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Tokyo - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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90
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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | 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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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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BartMcStout

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-17-2012 20:19:40 | More by BartMcStout
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-17-2012 02:30:27 | More by sendbeer
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BeerBuddy2122

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2012 09:36:55 | More by BeerBuddy2122
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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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CDW

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-12-2012 04:06:14 | More by CDW
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3/5  rDev -25.9%

12-10-2012 17:27:55 | More by tfsimpkins
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-09-2012 02:35:52 | More by mrebeka
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BJMVH9

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-08-2012 01:06:32 | More by BJMVH9
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Listers

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-04-2012 03:09:40 | More by Listers
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-22-2012 21:50:14 | More by Thomas_Picton
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-17-2012 03:28:15 | More by djrn2
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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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Swonkie

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-14-2012 14:36:30 | More by Swonkie
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srandycarter

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:38:25 | More by srandycarter
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spoony

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:54:11 | More by spoony
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bobojuice

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

10-29-2012 20:03:13 | More by bobojuice
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paleoplant

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

10-29-2012 01:54:19 | More by paleoplant
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

10-27-2012 22:21:37 | More by samEBC
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kojevergas

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

B

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 05:05:20 | More by kojevergas
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superspak

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:08:38 | More by superspak
Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.