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Vesuvius (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Vesuvius (Brewmaster Reserve)Vesuvius (Brewmaster Reserve)

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 09-09-2005)
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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: clear golden body with tightly bubbled thick white head that is long-lasting but leaves lace as it eventually fades

s: very sweet and sugary; spices; citrusy; pears; green apples; a little heavy on the sweet malts but still quite fragrant

t: the flavors are not as pleasant as i would have expected from the scent; some apple bitterness; hints of sweet malts; a bitter yeastiness becomes stronger and stronger as the glass empties; alcohol also present; not at all the full body of flavor i would expect from a belgian pale

m: overcarbonated and watery for the style

d: worth a try but there are many that are much better in the style

hoegaardenhero, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of mattster
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 22 oz bomber labeled "Brewmaster Reserve 2007", poured into DFH snifter glass.

Head formation is very minimal: A light layer of vanilla colored bubbles atop a hazy amber brew that glows as the light hits it. Some lacing on sides of glass.

Smell is more malty than anything I had a brief whiff of apple. Taste is of brew is somewhat sedate. Nothing major. Its mostly malty, a little yeasty. But disappointing. I've had other Full Sail brews, and this one just doesn't cut it because of taste - or lack there of.

Bubble are faint on palate. Finish is smooth with no aftertaste.

mattster, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, golden-copper color with just a slight head. Not too much in the way of carbonation either. nose was pretty pleasant with some nice pepper and spices rising out of the glass.

Flavor was actually quite tasty. Nothing over-the-top but all was in a nice balance. Heavy malt base with the sweetness balanced out by a mild alcohol tingle and some spicy presence. Spice came through as pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Medium to full mouthfeel that really thickens as it warms actually. Nice beer to mellow out with after a long day.

MuddyFeet, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A - Poured out a clear golden/yellow color with a small, short-lived white head. It didn't leave any lacing -- maybe it was bad glassware.

S - It smelled of grains and some light malt. There was also a slight floral aroma.

T - It wasn't particularly flavorful. There was a little spice, a little dried fruit and a touch of caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was quite drinkable. It didn't feel like an 8.5% ABV. It just didn't seem a flavorful as most of the style.

zeff80, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last of the Cali beers that we drank Christmas eve.
22oz bottle split.

A: Nice cloudy golden color. Took a fairly heavy handed pour to raise a head. Some lacing.

S: Citrus, apples and some yeast.

T: Slightly sour taste. Very dry as well almost like champagne. Yeast?

M:Med body. Dry. The carbonation is good though.

D: The dryness cuts down on the drinkability slightly. It was almost like drinking champagne which I am not a fan of.

aerozeppl, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce bottle from Costa Mesa, Ca. BevMo in December 2007.

I actually read a few of the negative (or less than positive) reviews of this one before I tried it, and actually said to myself, "Oh, it can't be that bad!". Let's see--

Pours a medium, slightly hazy golden with a decent but small off-white head in my Piraat tulip. A steady stream of carbonation keeps a small cover alive. Decent beginning.

Aroma is Belgian-like mix of sugary sweet and yeasty I-can't-describe-it floral/herbal notes that aren't too different from others of the style, and hey, not bad.

Flavor- Youch! What happened? Overpowering juice of rotted limes (tart but just- well, wrong), alcohol burn, medicinal through and through. None of the pleasant aromatics are here. In fact, I can't think of anything pleasant here. I have forced myself to drink about half of the bomber, just to make sure I wasn't being overly critical. I'm not.

Not recommended.

