St. Bernardus Extra 4

Posted: July 2, 2016 in Belgian Pale Ale, Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV, Reviews

My latest guilty pleasure is “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” It’s totally mindless, but it passes the time. Let’s talk about today’s beer, which is one of the few offerings from St. Bernardus that I’ve never had.

extra4

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to drinkbelgianbeer.com, “Back to the roots: in the summer of 2014, Brewery St. Bernardus will bring one of their oldest beers back to the market. When the brewery was founded in 1946 to brew and commercialize the beers of the Trappist Monks of Westvleteren, the brewery received 4 recipes from them: Abt 12, Prior 8, Pater 6, and Extra 4. In the 70′s this ‘Enkel’ or ‘Singel’ style got out of fashion and the production of the Exra 4 was discontinued. In origin, the Extra 4 was brewed by Monks for their own consumption in Belgium, but this beer seldom sold in Belgium or abroad.”

Random: I cannot wait to leave California. The traffic is way too much.

The beer poured with a four finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was slightly cloudy with a lot of carbonation visible. The color was a bright yellow. On the nose, I picked up a lot of yeast, banana and clove. It had some coriander as well. The taste started with a lot of lemon notes, but it wasn’t overly tart. It had a lot of yeast as well with lemon zest and light spice. The body was thick for the style with intense carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lemon zest. A single bottle of this was $6 ($.50 per ounce), which was not cheap, but well worth the price tag. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I didn’t expect anything less from this brewery.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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