Vas Deferens Ale | Caldera Brewing Company

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83
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128 Ratings
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Vas Deferens AleVas Deferens Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Halcyondays on 06-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
14
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of NeilSilber1
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drpimento
4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of MtOrion
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caldera-"Vas Deferens":
The pour: a deep roasted Amber hugh in which light struggled to escape from the essence of the brew.
The Head: a frothy off white that did not stand in the way between my lips and the luscious liquid but still allow for a full beer presence that gave a well malted and orange essence to the old sniffer with a beautiful accompaniment of orange.
The Mouth Feel: A great full Strong ale that did not fail out after the initial contact with the mouth, very smooth, tingly, and full on the tongue and allows the flavours to be savoured for the whole sip.
The Flavor: Sweet roasted malts and orange citrus rise to the top together in this extremely well balanced, truely magnificant Belgian Strong Dark Ale. There is not a single flavour that blasts out and concurs the rest for your lasting attention. Upon The first moment it hits your tongue, the aromas have already set your mouth watering, the sweet and roastiness of the malts gives your a great caramel candied orange flavor. The Sweetness does not snuff out the citrus of the orange and hops, that hold strong, side by side, as the flavor intensifies, just as the on coming bellow of a storm. Unlike the storm, it never bangs and fizzes, just as all good brews, the flavor remains strong and true as the remanents of the flavours are dissolved slowly by your tongue. The slight tartness of the orange seemed to open up your taste buds for the malt to accompany on the same level that the hops and peel were delivering.
This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is one for the books. If you do not have a chance to get this outstanding strong ale in your chalice, then you are truely missing out on a very special beer lovers experience.

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Photo of Bdknack
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Roman5150
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JottaGibboo
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Em30
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of AxesandAnchors
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Elimination
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of shoegueuze
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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".

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of adkieffer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Vas Deferens Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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