Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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3.46/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
11-30-2013 08:21:43 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
11-13-2012 02:38:25 | More by srandycarter
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
10-12-2012 00:05:57 | More by emerge077
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
10-27-2012 05:05:20 | More by kojevergas
Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.