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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

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.

Added by raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,303
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
125
For Trade:
1
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You get two of the most well known names in the American hop revolution together for a collaboration brew and they throw you a curve ball. Kind of. This one pours a vibrant yellow with lots of clarity and a full on 7/8" white head. Pretty damn impressive appearance. Aroma kicks down a hefty Belgian yeast imparting some citrus and astringency.

Taste is decidedly yeasty as well. Many writers speak of the excessive hoppiness for style but I really didn't think much of it, just seemed in accordance with my expectations. Heavily carbonated. Minor amounts of clove, grapefruit, apple and pear from the yeast.

Its actually pretty straight forward. Lots of hops in a pungently phenolic yeasty beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Consumed in late 2014. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy, straw-colored pour. A good amount of visible carbonation leads to a finger's worth of white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Pilsner malts. Belgian yeast esters - pear and fleshy fruit with milder banana.

T: Pilsner malts up front. Yeasty - pears, apples, cloves and bananas. Some hop bitterness near the end - not huge but more than expected - resin, grassy and citrus pith.

M: A light body with a good amount of carbonation sensation. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: I though this was strangely hoppy for a Belgian blonde ale. But not overall a bad beer.

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4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/2/14; drank 7/14/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Clear urine color; champagne bubbles throughout.

HUGE white head; minimal lace.

Banana, clove, mild orange citrus & mild black pepper nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Banana & mild orange citrus meld nicely up front; black pepper on the finish, faint at first but it gains strength as this warms. A nice session Belgian, not amazing but I'd have another.

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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip appears pale golden yellow with a white cap. Aroma of cloves, pear, banana, apple and cracked black pepper. Tastes plenty of clove, peppercorns, herbal bitterness, apple and pear skins. Dry bready grain is faint in the aftertaste along with additional fruitiness. Medium in body with modest carbonation. This is interesting and enjoyable but im not sold on overly hoppy beers in conjunction with phenolic belgian yeast strains.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, soapy white head. Yeasty, citrus aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a bright citrus hoppiness and a medium bitterness. Builds into a yeasty maltiness.

This is pretty nice. Tons of citrus in the nose and in the flavor profile. A touch too bitter for my tastes, though.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SN/Russian River Yvan the Great Belgian-style Blonde. 6.3% ABV. 50 IBU. #10 for me in the sample pack.

Hazy, bright golden appearance, chalk white head, slim and soon gone.

Beautiful citrus and floral aromatics. Lightly spicy. Very likable.

Taste: Snappy delivery on the palate, brisk hoppiness and tangible spice and citrus notes. Belgian yeast is at work in the flavor, too. Medium-bodied, spicy finish. Tastes every bit like a Belgian blonde should and then some. Wish I had more than 12 ounces of this one.

Time to read the label: "This hoppy Blonde Ale blends the dry, complex yeast character of Belgian farmhouse ales with the bright citrus-like profile of American hops." And, as usual, there's more on the back: "As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinne Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. For this collaboration, they honored their friend and renowned Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets. This Belgian-American mash-up harmoniously blends Yvan's penchant for yeast with Vinnie and Brian's affinity for hops."

Might be my favorite so far….haven't ranked them yet. We'll see. Two to go!

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