Friday, August 1, 2014

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Yvan the Great

This is part of the 2014 Beer Camp Across America special release from Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, California. They invited breweries all across America to join in a collaboration brew with them and/or join them on their Beer Camp Tour with seven stops across the USA as their bus makes its way to the site of their new brewery in Mills River, NC (there is an eighth mini-camp at El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa). The release features a mixed 12 pack of twelve unique beers, two in cans.

This 6.3% Belgian-style blonde is a collaboration with the coveted Russian River Brewing of Santa Rosa, California. 

The beer pours a perfect yellow golden in color. There is a short and short-lived head of white foam. The aroma is fruity, bananas, cloves, bread dough, sweet and fruit forward Moscato wine, a touch of earthy funk. The taste follows the aromas, fruity and yeasty, with a light funkiness. It has an exceedingly dry and fairly bitter finish, along with a crisp carbonation. Excellently crafted and a pleasure to drink.

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