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Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 22:19:14 | More by corby112
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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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 20:09:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
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WynnO

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 04:49:32 | More by WynnO
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 03:23:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 01:36:34 | More by VncentLIFE
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
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
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 16:39:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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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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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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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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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 21:29:35 | More by falloutsnow
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:09:15 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 11:59:48 | More by thagr81us
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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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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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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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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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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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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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draheim

Washington

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:37:39 | More by draheim
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HalfFull

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 05:35:14 | More by HalfFull
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:40:53 | More by Knapp85
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 21:34:44 | More by Huhzubendah
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Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.