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Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 130
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 22
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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 nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Appearance: Bright amber (darker than the normal Wit with much more orange visible), a head of about 1” to 2” inches that recedes to a cap, very nice lacing.

Smell: The citrus is upfront as expected but there is a honey sweetness that is much more pronounced than the Pierre Celis version.

Taste: The citrus and coriander are there (again as expected); however, the sweetness seems much more pronounced. Much more of honey like sweetness more than a malty sweetness in character.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and despite its sweetness it never becomes cloying. Clean finish. .

Overall: A delicious Witbier; however, it has two strikes against it. One, I like the original better as the increased sweetness really did not make the beer more enjoyable to my palate. Two, even pricier ($15.99 for a 750ml) than the already expensive Wit.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy, clouded golden straw color with three fingers of fluffy sudsy head that lasts for several minutes, leaving behind decent amounts of lacing on the glass. Medium body and higher side of medium levels of carbonation.

Smells of light clove, coriander, and apple / yeastiness on the top of a fairly by-the-books wheat malt banana aroma. Tastes of the same banana breadiness but the spicing is somewhat more emphasized in the flavor than in the nose, as is the yeastiness, and the apple aroma seems to not have a flavor equivalent at all!

Everything is in great balance, but at a somewhat muted level compared to other Witbiers, and I cannot seem to find any special Belgian (or Japanese, for that matter) influence in the beer. Other than these concerns, it's a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of WynnO
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.55/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of julian89
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of mscudder
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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