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

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Yvan The Great: Belgian-Style Blonde (Beer Camp Across America)Yvan The Great: Belgian-Style Blonde (Beer Camp Across America)

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Ratings: 1,270
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 121 | 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:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

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.
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Photo of Ralphs66
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. For this collaboration, they honored their friend and renowned Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets. This Belgian-American mash-up harmoniously blends Yvan's penchant for yeast with Vinnie and Brian's affinity for hops." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Pale Ale, packaged in single 12 oz. bottles as part of the Beer Camp Across America 2015 Variety pack and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of an off-white color over a medium hazy straw yellow body with ample lively carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Aromas of malted wheat, cracker malts with a soft biscuit malt subtle sweetness. Hop notes are subtle, generating a delicate floral and fruity character. The hops are accented by a fruity yeast profile that generates gentle notes of summer fruit, pineapple juice and light coriander spice with a soft tartness and mild funk. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The malt profile follows many of the same characteristics of the aroma, although the malt profile isn't quite as balanced nor refined as the aroma suggests, with a reserved sweetness and some soft graininess creeping in. Hop notes of lemon, grass, and tropical fruit generate a mild bitterness, and the yeast profile is increasingly dry and chalky with a moderate cleanliness and accented notes of coriander and white pepper amongst a soft fruitiness. The beer finishes softly grainy with an emphasis on cereal wheat funk and punctuated earthy spice with a marked dryness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, lightly chewy and very dry. Carbonation is high, generating a moderate frothiness and a brisk, lively crisp finish. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly acidic and dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Yvan The Great is another Beer Camp entry that I'm not terribly impressed with, as the aroma was better rounded and balanced than the flavor came to be. Enjoyable hop profile that compliments the style well, overshadowed by a flavorful and potent yeast strain that dries out the beer thoroughly. At points coming off fairly saison-like, in other places with the lightness and flavor of a Witbier, I feel comfortable leaving it in the Belgian Pale Ale category although it is decidedly multifaceted. Enjoyable, but not exceptional. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Yvan The Great (With Russian River Brewing Co.)
/5.00

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This Hoppy Blonde Ale blends the dry, complex yeast character of Belgian farmhouse ales with the bright, citrus-like profile of American-grown hops."; "Brewed in Collaboration with Russian River Brewing Co."; "As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. For this collaboration, they honored their friend and renowned Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets. This Belgian-American mash-up harmoniously blends Yvan's penchant for yeast with Vinnie and Brian's affinity for hops. "; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

"A penchant for yeast," eh? There was such a pile of lees atop the kick that I was unsure as to how to proceed following the Pop!ping of the cap. Gentle? Mais oui! Certainment! But even at that, how could I avoid rousing the lees? Cue Cicerone (tm) CBS # 739! I began at a tremendous angle to the glass and poured until I saw the first bit of lees pull loose from the punt, at which time, I stopped the pour and let it settle back in the bottle. I used the bartender's trick to create a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly reduced back to wisps. Color was pure Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity and my trio of gelt fiends, Midas, Croesus and Mammon appeared, fighting once again over who would get the first sip. I am deeply indebted to them, but I was not going to wait the outcome of their latest squabble. Nose had a Juicyfruit chewing gum odor, no doubt of the yeast. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was tart, like the lemon zestiness of the hops was in counterbalance with the sweet fruitiness of the yeast's esters. This was an experiment which needs tweaking, IMHO. Warming, I was getting black pepper and a mild funkiness, but the hops must have faded in the interim. Oh well. Finish was dry, tart and refreshing, but not really my cuppa tea. The final pour looked like murky lemonade. Nose was VERY funky! Taste was the melange as described earlier, but now more pronounced! Wow.

Photo of eddiebo
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerparrot
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacStinson
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewale4me
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt73
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SPChurilla
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldndomer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CJNAPS
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BreweryRun
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sampsonw
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MajorMartn
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Available on draft at the gas station down the street from my house. A strong, well textured beer that, to me, is almost perfectly balanced. Especially considering its potency. A must try for most beer advocates.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/6/15, with apologies for apparently abandoning most of the Beer Camp beers in the back of my fridge

A: Hazy yellow with some honey and golden tones - pours with a medium, white head that quickly fades to a wispy cap, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Very yeasty with an assortment of fruit - decidedly Belgian with some ripe Belgian yeast - yeasty funk, clove, pepper, coriander, light phenols, bubblegum, and some big fruity esters - banana and green apple - hoppy, too, with some citrus - earthy and spicy with some pale malts, bread, and bread dough

T: Yeasty and bready - Belgian yeast, Belgian yeast funk, clove, pepper, bubblegum, underripe banana, green apple, and maybe some grapes - citrus (mostly lemon) from the hops rounds out the fruitiness - very chewy malt profile with some pale malts, undercooked bread, and bread dough - it's like fruity bread

M: Medium body, very smooth, adequate carbonation, clean finish

O: Yvan the Bread

Maybe I haven't had many beers with Belgian yeast strains lately, or maybe this became more potent with time. Regardless, this is basically bread splashed with fruits and vials of Belgian yeast. Interesting.

Photo of BraveMountie
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow body with a mild haze and a half inch of white head. Aromas of lemon, Belgian yeast, grain, Saaz hops? Initial flavor of lemon tartness quickly followed by sweet candies (lemonheads). Also notable is floral character with a healthy dose of Belgian yeast. Mild tartness in the finish with a nice helping of hops. Tasty.

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of little_star
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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