Sanctuary (Brewmaster Reserve) - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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Reviews by ebrauser:
3.7/5 rDev +6.6%
22 oz bomber poured into a brandy glass
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with ample white head that doesn't appear to dissipate quickly.
Aroma: Cherry and raisin with slight hops and the detectable presence of malt sweetness.
Flavor: Sour sweetness from a heavy malt backbone. Some drinks had a sharp alcoholic spike at the finish.
10-14-2010 01:50:20 | More by ebrauser
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +9.5%
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and some Belgian candi-sugar/brown sugar. The flavor is toffee, dark fruit, alcohol and brown sugar and molasses. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Not a great dubbel compared to the traditional Belgian brands, but a nice American version.
11-29-2010 06:19:47 | More by Mora2000
3.4/5 rDev -2%
22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. about 2 months past the best by date, but im not worried...
pours out a deep burnt red/ orange color, about a fingers worth of tight light tan to off white colored head. average head retention. a little cloudy.
lots of fruits in the aroma, mostly fruity, yeasty esters and sharp fruity, sweet malt. as someone mentioned fruity pebbles, i totally agree. some prune like dark fruits and apple as well. definatly not the most complex aroma.
kind of a bland, simple taste as well, but it fits the style. fruity esters, plum and grape like dark dried fruits, lots of sour green apple, and somewhat of a rich maltiness underneath that is cut by a dry finish. slightly acidic fruits linger on the palate. a bit of phenols and caramel breadiness noticable in there as well.
the high carbonation and overall dryness of this beer makes it feel pretty light. slightly tart. it becomes just the slightest bit warming as the beer itself warms up.
i enjoyed this for what it was, a pretty simple, basic dubbel, nothing really worth coming back to. but it was very drinkable.
04-24-2012 22:07:47 | More by dogfishandi
3.3/5 rDev -4.9%
Bomber served cool into a goblet.
Medium light amber brown color with a creamy off-white head. Good clarity but that seems out of style.
Aroma is sweet and malty with an unusual wheat beer character. Still, it seems pleasant and fits with other dubbels I'm had.
Flavor just does not seem right. Sweet and malty but more like a doppelbock than a dubbel. It just doesn't have the yeast character and depth of flavors that a good dubbel should have.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice low carbonation.
Overall an okay beer. Maybe I would have enjoyed it better had it been labeled a weisenbock or doppelbock because that's more what it seems.
09-21-2010 03:28:34 | More by GilGarp
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
Reddish hue with a small off-white head. A good yeasty aroma. Its the style, but nothing to write home about: bitter-sweet,a tad of toast, some sugar, caramel, a tad of Tang tanginess. not too complex. Understated carbonation is approriate. Maybe better with appropriate food, such as cheese or very spicy food. Middling mouthfeel.
03-30-2012 20:34:25 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep amber color with burnt orange highlights, topped by a small, creamy white head that recedes to a thin ring, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, a touch of candi sugar, light fruit (plum?), and just a hint of herbal character from the yeast, along with a good whiff of booze.
Palate is complex - sweet with dark fruit and caramel malt up front, with the yeast and subtle hop profile coming into play just before the swallow. Notes of candi sugar, honey, plum, raisin, and a touch of piny hops are detectable at various points. Finish is a mild hoppy bitterness, with some warming from the alcohol.
Body is smooth but not quite creamy, and certainly not sticky. Maybe just a little too thin for a dubbel. This is a nicely drinkable ale, with definite Belgian characteristics, but it's still a bit far from being an authentic dubbel.
09-14-2010 04:56:25 | More by ElGordo
2.98/5 rDev -14.1%
Even a high pour yielded only a small sudsy head, disappointing. Amber-brown body.
Mellow nose, with some date.
Body is a bit crisp. Significant coriander, faint tart plum... comes across a bit watery. Not exactly what I think of when I envision a dubbel.
Feel is almost flat. A draft issue or a beer issue?
Underwhelming dubbel, neither bad nor great.
