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Vas Deferens Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

Vas Deferens AleVas Deferens Ale

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88 Ratings

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 06-05-2010)
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Photo of jmdrpi


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, no date. that's quite the label.

appears a medium brown, with thin off-white colored head. good head retention though. mild aroma - bready malt, just a touch of herbal and citrus. nice flavor of the taste, good dark malt flavor, but not overly complex compared to some of this style. medium body & carbonation, okay mouthfeel.

overall - a good beer, but the blood orange flavor doesn't come through much.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:05:03 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P: Pours a dark mahogany body with khaki froth that settles to a solid mini cap. Spotted lacing.

S: Sweet and roasty dark malt aroma with cocoa, candy sugar, coffee, vanilla, clove, oak, figs, prunes. Overall smell is stale sweetness.

T/M: Starts of with syrupy sweetness of chocolate, dark fruits and then the bitter orange arrives that I missed in the nose followed by the roar of a spicy citrus liqueur. Caramel, belgian yeast and dark bread. Medium body with a small amount of carbonation. Finishes chalky with lingering coffee and orange bitters.

O: This really reminds me more of a watered down milk stout with bitter citrus added. Personally I don't like the orange addition. Not a huge fan if this but it was decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 02:02:39 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque reddish brown with a moderate slightly tanned head. Too cloudy to make out any visible carbonation. Not much lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, orange and belgian yeast all attack the nose upon first whiff. Raisin, plum or fig all come to mind. Touch of roasted malts and chocolate in there. Belgian qualities are nice.

T: As with the aroma there is a pleasant belgian tone to the flavor of this beer. The chocolate seems more pronounced, dark fruits are not too strong but flavorful. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium to full body with low-medium carbonation. The yeast gives it a good creaminess on the tongue. Finish is smooth.

Overall this beer has subtle qualities that all add up to a great finished product. May not blow you away with flavor, but this one is something that could be enjoyed all night. Love the artwork.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:28:28 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a clear texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A fair aroma of malt, yeast, and caramel. Not quite as powerful as you would expect.

T: Tasted of caramel, Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and malt. The advertised orange isn't particularly present. The grassy hops kind of throw the flavor out of balance, but mainly it's an uneven taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer, but somewhat underwhelming. Drinkable, but could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 23:29:25 | More by avalon07
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a rubyish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that has a reddish tint to it and doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass plus a large bubbly patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- Distinct Belgian yeast aroma with lots of candi sugar coming through and some mild roasted malt.

T- Sugary sweet malt flavor with decent spice but not as much yeast as in the nose. A bit of dark fruit but there's not much orange going on from the bitters and blood orange supposedly used in the brewing. Alcohol's pretty well concealed and the drink overall is quite smooth and pleasant.

M- A bit zesty from the spice and maybe the bitters. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the full side but not by much.

O- Decent but there are certainly better representations of the style. Also a bit disappointed in the lack of presence from the special ingredients. I admit that the only reason I went out of my way to obtain this bottle was for the label to add to my collection.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:11:41 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Roman5150


4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle into tulip

apearance: dark cloudy brown, 1 finger white head. The label is possibly the greatest/most offensive I have ever seen, good job Caldera.

smell: belgian yeast, caramel, coriander, plums, dark fruits, brown sugar

taste: Dark fruits, burnt caramel/sugary notes, lots of plum, the aftertaste is sweet and dry. Lots of grape notes that take an overall dominance, more like a grape soda than a wine taste though. Very well balanced and refreshing, no taste of alcohol.

mouthfeel: heavy carbonation, medium bodied

overall: Honestly this reminds me of a grape soda. Very good beer, and possibly an underrated one as well. I thought this was superbly balanced and for the style has a higher drinkability than some similar even authentic belgians. Will buy this again, even though I bought originally for the offensive logo, this turned out to be a very pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 09:08:39 | More by Roman5150
Photo of cvm4


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Has a deep brown body with red hues. There's a one finger off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits, malty and powdered cocoa.

T - Caramel malt and lightly burnt brown sugar to start off. Develops into a dark fruit show with some chocolate in the middle with the orange zest showing up at the end.

M - Medium bodied with just below medium carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking, finishes wet.

