Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Belgian Ale
Watou, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A unique, single batch created for the opening of the St Bernardus pub in Tokyo. Intensely cloudy, unspiced wheat ale brewed with the use of malted wheat. The specific yeast strain of St Bernardus and the Golden and Magnum hops from our own hop fields.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Tap at PP OB, tulip. Murky dark straw with a one finger white head, creamy with pretty good retention. Flavor mainly tastes like a German hefe, fruity bananas and some clove spiciness pretty apparent. Maybe a little coriander, but maybe I convinced myself of that. Still has the old wet wheat character I get from wheat beers brewed overseas. Wheaty finish, semi-dry, scant bitterness. Never got sweet at all, but perceived from the fruity esters. Aroma was much the same, but more banana and less spicy. Low to moderate smooth carbonation, medium body. Doesnt seem much like a wit to me, but still good. 7-4-7-4-15--3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (7668) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Bottle at Burning Soul tasting night; hazy yellow pour with a thin white head, aroma has bready you malts, taste has bready malts, light citrus, wild carbs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (5187) - BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2016
One-off by Sint-Bernardus made exactly four years ago for the opening of their Tokyo brasserie, which highlights Belgian beer culture. Vintage 75 cl bottle with both English and Japanese text, bought from a private collector. Bottle opens under a lot of pressure but no gushing. Moussy, regular, crackling, egg-white head, still quite stable in spite of the beers age, yet eventually dissolving almost completely; warm lightly orangey peach blonde colour, equally hazy from the start, looking more and more cloudy in the end with chunks of dark, dead yeast at the bottom of the bottle, forming a grainy sediment in the end. Aroma expectedly has unmistakable rusty malt oxidation but not (yet) too overpowering; other impressions include ripe pear, straw, orange peel, old cake, iron, apple sauce, powder sugar, baked banana and banana bread, gooseberry, field flowers, wet cardboard, soapy wheat, cooked sweet potato, damp leaves, bread dough, old white pepper, a faint hint of candied lemon and perhaps a subtle touch of coriander; adding more of the deposit renders the nose more bready and yeasty, with a touch of fried egg. Fruity onset, sweet apple, gooseberry and some banana countered by a very soft sourishness, soft carbo tingling on the tongue very gently (in fact too gently - undercarbonated, but this is probably due to its age), lean and supple mouthfeel, very soft, bready and lightly biscuity malt sweetness with indeed some soapy and very lightly sourish wheat, a bit more obvious in the finish, where the soapiness is accentuated further by the coriander, though in all this feature does remain fairly subtle. Hops are nothing more than an invisible background structure but hardly provide any bitterness at all; very Belgian yeasty phenols retronasally, clove-like, as well as a faint floral hop suggestion. Finish ends yeasty, a bit powdery even, with juicy malt sweetness continuing along with the sourish wheat and lingering sweet ester effects (sweet apple and banana). This probably wasnt worth either the search or the price, but Im glad I tasted it nevertheless: it is a bit different from the Hoegaarden witbier standard, more a classic tarwedubbel in fact, with a bit more body (though starting to get a bit thinned out by age again), less emphasis on coriander and curaao, a soft and fluffy mouthfeel due to the use of malted wheat rather than raw wheat; yet after precisely four years of cellaring, it is clearly past its prime and has most likely lost some of the refreshing features typically associated with the style. Far from my favorite Sint-Bernardus beer, was probably better when fresh from tap, but it would never have been my favorite from this brewery anyway, I suspect: too sweet and one-sided. Not intended for ageing, clearly, but it did get notably better deeper into the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Draft at Kraftwork in Philadelphia, PA. Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind. Slightly zesty aroma thats dominated by bready yeast and banana character. Theres some pepper, coriander and clove but the bubblegum, banana and bread notes overpower things a bit. Decent citrus presence with lemon juice/rind but I wish it was a bit more prominent. Full bodied and more complex than expected. Strong zesty spice presence up front with lots of ginger, pepper and coriander flavor. This is countered by bready yeast, bubblegum and banana flavors. Citrus acidity in the finish with strong lemon juice and lemon zest flavor. Dry, slightly tart finish. Very nicely balanced, refreshing and extremely quaffable. Spice presence is really nice providing lots of zest to balance the yeast and citrus. Seems like theres a strong ginger character but its probably just coriander. Really crisp and refreshing and complimented nicely by the citrus acid. Bready yeast adds fullness to the body and banana flavors round things out. Really nice example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14741) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2015
KRS 280315. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sugar, fruit, toffee, malt, banana. Flavour is sugar, malt, wheat, honey, flower, yeast, fruit, toffee, banana. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (4598) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
Bottled. Pours, hazy pale yellow with an average white head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, spices and banana. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry. Light bodied, watery to oily texture and average carbonation. A nice Wheat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7608) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, fruitiness, some floral notes and wheat. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some wheat, some herbs and floral notes. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16989) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle, 75cl corked. Almost clear in the glass, golden in color and with a small, dense, white head. The aroma is quite sweetish and sugary, fruity and with some toffee-ish hints. Its quite nicely carbonated, full to medium bodied and semi-dry. Fruity and malty flavor with banana hints, a generic fruityness, toffee, honey, flowery notes and some bitterness. Lasting finish with fruityness, some white sugar and toffee notes. Quite nice and tasteful this one, although a bit sweetish. 150328

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (11324) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, yeast and hint of banana and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long malty and yeasty finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (7063) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2015
750 ml right now and also had on draft back when it was released. (Forgotten about bottle in my cellar) The bottle obviously doesnt fair as well. Cloudy gold with lots of bubbly carbonation. Aroma shows me moderate Belgian yeast with a zesty character, light floral ness, with light clove. The flavor has dried flowers with a strong chewy yeast presence. Grain and pepper round out the flavor. It clearly has some oxidation in the flavor and I really didnt intend to hold it this amount of time. That said, still rather drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle at first S&G tasting of the new semester. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small stable white head. NOSE: grains, fruity. TASTE: grains, fruity. Allround decent beer, happy to have drunk this again.

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