12-31-2011 18:34:49 | More by zaphodchak
4.05/5 rDev +16.7%
For about $4 per 22 oz bottle, this looked like it would be worth a try.
It pours a dark golden amber color with a thin but long-lasting head, leaving nice wisps of bubbles on the surface and a decent lace on the glass.
It smells yeasty and light, with a tinge of almost a white wine aroma mixed with pear and perhaps apple.
The yeast carries over into the flavor, which is an aspect that reminds me of the Hefeweizen I homebrew. The yeast I use is from Wyeast, and is #3068, the Weihenstephan Weizen. The yeasty character of this beer is so close to brews I made with that, I'm almost convinced they must have used that in this brew, despite it not being a wheat.
The mouthfeel is great, a nice gentle carbonation with rich yeasty texture that simply lingers, rather than having a different aftertaste.
I wouldn't want to drink more than a 22 oz bottle of this at a time, primarily because it is such a sweet beer, it seems like I would get too used to it and not enjoy it like I should.
09-22-2010 02:08:48 | More by Clamwacker
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
Split a bomber with a couple friends. This is an interesting take on the style. At first from the aroma I would have guessed this was more of a barleywine from the fruity malt. As it warmed, the aroma became more rummy and the flavor reminded me a bit of dark spiced rum from the additional phenols. There was also some of the early fruit and berries character. It was a smooth mix of fruit and spice, but my one complaint is that the forced carbonation throws off the mouthfeel.
11-29-2010 05:23:01 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
This is for the 2011 version:
Poured from the bottle with a modest egg white head that after settling still managed to easily cover the surface of the beer and slid off the glass surface with no hint of lacing. A hazy red amber beer with light belgian hop and straw aroma. A pleasing mouthfeel with plenty of carbination up front, a malty farmhouse burst, followed by lemon citrus hop finish. I thought it was good for it's style, although the 7% for a Belgian dubbel was low.
11-10-2011 02:00:11 | More by Glibber
2.95/5 rDev -15%
A - Swampy red brown, not much head to speak of, minimal lacing
S - some caramel malt and candied dark fruits, brown sugar, generally mild
Mildly fruity notes of cherry, raisin, and apple, spicy, but fairly mild and not what I was hoping for
M - light body and somewhat flat, finishes slightly dry
O - generally a disappointment, makes me wondering if I happened across a bad batch or an old bottle, but I can only review from my experience either way
07-31-2011 04:47:01 | More by joemcgrath27
1.3/5 rDev -62.5%
Pours a hazy deep orange/brown with a big head that dissipates kind of quickly. Lots of dark malts on the nose, some dark fruits and even a bit of licorice. Fizzy yet full bodied and smooth. Didn't pick up a ton of flavor on the first sip. Mouthfeel is spectacular though. Starting to notice lots of biscuit taste up front. Dates, dark fruits and some raisins linger on the back end but not as dominate as other american dubbels and tripels I've had which is nice.
Overall nothing extremely special, slightly sweet full bodied drinker. It's smoothness is its best quality. Flavors are nice and subtle yet not enough and nothing to write home about.
10-14-2011 16:30:21 | More by jtierney89
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Candy apple red when backlighted shows a strong and lively effervesce filling the vessel with fury. Sandstone creamy head is slight and fair on the hold offering a low lace profile.
S: For aroma there is freshly toasted caramel, light intentions, dried apple and not much else in terms of complexity.
T: The flavor is toasted, dry with some Belgian yeastiness, light muskiness, oranges and alcohol. Damp yeastiness, grains with a touch of apple, banana and spicy fruitiness to close out.
M: lively with a crisp bite well suited and defined per style. Creamy and frothy, a bit lighter malt wise then anticipated per style.
O: a moderate example, would struggle to hold its own against finer Belgian examples (St. Bernardus). A bit of alcohol warmth, but generally not bad, just a middle of the road example.
02-14-2012 23:35:45 | More by beerthulhu
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Ruby infused copper. A small beige head that dissipated to a small collar and oils. Small wisps of lace.
