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Yvan The Great: Belgian-Style Blonde (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. While looking for inspiration for this collaboration, Vinnie and Brian decided to honor the creations of legendary Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets with their own hop-forward American-Belgian mash-up.

From complex Belgian-inspired styles to American wild ales and hoppy Double IPA’s, Russian River always pushes boundaries while respecting technique and quality. Co-owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo are longtime friends of Sierra Nevada and they always have a six-pack of Pale Ale in their fridge at home.

(Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014)
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3.74/5  rDev 0%

Pours cloudy bright yellow color with a foamy 1-2 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of yeast, lemon, herbs, roasted grains, honey, floral hops, a mix of spices and some mild funk; it has a nice semi-complex nose, but none of the spices really jump out and the lemon zest and yeast smell the strongest.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, lemon, wheat bread, herbs, roasted grains, sweet malt, honey, floral hops, spices like pepper, coriander and a dash of green tea leaf, chamomile or dried flowers; like the nose there is some mild funk, but the grainy and floral hop notes seem strongest with some pine notes and biscuit that almost seems sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with real mellow carbonation, a slightly bitter, funky bready finish that trails off almost clean yet leaves a lingering grainy sweetness residue. This was good, but I expected more from this collaboration of Northern California legends. If this was a regular rotation beer I would definitely have it again since it was tasty.

CHickman, Today at 04:55 AM
Photo of Mikus
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was anxiously awaiting a try of this, Russian River is like a unicorn in Western PA. Poured a nice, translucent golden color into the snifter, with little head. Big yeasty notes on the nose, a bit of nutmeg/allspice, and some citrus (as the brew warmed up). Hops were very faded (it was bottled almost 4 months ago, so I was expecting this), however with a little time, some grapefruit/citrus came through. Good, clean flavors though. Great mouthfeel. This was very good, even with my arriving to the party late... though I would say that the Allagash collaboration edged it out by a good deal! Still very happy with Beer Camp!

Mikus, Today at 01:45 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Has a big fruit nose dominated by orange over light biscuit with hints of peach and light banana. It pours peachy gold with a light haze under a 1” finely bubbled foam cap that quickly dissipates. A rich, creamy fruity attack features large pitted fruits, orange and a suggestion of tropical fruit but no banana. There is some spice in the background – maybe oregano. A very effervescent beer with a medium light body, Yonder Bock finishes sparkly clean and refreshing. While the beer is hop forward, providing an assertive bitterness on the finish, it in no way interferes with the Belgian yeast flavors and the hop flavors are refined enough to sneak by those who dislike hops.

pat61, Today at 01:24 AM
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is sweet fruity notes, ripe fruit, biscuit malt some yeast. Taste same as aroma with some mildly spiced bitter hops. Palate is a medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish is mild sweet fruity ripe tart flavor with a mildly dry spiced hops bitterness. Overall this brew is good drinking and fairly balanced for the style, not the best but still enjoyable.

Samp01, Yesterday at 06:46 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

outoffocus, Yesterday at 01:02 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

fossage78, Monday at 04:52 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Glanzman, Monday at 12:14 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

muraco3, Monday at 03:22 AM
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Fettpopps, Monday at 02:16 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jpd7374, Sunday at 10:56 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Lare453, Sunday at 09:12 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Pithy756, Sunday at 08:11 PM
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4/5  rDev +7%

beb86, Sunday at 06:45 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Raziel313, Sunday at 06:13 AM
Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in early July from Bevmo.

Beer poured golden with not much head.

Nose has hints of cloves and west coast hops.

Taste is pepper and coriander with some lemon and cloves.

Mouthfeel is light with some OK carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty spin on the belgian pale ale style.

arizcards, Saturday at 09:51 PM
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

b_feterl, Saturday at 01:51 AM
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

strongaf, Friday at 07:16 PM
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1.56/5  rDev -58.3%

BcOneSeven, Thursday at 10:46 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Griffith, Sep 25, 2014
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Yvan The Great: Belgian-Style Blonde (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.