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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 09-09-2005

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 66
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 ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
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...

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Photo of clickpush
4.29/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage: kegged 8/24/06 (I believe).

Pour: draught to tulip glass. Pours an bright, slightly clowdy orange/gold brew with only a small blanket of thin white head that leaves a bare smattering of lacings behind. A few bubble trails stream along the sides of the glass.

Nose: Fruity and tart, this is the kind of smell that makes my mouth start watering from the very beginning. Hints of raspberry, candi malt, some brown sugar, and a hint of golden hops that bring to mind a field of dried wheat swaying in the wind.

Mouth: First thing - I love this mouthfeel. From the time it enters until the time I swallow, there's a consistent sharp bubbly feeling that does not extinguish as it moves deeper into the cavity of my mouth. The flavor is very similar to how it smells, sweet but puckering, tingling the sides of the tongue and cheeks with a tart sugar that is delicious. A lot of nut qualities, as well, combine with the fruit flavor of a leetchee nut. The alcohol flavor is very present but doesn't detract from the overall experience.

This is terrific! Very refreshing the for the amount of alcohol.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
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 HennipenÂ… 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.

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Photo of loren01
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a staw color, no head, no lace
S: Sweet, yeasty, peppery. Quite fragrant, and quite complex
T: Spicy, peppery tastes. Slight banana flavor as well
M: This beer looks like it would be pretty light bodied, but has a thick syrupy mouthfeel, at least more so than what the apperance gives off.
D: The apperance is little to be desired but everything else about this beer was pretty solid, would buy this again. Good beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/21/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into an Anderson Valley tulip style glass.

Appearance- Fairly clear and a dark golden color. Small spritzy head that fades and non-existant lace.

Smell- Tons of confectioneirs sugar, corriander and citrus peel. You can smell this one across the room. Great scent.

Taste- Mirrors the aroma. Lots of goodness. Very assertive. Malty backing with a sharp hopped up finish. Sugar and corriander drive this beer. Has a small malt liquor taste as the alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with a lite aftertaste. Some creaminess as well.

Drinkability- Besides the appearance, this brew really impressed me. One of the best american made belgian styles I've tried. Worth picking up for sure. Cheap as well...under $4.

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Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of ToddKehoe
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured bronze/peach with a 1/2" white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Intense sweet malt, honey & not much else

T: Oaky, slightly alcohol burn up front & caramel up front. Then dryness followed by a fruitty/peppery finish

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

A bit ponderous to drink, but approriate for the style, not one of my favorites from this brewery, but not one of my favorite styles

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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 MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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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 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 ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been officially un-retired and is now the late fall seasonal in John Harris's Brewmaster's Reserve Series from Full Sail. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Body is a vibrant golden with a hint of orange, topped by a short-lived creamy white head that doesn't retain very well. Aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, sweet Euro malt, more than a whiff of alcohol, and a tinge of light, piney hops. Palate is sweet malt up front, with some confectioner's sugar evident in the mix. Becomes a bit dry mid-palate, where the hops come out briefly to say hello. A flourish of citrus comes about just before the swallow, yielding to a tangy, herby finish. Body is well-carbonated and a touch creamy, very nice for the style. Altogther, fairly easy to put one of these down. A good interpretation of a foreign style for Full Sail.

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Photo of beerhandy
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber this brew pours a clear deep gold with a white head that fades in a instant.The aroma is breadlike nice subtle yeast notes but then goes to straight butterscotch as it warms.Duvel this is not more of a malt liquor with a belgian theme. I thought the high alcohol was hidden well but it was a little too clean in flavor .I got lots of malt and that butterscotch thing . Its as if they rushed
this brew and the yeast didnt have time to do its thing (add some complexity and complete its dicetyl rest).Its very drinkable and quite intoxicating..ie malt liquor but pass if you are looking for a great belgian strong.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been UN-retired and is available in 22 oz. bottles and on-tap, a 2006 seasonal release from Full Sail's Brewmaster Reserve series. Poured from bottle to a pint glass.

A: Deep golden-blonde with a bit of a coppery tint. Small white head which lingers just a little while, fades to film then disappears. Some lazy carbonation bubbling.

S: Zesty spices, bready malt, bits of banana and other fruit. Belgian yeasts are detectable. Traces of alcohol.

T: Tangy/tart citrus flavors meld with the spiciness detected in the smell. Moderate level of honey sweetness and dark fruit bite. Some syrupy cherry and crisp apples. Finish is pretty dry and a little peppery.

M: There's a surprising alcohol warmth to this beer after it's set awhile. For the most part, mouthfeel is slightly sharp/crisp. Medium body.

D: A good beer, easy to drink. Low IBU (20). I had this beer fo the first time at Oregon Brewers Festival 2006 and liked it alot then - I was happy to hear it would be released again. Will get more - it's one my wife likes, too.

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Photo of Vancer
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 Floydster
3.66/5  rDev +8%
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

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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 ArrogantB
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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 Slats
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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