Sweet caramel and candi sugar. Medium toastiness. Fruity pear and plum esters and some spiciness.
Fruity pear and plum with a spicy toastiness. Sweet rich caramel and candi sugar. Mild spicy bitterness with a fruity aftertaste.
Medium body. slightly chewy and sticky, slightly drying. Well carbonated.
Very drinkable and tasty and refreshing.
05-18-2011 20:56:07 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Picked up at the COOP today... poured into my Old Guardian snifter... 1/2" short lived lite khaki head atop a polished deep orange/lite amber brew.
Not as malty as some.. but still pretty nice... hints of toast.. lite apple and raisin.. lite clove.
Flavor is not nearly as fruity... instead sorta a bit of toasty biscuit... more malty than sweet... not as complex as I was hoping... a bit of sweet cherry essence on the finish.
Medium body with a good carbonation...
Mehhh.... It's okay, nothing really wrong with it.
08-08-2010 04:32:32 | More by JohnGalt1
3.38/5 rDev -2.6%
A: The beer is clear mahogany red in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that almost completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of prunes in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of prunes along with noes of wood towards the finish. Little, if any sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer don’t have a strong malt body compared to other beers in the style and could have used a little sweetness.
05-20-2012 12:39:16 | More by metter98
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear copper color with a standard off-white head. Not much for retention and lacing.
Nose is quite nice. Requisite raisins, dark bread and lightly funkified yeast. Ive had more than a few Full Sail BR offerings and most disappoint to say the least, but this one actually smells like a good dubbel.
Nice belgian yeast, cinnamon and dark fruit are forefront in the flavor. Not overly complex, but the dubbel flavor is surprisingly well done here. There have been a few Full Sail bombers that are really nice, especially for the price. This one is up there, Id be more than happy to buy a few more bottles.
11-13-2011 02:58:05 | More by twiggamortis420
3.78/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a mahogany color like nice polished furniture small light tan head even from aggressive pout fades fast to ring of bubbles. Some sparse lace left on my Orval glass.
Aroma is nice sweet malts sprinkled with brown sugar and molasses hints of orange.
Taste is lots of malts molasses and brown sugars abound. Nice fruit notes dates maybe even hints of liquorice or maybe its the yeast. Nice light spice bill in the finish along with a twang not really sour but hints at it. Some light warming as I am sipping this one, makes you fell all warm and cozy almost.
Mouthfeel is nice maybe not full on Dubbel but medium with nice smooth carbonation with a light pep at the finish that makes it feel better.
Drinkability is good, heck for the price and an American example of the style say its pretty damn good. Might not be world class but worth a try, even three or four tries.
11-19-2010 21:43:52 | More by mntlover
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Appearance: Hazy reddish-golden color with a small off-white head, profuse slow-rising carbonation.
Aroma: Sweet caramel and toasted malts dominate the aroma. There are understated hints of dark fruits and alcohol.
Taste: Opens with toasted malts, caramel, and some earthy flavors, and a little dark fruit. As the taste progresses, some leafy herbal hops appear. These vie with the toasted malt, but ultimately win out. Finishes with a lingering, slightly oily bitterness.
Mouth feel: A touch thin, with soda-like carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: Not bad, really, but it seems like a medocre example of the style. Still at $4.99 for a bomber, its hard to complain.
Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.
12-13-2011 02:12:29 | More by Pegasus
3.08/5 rDev -11.2%
Hmmm, mine says Brewmaster Reserve 2011 and all the reviews are from 2011 - not 2010.
Pour is light brown - almost tan. Not looking like a traditional dubbel. Nose is quite muted. A bit of brown sugar.
This enters with a significant sweetness - a hint of yeast, and finishes up with just a touch of hop bittering. Not quite cloying, but pushes that edge.
The alcohol comes through with a few sips. I don't get this - why a reserve? Is this really a dubbel? Not up to what I expect from Full Sail.
10-25-2011 03:20:15 | More by sweethome
Sanctuary (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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