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Valley Trail Chestnut Ale - Whistler Brewing Company

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Valley Trail Chestnut AleValley Trail Chestnut Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-09-2011)
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zachloveshisbeer

Alberta (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one came as a total surprise, both in the appearance, the smell and definitely the taste! Picked up a 650 mL bottle at Sherbrooke on a Christmas visit up in Edmonton. Opened it up about a week later in front of warm fire in my house when my Mom came to visit for New Years. It poured a nice light brown and I was immediately hit with chestnut and chocolate, it smelled very sweet. Lovely head, very faint lacing. I took a swig and immediately I knew that this one was different from anything I'd ever had. It was sweet, maybe too sweet, but something about it had me hooked. I even offered my mother a sip and being that non beer drinker that she is, I wasn't sure what to expect from her reaction. She told me she liked it. I would have to agree with her. It's a pretty solid brew and more of a winter seasonal warmer than a fall seasonal. I can see this being a good beer to have with a nice Christmas dessert, and not an every day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 22:01:53 | More by zachloveshisbeer
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On tap at Bowen Island Pub during a day trip to Bowen Island. I definitely enjoyed this more than the Bowen Island Lager I also had while there.

A: "Chestnut" brown, red when held to the light. Maybe a finger or a bit less of head.
S: Vanilla, sweet caramel.
T: Nutty, sweet, very enjoyable.
F: Crisp, not overly heavy.
O: I would definitely get this again.

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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a chestnut brown/red with a finger width of cream-coloured head.

Smell - Medley of sweet nut aromas including chestnut and almond, light leafy hop, bready and cereal-like malts, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste - Corresponds with the initial smell; lots of sweet nut flavours along with vanilla, bready malts and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nut-based ale that lives up to its name in both aroma and flavour. Chestnut, almond and other nut aromas/flavours are quite prominent, making this brew a very tasty one.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 21/7/13

A hazy brownish amber, a few bubbles feeding a short lived dark tan film that’s gone in no time leaving some polka dot lace

S nuttella, chocolate milk, vanilla, bottle says chestnut but I get hazelnut and almond butter with a little coco powder

T more of the same really with a handful of pennies I didn’t smell, still very nutty but toned down just a little

M lighter side of medium, slightly creamy and faint nutty coco lingers

O decent but nothing special tastes a little fake, an overly nutty brown ale

I doubt I’d bother again but wouldn’t turn one down if offered, thanks for sharing Trevor and Mike

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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Maybe one to save for lounging around a Christmas Day fireplace, but it's got plenty of company in Alberta for that indulgence. Even the label marketing pap suggests this as a fall accompaniment, so I'm just splitting the difference. Thoughts of autumn in Italy arise when I delve deeper into what this particular eponymous roasted nut means to me.

This beer pours a deep, brick-like ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, silken beige head, which renders a few arched swaths of lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells quite pungently of sweet chestnut butter, some further hazelnut cream essences, an initially overlooked big-ass caramel/toffee malt, a bit of mildly astringent oakiness, and very subtle spiced fruit, possible of the embedded bready sort, maybe. The taste is more sweet mixed nut bowl goodness, generally chestnut and hazelnut, rolled somewhat over top of a still hearty caramel/Toffifay malt backbone, some subtle woody vanilla, mild earthy spice, and nicely supportive leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is actually rather sublime, i.e. there, but not at the same time, ya know? Anyway, the body maintains a hefty medium weight through all of this, and is pretty smooth, nothing really possessing the will or the means to mess with it. It finishes sweet, but not over or cloyingly so, as the breadiness, spice and hops see to that, in each of their low-fi ways.

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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the fridge since the fall, but never seemed to get around to it.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, very little retention but it shows a little leg.

S: Strong caramel aroma with some underlying toffee and nuts with a hint of fruity esters and woodsy spice.

T: Caramel, biscuit, light nuttyness, woodsy spicing (willamette?), figgy pudding, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a light (but pleasant) residual sweetness.

D/O: It's not off-the-wall, but nicely integrated. I should've had this over christmas.

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British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer surprisingly blew me away. The hype I'd heard from a few friends before trying this built it up, and it lived up to my expectations.

This beer reminds me a lot of two other BC holiday favourites of mine, GI Winter and Tree Brewing's Vertical Winter...both great, and both readily available. Why this one by Whistler is not in wide release everywhere yet is beyond me - I think it's friggin' delicious.

You can actually smell and taste the chestnuts in this one - it's not just a name. The vanilla flavours mix nicely, and it's just a smooth, clear drink that I could do forever since it's not overly sweet. It's just really tasty and refreshing. I would definitely recommend this beer, any time of the year.

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Valley Trail Chestnut Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
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