Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
09-05-2012 04:49:32 | More by WynnO
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
09-03-2012 20:41:23 | More by Rutager
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-03-2012 20:06:31 | More by Kromes
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
09-02-2012 20:01:52 | More by JayQue
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
unmistakeably the art of the brewers of St Bernardus
09-01-2012 05:22:33 | More by impending
British Columbia (Canada)
4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
08-30-2012 21:01:15 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-26-2012 01:20:58 | More by jlindros
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-23-2012 22:26:31 | More by julian89
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
08-23-2012 20:53:08 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
08-23-2012 04:15:40 | More by ikantspel
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Seems like I am the first one to review the bottle! I must say I was quite excited when I saw this in my local shop. Poured into a traditional pint. Best by 24.08.13. I like the artwork on the bottle as well. The explanation on the rear also was a nice little read; in short saying "this beer has been created for the opening of the St Bernardus Tokyo pub in Kanda..."
A - Super cloudy yellow with a sharp gradient of color as it approaches the center of the body and up towards the head. Thin pale head with little lace and retention.
S - Orange peel, touches of banana and bubblegum, malts,grains and some floral spices round it out.
T - Almost tastes on the lines of a Hefeweizen although blended with apple cider. Follows all the notes from the nose and comes together quite nicely. I must say I am sold on the taste.
M - Light malt backbone leads to a fairly large light body. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking leading to a heavy amount of a fizzy/crisp feel.
O - Another all around good beer with some nice flavors going on. For the style this is definitely a winner.
08-20-2012 04:06:50 | More by mscudder
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-19-2012 03:23:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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