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 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 metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (813 characters)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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