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

Sanctuary (Brewmaster Reserve)Sanctuary (Brewmaster Reserve)

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-08-2010)
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Reviews by jtierney89:
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New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 16:30:21 | More by jtierney89
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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Hazy ruby-brown in color. The tan colored head settles fairly quickly. A thin ring of lacing and some sparse spots remain in the wake of the collapsed head.

S: Sweet and bready malt aromas. Molasses and toffee. Brown sugar and spices. Slight esters of cherry and a very light phenolic touch. Smells like a dubbel, just a little subdued and perhaps generic.

T: Woody and crusty malts. Hints of brown cocoa powder. Caramel and toffee. A bit nutty. Juicy berry esters in the middle. Yeast character is there, though a little lacking. Vague spices, slight earth. Hints of clove-like phenols. Signs of oxidation and slightly soured. The finish is rather short and indistinct; thin caramel and bread crust and some earthy and spicy yeast.

M: Thick body. Carbonation is lacking, especially for the style. Chewy and creamy. Fairly weighty.

O: I found this in a bottle shop marked down heavily, so I figured 'what the hell?' Although a dubbel is usually a style that can withstand some time, this is on the smaller side of the spectrum at 7% abv, and over a year past its best by date. So it isn't a prime candidate for cellaring, nor did the brewers intend it to be. This bottle was definitely on the decline, but it's still hard to imagine it being much more than mediocre even within prime freshness. Take my review with a grain of salt, should this beer ever come back around. It wasn't intended to be consumed in this condition, so it may be worth a look.

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2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of balsalmic vinegar, malt, and some dark fruit aromas. Taste is pretty sour with malt, dark fruit, and vinegar flavors all mingled together. There is an acidic quality that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is definitely having some sort of issues. It's not all that undrinkable but I doubt the brewer was going for this in the final product.

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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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A: Pours a crystal clear copper to amber in color with some very light visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark fruit (prunes) along with some hints of wood. The overall smell is quite sweet.

T: The taste really follows the smell with dark fruits (prunes) really dominating. There is some light notes of spices and a woodiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: Easy enough to drink but not one of my favorite beers, I think you could have more than one of these in a session but I might not personally. Seems like the malts are a little more hidden than I would prefer.

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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.

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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.
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy head of about 1/2 finger, fades semi quickly with spotty lacing, over cranberry reddish clear beer.

Nose is fruity, and I mean fruity! Like fruity pebbles and fruit punch juice blended, no specific fruits in particular, but plenty of yeast fruit aromas, light esters, Belgian malts, bit of candi sugar, esters, and reddish copper slight caramel malts.

Taste starts with more Belgian flavors from the yeast especially, juicy fruits again, light esters, a decent biscuity malt with some reddish copper malts and caramel, and hint molasses. Then more candi sugar with a decent sweetness and some warming slightly tingly booze, it's quite hot for only 7%, which plays in somewhat from the esters and Belgian fruits. Somewhat fruity again, but not quite as much as the nose. A light cherry like fruit comes through but not much, with more esters moving towards the finish, and a light earthy herbal bitter hop flavor. Finish is a bit more bitter, more esters, fruits, malts, but fairly dry, and a bit more booze.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, good carb, a bit much booze.

Overall kinda meh, quite fruity, lots of esters as expected, somewhat typical Belgian yeast components but a bit too much in a lot of aspects.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 00:15:34 | More by jlindros
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3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on Thursday night from notes.

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early January for $2.49.

Beer poured a reddish brown into my chalice with little head to speak of.

Nose has some hints of dark fruits.

Taste is dark fruits and brown sugar. Finish is not overly dry like I would expect from a Dubbel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but not having the smoothness of the style.

Overall this is not a bad beer but nothing special. Worth a try at $2.49 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:02:02 | More by arizcards
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Sanctuary (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
79 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.