Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Ranked #12
Ranked #8,715
4.05 | pDev: 8.4%
Nov 18, 2023
Jul 11, 2012
St.Bernardus Tokyo Sounds familiar? You are quite right, because in 2012 we launched a one-off brew on the occasion of the opening of the first St.Bernardus-themed café in the Japanese capital. Eight years later, you can sample our St.Bernardus Tokyo again, albeit with a new recipe!

The young Belgian illustrator Jonas Devacht created the artwork for the can, which consists of an impression of Japanese nightlife in the iconic streets of Kanda district, where you can find ‘Brasserie St.Bernardus’.

St.Bernardus Tokyo is an unfiltered ale, which has been brewed with a large amount of wheat, holding the middle between a white beer and a saison. St.Bernardus Tokyo is an unfiltered, golden ale, topped off with an impressive white collar.
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Reviewed by Hephaistos from Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
St Bernardus Watou Tokyo, 6% abv, poured at around 5 degrees celcius in a long tulip glass. NIce white creamy head, about 2-3 fingers, dissolving in medium pace. Cloudy yellow colour, delicate carbonation.
Smell Honey, flowers a little bit of chlore,
Taste, roses, jasmine, honey, and some musk. Almost like drinking a lovely perfume.
What an amazing beer to get such flavours out of the normal beer ingredients without infusion.
Is it without infusion?
Hardly can believe. I guess this beer is infused, how ever very well made.
Second can of this beer? Mwhoah, the overperfumed taste starts to be annoying. Drink and enjoy one. Not a beer to party on the whole night.

Btw, please not, there seems to be a 5% St Bernardus white out there that has the orange-banana taste and a more amber appearance.
I got astray at first as well.
Nov 18, 2023
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L2080 date code on the bottom - guessing this was packaged towards the end of March 2020? Poured from a 12oz can into my Hoegaarden tumbler. Same color and IBU as their regular WIt, but with a bit more gravity and presumably a different yeast (as this is described as a white beer/saison).

Cloudy jasmine/naples yellow body topped by a fat fluffy finger of ivory suds. Soft dense lacing; excellent retention.

Tangerine, lemon, and a hint of funk (washed rind cheese; gym socks) in the nose. Yeast driven, but with wheat clearly present. A touch of phenols/white peppercorn emerges as the ale warms.

Lightly sweet/crackery cereal character (hints of communion wafer, vanilla, and plantain) followed by some citrus, almost-lactic tartness, and a subtle barnyard element. Finishes fairly clean and moderately dry. Gentle bitterness throughout. Spiciness and complexity grows as the ale warms.

Creamy, soft, yet light bodied and refreshing. ABV well concealed. Very "drinkable."

Superbly balanced, this successful blend of related styles would pair well with izakaya fare, but is satisfying on its own as well.
Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 03, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this on draft 6/26/23 @ the Hopleaf.

Mostly opaque orange appearance.

Nice off-white head; strong, frothy lacing remained.

Banana, orange peel & faint clove notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, banana & mild orange peel flavors up front; mild clove notes on the finish.

Creamy & tasty.
Jul 01, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by Nunya from Ohio

Jun 16, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 04, 2023
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Reviewed by mjwellman from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours hazy light golden yellow. Aroma sweet citrus. Taste light sweetness smooth and silky with a hint of banana.
Overall: wonderful beer to relax with, smooth and easy drinking. Great for hot summer days
Apr 23, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by MGibbons from Maryland

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly hazy amber with lacing and foam along the St. Bernardus globe. Refreshing light body with creamy carbonation. Aromatic with the Belgian yeasty pear scent and a touch of clove. Taste is slightly lemony but minus the usual Witbier spice. This is a very interesting style of beer that I hope others witll explore. It has a lot of Belgian character without the flavorings. After some sipping it does taste more like a Tripel with that spicy and estery flavor, but lighter. From the 11.2 oz can.
Feb 06, 2023
Reviewed by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Wonderful Belgian Wit Ale from St Bernardus - Interedting can art and the Tokyo WATOU twist - Light and refreshing - Beautiful golden straw color with fluffy head and lacing -
I really enjoyed this grab from my local beer store - Highly recommended ❤️
Feb 03, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

Jan 29, 2023
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Rated by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Tried to be your out of the can very nice aroma flavor finish is a little bit citrusy at the end perfect beer for IvanBrew1 beer garden!
Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 3.49 by rexdeopp from Texas

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by te99912_123 from Switzerland

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Techichi from Texas

Oct 21, 2022
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Oct 09, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
11.2oz can served in a tulip glass. Date stamp on bottom of can: L1138 15:15 BCBACOAT.

Appearance: Translucent golden yellow with a thick white head with some sheets and strands of lacing.

Smell: Bready, floral, a little bit of citrus.

Taste: Definite wheat malt, along with a nice bready character, light citrus bitterness, and just a bit of clove with the yeast. Delicate in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation on the palate, chewy thickness, a bit of a wet finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice and this hit the style very well. Refreshing, easily drinkable, and I think this would pair well with a lot of food. Well done, and this seems like it would be an absolute delight to actually drink in Tokyo.
Jul 23, 2022
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