Gouden Vallei | Alpine Beer Company

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Gouden ValleiGouden Vallei

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.29%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rand on 04-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 21
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16 oz bottle into my tulip. Really great smoggy sunset orange color, the head is an inch and dissipates rather quickly but sticks to my bowl leaving intricate weaves of lacing as I drink it down. The nose is amazing, though we know it's dry hopped with pink peppercorns I am just amazed from my initial whiff. It's like I'm an inch away from my pepper grinder ! It's not unpleasant at all and with the orange and grapefruit sneaking a peak it's a very appealing scent. What follows though is what blew me out of the water. A massive hit of super ripe red grapefruit, the tell tale signs of the Nelson Sauvin hop with the grapey white wine undertones, tangerine, bitter lemon rind all enrobed with the essence of pink peppercorns, it's wonderfully weird, it should not make sense, and it just shouldn't taste so deliciously amazing....but it does ! It just screams to be quaffed, there is zero detection of 7.3 abv so this could get you in trouble really fast because it reads as a session beer. As if I need to say it again, but kudos to Pat and his team and the folks at NB for creating onebof the huge surprises of the year with this stunner.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

extra'd by ehammond1, as always, thanks.

Belgian Pale Ale with no bottle date which is a little scary but ehammond1 picked it up from the brewery and it was just released so I wasn't too worried.

Pours a very nice, bright, hazy orange with 2 fingers of very tight white head that forms a thick cap on top of the beer.

Smell is pungent even while pouring, lots of bright acidic fruits, Peaches, grapefruit, lemon, with just a touch of piney hops. Just a touch of spice, could be the hops, could be the pink peppercorns the bottle lists. Some bready malts in the background (reminiscent of Fat Tire as this is a New Belgium collab). As it warms up slightly that spice comes out a bit more and definitely asserts itself as pink peppercorns

Taste is equally strong, perfectly balanced and complex. A fair amount of bitterness which cleanses the palate to make room for all of the hoppy flavors. I get a bit of a vegetal aftertaste that is pleasant and holds the flavors of the beer in my mouth.

Really smooth, creamy mouthfeel, just enough body to be full bodied but light enough to keep me wanting more.

Overall if you are a fan of IPA's and have an adventurous palate I definitely recommend seeking this one out. It satisfies the hop forward IPA's that I know and love from Alpine and adds to that a (New) Belgian spin. Probably my favorite beer from Alpine so far.

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4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stirring up the yeast on the bottom of the bottle makes this one pour a very hazy dark peach with a tight cap of finger high lacing. Average retention that leaves a pretty lacing on the glass.

Tropical and acidic fruit aroma, white guava and a bit of coriander that must all be from the pink pepper corns with a good dose of white grapes, light orange citrus and pine. Slight whiff of alcohol when you get your nose into it. Malt character is bready almost doughy.

Malt with a cookie dough sweetness, slightly bready, some tropical and Belgian notes in the middle of the drink with guava, rosemary, pine and ruby grapefruit. Nicely complex with a notable bitter finish, and phenolic in the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but that has enough carbonation to cut through all the yeast. Dries nicely leaving the palate ready for more.

A nice complex Belgian pale that shines with the best qualities of both New Belgium and Alpine, tropical notes from both the hops and the spices. Aroma is great as is the mouthfeel. Worth a try if you can get it.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one!

A: Slightly hazy orange color with a two finger white foamy cap on top. Great retention with thick lacing all around.

S: Didn't know exactly what to expect, but I like the aroma quite a bit. Fresh grapefruit, grassy hops, some mint and basil almost as well. Right at the end there is a little green melon too. The melon aroma intensifies as it warms.

T: Unfortunately, the aroma does not quite translate to the flavor profile. Some grassy/herbal hops, with hints of the mint and basil, but there isn't any of the strong melon flavor from the aroma that I was looking forward to.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: The aroma is amazing, but the flavor profile didn't quite live up to it. Still a pretty interesting beer that gets a bump up for being a little outside the box.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing golden color with a touch of haze and a thin tan head.

S: Big tropical fruit sweetness with guava coming to mind. Something that smells like a Christmas tree crossed with gin too, which I'm guessing is the pink peppercorns. Really unique smell.

T: Get a bit of that gin flavor (pink peppercorns) and a nice dose of mango sweetness. A touch of piny hops and then some super smooth caramel malts round it out. Not getting a ton of the "Belgian" here, but it's pretty tasty.

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4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rawfish for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light golden with a finger of fluffy white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

S: Very aromatic citrus, intense herbal pink grapefruit (I guess the pink peppercorn), and white pepper. Good and really interesting.

T: Dry but fruity and juicy citrus and grapfruit, pretty lengthy on the palate but it drops off leaving just bready pale malt on the back end. It reminds me somewhat of drinking juice.

M: Medium body and light carbonation, a bit undercarbonated.

O: Really interesting interpretation of a Belgian pale ale. The pink peppercorns go well with the citrusy hops. This is very easy drinking. A little more hop presence would go a long way in improving this, though.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bdige for this touch of California in a bottle.

Just a touch of fine yeast clouds a truly golden brew. It is topped by a couple fingers of white lather, and finally nice cap is ringed with lasting lace mounds along the snifter.

Lemony citrus, candy, and tangy yeast head the aroma lineup of a light strength bouquet. Nice grain and biscuit behind it, even lighter hints of floral and orange peel.

A med. strength taste starts with some rooty herbal bitter and candi sweet, gains some orange/lemon and tart yeast tang, some floral hop, and ends with these flavors joining into a juicy conclusion. Not crazy delicious or complex, but a nice breezy delight. The peppercorns are MIA unless they are the rooty herbal I taste.

A bit of a mediciny feel to this, but nicely low carb. and appropriately clean and viscous.

Happy to have tried this tasty and refreshing beer, and wish there was another in fridge to open later.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Gouden Vallei from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 93% out of 100 with 57 ratings
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