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Vas Deferens Ale - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 06-05-2010

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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 122
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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". (772 characters)

Photo of GradyS1
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was pretty excited to see some limited 22's from Caldera down this way. Interesting art work on the bottle.

A-ruby, brown almost a dark mahogany, small half finger head and translucent
S-Orange, cherry and chocolate-Terry Chocolate Orange upfront, a faint grassy smell in the end
T- light malts and belgian yeast. light orange and cherries with a slight bitterness on the end
M-watery, light carbonation, not much body to it

D-Overall, the taste was interesting but light, I wish it tasted as good as the smell was. There was not much body to this one for being a strong dark Belgian. (587 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour, into a Westmalle chalice, is a perfectly clear but dark, ruby/amber with a short off-white head that falls quickly to just a partial cover. There is light carbonation visible but no lacing.
The smell is faint cherries.
The taste is some cherry and some roasty malt that finishes with a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is nearly up to medium with moderate carbonation and slightly sweet.
Drinkability: For me, it wasn't particularly anything I'd want to try again, especially at the price (about $10 in SE PA). There are many $10 22ozers that are superior, even in this style. This is not a bad beer, but more of an indifferent beer. When the beer name and graphics are more interesting than the beer, the beer is either great & the graphics are phenomenal or the graphics are great and the beer is, sort of, forgettable. (825 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (296 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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. (909 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting beer with an equally interesting name. Vas Deferens pours a lovely deep reddish tinged brown with a nice, slightly tan head that has nice retention. The aroma is sweet and a bit boozy with plenty of dark sugar and fruit notes, chocolate and a bit of spice. The taste is very similar. Fruity, caramel, chocolate and slightly spicy with a bit of herbal hops. It also has a slight sour note to it and some definite orange like character. It is an interesting beer, but really not that compelling. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice finish, and it is of average drinkability for style. It is an interesting beer, but really not that compelling. Still, a well made brew with a name that makes me giggle. That has to be worth something. (746 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat disturbing but hilarious label - the devil ripping a vasa deferentia in two, thus completing a vasectomy, hence the name "Vas Deferens". The label states, "A belgiian-style ale with a unique twist incorporating a little snip of this and a little snip of that."

Poured this from a 220z bottle into a Brouwerij 't Ij tulip.

A: Deep copper, reddish hue (i'm assuming this is from the blood oranges) with a 1" head that dissipates slowly and leaves small amounts of lacing. Really nice looking.

S: Sweet cherry, citrus and chocolate with some spicy herbals in there as well.

T: The orange is there with a heavy chocolate flavor and creamy stout characteristics that are very prevalent (roasty and malty). Not as strong of a flavor as the look and ABV would suggest.

M: Medium bodied but on the lighter side for this style of beer. Mellow carbonation with a spicy bight.

D: Looks like it would be an intense beer, but it's actually smooth and easy to drink. Good dessert beer after a nice dinner.

My only gripe is the price - $10.49 a bottle! Come on guys, seems like you could drop the price on this a bit. I understand it's limited release, but there are far better beers in the $7. range (which would be a much more accurate price for your product). (1,263 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, an ale brewed with blood orange zest and orange bitters,

A: Pours a dark burnt orange to brown with a medium white head, some lace.

S: Definite orange peel, some dark candi sugar, but relatively light for a Belgian style.

T: The orange is definitely there. More of a straight up caramel malt flavour than most Belgians, only a hint of yeast esters with some kumquat marmalade. Not hugely complex, but a good flavour. The orange complements the malt base well.

M: Well-attenuated for this style for sure, off-dry, medium-bodied, smooth.

D: An interesting beer, I wanted the blood orange to come to the forefront a little more as it's a great flavour. I wanted the beer to come out and grab me a bit as a big Belgian. Good beer, not worth a $10 bomber price tag for sure. (789 characters)

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Vas Deferens Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
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