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

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Vesuvius (Brewmaster Reserve)Vesuvius (Brewmaster Reserve)

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 09-09-2005

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Brandon632
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ToddKehoe
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, more like a hefeweizen, though with the hazy appearance and orangey amber color. Rather a fruity zing, and just a degree to the sourish side. The funniest nose of odd fruit I wish I could place. Old canteloupe, or green grapes. Hops seem to have gotten lost somewhere, but it has a hint of bitterness and a little woodiness. Quite a nice head and lovely lacing. I just think it's lost some funkiness and yeastiness.

This is the 2009 version, which was 8.2% ABV according to the label. Seems to me like another example of a beer that doesn't last well after a year or less. Still it's quite drinkable as an oddity.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet, light fruity with a little citrus (lemon), mild yeast, mild phenols and there seems to be some wheat qualities. I like it.
Slightly cloudy with a darker color of gold with reddish hues. Smallish head for style, but very persistent with constant bubbles rising to maintain the cap.
The flavor is a little less impressive. Malt flavors are a little flat and the overall flavor lacks a zestiness. Nonetheless, other aspects are good. Yeast is prominent with abundant alcohol taste. Very slight fruit with a tad of sugar sweetness. Ample bittering to cut the sugar and dampen the richness, but it also tends to dominate too much and while nicely contributing to the dryness of the finish it pushes astringent, which I don't want.
Heavy feel in gut as it seems really filling, but in bulk and carbonation - lacking a lightness I'd expect. This also takes away from drinkability adn I feel full quickly which decreases my desire to take the next sip.
Too bad as there are qualities I like in this beer and overall I like this brewery. This falls lower than the other beers I've had from Full Sail.

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Photo of Soilworker
2.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 2009 vintage poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a one finger thick yellow tinged head with moderate head retention.

S: Strong banana malts with hints of coriander dominate the nose on this one. A little on the musty/yeasty side and I can detect a little bit solvent aromas that are a bit off putting.

T: Solvent like aromas and the alcohol seems to be quite dominant this one. Quite unpleasant overall. All the flavors that I would expect to be prominent, like banana, spice, and yeast flavors, are merely undertones. Finish is a bit bitter with the lingering solvent-like flavors.

M: Slightly high carbonation and medium bodied overall.

D: This had way too many off-flavors for me. Bitter yet still slightly sweet with high solvent and alcohol like flavors. I'll struggle to get through this whole bomber.

Notes: Not a big fan of this one. Not very good for the style and too many off-putting flavors for me. Will not be buying this one again.

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Photo of cokes
2.61/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light hazy golden yellow bodied with a tight crop of white suds that lace and retain decently despite never rising far from the surface of the liquid.
Lemon rind aroma, with solvent-like fusel alcohol fumes, peppers, damp basements, white bread, and burnt clove phenols.
Doughy once it meets the tongue. Again in that non-descript white bread sense. It gradually gains a lemon drop sweet/sour personality. Yeast adds more wet dough, along with tendrils of chalk and pepper and phenolic plastics. Hops bring a quick herbality, but are then ripped down by a heated fusel alcohol jet. For 8.5%, this brings a outsized boozy whallop. And not in a good way. Then it lingers with continued lemon, biiter gin, and clay.
The relatively beefy body is thinned in part by the noted alcohol and also carries a better than average (for Americanized Belgian styles) carbonation. Tame the heat, and the feel would be spot-on. The flavor would still be off and pedestrian, though.

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Photo of colts9016
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger head that is off white in color and has pour retention. The color of the beer is an amber color with orange hues. The clarity is slightly hazy. There is some effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A light fragrant floral aroma, citrus, and pine. The malt is toasty, with some biscuit and yeasty aromas. In the background there banana, cloves, phenols and solvent.

Taste: A fragrant floral, banana, pine, citrus, solvent, phenols, and cloves. The malt is lightly toasted, yeast, and biscuit aromas.

The mouth feel is carbonated, sweet, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. This is a descent beer there isnt a whole lot going on in the beer. I was hoping for more from this brewery. This just seems like they need more research to get this recipe right.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber received from genghis22...poured into over sized wine glass

a-golden i color..small half finger white head...lacing is there but not in typical belgian fashion...bubbles are present but not what i would have expected

s-sweet and fruity...some yeast...

t-starts off sweet...the phenols and slight banana and clove kick in...a little alcohol comes to play before it finishes semi sweet

m-creamy and smooth as expected...the carbonation is a little low imo....the abv is noticeable on the tongue...

d-a bomber and im done..its a good american belgian....easy to get through but a tad warming

overall a solid stab from an american brewery at a belgian..better than most and perfectly drinakble..

