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

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Ratings: 1,247
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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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

pours beautifully clear yellow/pale gold. very low head, not what I expected. intermittent bubbles but very soon there is no head whatsoever. no lacing.

digging the complexity in the aroma. from other reviews I didn't expect it to be this robust.
spicy hops, lightly floral, with ample phenolics behind, especially as it warms. definite clove, some medicine cabinet everpresent, and even hints of cinnamon. Fruitiness is restrained.

not sure where exactly they were aiming, but at this gravity I was thinking Belgian blonde ale, and this is decidedly more yeast-forward than what I've come to expect from that. would like to see less medicinal phenolics and more fruitiness but what is here is quite pleasant. medium hop flavor, spicy, herbal. definite alcohol, but smooth, not sharp. low bready note as it warms but malt is largely hidden. Bitterness is fairly high, but needed to combat all the yeast character. finish/aftertaste is slightly sweet, faint lingering bitterness.

light alcohol warming, fairly low carbonation, no protein creaminess but not crisp and refreshing. Drinkability would be improved at a higher fizz, though it would probably over-emphasize theyeast character which is already high. Very solid; could be great.

More User Reviews:
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%

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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 1,247 ratings.