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Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
90
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 21
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of BartMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

BartMcStout, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

WillCarrera, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

sendbeer, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of BeerBuddy2122
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerBuddy2122, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

flagmantho, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

draheim, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

HalfFull, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of CDW
4/5  rDev -1.5%

CDW, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -26.1%

tfsimpkins, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mrebeka, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of BJMVH9
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

BJMVH9, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Listers, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Thomas_Picton, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

djrn2, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Swonkie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Swonkie, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

srandycarter, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on October 2, 2012.

From a 750 ml into a pils glass.

A-Orange and light golden color with a light haze. There was a tall, shiny white head that really stuck around. Noticeable carbonation.

S-A nice bready, yeasty wheat smell with highlights of spice (white pepper), orange, and lemongrass.

T-The beer has a bright, citrusy flavor with orange and lemon components. There are hints of white pepper and coriander spice carried on a sweet, wheat background.

M-Creamy mouthfeel and lighter body. The carbonation is there, but its very fine.

O-I quite enjoyed this beer. I thought the citrus components played nicely with the wheat and spices to form a more substantial and interesting than average wit. Even though the ABV is on the lower side (although, not low for a wit), this beer had some complexity and backbone that many beers with higher ABV are lacking.

spoony, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of bobojuice
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

bobojuice, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of paleoplant
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

paleoplant, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

samEBC, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

B

kojevergas, Oct 27, 2012
Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.