Tokyo | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by VncentLIFE on 07-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
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22
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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
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

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4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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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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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.1 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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