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Gouden Vallei | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.29%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company Pub
Alpine, CA

Cloudy, hazed dark orange with an inch-high off-white head that sticks around for quite some time. This leaves the glass covered in webbed lacing. This beer looks somewhat heavy and thick as I agitate it in the glass.

Very floral and citrus-forward aroma, with some mild hay and grass character. There's a distinct Nelson hop presence, though it's mild. There's some earth and a hint of grapefruit.

The flavor is nice, with lots floral and citrus character pushing it's way forward first, with earth, hay and grass, and a very slight hint of Brett funk, and pepper. I was hoping for more Brett.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. I think this is where the beer suffers. It seems a bit heavy and tough to drink in large quantities.

Interesting, floral, and citrus-forward Belgian, though I couldn't drink a lot of this due to it's significant heft.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Saru96--
Served in a nonic pint.

Light fruity esters and a hint of bubblegum mingle their way into the pack while a mild biscuity malt note provides some balance. No hop presence to be discerned in the nose as the yeast has stolen the ball and ran with it.
The body is a hazy, cheerful, happy little golden color, as though Bob Ross was making a color to use for "happy little apricots basking in the afternoon sun." Small white head settled prematurely to a collar of soapy suds and left only the ittiest of bittiest lace rings.
The flavor is pretty much what the nose had me expecting, but adds in a pithy grapefruit and a little citrusy bitterness. The peppercorns are there and surprisingly well-integrated into the overall profile.
Feels medium-full and oily. This is a touch undercarbonated for the style.

Overall-- two breweries I like got together to brew a beer... It came out pretty nice, though for my money, I'd have wished for them to make an American Pale Ale instead!

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3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Alex (Masterski). 16 oz. bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A: Pours a light amber color with a fluffy white head. It recedes to an airy collar and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: This is definitely one of the most interesting beers I've ever smelt. Cactus fruit and sweet melon make some nice portion and there is a very herbal side to it as well. Basil and light mint, it smells slightly like a mojito. There is some oaty malt sweetness on the finish.

T: Light herbal qualities up are up front with a healthy combination of basil and mint, but I don't really pick up an of the sweet fruit flavors I did in the nose. The malty sweetness is there with some grassy hops as well and some yeasty notes on the finish. The taste is a little disjointed.

M: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation and some nice herbal qualities on the finish.

O: I wish the taste was as interesting as the nose, but it seemed slightly restrained and a little more malty. It was kind of weird, but I enjoyed that quality about it.

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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the pub

A: Mud-orange in appearance, opaque, the pour forms a sudsy, one-inch head that recedes fairly reluctantly.

S: Earthy, grainy malts and orange zest make up the bouquet. Touch of herbs in the background, some bay leaves and sage. Surprisingly little esters given the style, but the brew has a fresh, clean bouquet.

T: Much more layered than the nose, the flavors start with the orange zest and a general taste of citrus. Phenolic tones follow, combined with an array of spice and herb notes, peppercorn and sage essence prominent (pink peppercorns were added to the brew). Hops add a floral aspect that kicks in toward the finish, leaving a clean and zesty aftertaste.

M: Relatively heavy bodied, chewy, but not overly oily. Moderate carbonation. I'd guess this would seem seem foamy without carbonation.

Gouden Vallei is an unexpected beer, more New Belgium than Alpine, and definitely not a traditional Belgian pale. But it works, and quaffs pretty easily. After finishing the review and thinking about the brew's subtleties I actually enjoyed it more.

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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1308th Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN and Ehammond1

App- Looks a lot like a pale with more
color blending. Thicker orb of Orange in center with yellow peachy outside. Nice 1-1/2 finger head. Small cling

Smell- Had a ton of aromatics behind it but not feeling it. A thicker nose of malts with a bit of thick fruit and only trace amounts of the peppercorns.

Taste- Way more NB than Alpine. It uses that CO yeasty flavor well with a thick malt backbone and maybe a touch of bitter. The peppercorns add a nice depth of flavor and do a nice job of semi-keeping this on track

Mouth- Solid medium body with a thicker medium carbonation. Very malty damp fruit residual flavors.

Drink- Its more NB than Alpine but still tasty. Nice well rounded flavors with a unique platform of peppercorns, malts and fruits.

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing! Pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with a huge frothy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Huge pink peppercorn aroma with light tropical fruit notes. I get a little white grape with some floral and grassy aromatics. Citrus is restrained. The pink peppercorn smells really good.

T: The hoppiness is very mild in the flavor. Faint tropical notes blend with grass, earth, and a dominating pink peppercorn presence. I detect a little orange, as well a hint of leather. The dry finish leaves pink peppercorn lingering on the palate.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall: The pink peppercorn struck me as the most unique and memorable aspect of this beer. Not really like anything else I've had from Alpine. Definitely worth a try.

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3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle opened on 5.13.12.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a thin off-white head with good retention.

S - Hoppy, sweet honey, and peppercorns.

T - Sweet peppercorn, and that is it.

D - Good carbonation and a great body.

O - Weird flavors, but I like it. Spicy and sweet. Hard to place, but I keep going for more.

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3.95/5  rDev -2%
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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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jimmy2282 for this new offering. Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - White foam settles to a thin, near-complete cap, thick collar, and spotty lace. Hazy golden body.

S - The aroma is very unique. The pink peppercorns give this a mohito-esque aroma, with a mint leaf note. There's also some basil, grapefruit, fresh-cut grass, and an undercurrent of melon. Minimal malt presence underneath all that. Delightfully wacky.

T - The taste is a little less exciting, with less overt peppercorn and more earthiness, leather, and pale malts. There's some definite herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Not very 'Belgian' as far as I can tell.

M - Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Mildly dry finish. Somewhat indistinct.

D - The aroma is incredible and unlike almost anything I've encountered in a beer. However, once you get past it the beer is a tad boring. Perhaps it will develop over time thanks to the brett.

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

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Gouden Vallei from Alpine Beer Company
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