Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 130
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 3.64%
Wants: 22
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of julian89
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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... (780 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (722 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (371 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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 (523 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,952 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (402 characters)

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Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.