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

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 VashonGuy
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JackieKu
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

A: Dark brown. Poured 1.5 fingers high of head but disappeared soon.
S: Caramel. Cocoa. Slightly vanilla.
T: Toffee. Slightly citrus. Slightly chocolate. Medium malty. Moderate bitterness. Medium sweetness. Smooth sweet finish.
M: Medium high body. Medium carbonation.
O: The addition of spices is not very pronounced, unlike many Belgian samples. Though I personally prefer this. Overall it's pretty intense and delicious, the chocolate character is a big advantage of this beer.

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Photo of travolta
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eziel
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 A-Sox
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of shoegueuze
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a thin head on a clear dark straw, almost red colored body.
The aroma is big dry grain, caramel and salt.
The taste has lots of caramel and grain sweetness with lemon bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is fizzy with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Paccamacca
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Bazark
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of einman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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