krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
vesuvius of course is the name of a volcanic peak not far from naples italy. itís not known if the name is in reference to the well-known eruption that violently engulfed the village of pompeii in 79 A.D.-- no explanation is offered on the label. perhaps vesuvius is simply the name of the brewerís dog who got sick once and blew chunks into the lauter tun. but the label DOES claim this beer to be the "brewmaster reserve". if this is true, why was i able to buy it on the open market? probably because the master didnít like it any better than i did and decided to retail his so-called reserve stash. while the brave test glass was fetchingly filled with the soft, liquid cheddary-orange color of a candle ablaze, no suggestion of eruption was noted in the decanting: it poured as free of explosive billowing as any dormant peak slowly eroding in appalachia. in fact, a folded-over scrap of paper towel would form a thicker mat of white than the foam was able to muster on this beer. taking a sniff, a disappointingly disjointed series of aromas arose, like the olfactory equivalent to an overweight cat walking on a piano. the aroma offered a cacophony of scents, some pleasant, most discordant: pencil wood, a touch of lime, gauze, paper bags of rock sugar, and thin orange tea. braced at the very last stage of skeptism-- seemingly just one sip away from either redemption or dismissal--i chose to reign in the undue expenditure of further aromatic discriptors and just take a hearty quaff. the result was not nearly as disasterous as itís historic namesake, but i did finally apprehend some of the meaning of the name: the proximity of vesuvius is not a place to linger. brightly carbonated with a thin body, the sweet, lemon-drenched flavor laid waste to the sleepy, innocent pomeii that was my palate. to be fair, unlike the victims of the real vesuvius, my tastebuds were able to rise intact from the ordeal, shake off that honey-cloying tea-leaf bitterness, and live to drink another day. praise be to zeus, aphrodite, bacchus --and all them guys.
zoucrew102 (1377) - - NOV 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber. Found in random liquor store in COS four years after bottling. Aroma is mostly malt and banana with some unidentifiable spice. Pours golden with with a thin, white head and very little lacing. Tastes like a Belgian to start with the sweet malt and banana notes. Finishes strange with spice and alcohol mixed in. Might have been better 4 years ago.
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adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. I just found this still on the shelf in Denver. I remember liking it two years ago- lets see how the sucker held up in fluorescent light the last two years. Somewhat cloudy, golden orange appearance with an off white head. Soapy floral, a touch earthy (?), bready, herbal, slight citrusy aroma. Herbal, soapy, floral hoppy, light orange citrusy, bready yeasty flavor. I thought I enjoyed this two years ago but maybe I was just a shithead. This is ok.
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours gold with a moderate, white head. Strong malt aroma with yeast, spice and Belgian sugar. Sweet flavor, malty, with light yeast and fruit. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes sweet with Belgian yeast notes. Good.
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Hazy, unfiltered golden-tan color. Thin, steady off white head. Sweet, sugary Belgified aroma. Doesnít really do the style justice, very par to sub-par US version. A little bit thick, chewy, with some clove-like balance. Rich, with some alcohol laced fruit tones..banana, orange, tangerine. Lacks the effervescent mouthfeel and delicacy that can make the style great. Sort of goes for an Orval like thing, but doesnít quite get there. OK.
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice gold color with too small a head for a Belgian-style ale. Smells like a hef - grains, light caramel malts, some honey... just a tad sweeter. Flavor adds a bit of tropical fruit - maybe even some banana - itís definitely trying for the profile of a Belgian golden ale, but itís falling short. It needs to be livelier, with some better yeasty depth. As is, for lack of a better term, itís too macro.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours golden with off-white clings. Lots of spice and bubblegum in the nose. Tastes of bananas and bubblegum--not a good combination to me, but makes an adequate golden Belgian.
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thing has a really nice nose of alcohol mixed with summer public pool and some astringent accents. What follows is a little messy, like someone tried to blend a perectly fine high alcohol tripple with a Belgian Brune or something similarly sour. Taste has some band-aid and alcohol mixed with what could be a great golden ale. Too funky for me.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small off white head. No real lacing to speak of. Aroma is Belgian candy sugar, esters, and yeast. Flavor is much of the same with the addition of herbal hops. Medium body. A deceent beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle purcahsed at Cedar City UT ST Liquor Store. Gold color pour with a medium white head and a little lacing. Very "Belgian" aroma: lots of yeast and spice. Slightly sweet and dry flavour with more spice and a little banana. okay.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 wasnít expecting much from this beer for some reason, but I find that it is quite enjoyable.