Extra 4 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of scootny
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A $20.00 four pack of top notch brew. Brown bottle. Quite pale really. A straw with a light cloudiness that is barely perceptible. A decent head with a two fingered head that stays for a few minutes before fading into a light covering that remains throughout the drinking. Nose has lots of bread and a healthy serving of Belgian funk. Notes of honey and light lemon that gives a wheat like twang. Light fruits mix in, with green apple and hint of grape. Taste is a winner. Sweet malt and doughy white dinner rolls the honey from the nose flourishing for a moment, then subsumed into the mixture of malt and light apples. Mild lemon. A bit of soap and then the hops begin to come on. Tea leaf bitterness builds on a firm spiciness that has light clove and herbal dryness in the finish. Quite clean with a hint of mint adding to the dry quenching quality of the swallow and lingering light hop oiliness. Feel is crisp and dry with a velvety light creaminess. Quenching and refreshing. An excellent version of this style . If it weren't so expensive I'd keep it around As it is a great ale for special times with friends who can appreciate such a well constructed beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color with white head. Aroma is really floral and slightly spicy from the yeast. Taste starts grainy and continues with some floral/tea notes. Really light body and crisp carbonation. Overall it's really easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Extra 4 looks like a wit and the aromas fall into that style, also.
But the taste is more pale primarily because the hop usage is in pale ale territory... but, I'd prefer less.
Yet, Extra 4 complements my food. What more can I ask ?
I've now Had all the brews from St. Bernardus that have any reasonable distribution in Chicago.
I probably would go back to all the others before I went back to Extra 4. That is not a knock, just a preference.

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Photo of davidperez
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a bright and deep yellow, slightly murky. It develops a two-finger head, very creamy and foamy, with magnificent retention. After some minutes the head diminishes to a one-finger head and it doesn't seem that it will diminish any further.
Very nice, superlative lacing.

The bouquet is assertive.
Lots of white bread, sweet malts and honey sweetness, banana, citrusy as in lemon, a wheat-like note, and slight spiciness.
The head isn't going anywhere.

Balanced flavor, much more than other belgian pale ales; this struggles to finally tilt towards sweetness.
Nice and high carbonation upfront, followed closely by honey, banana, lemon, malts, slight herbal note, some wheat, assertive spiciness as in clove, and afterwards a hoppy bitterness.
The aftertaste is long, slightly bittersweet but with stronger sweetness, which it fades until it finally becomes dry. The last sensation in your mouth is that of dryness.
Medium plus body, extra smooth.

Best lacing I've ever seen, it looks as circular brush strokes of a foamy white painting. Best head retention I've seen too, perhaps even beating some hefeweizens.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, yellow-orange in color. The off-white froth settles into a skinny sheet. Smells of malt and ripened fruits (orange, pear, melon). Tastes of more fruit with a beer bread core and faint spice in the finish. Very light in body as expected.

Why the hell not?

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif. They describe this as a "Belgian Abbey Pale Ale." It's a pale golden brew with a substantial pile of foam in the St. Bernardus globe. Wheaty and zesty. Such a sudsy and appealing brew.

Lots of yeasty taste and a bitter aftertaste. A nice touch of hoppy aromatics with a mineral edge. Extremely drinkable and a lot of flavor for the modest alcohol content.

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Photo of Vixie
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head that stays around for a bit.It leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides on the glass as the head reduces down.

Smell is floral sweet with hints of citrus and yeast. Reminds me a bit of outdoors in the spring.

Bit of Belgian yeast funk up front. It is a bit fruity, some apple with a hint of citrus. It has a very dry finish, leaving a little bitterness from the hops.

Nothing too outstanding from the feel, does leave my mouth feeling a touch dry.

A pretty decent beer, but nothing too outstanding. It is very much like a saison, which is a style I do like. It has a very Belgian character to it, and although not the best example I've ever had, still a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light yellow color with active carbonation racing up the brew to a 3 finger bright white frothy head which was full of bubble of all sizes, dissipating not fast but on the slower side with the bubbles popping and leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of barnyard funk, old basement must, lemon zest, toasted grains, biscuit, clove, spices like pepper and coriander, dry floral hops and chalky yeast. It's more funk then traditional Belgian with the candied sugar and smells just alright to me.