Dukeofearl, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about five dollars a couple months back, split with my dad last night

Poured into my Stone pint glass with a golden yellow color, a 1/2 inch white creamy head that did not settle for about ten minutes, tiny bubbles, some decent retention and also some sticky lacing

Smell was typical Belgian yeast, very fruity, some sparkling wine comparisons might be worthy based on the aroma, very sweet, and strawberries

Taste had lots of different fruity and spicy features, coriander, orange, and apples dominated the flavor in my opinion, tasted a lot like Duvel but not quite as good, gets even sweeter as it warms, not much of a hop profile, nice aftertaste that held its ground, sweet and sour finish that kept me coming back for more

Pretty nice body with the right amount of carbonation and a long lasting taste that changed over time during the changes in temperature

Could drink another bomber of this and that is probably about it, pretty high in alcohol and sweetness makes it relateively heavy on the stomach, taste would get old after a while

One of the better Brewmaster's Reserve beers from Full Sail and pretty good for the price, worth trying, recommended if you have access to this stuff, not a bad Belgian pale overall

Floydster, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on the reviews I've seen for this beer, I'd have to conclude that it's much better on tap then it is out of the bottle.

The beer pours a solid gold color with fair head and decent lacing. The nose is very impressive in this beer, showing honey, butter, cherry and spice. While for the most part the flavors on the palate replicate nose, I would agree this beer smells better then it tastes. The beer is also not the least bit heavy, with enough underlying hoppy bitterness to counter the sweetness in this Belgian style beer. The beer is actually a bit light on the finish and is pretty drinkable.

All and all, this is a very solid beer from Full Sail.

John_M, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellow to gold colored ale with very little head formation.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a lot of apple scent. Coriander is present. There is a slight tartness in the smell and a slight bitterness to the scent.

The taste starts out very light and a little sweet. Light amount candy sugar in the mouth and a reasonably strong bitterness. Light and flowery in the mouth but I really want more flavor. No hint that this is in fact quite high in alcohol.

Mouthfeel is OK.

The strongest point of this beer is that it is very easy to drink. Very lightly flavored this would be a good beer to try and convert a Bud drinker. Still though this really needs more taste.

Zorro, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very crystal clear medium yellow with a small white head of tiny bubbles that melts to a faint ring rather quickly.

Aroma is very typical fruity belgium yeasts and very fresh. Just a touch of sweet candied malts in the aroma.

Taste is almost overpowered by the alcohol but the fruity Belgium notes fight to come through and what does appear is again, very fresh and clean tasting. Sugary sweetness follows alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.

IntriqKen, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Brewmaster's Reserve, 22 oz. bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet. Vesuvius is a clear golden with a nice sized white head that quickly settled to a thick and long lingering, large bubbled collar with lots of skim and a fair amount of lace.

Smell is lots banana and some yeasty spice, with a tinge of metal, more hefe then BSPA, but quite nice. The booze comes out a bit as it warms.

Taste follows the nose, almost like an imperial hefe with belgian yeast, which is unusual but enjoyable. Also, there's plenty of peppery spice and enough phenols though to push it clearly into the Belgian side of the spectrum, particularly as it warms. The alcohol is rather assertive with moderate fusels. Finish is bitter and clean, where that metallic note in the nose surfaces slightly. Not the most complex, but well done and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet sharp, although it rounds out as it warms. Average body for a BSPA.

Drinkability is rather high, as this is a tasty brew with no offending characteristics. Digestible and not over the top ABV-wise (for the style), I'm pleasantly surprised. I've had a fair number of Full Sail's offerings, in the bottle and at the Pilsner Room, and more often then not I'm not too impressed. I bought a few of these last month, read the reviews, which didn't seen favorable, and tossed em in the cellar stash. Some friends were raving about it last night, which prompted me to dig one out today, and I'm glad I did! Being one of the cheaper bombers on the shelf is a big plus when the brew is good, and is a factor in my scoring on drinkability - I'm not gonna pound a bunch of rare, $15 bombers! I think this was about $3.50 at New Seasons...

ccrida, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the first of 4 bottles my wife brought back for me from Seattle. Poured it into a Belgian goblet. It had moderate carbonation, but not much head to speak of. The color was a hazy yellow. Smell was of orange and spice. The taste was pretty good, it reminded me of a wit beer with a tripel taste. At 8.5%, I think this was an interesting brew. It was on the light side, but it had a nice Belgian bite to it. I look forward to trying more Full Sail beers, and also finding out more about the Strong Pale Ale style.

morebeergood, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of surlyseth
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of Full Sail in general, but this is a "Brewmaster Reserve 2007" so what the hey...

