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

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Sanctuary (Brewmaster Reserve)Sanctuary (Brewmaster Reserve)

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best by 1/7/12. Oops.

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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Photo of metter98
3.37/5  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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of BryanCarey
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Sail Sanctuary is a Belgian style dubbel that pours from the bottle with a reddish hue and a nose that is like a combination of bready, caramel malts and dark fruit. The head of foam on this beer is large, fluffy, and offers a good deal of retention.

As for the taste, Full Sail Sanctuary is a tasty brew with a good deal of complexity. Present are flavors such as chocolate, plum, brown sugar, caramel, raisins, and biscuits. The taste isn’t as intense as that of some other Belgian dubbels, but it is still complex enough and intense enough to get your attention. And the beer has a pleasant aftertaste of bready malts that continues to reward the palate long after you finish drinking.

Full Sail products are known for their ability to please the palate and to offer enough taste to be acceptable to most anyone without going to extremes. Full Sail Sanctuary fits this description quite nicely, with some good nice, pleasant taste characteristics that, while not the greatest in class, are still good enough to make the beer worthy of a try.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
ken's bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

almost savory aroma, with nut and raisin

date and dark sugar flavors. too clean when cold, but with warmth come some soft hop flavors. mouthfull is weak for the style...where'd it go? i don't taste much darkness

too clean: fermented too cool? boring yeast? overattenuated?

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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see that Full Sail was attempting a dubbel--or any Belgian style for that matter--so I couldn't pass up trying this.

THE APPEARANCE of the Sanctuary from bottle to glass is excellent. Full Sail, in my opinion, makes some of the nicest, cleanest, and classy labels around and this was no exception. Very nice look, guys. The beer itself looks great too! It has a nice large, fluffy off-white foam head with very good retention. The color of the beer is a very nice reddish amber. It's a very interesting shade and most closely resembles a Vienna lager. Perhaps it is too red for a dubbel, but it's still very nice. There is no sediment in the glass or bottle; crystal clear. That was surprising, but not a bad thing.

THE SMELL of the beer is of hops, bready malt, a little Belgian yeast, and faint raisins. It's slightly sweet with a little syrupyness to it as well. Overall it's very, very mild, despite even drinking it at about 55 degrees. It's also very lagery, which I didn't find very appropriate for the style. Low point.

THE TASTE is solid, delicious, and totally on point for the style. It has a sticky, dry yeasty sourness. The cocoa/chocolate malt is there. The tingle on the tongue is there, as is the warming from the above-average-alcohol content. It is a little syrupy and a little winey but it's certainly within the confines of this style in my opinion. It could be a little yeastier, otherwise I like this.

THE FEEL is proper and correct for the style. I would like it a little more effervescent as it does feel a little on the heavy side, and therefore more "American" than "Belgian".

CONCLUSION: I think the only reason to hate on this beer would be if you grabbed it out of the fridge and knocked it back without letting it warm. True to the delicate, Belgian style, this needs to warm up to about 50 or else everything will be very muted and flat. The biggest downer for this beer, for me, is it's drinkability. Basically, it's like drinking a yeasty winter warmer. And if a winter warmer is too sweet and rich it can be a challenge to drink 22 ounces--which is exactly the case here. This is an example of a beer that belongs in a 6-pack, not a 22. It tastes great but a 22oz just gets to be too rich for one person towards the end.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: cloudy brown/orange, trace tan head,
little lacing

S: biscuity malt, light figs/cherries

T: sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, nutty,
light spices, cherry smooth finish

M: med body, smooth

O: Love the style, but expected more
from this beer. Very light Dubbel.
Would not get again
or recommend.


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Photo of beergoot
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very clear, dark red copper-colored body with little carbonation, so not much head or read retention.

The aroma is sweet and thick, cherry-like notes.

There is a sharp bite to the taste - definite alcohol presence - and relatively sweet overall. Medium, glassy mouthfeel. Metallic aftertaste.

A rather confusing offering from Full Sail. Noting really seemed to gel. The pieces for this beer are there, just not the unified whole one would hope for. Would I drink it again. Sure, but I'd be much more inclined to check out other beers if given a choice.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Full Sail, Hood River, OR

Poured amber with a small cap of white head. Bready aroma with a blend of sugars and malts. Taste of caramel malts, brown sugar, bready yeast, notes of fruit esters, and light spice, gentle hoppage. Medium body, slightly chewy, an average, moderately drinkable brew overall.

