Bruss (1) - USA - NOV 11, 2006 does not count
Disappointing effort. I just returned from Belgium so may be a little hard on my friends in Hood River, but I expected more from Full Sail. Poor finish, weak head. Has some Belgian characteristics, but not a strong beer. Lunkie (1966) - 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. DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pale orange, no head. Oily aroma? Sort of off dusty metallic flavor. Fizzy, tingly mouthfeel. Not sure what to make of this one. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
vesuvius of course is the name of a volcanic peak not far from naples italy. it’s 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 brewer’s 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 didn’t 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 it’s 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.
JoeMcPhee (10139) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
22 oz bomber. Thin white head over a bright golden beer. Sweet honeyish aroma, ripe banana, clove, pepper and some orange. Flavour is sweet, some clove and bubble gum esters. Peppery alcohol. Something here isn’t right, body is too sweet, fat greasy malts, slight sourness of rotten fruit. Light bitterness, but it doesn’t matter because it went down the drain anyway.
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.
Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - JAN 8, 2007
bottle. pours dark yellow with a thick lasting whitish head. distinct cheddar nose, with a bit of cream cheese thrown in. what the hell did i just drink? this does not taste so much bad as weird. cheesecake, mashed potatos, aluminum, dry apples all mixed together in a blender with some orange soda poured in to help it blend. i’ve changed my mind, this is not so much weird, as bad. time to pur this out.