O - For the price this was hard to pass up, even if it seemed a bit gimmicky. But, it's actually a decent brew, besides the messed up label art.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 16:18:07 | More by cvm4
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 9/5/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A if I was judging a book by its cover this ones a "5"for sure, the Devil pumping out a vasectomy by chewing through the Vas Deferens? fucked up to say the least. The beer has a reddish brown color with plenty of streams feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves some random lace

S hazelnut and brown sugar with a little yeast and coco, I get the the orange after it warms, and it has some earthy notes, smells simple but I like it

T cola comes out and the brown sugars a little burnt, molasses I didn't smell and some anise and plum to go with it, smells good but I thought the nose was kicking ass

M medium bodied and very slick after the fact, bubbles give a little life but it could use a little more, no heat but slimy after the fact, orange peels nutty and lingers faintly

O I thought this one was a good example of the style and even though this was a want based purely on the label the beer itself was pretty good

I myself was sterilized by the devil when I hit puberty, I was told it was for the good of my species. I'm not bitter about it or anything like that I'm just disappointed with the artists interpretation of the event.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 06:14:31 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Seriously fucked up label, yo! Love it.

Appearance. Pours a dark red-brown with a finger of thick off-white head.

Smell. Brown sugar, oranges, some dark fruits. Smells really nice actually!

Taste. Brown sugar and caramel malts, some sweet darker malt, oranges, chocolate and raisins.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium very smooth carbonation.

Overall. Really surprised how enjoyable this one was. I figured it was just a novelty but it's a decent beer to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:30:47 | More by Rutager
Photo of drpimento


4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Decent malty brew. Served with a nice sized, light tan head that slowly settled and a bit o' lace. Color is a clear, dark cherry brown. Aroma is roast, malt, fruit. Flavor's like nose, plus nutmeats. Body is superb and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, not that long, but exceedingly drinkable. Killer brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:01:52 | More by drpimento
Photo of DrDemento456


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber hue deep and dark with only a finger of head that quickly reduces to nothing.

S - Smells like a Belgium Brown ale with chestnuts and fruity yeasts. Maybe a mild twang of citrus bitterness.

T - Quite good the orange like zest is kind of bittering and mixes well with the typical fruity flavors of a Belgium ale. A slight touch of chocolate and brown nutty malts as well.

M - Medium and chewy yet easy to drink.

Overall totally worth the 6 dollars to try. A tasty Belgium brewed with blood orange.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 00:36:06 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown with a reddish hue; short-lived, soft, white head

S - bready, caramel, some alcohol

T - caramel, nutty, faint roasted, light bitter finish, some spiciness, warming alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Not a bad beer. It's nutty and caramelly like a brown ale. The oranges don't come through for me. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract from the flavor. I liked this but I don't like the Belgian label. They may have used Belgian yeast but it comes across more as a brown than a BSDA. Worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 18:40:01 | More by tdm168
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a rocky head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Brown bread, chocolate powder and orange

Taste: Tastes as it smells, with the bread and chocolate forward and the orange developing by mid-palate; adds some caramel sweetness, after the swallow though the finish has an odd, phenolic character

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: Let's be honest, here - as a BSDA it is a pretty weak effort but I still rather enjoyed the beer; call it an English Brown with a twist and I would be inclined to rate it higher

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 21:54:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A different Belgian. Aging this several months, in Tim's ideal garage helped mellow the yeasty part, leading way to the blood orange taste. Cross-style. Earthy. Very good drinkability.Not too sweet, more like a "juice not from concentrate".

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:11:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of bbb099


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Impressive, clear reddish amber color with a foamy white head.

S - Licorice, dark fruits, and cocoa. Almost imperial stout-like.

T - Smoky roasted malt and dark fruits with an orange-finish.

M - Low carbonation, full-bodied.

O - Decent aroma and taste. The orange didn't come through as strong as I thought, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 20:29:27 | More by bbb099
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear garnet color with some hints of cherry red coming through. It has a creamy one finger khaki white head that reduces to a thin film across the top. The beer appears pretty still, no carbonation is seen.

S: Sweet dark fruits are the backbone which include plums and dates. Phenolic smells come through along with belgian yeast.

T: The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma with lots of dark fruits, phenolic aspects, and the belgian yeast.

M: The feel is a little disappointing as it is on the thin side and has a somewhat watery feel. It is very still with no carbonation detected.

O: This beer was just slightly above average for me. The aroma and taste weren't bad, but could use some more depth. The feel was a letdown and could use some work. I picked this one up because of the artwork, but probably won't revisit it very often.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:10:09 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark mahogany with a finger of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: some slight roasted malt aromas at first followed by bubblegum and candy sugar notes. Sweet, dark fruit aromas like plums follow. Slight spices mix with faint notes of chocolate and nuts for the finish. Smells pretty nice.

