1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Vas Deferens Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Vas Deferens AleVas Deferens Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

108 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 108
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 19
Gots: 11 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Vas Deferens Ale Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drpimento


4.63/5  rDev +28.3%

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!

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


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

02-15-2012 05:07:38 | More by Bdknack
Photo of DoctorB2B


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

11-20-2011 18:55:37 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of Roman5150


4.39/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

08-16-2012 20:27:21 | More by JottaGibboo
Photo of Em30


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

03-20-2013 00:17:47 | More by Em30
Photo of GRG1313


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
Photo of Rutager

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
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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


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
Photo of AxesandAnchors


4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-24-2012 03:21:13 | More by AxesandAnchors
Photo of OregonGrown7


4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-29-2013 00:31:44 | More by OregonGrown7
Photo of woodychandler


4/5  rDev +10.8%

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!

07-13-2014 14:38:28 | More by woodychandler
Photo of KevMo84


4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-11-2014 05:59:59 | More by KevMo84
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Beer poured from a bottle into a beer mug. The beer pours an extremely dark brown with a foamy, light 2" head. The beer has smells of alcohol, citrus, and heavy malts, but all well blended together. The beer has a robust burst of flavors, again well blended like the smell. There are flavors of malt, sweetness, citrus/orange, and a little bit of molasses undertone. It's impressive that these bold flavors all blend so well, and the beer still manages to be smooth in mouth. There is an alcohol tinge to the flavor, and it is rather pleasant along with the rest of the beer. There is a very smooth finish, as well, and the beer is surprisingly easy to drink despite all the strong flavors and the decent ABV. Pretty decent brew, and it's unfortunate that this is a rare release. I think this could be a decent flagship beer for the brewery. If it weren't for the sticker price, I would bring home a lot of this one.

12-16-2010 23:29:06 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Elimination


4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-23-2011 18:37:55 | More by Elimination
Photo of thebouch01


4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-15-2011 02:47:09 | More by thebouch01
Photo of Exiled


4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-27-2011 00:40:38 | More by Exiled
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

22oz bottle.

Pours mahogany with an amber hue and a half inch head of tan. A whisp of foam on the surface and a few dots of lacing thoughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with raisins, chocolate-laced malt, cloves, bubblegum, and plums. Hints of citrus, smoke, espresso, and cocoa follow through.

Medium bodied with a slick, chewy mouthfeel. Extremely light carbonation for the style. Tacky and a bit syrupy.

Plump malt, caramel, brown sugar, and raisins start the palate. Dark rum with orange oils follows through along with hints of roast, peppercorns, and booze.

Finishes with rum-soaked raisins, sweet malt, and a citric undertone.

Tasty enough but there's an odd bitterness that lingers. The spicing adds a nice touch but the beer drinks more like a "Gran Cru".

08-16-2010 00:15:33 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of pkalix


4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-24-2014 00:13:01 | More by pkalix
Photo of adkieffer


4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-17-2012 22:51:34 | More by adkieffer
Photo of bbb099


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

05-10-2013 06:14:31 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Had to get this one for the name, Grabbed a bottle when I came across it at the store. The pour was a murky orange brown color with a fluffy tan colored head on it. The smell of Belgian yeast was prominent, along with some citrusy aromas and earth too. The taste of the beer had some sweet notes up front with the fruits and brown sugars that might be in there. The finish was a little on the dry and spicy side. The mouthfeel I thought was just a little thin. Overall the beer was worth the try for sure. I would probably buy this one again in the fututre.

07-27-2011 03:17:48 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Vas Deferens Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.