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Vas Deferens Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 06-05-2010)
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John_M

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-18-2014 18:37:23 | More by John_M
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles and I have taken to enlisting aid in doing so. The real logjam comes in the form of bombers. Do not misunderstand me, I am capable of drinking the contents of a bomber by myself, but I am hesitant to do so. Bomb(er)s away!

From the bottle: "Malt beverage brewed with orange bitters and blood orange zest added"; "Caldera Kettle Series ~ Limited Small Batch Seasonal Release"; "Caldera's Vas Deferens Ale is a Belgian-style ale with a unique twist incorporating a litte snip of this and a little snip of that. This is an extremely rare release, as this ale is not meant to reproduce. If ever in Ashland, Oregon, come by and check out the Caldera Tap house, located at 31 Water Street."

What a disconcerting label! I had Justin Chlan with me on my porch and we popped the cap and got started. It was an older bottle, so I used a gentle pour aand got only some deep-tan wisps for head. Color was a deep, coppery-amber (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was really rich - bready, molasses, brown sugar, anise. I began to think of B&B Brown Bread in a CAN. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was very bready with notes of burnt caramel, orange zest, biscuit malt and light chocolate. As it wrmed, I began to get a more pronounced chocolate flavor. Finish ws dry, mostly due to a slight fusel alcohol burn. Phew!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 14:38:28 | More by woodychandler
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bobv

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-11-2014 04:05:26 | More by bobv
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GClarkage

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-03-2014 04:58:27 | More by GClarkage
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sourdog

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-24-2014 04:59:13 | More by sourdog
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KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-11-2014 05:59:59 | More by KevMo84
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smb71481

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-31-2014 10:48:40 | More by smb71481
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-09-2014 01:50:24 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge
S: Light aromas of dark caramel and brown sugar are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite sweet with lots of flavors of brown sugar. Notes of caramel malts are also present, along with slight hints of oranges towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer didn't taste much like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and didn't have much in the way of Belgian yeast or dark fruits. It seemed more like an Imperial English Brown Ale, if there was such a style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 01:47:23 | More by metter98
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MrBeige

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-17-2014 02:36:26 | More by MrBeige
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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
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pkalix

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-24-2014 00:13:01 | More by pkalix
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

01-21-2014 14:26:51 | More by sendbeer
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-09-2014 19:52:27 | More by Griffith
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-28-2013 22:46:34 | More by RuckusDu
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-23-2013 16:46:25 | More by sonofliberty2
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-03-2013 16:07:05 | More by jaydoc
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-31-2013 13:09:19 | More by DaveHack
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-28-2013 19:18:19 | More by KVNBGRY
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2013 19:42:52 | More by nickfl
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Lovely85

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2013 19:42:30 | More by Lovely85
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2013 19:31:35 | More by kylehay2004
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mpenning13

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-20-2013 17:17:04 | More by mpenning13
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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
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CloudStrife

New York

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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Vas Deferens Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.