RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Strong in flavor and alcohol yet light in color and malt character this style has the warming presence of alcohol

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shigadeyo (3796) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009

Brewmaster Reserve 2007

11/07/2007: Full Sail Vesuvius does have much in its aroma but for some obscure, delicate fruitness and traces of bubblegum. The flavor is bready and a bit fruity/estery with a touch of sweet malt. The alchohol doesn’t burn through the other flavors, but it is definitely there. This beer has a hazy gold appearance with a foamy off-white head and a medium-light to medium body. It is decent overall.

1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle (Alc. 8.5% by Vol.) from 5000 via trade. Rating #107 for this beer.

caesar (7332) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2008
Tap @ Full Sail Pilsener Room. Slight hazy golden color, short head. Flowery aroma, blossom, green apple. Good for summer.

Ungstrup (38587) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2008
Draft. A golden beer with a white head. The aroma is has notes of yeast, malt, and spices - very Belgian. The flavor is sweet and very malty with notes of yeast, dusty hops, and some spice, leading to a yeasty finish.

BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2008
I was never a big fan of this beer when it was released and have not been impressed with subsequent releases. Kind of a weak nose, slightly sugary sweet with a hint of lighter fruits here and there. Lots of citrus notes on the palate, a hint of yeasty banana, but rather thin and watery, with an overabundant amount of carbonation, leading to an uncomfortable mouthfeel.

iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
22oz bottle, Brewmaster Reserve 2007. Clear golden with a one finger fading white head, fair retention. Bananas, candi sugar, and alcohol up front. There’s also some dusty spice and grain in the background. Flavor is pretty alcoholic with the yeasty bananas and sweet candi sugar again being dominant. The alcohol and whatever hops they used did dry the finish out a little bit, though not much bitterness was noted. Moderate prickly carbonation with a medium body. Sort of like a crappy go at a tripel, as far as I’m concerned (I do realize what it’s listed as).

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Full Sail Vesuvius, Belgian Golden Ale
22 oz., Brewmaster Reserve 2007, 8.5%

Lightly hazed, golden color, soon-gone head...eh...

Was it called "Vesuvius" due to some volcanic explosion of flavor? An enormous, overflowing head? So far, one strike against it, let’s hope for the best...

Spicy nose, minor fruity notes, sweet and sugary.

Big, fizzy carbonation...large lemon flavor, sugar sweet, then slightly sour...I’m not liking it, not by much.

Resembles the style some, but lacks a lot. Like a pleasing flavor. More I drink, the more I hate it. Feels like a sugary, fizzy malt liquor. Yuck!

End of discussion. Sorry, can’t say anything else.

Also sorry I spent $5 on this. Win some, lose some.

zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2008
22 oz. bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours a bubbly, clear yellow-gold body with thin white head. Aroma of sweet malts, yeast, light fruits, and a hint of spice. Medium-bodied, fizzy mouthfeel. Flavor consists of yeast, banana, clove, and apple. Slightly dry, light banana flavored finish.

nearbeer (5636) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2008
22 oz, 2007 vintage. Mostly clear, golden orange with a creamy frosting of lace. Aroma is light fruit (grape-apple), clove, wine, and dry spicy yeast. Tastes are a mix of slight banana bubblegum, sourish apple, wine alcohol, and some woody/resinous hops. Interesting, but a bit harsh; sort of seems like a mix of a Tripel and a European Strong Lager! Delicate body is suitable for summertime, smooth, and dry.

luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Bomber. Beer is clear, light, bright coppery-golden orange. Head is initially small, white, frothy, immediately and totally evaporating.<P>The aroma is malty with light notes of cracker, caramel and cookie; Hoppy with light, dry notes of herb, grass, light-to-moderate lemon zest, trace of heady floral; Yeasty with light notes of sweet banana/clove, bubble gum; Trace miscellaneous notes of apple peel, passion fruit, unfortunate intermittent trace of soft plastic—maybe from the alcs.<P>The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acidic (dry/juicy), lightly bitter with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Hint of rubber in the retros accompanying the warm, slightly alcoholic finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>’S’a’ite, but missing the decadence and richness.

Lunkie (1964) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2008
Sweet fruit malt hop aroma. Murky brown yelow colour with poor head and lacing. Sweet malt hop flavour. Flat palate.

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