Gouden Vallei - Alpine Beer Company

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89
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.29% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rand on 04-08-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16oz bottle from Alpine Brewery during SDBW as part of their limited bottle re-release of rarities from the brewery each day. Poured into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazed straw-like hue with a thick fluffy white head that lingers, giving way to massive amounts of thick lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Sweet malt, slightly grassy, noticeable traditional Belgian pale yeast. Classic smelling Belgian pale....but on the lighter side of things...and not much more going on to be honest - where's those peppercorns ???

T: Sweet (possibly candy sugar) up front, big time pepper corns that balance nicely with the sweetness of the malt and possible candy sugar. Hop presence is noticeable and very grassy, slightly herbal. Peppercorns are present throughout which is nice, finishes with a hint of alcohol at the very end. Really well balanced flavors!

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied - not what you would expect from the style. Light carbonation, creamy and smooth finish.

Overall decent for the style - nothing mind blowing (although the peppercorns were a fun little twist on a classic) - pretty average paired up against what most monasteries have to offer in the same style. Flavor is bomb but not sure about the other aspects of this one...& what gives with the small bottle (???) - a 22oz for the same price seems more fair to be honest. New Belgium did their same collab (Super IPA) in a 22oz for the same price - just sayin.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden-amber in color. Forms a hug, big bubbled, but very stable white head. Excellent retention and some chunky lacing.

S: Nose is very Bretty. Floral, hay, mild barnyard, and a bit spicy.

T: Mildly sweet, but yet not sweet at all. Notes of green apple, patchouli, mild black pepper, straw, lemon, and spice.

M: Lighter side of medium in body. Heavy carbonation. Dry.

O: Can say I didn't care for this one much on the first few sips. Seemed out of balance and out of place. But it grew on me as I drank it, opening up nicely, and resulting in a rather enjoyable beer.

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pour is a hazy light amber with a fairly dense off white head and thick lace. Nose is hop forward, fleshy orange, with a pale malt underneath and a sticky caramel up front. Taste is even more orange forward, so citrusy and hoppy with a faint pale malt and biscuity bite balancing. Body is light and crisp, highly carbonated with a subtle bitterness lingering.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 fl. oz. bottle (won this in the raffle at FredFest 2012), poured to a couple half-pints and shared with my wife on a gorgeous, summery Saturday afternoon.

A collaboration with New Belgium Brewing: 'A Monastic Inspired Belgian Pale Ale, Dry Hopped & Spiced with Pink Peppercorns'. Label photo features a motley foursome of brewing bearded-ness...

A: Golden-butterscotch orange, lovely translucency. Deeply hazy, without any sediment, but dense enough that carbonation is scarcely visible. Crowned with a finger of tight, white foam - it drops pretty quickly, but the sheen remains and creeps up the sides as a long-lasting lace.

S: Interesting aroma, the earthy sting of the peppercorns really comes through as it warms. The 'Belgian Pale' part is less defined, a simpler citrus - orange rind and pulp - and spiced hoppiness.

T: First sip or two were a little confounding, then it got good. I mean REALLY good. Grassy dry-hopping, mildly tart grapefruit and orange citrus then a steady peppery finish. Just bready enough, more or less a 'sourdough' flavor. Nothing overpowers, all meld beautifully.

M: Somewhat soft, silky but a little vapid. I like the finish best, a dry and lightly mineral/chalky extension. Carbonation is minimal, feel is creamy. 7%+ ABV is pretty well hidden.

O: Very likable... the twin 8 oz. pours (truth be told, my wife got a little more and finished hers MUCH faster) disappeared too quickly. As a one-time offering that I don't think was officially distributed to Oregon (again, mine came as a prize in a drawing...), it's really too bad that this may be the first and last time we get to enjoy this. Well done Alpine/New Belgium - good stuff!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spice, and pepper. Taste is much the same and finishes with a hoppy and spice bitterness. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Gouden Vallei from Alpine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.