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

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1,248 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 121 | FT: 2
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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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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Beer Camp 12 pack.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a clear, yellow gold. OK head (barely 1/4") and OK lacing. Looks lager-esque.

Smell 4.0: Really like the bouquet on this brew. Spicy Belgian yeast dominates as does notes of light grains and ripe pear. Also, notes of a very nice grassy hop.

Taste 4.25: Front is dry, but this transitions into a middle that features a big wave of light maltiness which is balanced by the Belgian yeast taste. Also at this level is a light bitterness from the hops. This fades into a finish that is slightly sweet and has a taste that is all yellow fruit: sultanas, apricots, etc. This is balanced by a hop blend that is all bitterness and very little other hop characteristics, but it works. Aftertaste is where it all fades away gloriously to leave the taster feeling that lovely Belgian yeast peppering the palate. Aftertaste is short and semi-dry. Really fantastic and well within the style of a Belgian Golden.

Mouthfeel 4.0: absolutely outstanding conditioning really enhances the beer.

Overall 4.0: Excellent Belgian Ale. Light, refreshing and with many different delicious flavor levels, this baby is just a pleasure to drink. No hint of alcohol, but is pretty big (7%+) and is well worth the purchase of the 12 pack to try it out. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into a small tulip glass a clear lemony yellow with a fluffy one finger white head that leaves no lacing as it settles.Citrus fruits and phenols in the nose,although not a fan of over phenolic beers this goes well with the big citric notes.A big hit of the yeasty phenols upfront but a big splash of lemon oils in the finish,it really hits the back of the tongue.Not bad and good for the warm weather,not a huge fan of the style but this one I kinda like.

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3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into my tulip, this beer was a gold color with a small white head.

Aroma of banana, sweet fruit, and herbal spiciness. The herbal aroma was most apparent.

Banana taste, some kind of fruit, herbal. Some hard candy type of taste.

A dry mouthfeel, but there was a bit of an aftertaste that wasnt entirely pleasant.

Overall, though, a pretty good beer.

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2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is banana bubblegum and spices with some earthiness.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, banana, bubblegum and some spice (pepper, coriander). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy texture.

Overall, I didn't really care for this one.

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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 1,248 ratings.