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: 1,288
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 13
Gots: 122 | FT: 1
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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:
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 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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy golden-blonde with good sized white head.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit, citrus, spiciness.

Taste: Strong backbone of bread and fleshy, almost tropical, fruit. The banana notes from the yeast are strong, with some clove as well. The finish has a very sharp spicy and citrus kick that lingers for a long time, along with more banana. This creates a long aftertaste that switches from bitter and dry to sweet and cloying. I could still taste it an hour after drinking.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a fairly full,almost chewy, body. The seemingly dry finish is ruined by the lingering aftertaste. This beer is a perfect example of how American brewers can really screw up the mouthfeel of Belgian styles.

Overall: There are some good strong flavors here, but they are overrun by a poor mouthfeel and sweet aftertaste. Too bad.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Pours a golden straw with a one finger white head. Small bubbles dissipate at a slightly quick rate. Decent amount of carbonation.

S - Belgian yeast, lemon, some white peppery notes, and maybe some berries?

T - Tart lemons but not terribly sour, fairly strong fruity esters from the belgian yeast, a touch peppery, cloves, and other spicy notes.

M - A little sour, mild bitterness, with a dry finish. Finishes mostly clean.

Overall, this is a nice, mildly tart, yeasty blond. The belgian yeast overpowers other aspects of the beer a little too much for my liking but this is still a very serviceable and easy drinking beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. 6 oz. serving as part of a flight.

Appearance: Color is a bright yellowish gold. About one finger of white head. Moderate bubbles.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with good hints of funky spices and citrus. Upfront Belgian yeast with good hints of clove, peppers, barnyard funk, and coriander. Fruit hints of banana, apple, and white grape along with citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Subtle grassy hop hints. A very solid Belgian aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style taste with good notes of fruits and spices. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of clove, peppers, coriander, and barnyard funk. Good fruit esters with notes of dried banana, apple, and white grapes along with citrus notes of orange and lemon zest. Also some light grassy hop notes. Backing pale malt with notes of straw, grains, and cracker. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, smooth, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Nice mix of fruit esters and spices with a solid malt presence.

Photo of Mantooth
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let's start with the nose... oh my God what a nose, floral and soapy as hell. It pours a clear bright golden color, with little to no head... but the nose drives it all. The taste takes a back seat, but it's still a damn good beer. I've seen a lot of people knocking this Beer Camp series, but most everything is flirting with an overall 4.

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

Pours into a chalice beautifully with hazed glistening golden body with a bright white head, looks great fine speckled Belgian style lacing.

Aroma has sharp pungent lemon notes with citrus baked dessert pies, and chamomile or some other herbal pleasure amongst the citrus notes. Spicy Belgian yeast strains smiles upon this delicate style of beer with a true American hop punch with 50 IBUs.

Flavor brings out lemon zest, spicy yeast black pepper notes, with hints of herbal field flowers. In addition I’m getting more citrus fruit and bitter lingering finish between the hops and the spice additions.

Mouthfeel fairly complex coats the palate with each sip, I’m a fan of both brewers all of the Russian River stuff I’ve come across, I’ve been a fan of mostly their hoppy offerings but Vinnie has studied the Belgian styles and really shines with his execution of sour ales.

Overall, it’s a nice medium to full bodied complex carbonation fine Belgian style golden ale with an American hop punch I’m enjoying it quite frankly.

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

12 oz bottle -- bottled on date 2 June 2014 -- served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours light amber in color; clear with a wmall weak head that soon dies down to a ring and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: mainly Belgian yeast and light bready malts with a touch of spicyl/fruity hops.

Flavor: Yeasty and spicy with a subtle but solid malt base. There's a touch of funk and mild bitterness in the lingering aftertaste.

Feel: near medium body and crisp, lively medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.

O: a good, relatively hoppy version of a style that is not among my favorites.

Photo of timontheroad
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my last Beer Camp pack beers. Pours hazy, straw colored. Two inches of billowy white head that quickly faded to about a half inch. Nice lacing. The smell is grassy, with a little bit of yeasty funk. The taste is of coriander, a slight note of cloves and some nice Belgian funky flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light, but it stays quite nicely on the palate, and finishes somewhat dry. This is one of my favorite beers out of the beer camp pack. Too bad it's a one-off beer. Nicely done!

Photo of Auraan
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pretty clear golden yellow with a thin ring of white foam. The body looks fantastic, but a larger, fluffier head would make the appearance that much better. Scents of esters and phenols, big on banana and clove aromas, with notes of bubblegum and pear apricot with a faint sour tang and hints of biscuity malt faintly discernible I. The background. A very good aroma that captures the best of Belgian yeast. Taste begins with a nice hit of fruity flavors with notes of citrus and lemon peel with a moderate undercurrent of phenolic white pepper and clove spiciness and some biscuity malt keeping the flavor soft at the start. This moves into a moderately bitter middle with notes of pear and lemon peel and more pronounced phenolic spiciness with some floral and spicy hop flavors. Finish is dry with notes of spicy phenolic clove and white pepper yeast and lemon peel and a moderate level of hop bitterness and earthy hop flavors. Aftertaste is white pepper and clove with moderate lemon peel-like bitterness. A very nice, fairly complex flavor profile that highlights the best aspects of Belgian Pale Ales with an increased hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly chalky, drying feel. Very nice, refreshing and easy to drink. Overall this is a good example of a Belgian Pale Ale that combines the best of Belgian yeast aromas and flavors with a nice, higher level of hop character than is normal and a refreshing mouthfeel to make a very drinkable beer. Very well done.