T: unfortunately the flavor doesn't live up to the aroma. Spices with some roasted malt and nutty flavors up front followed by a light Belgian candy sweetness. The finish has a light smoky bitterness and alcohol burn.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beers burn and bitterness keep it from being crisp.

O: not a bad beer, though I have to say that I bought it mostly because of its name. It smells good, but that's the most it has going for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 01:33:06 | More by n2185
Photo of russpowell


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this ine from the Nashvillian (cheers John)

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a pinky of of tan head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Rich dark fruit, chocolate. All fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, dryness, apricot, pears & cherries with a touch of oakyness up front. I start picking some candi orange notes as this warms, a touch of juicy fruit gum on the edges, along with apple skins. Finishes dry with some orange rind bitterness showing up, some cocoa powder as well

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, a bit too dry for my liking

A decent shot at the style, just didn't pull a the way together for me, still very drinkable

Was hoping for some like an acholic version of Terry's Orange Chocolate (if you know what I'm talking about)

Having read other reviews, yeah what is up with that label? Not sure what that demon is is grabbing...

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:02:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of mjyoung


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 11/5/11

A: A slightly reddish amber hue, with a head that dissipates quickly and completely. Intriguing simply because it's a different color.

S: It smells like an orange chocolate bar. Not what I was expecting at all, but I like it. Not the most exceptional or complex beer I've had, but it's good.

T: Again, orange chocolate. Mmm mmm good. Very well balanced, and not a hint of booze.

M: Good intermediate body, but nothing special.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but I much prefer Caldera's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:58:55 | More by mjyoung
Photo of phichifiji00


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany with red hue, pours 1 finger of off-white head that fades quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, orange zest, slightly boozy as it warms, raw sugars.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, blood orange, sweet, brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, good carbonation.

Overall: A tasty porter. I like the subtle blood orange element. Not a lot going on here, but what there is is quite good. Drinkability is above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 20:45:02 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of mgbickel


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Piraat tulip. 1/2 finger of lazy tan bubbles formed on top of the dark copper/brown body. The head vanished rather qucikly, but laced the walls of the glass nicely.

This smells a lot like a classic quad...lots of dark fruits, plums and malt.

Just as the nose indicates, the dark fruits are the major flavor here. The blood oranges can be detected slightly, but not as strongly as other beers that contain the same citrus.

Medium bodied...a little sticky with moderate carbonation.

Not a bad offering...a little heavy after the first glass. Well balanced flavors and one of the coolest (and disturbing) labels of all time!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:13:25 | More by mgbickel
Photo of vande


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a coppery, somewhat bronze type color with a nice thin layer of lace left atop.
S: Malty and some dark fruit notes... plumb/fig..but a sweet
T: the malty sweentness blended with the dark fruits do make for an interesting tasting beer.
M: medium bodied dark ale, relatively easy to drink...
O: pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:39:13 | More by vande
Photo of oline73


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear very dark redish amber with a finger of tan head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Malty with some fruity notes along with mild chocolate and spice.

Taste: More fruit here than in the smell. Malty and quite sweet, I'm picking up just a bit of the orange. The finish is malty and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not as much citrus and I would have expected. I would have liked more fruit to go along with everything else. I would probably pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:18:20 | More by oline73
Photo of pitasoup


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear dark brown with a hint of ruby. one finger of white head, very fine buttles that are slow to subside, no lacing.

S: barley malt, orange zest, pumpkin spices? i'd almost want to guess summit hops without the onionyness.

T: slight hop bitterness at first, then smoked and barley malts, vanilla, bread, campfire, caramel, honey, and lingering hops. a touch of minerallyness, perhaps crystal hops?

M: slightly astringent from the carbonation that quickly subsided to smooth medium bodied barley malt. marginally tart on the tongue afterwards.

O: bottle says orange bitters and zest - i only taste zest, and not that much, which may have been better replicated w/ appropriate hops. a fun beer overall, i'd drink it again, but not at the large-bottle price. if it sold itself as a brown ale, i'd like it more. belgian yeasts arent as present, and the intended spicing is overwhelmed by roasted barley. i liked this a lot, despite being oddly unfitting to any style.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:48:12 | More by pitasoup
Photo of match1112


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with amber highlights, no head or lacing.

s: dark malts, medicine, little orange and rubbing alochol.

t: malts, caramel, no medicine but dark fruits, other than bitters no other orange taste detected.

m: full body with some bitterness.

o: worth trying once, dont think i'll seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:15:50 | More by match1112
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Vas Deferens Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.