Tastes similar to the aroma but thankfully there is more hoppy sweetness, light candied sugar, caramel and Belgian yeast which tones down the funk and musty aspects. The flavor is a lot more earthy with grass, sticks, cracked wheat and citrus hops to go along with tea leaf and spices including pepper, coriander and a dash of cinnamon. Mild bitterness mixed with toasted grains give it real nice balance and completely hide the low ABV.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a light to medium body, very mellow carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that trails off earthy and grainy. Sweetness is mild and much better and more assertive in the flavor than the aroma. Overall a nice light Belgian Pale Ale. This would make a great into beer to the Belgian style.

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight earthy malt, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, Belgian yeast, slight hop, hint of alcohol, slight bread dough, hint of citrus, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of Belgian yeast, fruit, and hops.

T: Tasted of light hops, a big shot of Belgian yeast, some apples and even a little citrus mingled in as well. This was a pretty good flavor, but it wasn't overly complex or multi-dimensional. Still, it was lively and sweet.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: St. Bernardus Extra 4 is a solid, generally well done beer. Not a standout BPA, but worth a look. nonetheless.

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Photo of jsoneff
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous clear golden color, very light smell, initial taste of hoppy fruit, followed by a rich body, and a unique malty aftertaste. I can clearly see why the monks enjoy this as their everyday beer, it is incredibly drinkable and if I could afford it, this would be the first beer on tap in my tasting room.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a small patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly more than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of that distinctive Belgian yeast, pale malts, and grassy hops. Hints of candi sugar sweetness and a touch of light fruit (green apple).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with a hint of candi sugar sweetness and just a touch of light fruit (green apple). That is quickly overtaken by the distinctive flavor of Belgian yeast with just a hint of spiciness. Finally there are light flavors of grassy hops with a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish

O: Pretty easy to drink and almost sessionable - a very distinctive Belgian yeast flavor + aroma (I'm assuming this is the St. Bernardus house yeast). Enjoyable and worth grabbing.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been meaning to try brewing something like a patersbier, so I picked this one up to get a sense of what a Belgian "single" (as if such an official style exists) tastes like.

Pours brilliantly clear, a shade of golden yellow, with a nice cap of white foam and some lacing around the top of the glass. Scent is hoppy, not too yeasty, with a vaguely medicinal aroma. Appearance is nearly identical to some pale lagers I've enjoyed in the past. Mouthfeel is light, but not watery, with apparent carbonation that gives the beer a nice bite.

Initial taste is fairly hoppy, but not overly bitter; some spicy and fruity character from the yeast, but pretty smooth, clean, and refreshing. Maybe I'm imagining things, but the finish is occasionally odd -- in taste and texture, sort of like licking an envelope.

Overall, a fairly decent, pleasant-tasting lower alcohol brew, though I suppose that's actually relative to other Belgian beers. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a bottle again, but it's neat to experience something akin to what Trappist monks enjoy on special occasions.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into - what else? - a St. Bernardus tulip glass. Hazy pastel gold with a lot of foam and a ton of sediment. Nose was wheat, bananas, clover, and only a hint of yeasty funk. Taste is similar - also very mild, very smooth and light. A hint sweet, and finishes semi-dry. A perfect beer to offer folks who want a better, grown-up version of Stella, or want a classy, versatile dinner beer that could pair with any of the same foods as a white wine - chicken, potatoes, even Indian/Asian food.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pale golden yellow with a tight white head and some retention. Nose is lemon, bubble gum, doughy malt, light dusty cob web. Super aggressive carb, tons of grainy cracker, lighter bubble gum flavor, hints of dusty brett, really light body and a dry finish.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer...but it also kinda had me wishing for a straight up Belgian pale ale a la Antigoon or Affligem. I know, I know, that's not the style, but this one just...well, maybe I need a few more to really get it. Little bit of honey sweetness in the nose, touch of apple perhaps, fairly subdued if pleasant. Palate is crisp, a few rogue phenols popping up for a bit of spice/bitterness along with some hops. Lightest touch of yeast (and only after I dumped the dregs in after about half the glass) and maybe some very light citrusy/herbal notes. It's light and easy drinking, and probably a touch better, even if subtler, than Chimay Doree, but it still came off as lacking enough distinctive character to really elevate it. Good summer drinker though.

