Vas Deferens Ale | Caldera Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
127 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
127
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
13
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mpenning13
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P: Pours a dark mahogany body with khaki froth that settles to a solid mini cap. Spotted lacing.

S: Sweet and roasty dark malt aroma with cocoa, candy sugar, coffee, vanilla, clove, oak, figs, prunes. Overall smell is stale sweetness.

T/M: Starts of with syrupy sweetness of chocolate, dark fruits and then the bitter orange arrives that I missed in the nose followed by the roar of a spicy citrus liqueur. Caramel, belgian yeast and dark bread. Medium body with a small amount of carbonation. Finishes chalky with lingering coffee and orange bitters.

O: This really reminds me more of a watered down milk stout with bitter citrus added. Personally I don't like the orange addition. Not a huge fan if this but it was decent.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque reddish brown with a moderate slightly tanned head. Too cloudy to make out any visible carbonation. Not much lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, orange and belgian yeast all attack the nose upon first whiff. Raisin, plum or fig all come to mind. Touch of roasted malts and chocolate in there. Belgian qualities are nice.

T: As with the aroma there is a pleasant belgian tone to the flavor of this beer. The chocolate seems more pronounced, dark fruits are not too strong but flavorful. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium to full body with low-medium carbonation. The yeast gives it a good creaminess on the tongue. Finish is smooth.

Overall this beer has subtle qualities that all add up to a great finished product. May not blow you away with flavor, but this one is something that could be enjoyed all night. Love the artwork.

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Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a clear texture. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A fair aroma of malt, yeast, and caramel. Not quite as powerful as you would expect.

T: Tasted of caramel, Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and malt. The advertised orange isn't particularly present. The grassy hops kind of throw the flavor out of balance, but mainly it's an uneven taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer, but somewhat underwhelming. Drinkable, but could have been better.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of laxer8811
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a rubyish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that has a reddish tint to it and doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass plus a large bubbly patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass.

S- Distinct Belgian yeast aroma with lots of candi sugar coming through and some mild roasted malt.

T- Sugary sweet malt flavor with decent spice but not as much yeast as in the nose. A bit of dark fruit but there's not much orange going on from the bitters and blood orange supposedly used in the brewing. Alcohol's pretty well concealed and the drink overall is quite smooth and pleasant.

M- A bit zesty from the spice and maybe the bitters. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the full side but not by much.

O- Decent but there are certainly better representations of the style. Also a bit disappointed in the lack of presence from the special ingredients. I admit that the only reason I went out of my way to obtain this bottle was for the label to add to my collection.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Dracarys
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cvm4
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Has a deep brown body with red hues. There's a one finger off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits, malty and powdered cocoa.

T - Caramel malt and lightly burnt brown sugar to start off. Develops into a dark fruit show with some chocolate in the middle with the orange zest showing up at the end.

M - Medium bodied with just below medium carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking, finishes wet.

O - For the price this was hard to pass up, even if it seemed a bit gimmicky. But, it's actually a decent brew, besides the messed up label art.

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Photo of stript
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 9/5/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A if I was judging a book by its cover this ones a "5"for sure, the Devil pumping out a vasectomy by chewing through the Vas Deferens? fucked up to say the least. The beer has a reddish brown color with plenty of streams feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves some random lace

S hazelnut and brown sugar with a little yeast and coco, I get the the orange after it warms, and it has some earthy notes, smells simple but I like it

T cola comes out and the brown sugars a little burnt, molasses I didn't smell and some anise and plum to go with it, smells good but I thought the nose was kicking ass

M medium bodied and very slick after the fact, bubbles give a little life but it could use a little more, no heat but slimy after the fact, orange peels nutty and lingers faintly

O I thought this one was a good example of the style and even though this was a want based purely on the label the beer itself was pretty good

I myself was sterilized by the devil when I hit puberty, I was told it was for the good of my species. I'm not bitter about it or anything like that I'm just disappointed with the artists interpretation of the event.

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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 trodam
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Em30
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of chugamugofsud
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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 adkieffer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep amber hue deep and dark with only a finger of head that quickly reduces to nothing.

S - Smells like a Belgium Brown ale with chestnuts and fruity yeasts. Maybe a mild twang of citrus bitterness.

T - Quite good the orange like zest is kind of bittering and mixes well with the typical fruity flavors of a Belgium ale. A slight touch of chocolate and brown nutty malts as well.

M - Medium and chewy yet easy to drink.

Overall totally worth the 6 dollars to try. A tasty Belgium brewed with blood orange.

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Photo of Travisnin
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Vas Deferens Ale from Caldera Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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