Vas Deferens Ale - Caldera Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -3%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):
Crazy name, disturbing label. WTF!! LOL ... we're OK now. It's a dark and heady brew. Brown sugar, medicinal phenols, bubble gum and ripe fruit make for a Belgian-like aroma. It is crisp and smooth with a bitty mouth- feel. Suggestions of chocolate, oranges, toasted bread and rum come to mind. With modest hops, the alcohol is very prevalent; lots of ripe tropical fruit in tow. Bitter orange wins over the blood orange zest. This beer is not half bad, and certainly worth a try if you can get past the label.
01-11-2011 03:23:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and not too much else. The flavor is toffee, leather, tobacco, wood and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent beer but nothing too exciting.
06-22-2010 05:08:51 | More by Mora2000
3.89/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-24-2013 01:28:28 | More by CloudStrife
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
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".
03-13-2012 03:11:49 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-01-2012 18:40:01 | More by tdm168
3.45/5 rDev -4.4%
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...
11-12-2011 04:02:10 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +15%
I believe that this is not going to be a rotating beer but that this is a limited one time brew. Just my belief subject to confirmation but this is part of the Caldera Kettle Series, a "Limited Small Batch Seasonal Release."
Pours a dark copper red with a yellow/white head.
Sharp smokey spice sweet cherry cola nose.
Mouthfeel is thin/medium thin with a light "elegant" carbonation. Light creamy character.
Flavors follow nose; all smokey, spice sweet cherry cola and lots of cocoa flavors. Very well balanced in that there is a hint of bitter sweet chocolate that goes to a bitter sweet chocolate finish.
Flavors do have definite undertones of the orange bitters and blood orange zest.
Nothing stands out but this beer if really welcoming and immensely drinkable; you just want to keep drinking more. A much more complex brew with loads of flavors profiles that sneak up on you. Very nice effort.
06-22-2010 04:06:24 | More by GRG1313
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from a bomber with an awesome label.
Clear deep amber with razzberry and apricot highlights. A big dense tan head with decent retention. Tight sheets of lace.
Blood orange, caramel, dark candi sugar/brown sugar, toasty, spices, pie crust. Some fruity Belgian yeast esters.
Sweet toasty caramel, brown sugar and spices, pie crust. Bitter blood orange. Nice and bitter, counters the sweetness.
Smooth, no bite. Full feeling medium body. Slow med carbonation.
Very drinkable and interesting brew. Complex, lots of flavors, and very enjoyable. Hilarious name and label.
bomber enjoyed 9/12/10
04-29-2011 22:41:40 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
05-01-2013 03:30:47 | More by Rutager
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
Roommates GF brought home a bottle to try... love the name, label.. etc.... let's see what we've got...
- Clear, and rather dark brown ale of sorts.. glows a touch red as well... big off-white head... leaves a bit of a ring and a subtle layer on top...
- I get some bitter hops, tangy Belgian-like yeast.. wheat or a wit quality... and green olives. I usually get a green olive smell when something is wrong.... little spice, zest, earthy...
- Esters.. fig, prune, fruit... yogurt.. spice, and some green olive... a very interesting almost iced-cream-like approach to a beer... a cream flavor exists... zesty tangy hop.... very interesting. I am also getting peanuts... lots of essence of peanut... like peanut butter.
- Medium bodied, creamy.. dry, and chewy.
- Certainly an interesting brew. Just a touch off for me though... could do without the green olive smell.. but I would love to know what they put in this... certainly pushing the envelope with this one.
10-20-2010 06:28:51 | More by Docer
2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
11-16-2011 01:33:06 | More by n2185
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
07-10-2013 03:11:41 | More by Immortale25
3.71/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-09-2014 01:47:23 | More by metter98
Vas Deferens Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
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