A: Pale, hazy, yellow-gold with a medium sized, fizzy head. Little to no lacing.
S: Not much doing for a Belgian. Kind of sweet, with citrus and banana popping out.
T&M: Pretty nice. Hefe-like. Light, bright, sweet and fizzy! A bit of a let down on the finish, though.
D: I could drink the bejeezus out of this one on a Summer Saturday afternoon BBQ (as opposed to Sunday due to its ABV).

I dig it, but not that much.

surlyseth, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of ballenc
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow - initial head of tight foams that disappears too quickly - leaves zero lace Some effervescent carbonation noticeable.

Nose has a forward sweet malt aroma with strong yeast accents as well. Some peppery and citrusy aromas but quite limited.

Definite Belgian yeast at the front end - again with the pepper and spice flavors. The strong yeast tones mellow out but leave nothing interesting to note.

Rather thin and dry. A bit fizzy on the tongue but clean.

Can't see myself drinking more than one of these. A bit disappointing as I'm usually impressed with Full Sail beers. Not on the par with most of their regular beers and not even their Son of Spot ale.

ballenc, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew decamps the 22 ounce bottle a somewhat hazy golden yellow with a modest and creamy bright white head, which wanes rather quickly leaving a thin veil of lace. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, hints of fruit, and citrus like, also banana tones, bread dough, a complex and appetizing nose to be sure. Start has a pleasing malt presence, sweet with fruit like sugars mild bitterness at the back, top feels light to moderate. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops mildly spicy in their bite, dry as a desert bone with the aftertaste hanging tough on the palate. This beer is another fine creation from one of my top five breweries of all time.

Gusler, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy but bright lemon yellow tone. Fizzy white head fizzes away quickly and leave little lace. This kind of smells like a hefe. Lemony and spicy. And a little banana as well. And a little bit doughy as well. The flavor throws out a doughball of a malt base. Sweet like cookie dough. Some acidity as well. Lemon and spice. Dry finish and a little peppery. Kind of a weird flavor profile. Doesn't do a lot for me. Light-medium body and light spritzy carbonation. Alcohol is subtle. Average in every aspect.

Bighuge, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a 650 ml capped bottle, that imacoug exchanged with me for a couple of other brews, into a challis.

A: It poured a bright golden yellow with a bone-white head of about half an inch. The head receded to a slight cover fed by an abundant carbonation. As the head receded it left a sticky even lacing around the side of the challis.

S: There was a sweet malty aroma but few of the light fruit aromas I expect with from a BSPA.

T: This brew exhibits both sweet and tangy flavors at the same time. The tanginess resembles a sour apple while the sweetness is from light sweet fruits (ripe bananas and rainier cherries). I also tasted a spicy white pepper.

M: It has a medium body that is creamy mouth filling and zesty. The hight carbonation and ABV clean the palate but there is a residual fuzzy sourness that is somewhat discouraging.

D: Early on the brew is impressive but the deeper I got into the bottle the less I enjoyed the experience. It's a decent BSPA but hardly at the top of the class.

Comment: I like BSPAs. This is once I happily will enjoy again but will not consider it a must have for my collection.

dnichols, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, ABV but no date info.

Appearance: Clear golden with just a bit of orange, thin head fades very quickly, leaving almost no lacing, just a bit of bubbling.

Smell: Spicy phenols, a bit of yeast - some nice peppery spice in there. Also some sweetness, smells a bit like candi sugar.

Taste: A bit bitter in the finish, but not from hops - I'm not sure what it is. Starts off malty sweet, middle has some of the nice yeast flavors and the pepper.

