Friday, June 15, 2018

St. Bernardus Extra 4 (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Bottling code: A 190217

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26A Trappist Single

AROMA: Spicy/peppery aromatics from the hops and the yeast esters. Slight pome fruit character as well, though no implied sweetness. Malt base is clean and classic pilsner-type with a slight graham cracker quality. This old bottle exhibits signs of oxidation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear shade of gold (2-5 SRM). Moderate white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Though not extremely robust, the palette is rather complex with significant hop, malt and yeast characters. There is a spicy/peppery taste throughout thanks to the Noble hops and yeast phenolics. A subtle taste of green pear and a touch of red apple lurks in the background from the yeast esters. Malt base is akin to a pilsner with a graham cracker taste component. This old bottle has strong notes of honey/lemon and diminished bitterness (though overall balance is still maintained). Despite the age, the high attenuation is evident as the aftertaste is mostly clean with a brief linger spicy/malt sensation. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Refreshing, smooth, and crisp. Highly drinkable and sessionable at 4.8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the select few authentic examples of the style available on the mass market. It lives up to guidelines quite well. Fresher is better, though. 9/10


NOTE: See my 2015 original review here:

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