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours and looks a lot like an American Light Lager and that's where the similarities end.
Earthy spices highlight the aroma in a very good way.
Lighter earthy spices in the taste than in the aroma but still quite noticeable and tasty.
Even though this isn't and IPA or porter/stout my two favorite styles this beer left me wanting another one of these, which is a pretty big thumbs up in my book.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Making my way through the 12 pack. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A cloudy-looking beer with a golden haze for color, trickles of carbonation and a finger thick, foamy white head. Head persistence is good and lace is showing.

Fruit is heavy on the nose, citrus and peach specifically. Yvan has some earthy qualities, some floral yeast and/or hops, and a hint of sweet malt.

Tasty beer right here. Peppery, fruity, floral, there are a wealth of flavors within. The malts give a dry cracker taste that complements the hints of lemon that occasionally show themselves.

This beer gets a bit bitter and dry, but there's enough malt to keep it balanced. The beer is lively and champagne-like giving it an easy-drinking quality.

I'm with this beer. I really enjoyed it. It's far from a simple beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color, with a white head that peaks at about a finger's width. Fair retention, giving way to a broken layer of surface suds and then a barren surface not much further down the line. Lacing is there to begin, but is small and spotty with little stick.

Smell - Belgian yeast hits the nose from a mile away: green banana, tart apple, spicy clove and funk. Light notes of lemon sit beneath the pungent yeast aroma.

Taste - As expected, follows the nose. Plenty of that trademark belgian yeast flavor that hits on unripe banana, tart green apple and clove spice. Lemony citrus hops cut in by mid-taste, then finishes with a bitter lemon rind flavor that strengthens sip after sip.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with fair carbonation. Seems a little more bite would be more appropriate, but that's nitpicking. Dry finish.

Overall - Good beer. Nothing particularly special, but it's a nice example of the style.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from Beer Camp box into pint glass

A- Very pale yell0w with almost non existant head.. first thought is "how can this have any taste being so pale"
S- Big belgiem yeasts and sweetness
T - Color and smell don't tell the story. There is decent flavor here, but it feels very "one note" .
M- Thinner than most belgiums

O- Ok, but wouldn't go after it again if it were avalable regualarly.

Photo of secondtooth
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, cloudy golden with fine white head of fizz. Attractive lace on my Goose Island pint glass.

Nose is crisp fruit from the Belgian yeast, with some spice. Very nice!

Taste is crisp, clean, and fruity with some citrus from the hops coming in around the edges. I wonder if some of the happiness may be muted, as this was bottled over 60 days before it reached me. Nonetheless, this remains a delicious and thoroughly enjoyable Belgian-toned IPA.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Pours a thin head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is bright fruit, grain, pine and lemon. Great.
The taste is interesting. Lemon bitterness, a weird blend with the sweet and soap. Not great.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste is not good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Herbal hops. A bit of belgian yeast notes. Faint cracker maltiness.

Taste - Grassy and herbal hops. Light cracker malt. Some phenolic notes of clove and spice. Light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's pretty flavorful for a blonde ale. Slight mineral flavor in the finish that I find odd.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a globe glass. Yvan pours a light golden in color and with a touch of haze. A white cap of foam offers moderate retention then leaves a steady surface cap of lace throughout the glass.

Aroma is rich with lemony hops, belgian yeast notes and a notable peppery coriander spice component. More lemony grain on the taste and with a spicy and smooth finish. Touch of coarseness on the finish arrives with warming of the beer. Offers a well balanced carbonation and body to give a full enough feel on the finish. Not too thin and yet not too much residual sweetness either. Easy drinking brew and nice take on the style.

Photo of larryarms847
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sun golden yellow in appearance with a pencil thin head.

Smells a little funky! This I mean in a good way of course , but it does smell like a wild Belgian man.

Now I taste the funk and the hoppy and earhy notes with a very breadlike backbone.

Mouthfeel is sweet and breast upfront and a bitter, peppery hop dry finish.

Overall not the greatest thing ever made but if this was a seasonal if pick it up again.

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

10/28...BCAA 2/12...pours hazy yellow, translucent, foam dissolves. Straw yeast nose. Slight citrus too. Opens tart, shifts into a hop bitter buzzed body. Tartness holds, but the bitter keeps poking through. Right on the edge of coming undone, slightly disjointed.

Photo of dhannes
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L=Murky...rich golden with a hint of green. Nice foam.

S=Horrible...like urine.

T=Very typical of a wheat, with hints of lemon zest and...smoked ham. Some honey, too. Reminded me of a glazed ham.

F=Nice body...perhaps a bit too light.

O=Nice, but not special wheat beer...would pair well with ham.

Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Glowing Blonde color with a thin fizzy head. The nose holds a peppery, clovey, doughy aroma with some grassiness and apple sweetness. This has a brash clove flavor which is not suited to my taste. There is a bit of apple and pear in the mid palate. Black licorice or anise with a perfumey floral hop finish makes this my least favorite of the 12.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Super clear straw body.

S: Nice Belgian spell with a lingering hop smell.

T: Drinks easy. One of the best blondes that I've had.

M: Smooth and even with no felt carbonation roughness.

O: Nice blonde, and very light on the Belgian part, but I think that is what elevates it among blondes.

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