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Photo of UncleEmu
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Extra 4 Belgian Pale Ale
serving type: bottle from Town Restaurant, Honolulu, HI (May 2015)

A: Straw

S: Pear, strong carbonation, pale and lighter malts

T: Some candi, and just a hint of medicinal herbs. Some vibrant pear and apricot,along with some green grapes. Quite reminiscent of a really good white wine. Wonderful tart finish.

M: Standard Belgian carbonation, extremely refreshing

O: A fantastic light drink. Flavorful and refreshing, this could easily replace white wine at the dinner table. It's nice to see carbonation play such a key role in flavor and feel.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle. Pours hazy straw under a 1” clingy white foam collar. Fruit, banana and orange on the nose and palate. Light bread flavors. Refreshing, light body, medium carbonation. Good summer beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a light blond color with a nice white head. The complexion is hazy, and the smell has a slightly fruity, grassy, and has a bit of yeast in the back. The taste is clean, with a nice hoppiness. Firm mouthfeel with some pleasant effervescence.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle, dated 16 04 16
A - highly effervescent hazed peach colored body with a persistent bubbly white head
S - not overly aromatic, especially when cold but has some yeast, spice, grass, wheat perhaps. The yeast becomes very bready smelling as it warms
T - spicy, peppery, yeast, grass, mild fruity esters, faint lemon
M - thinner body but the high carbonation makes it feel fuller, modestly dry finish
O - nice and refreshing; very solid, but I couldn't help but wish I was drinking their dubbel or tripel as I drank this one.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a mostly clear hay yellow color with a frothy white head. The aroma is slightly yeasty with some banana notes. The taste is smooth, light, and refreshing. Easy drink Abbey Ale that is tasty and not over bearing with yeast. Delicious!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy gold with bright white foam
I like the aroma. With coriander and a straw lemon note. Orange peel.
Light and crisp with a orange blossom estery finish.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful big fluffy white head, with excellent retention and lacing. Brew is extremely clear, with just a tiny bit of haze. Straw-like amber and gold. Quite a bit cloudier as you let the yeast into the glass.

Lovely light Belgian aroma. Lemon, hay, pale grains, and yeast. Tart but not exactly funky.

Crisp and clean, grainy, tart. Lemons and straw. A touch of Belgian Candi sugar.

Extremely lively with bite. More alcohol presence than I'd have guessed for only 4.8%. Semi-dry, with a dry finish.

This is a surprisingly great beer. It carries all the flavor and bite of a normal BPA or Saison, in a much lower ABV format. St. B delivers yet again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, date stamp A 15 04 16, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden yellow with a very thick head that died back slowly to a 1/8" persistent foam across the top. Lots of persistent lacing in thick sheets and strands.

Smell: Powdery sweet yeast, light bready smell with a hint of fruity esters. As the beer warmed up this went away and was still yeasty, but not as sweet, and the hop aroma came out a bit more.

Taste: Herbal/leafy hop bitterness right up front, backed up with a cracker-like malt with just a barest amount of sweetness. Nice bitter finish which doesn't linger much.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation which scrubs the palate clean between sips. Not fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good beer for sipping and enjoying and very drinkable - I wish I had another. This is a beer that you could easily drink all night if available - a Belgian session ale? In any case, quite nice.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - massively foamy white cloud of gassy head. Clingy ex girlfriend lacing. Fairly high clarity, considering, butter exactly the color of melted margarine. 4

S - sweet corn and fresh hay. Mild citrus notes 3.5

T - sour rye whiskey initial tastes, mild buttery aftertaste. 3.25

M - watery but slightly buttery. 3.5

O - no where near as strong as their other offerings. But a perfectly acceptable showing none the less. 3.75


A - buttery melted butter with a cloud of meringue on top. Glorious lacing. 4.5

S - banana peels. Vegetal earthy mineral notes like a carrot just plucked from the ground. Lemon zest and sourdough bread. 4

T - initial crystalline hard candy sour middle flavors and slightly bitter aftertaste. 3.5

M - buttery smooth and slightly sour sparkling at the end. 4.25

O - another offering that didn't disappoint. Good example of the style. 3.75

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