Overall impression: Not bad, but a bit muddled. Nothing outstanding here, but it is an interesting offering.

rowew, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Full Sail Vesuvius, Belgian Golden Ale
22 oz., Brewmaster Reserve 2007, 8.5%

Lightly hazed, golden color, soon-gone head...eh...

Was it called "Vesuvius" due to some volcanic explosion of flavor? An enormous, overflowing head? So far, one strike against it, let's hope for the best...

Spicy nose, minor fruity notes, sweet and sugary.

Big, fizzy carbonation...large lemon flavor, sugar sweet, then slightly sour...I'm not liking it, not by much.

Resembles the style some, but lacks a lot. Like a pleasing flavor. More I drink, the more I hate it. Feels like a sugary, fizzy malt liquor. Yuck!

End of discussion. Sorry, can't say anything else.

Also sorry I spent $5 on this. Win some, lose some.

feloniousmonk, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

Pours from 22oz bottle(2006 vintage) a hazy orange-gold with a large head of foam

The smell is all fruity and yeasty and spicy. I get sweet malt, sour apple, coriander and probably more.

The taste is very sweet and tart at the same time. The tartness is from the sour apple while the sweet is from candy sugar and they balance each other out pretty nicely. I'm also tasting some banana and some pepper after a few more sips and the alcohol is starting to become more noticeable...tastes stronger than the given 8.5%abv. Btw, I'm drinking it near room temp to get the most out of the flavours and well, it's pretty tasty but I find the finish is kind of bland and watery. Oh, and peppery. Man, there's a lot of that in here now that I've had a few more sips. The mouthfeel is light as is the carbo. I see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so I'll save the rest of my comments until that's poured in my glass.

Ok, I'm sipping on the last of this Belgian Strong Ale and nothing's changed. I think it's decent but there are much better out there in the style. Still worthy of a try though.

Bitterbill, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a chalice a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, small fizzy white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, yeasty, grassy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is mostly spicy, malty, and yeasty. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, recommended.

Wasatch, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Full Sail.

A: Murky Yellow, think pomme, with no head.

N: Duvel meets Delirium meets Hennipen… Lots of wheat. Melons, apple, tangerines, and loads of Belgian yeast.

T: Green apple, wheat, melon, small amounts of barn yard, hints of pepper. Booze.

MF: Twangy, with biting carbonation like a fresh popped can of soda pop, light bodied with some sweet and sourness. Somewhat juicy.

D: Ok, there is some strength here so watch out.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Slats
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 22oz Weizen Glass

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden, yellow. The head starts off small and settles to a thin white covering that was gone about half way though my session.

Smell: Granny smith apples, bready malts and hints of spiciness in the nose.

Taste: Peppery spice at first with some orange peel citrus flavors. As it warms in the mouth the apple flavors and chewy, bready malts move to the front. Then end of the glass reveals more banana like flavors.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Little bit of tingle from the alcohol but not tiresome at all. This beer was perfect for sipping while I watch the US Grand Prix.

Decent beer and something I will keep on hand when I need a lazy sipper

Slats, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice crystal clear apple cider golden yellow, not much in the way of white head or lacing.

Aromas of apricot, apples and plum. Those migrated over to the quaff quite well, along with a proper Belgium sugar cane kick and the classic Belgium yeast. Even some black pepper, which surprised me. Touch of cloying orange medicinal and alcohol hotness, but not enough to distract from the overall enjoyment of this brew – especially for the price!

A nice bottle sent by Wasatch in a trade.

Vancer, May 18, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased for $3.50 at Davidson;s. I really like some of Full Sail's brewmaster reserve beers so I thought "why not?". I poured this into a Chimay chalice. It was a light yellow-orange with a small white head. It was a little cloudy. The smell was slightly medicinal. The taste was a little sour but also fruity. I tasted banana and bubblegum. the alcohol was not noticeable at all. Pretty decent beer but i have no idea how it does against other beers in the style.

ArrogantB, Mar 26, 2007
Vesuvius (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
78 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.