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled February 7th, 2010
A solid, but not overly aggressive, pour into my 25cl tulip glas produces four fingers of pale tinged froth. The beer underneath is brilliantly clear and a rich gold hue that shines brightly when held up to the light. The aroma smells of ripe apples, pears, hay and cracker-like grain at the first. A deeper inspection of the nose yields melon notes, some honey-like muskat grape notes, a hint of orange zest, ample clove aromatics and more of a crushed grain husk dustiness in the deep finish.

Fairly dry tasting, though the fruity fermentation notes boost the sweetness that is here. Flavors of ripe pear, bright mellon, a hint of green apple, and some floral green grape notes are balanced in the finish by a light, but firm, bitterness, some spicy phenolic clove notes, a touch of spicy white ginger and maybe even a touch of white pepper. The body has a lightnes to it that makes it quaffable, but it does still have a certain viscous fullness to it.

This is not a bad interpretation of the style that is embodied by Duvel. I like that it has more fruitiness and spiciness than the standard. It does have more body and sweetness, but neither of these really detract. I wasn't expecting much from this beer for some reason, but I find that it is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a small fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

Smells of some fruity esters and alcohol.

Tastes of apple, banana, clove, and some sugary sweetness. Too sweet and not enough of the spice. Alcohol is also predominant and does not add to anything. Very messy, some ideas are there, but not brought together well.

Mouthfeel is medium with an amount of cabronation that gives it isn't creamy enough. Would like to have seen a lot finer carbonation.

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Photo of beertunes
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass. Poured the expected slightly hazy golden-yellow of the style. The beer had the typical fluffy white head, but it dissipated far too quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was the typical yeasty spice scent of the style. The flavors were also what one expects to find with this type of beer. A solid malt base supporting the spicy yeast and a slight hop tang on the finish.

The body was a little thinner than is usual for the style, less full and rounded. Drinkability was good, but not great. Overall, an average version of the style. Worth a try. Perhaps this would be a good introduction to the style since it's not an overly bold example.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber served cold into a Belgian style goblet.

Vesuvius has a very hazy, cloudy orange appearance with barely any head. I was expecting more of a big rocky-topped beer given the name and the style.

Aroma is slighly funky, a little sour, and a bit peppery. None of these characters really meld very well though. A little disappointing here too because those qualities can be outstanding in other examples. Not so much here.

Flavor is also kind of odd like something just didn't go quite right. The sour/funk comes through as in the aroma but now there is a decidedly lemony citrus flavor as well. None of the flavors are especially strong, nor off-puting, but they just don't work well together in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with lower carbonation than usually found in this style. The balance of citrus, sweetness, and bitter is fairly good.

Overall not a bad beer, although my review sounds pretty negative. It comes across as an 'imperial wit.' That is a big strong wheat beer with a strong citrus character and a hint of funk. It's easy drinking considering the strength but it's definately an American take on the style: Belgian for the masses.

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Photo of vkv822
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

Slightly cloudy yellowy and golden with strong and constant carbonation and a thin, short lasting white head. Smells of alcohol and perhaps spice or fruit. It tastes about the same. . alcohol with the fruit and spice hints forming into almost a cider after note. Nice medium body with a good bit of carbonation. A fairly drinkable beer, although slow going, probably due to having more of an alcohol presence then expected.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy muddy gold body, thin white head. Yeasty spice and fruity esters on the nose. The flavors are fruity, maybe some dried apricot, then some yeasty spice, pepper, pears, apple cider and a dry finish. Good though not particularly complex. Like a cheap, knockoff of Duvel. $3.99 well spent, but you do get what you pay for...

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos. Ramon, the beer guy there, recommended this highly. While I don't necessarily agree that it was that awesome, it is a bit underrated.

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a quickly dissipating one-finger white head. After that, looks not too dissimilar from a white wine.

Aroma is sweet pale malt, Belgian yeast, banana, and spices.

Flavor is pale malt, table sugar, yeast, banana, coriander, herbal notes, and a little alcohol. A little sweet and underattenuated for the style, and just a tad boozy. Good though overall.

Body is medium-light and palate is rather still, but the long, sweet finish is pretty nice.

Drinkability is pretty good. Goes down easy.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. This is the 2009 offering.

Appearance: hazy golden color with one finger of white head. Quite nice.

Smell: yeasty and chalky with a little citrus toward the end. There is also a slightly off-putting quality; not exactly skunky, but somewhat unappetizing. Overall it's not bad, though not my favorite.

Taste: sweet malt with big orchard flavors. Alcohol is noticeable. A bit one-dimensional, but still quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body, but creamy and velvety like you wouldn't believe. I love it.

Drinkability: as I said, it's a bit one-dimensional; however, it is still quite tasty and quite drinkable despite the ABV.

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Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewmaster Reserve 2009

After reading some of the older reviews by the top reviewers, I wonder if the brewer made some improvements to this beer. Not a spectacular example of the style but worth taking a look at this beer on the shelf.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a solid two inches of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Nice aroma of pale malt with some fruity esters. Some alcohol is lurking in the background.

