the finish with strong lemon juice and lemon zest flavor.  Dry, slightly tart finish.  Very nicely balanced, refreshing and extremely quaffable.  Spice presence is really nice providing lots of zest to balance the yeast and citrus.  Seems like there's a strong ginger character but it's probably just coriander. Really crisp and refreshing and complimented nicely by the citrus acid. Bready yeast adds fullness to the body and banana flavors round things out.  Really nice example of the style. (1,190 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is light golden with a mild haze. The white head is approximately an inch thick, leaving a fair amount of lacing in its wake. The aroma offers corainder, citrus, Belgian yeast. A simple and straightforward beer. Nothing crazy going on here, just a solid example of the style. Lightly spiced throughout. Refreshing and clean. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid effort. (389 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Best by 08/24/2013
Glass: Tulip

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. (2,003 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Appearance: Bright amber (darker than the normal Wit with much more orange visible), a head of about 1” to 2” inches that recedes to a cap, very nice lacing.

Smell: The citrus is upfront as expected but there is a honey sweetness that is much more pronounced than the Pierre Celis version.

Taste: The citrus and coriander are there (again as expected); however, the sweetness seems much more pronounced. Much more of honey like sweetness more than a malty sweetness in character.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and despite its sweetness it never becomes cloying. Clean finish. .

Overall: A delicious Witbier; however, it has two strikes against it. One, I like the original better as the increased sweetness really did not make the beer more enjoyable to my palate. Two, even pricier ($15.99 for a 750ml) than the already expensive Wit. (877 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head drips down quickly and leaves light traces of lace on the glass.

S - A spicy aroma of wheat and coriander with some floral hop notes.

T - Spicy wheat up front with some sweet malt character. Pepper, lemon, and coriander in the middle. A finish with a complex, spicy profile of chamomile, coriander, pepper, and floral hop flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A better than average wit beer, the spice character is present, but subdued enough to allow the malt and hops to show through. This makes for a balanced and drinkable beer. (680 characters)

Photo of WynnO
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a medium-sized snifter.

While its looks are normal overall there is a mild yellow hue that isn't so pleasing. This isn’t enough to push me away though.

I found the aroma dazzling to my nose. Being no expert here, coriander was most dominant to my schnauze, but there was much more. It reminded me of a fresh Fantome Saison. OK, call me over the top here, but seriously, I found myself deeply inhaling this beer’s aroma before every sip.

The taste? This is a light wit. It does come in at 6%, but to my palette the taste, although nice and balanced, is weak when compared to the other St. Bernardus beers. It's more silky than its counterpart, the Witbier.

This beer is a bit light for my palette, but one must keep in mind that St. Bernardus Tokyo was created to woo beer drinkers in the Far East. One must tread lightly--people who have consumed garbage beer for decades must be converted slowly.

I would certainly try this again and be proud to have it in my collection to share with my pals. Way to go St. Bernardus. (1,040 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky dark yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same along with some apple cider and apple juice flavors. There is a a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink and quite tasty. (580 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Milltown. Light yellow body--cloudy for sure. Tight white head. Not much to say, but it looks like a Witbier. It smells like a Wit, only different. Theres everything you want in a Wit (Orange peel and yeast esters), but theres more. Hints of bubblegum and banana from the yeast are different from traditional, but not enough to put it as a Hefe. its complex, from the yeast alone. malt backbone is light, allowing the yeast to shine. (445 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The head had a good retention and a pretty nice lacing too. The smell of the beer had some subtle floral and spicy notes. The taste had a nice balance of the wheat and the hops with some bready yeast in there too as well as a very subtle amount of spice too. The mouthfeel of the beer was light, it was very smooth and very well carbonated. Overall it's a fairly refreshing beer, I would probably drink this one again. (507 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork (and an entertaining label to boot) acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California earlier this week and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. I quite like the style when it's executed right; Allagash White comes to mind. 6.00% confirmed.

Best before: 24.08.13 (per the hood).

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon pulling the cork.

A: Pours almost entirely head, even though I poured it quite slowly. Head colour is beige. Good smooth rolling glistening texture, great retention, and good cream. Body colour is a murky nontransparent pale yellow. Not particularly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Excellent. Some spice. Biscuity yeast. Full clean malts. Even a bit of fruit and tartness. Amazing clean full floral hop aroma. Lactose. Delightfully bright wheat. Very fresh. Barley. This is exactly what a witbier should smell like. Its light malty aroma blended with perfect wheat is intoxicating. This is shaping up to be a great beer. A strong aroma.

T: Clean malted wheat - actually a bit artificial tasting - like a bad Trader Joe's lager. Clean malts form the foundation. The climax is primarily a little spice with a yeasty turn on the malts. A bit boring compared to the expectations set up by the aroma. The malt agression increases towards the climax to ill effect. Background floral hopping adds subtle notes and aids the balance but doesn't save it from its malty flaw. No alcohol comes through. I like the spices and yeasty notes quite a bit. Very nicely hopped, complementing the flavour well.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, a bit refreshing, light on the palate. Brilliantly soft. It's a shame the flavours don't deliver like the mouthfeel does.

Dr: Overpriced as an import here in the USA. I'd definitely get it on-draught at Belgian prices. I'd drink it all night in that scenario. But it's not worth getting again at these prices. I expect better from St. Bernardus. If you're looking for a great limited release from this brewery, try the Abt 12 limited release version. This is not your answer. I expected better from this brewery. That said, it's delightfully drinkable and refreshing.

Serve chilled.

(2,432 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky light copper, good almost white head, leaves to disk. Some spotty cling lace.

S - Belgian yeast and malt. Not much else.

T - Malt first, then Belgian yeast, blended with a mild grassiness.

M - Medium to light body, good body , good balance, good carb.

T - Good to try. (282 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (629 characters)

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.