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
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MasterSki
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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Photo of HopHead84
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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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
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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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a hazy light amber with a fairly dense off white head and thick lace. Nose is hop forward, fleshy orange, with a pale malt underneath and a sticky caramel up front. Taste is even more orange forward, so citrusy and hoppy with a faint pale malt and biscuity bite balancing. Body is light and crisp, highly carbonated with a subtle bitterness lingering.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of rawfish
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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Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
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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Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FosterJM
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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Photo of Florida9
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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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

A - Pours golden orange color, off-white head, spotty lace.

S - Floral, fruity, and spicy (to say the least). A really different (yet cool) nose...I guess this is what peppercorns smell like in a Belgian Pale. Interesting. Some citrus, yeast, and melon in there too.

T - A mix of sweet fruits, spices, and citrus. There's an added herbal quality that I attribute to the peppercorns and yeast. Really interesting beer and I can't say I can compare it to anything else I've ever had. Alcohol is hidden well. Finish is citrus/mango, and floral notes.

M - Light toward medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I really enjoyed this beer but I could see others thinking the opposite. I'm hoping I'll get to try this one down the road to see how it's changed. Very complex, different, and cool. Would drink again.

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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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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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pmarlowe
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 Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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Gouden Vallei from Alpine Beer Company
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