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Photo of zaphodchak
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JerTheBuff
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Version in a 22 oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Beautiful black/red/brown color on the pour. Light tan head that dissipated quickly.

S - Some berries, funky yeast, fruity.

T - Nice, smooth. Not a whole lot of bite from the yeast in the taste. Slightly fruity. Not terribly complex, but nice. Very drinkable.

M - Carbonation feels right. Light to maybe slightly medium bodied. Feels about right for 7%.

O - Nice beer. Certainly not great, but for $3.49 a bomber its definitely something I would pick up again. I have been pleasantly surprised with the specials from Full Sail for the most part, and this is no exception.

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Photo of impending
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep clear copper, garnet when the glass is back lit. Minor tan head subsides fairly quick, minor lacing.

Aroma is nicely traditional dubbel, no more no less. Quite pleasant.

Taste also is of a traditional dubbel but unfortunately it is a watered down traditional dubbel. No depth to the flavor, little complexity. In spite if the aftertaste lacking flavor, it lingers. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A Pours a cloudy deep brown color that is topped with a fluffy off white head that had pretty good retention.

S Sweet with lots of fruity raisin type notes.

T Sweet with raisins, and the typical bready note. Nothing spectacular though.

M Medium body with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good dubbel that was worth buying and drinking. Not anything special but worth the price.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet, this beer is a deep red color with hardly any head. I love the color but it really would be a nicer looking beer with a frothy lingering head.

The aroma is rich with dark fruit flavors. There is a malt sweetness to it as well as a bit of a sour note.

The taste is a lot of the same, the malt flavors are a little biscuity and dark fruit flavors are very noticeable. It's pretty good and I like the complexity.

The mouthfeel isnt bad, there is a slight lingering bitterness and good carbonation.

All in all I think it's a solid above average dubbel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Brewmaster Reserve 2011. Enjoy By: 01.07.12.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, amber-hued body with a very small, very brief, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, toasty nose given a dense crust of brown sugar and caramelized sugar with no more than a hint of raisin fruitiness. Going on aroma alone, this would not strike me as being a dubbel.

Taste: A start of sweet maltiness tasting of melted caramel cubes and an overall deep toastiness. There's a raisiny fruitiness, but it's kind of mild. There's also some spicy clove accents, but they're mild, too. You may find some incorporated alcoholic heat, but that's on the mild side as well. Finishes malty and sweet, with some added warmth from the booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: While not inherently bad, it is quite lacking all around, never hitting all the right dubbel notes.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here comes a Belgian-styled beer from Full Sail. 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Leather brown colored with a tint of violet. The head initially sits at an inch thick, though quickly drops to a paper thin foam. The nose does smell a little Belgian-like, though the intensity is low. There are small doses of plums, red grapes, chocolate wafers, Belgian yeast, and even a little hop juice.

All the character of a Belgian dubbel are here, but on a less intense scale. Plum, dry bread crust, Belgian yeast, slight phenol/medicinal, slightly fruity. Bready in the aftertaste. It's a medium-heavy beer that is slightly chewy and has bubbles in my mouth.

Full Sail did an adequate job with Sanctuary. It also sells at Full Sail prices, at $3.99 for the bomber; a relief given even domestic dubbels are selling at twice that price! This might be a good one to break a newbie into the world of dubbels.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of corby112
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 vintage

Pours a very dark ruby color with plum colored edges and a one finger off-white head immediately settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy aroma With lots of sweet roasted malts and estery dark fruit notes. There's also a syrupy, medicinal presence that is kind of off-putting. Lots of zesty pepper followed by biscuity, caramel malt along with hints of plum, raisin and other dark fruit.

Medium bodied with a balance of zesty spice, toasted malt and sweet fruit. The syrupy medicinal presence from the nose is evident but not as prominent as expected. Still, it takes away from the flavor of the beer because it's metallic and not very pleasant. Lots of peppery spice followed by sweet malt, giving off hints of rye, biscuit and caramel. This is complimented by the sweet dark fruits, especially date, plum and raisin. Some boozy sweetness/heat in the finish but overall the ABV is decently masked.

Overall this is an average interpretation of the style. The spice character is a bit heavy and the medicinal qualities really hurt the flavor. Kind of a mess that needs more balance.

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