Taste: Dry and fruity. Notes of pear, cherries (weird in a pale ale), and some pepper and cloves. Alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low carbonation. I think this is an area that could be improved upon. Just does not pop in the mouth like Duvel.

Drinkability: A good American example of the style. It will not be mistaken for the great Belgian beers, but for what it is I would drink it again.

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Photo of DNA
4.32/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Has a nice orange hue somewhere between gold and amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Very floral candy-like aroma. Almost like gardenias. Taste is appropriate for a Belgian with lots of spice but not as much fruit as some other Belgian style beers. The alcohol comes through a bit in the finish. Overall, a very tasty beer that I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

belgian style golden ale, 8.2% in a 22oz. 2009 brewmasters reserve series.

yellowish orange pour, extremely effervescent with speckled head. belgiany toast in the nose. sips clean with a slight lemon tinge, some apple cider and a big burst of honey, clove, and crispy belgian ale. extremely neat finish.. flavorful but not at all cloying or off. extremely solid belgian style, exemplary for full sail. nothing revolutionary but certainly worthy of notice.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage just picked up today at the COOP.... I would guess it was in the $4 range.. poured into my Delirium goblet as Brenda recently broke my favorite glass... might be time for a divorce.

Descent 2 finger pour... not much lace... but a pretty descent cap.. fairly clear honey orange.

Nose smells better than the last time I had it... I think. Good amount of spicy phenols remind me of pepper and maybe cardamom... the esters are pretty abundant too... pear and some lite apple... as it warms... a bit of a perfumy element blossoms...

Flavor has a bunch more esters... it sorta reminds of an apple cider spiked BSPA... for the most part it really just mirrors the nose with not alot going on... the carbonation is just right... so is the body.

I wish I had reviewed the previous batch, because I would have given it a pretty bad review... this is more dialed in for sure... I remember my last bottle being somewhat of a fusel bomb... this still has some hints of spicy alcohol.. but no where near as bad.

As this goes down and really warms up, I'm having a harder time with it.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Where did the volcano from Italy come from? Pours a mostly cloudy golden yellow color with a light sunny hue. A fizzy white head that had good retention and lacing through the entire tasting.

The nose is a bit limited. Some malty notes with a light Belgian aroma to it. Some base malt with a generic sweetness but a light biscuit aroma with hints of Belgian pale malt. Some minor yeast character but very limited for a Belgian beer. Would have liked to see more esters and phenolics. A light honey aroma as it warms.

The taste is similar, not very distinct in the Belgian department. The malt comes out nicely with a light sweetness that doesn't over balance and leaves a nice drier finish. Some bready and biscuit notes. A light nutty flavor that reminds me of Victory malt, but light. The esters come out more versus the nose but overall limited. Some winey notes with a white grape flavor. Some pears and apples as well. Some light pepper notes in the finish mixes with a herbal note. Some fusel notes but not over the top.

The body starts off moderate but leaves a good drier finish. Carbonation is a bit low, especially considering style. Some warming from the alcohol. Overall some good quality in the body but the taste is limited. Would like more Belgian malt and yeast notes overall.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointingly average. I feel like I've said that about 80% of Full Sail's products. Clear gold, nearly no head. Musty malt aroma with fake-smelling yeast esters. Sweet, flat, malty, weak, banana, clove, alcohol, sugar, and culminates in... nothing. It tasted like a Belgian a macro would produce.

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Photo of vurt
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Hi Time Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA, several months ago. Sampled in a Bruery tulip.

Deep gold and slightly hazy, capped with a thin lid of dense white foam that shrinks rapidly. Looks slightly viscous, and coats the glass well. Carbonation is small and sparse.

Quite fruity, mostly red apples and canned pears with a little pineapple and a hit of dry white wine. Also smells of white bread and lighter malts. Notes of honey and peppercorns come through as the beer warms, along with a faint floral character. Alcohol is prominent

First impression is apple juice (not too sweet) and nutty malt that finishes dry with alcohol warmth and a suggestion of rum. There is also a bit of orange honey with a mild tartness after the inital apple juice flavor. A champagne character emerges as the beer transitions from mildly sweet beginning to drier middle. Spiciness follows (pepper, some cinnamon) and leads into an herbal/earthy/floral note at the finish that reminds me oddly of geraniums. Finishes a bit hot from the alcohol.

Body is on the light side of medium. The carbonation is small but sharp, and conspires with the alcohol to create a rather prickly mouthfeel.

I found this beer to be too hot for a high drinkability score. Still, the flavors are good and the sweet-to-dry transition is quite appealing. If you could drop the alcohol a percentage point and somehow concentrate the flavors a bit more, this would be a much better beer.

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Vesuvius (Brewmaster Reserve) from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 70 ratings