Today on TBD, Sierra Nevada's Yvan the Great. It is an Belgian-Style Blonde that was made in collaboration with Russian River Brewing Company out of Santa Rosa, CA.
"As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. While looking for inspiration for this collaboration, Vinnie and Brian decided to honor the creations of legendary Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets with their own hop-forward American-Belgian mash-up."
"This genre-bending beer has the bright, resinous hop profile of an American IPA blended with the dry and complex yeast character of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Yvan the Great is a perfect combination of the two brewing styles—hoppy, dry, spicy, and impressive."
My impression of Yvan the great is: that there is not a lot of head when initially poured, but it does have a fair bit of carbonation visible while resting. It has a very noticeable citrus smell with what I perceived to be a hint of vanilla. Wonder if my nose wasn't on the fritz a little on the vanilla smell. It is a crisp beer with a notable citrus flavor. It has a smooth clean feeling in the mouth as you drink it and a slightly spicy aftertaste. My overall impression of this beer is that it is a very good beer! It has a 6.3 ABV so you definitely get a little more of a kick than your average beer. Thanks again Sierra Nevada and Russian River I would truly enjoy drinking this beer again!