Calambic | Valley Brewing Company

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4.38 w/ 8 ratings

Brewed by:
Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by illidurit on 02-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Halcyondays:
Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a cloudy goldenrod with a light white head, solid lace.

S: Big lemon and lactic acid, classic unfruited wild smell in the Belgian style.

T: Funky lemonade and citrus rind. Just delicious, the lactic acid envelopes everything and makes it a joy to drink. Do I detect a flicker of horse blanket on the back end? I think I do. Like Boon Gueze and Cantillon Gueuze had a child, this is as close to true lambic that I've had in America aside from Beatification.

M: Strong acid, but so drinkable. Medium-bodied overall, with easy going carbonation, but still very crisp.

O: The clear winner of the nighttime edition of the first day of Sour Fest '11. This is absolutely fantastic, whoever made this knows what they're doing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright light orange pour, the ever slightest head to it. Great aroma, sour cherries and berries all over it. Just a ton of citrus all over it, so I'm guessing there was a plethora of fruit used in this, because I don't usually get citrus aroma out of berries or cherries. Hops?

Phenomenal taste, so sour, so fruity, minor touch of wood to it. Not even a hint of vinegar or horse blanket, this is just bright, fruityness and a ton of sour mouthfeel. I really imagine the shopping for the fruit for the beer went something like this: cherries, blackberries, raspberries, oranges, tangerines, pineapple. And oh yeah, a ton of germs to get it all soured up.

An excellent dryness to it as well. As soon as you finish the sip, you're left with about 5 seconds of reflection of all the great flavors, and then bam, its gone and you're all set for the next sip. No taste of alcohol anywhere.

So, sorry if this sounds over the top, but this batch (I believe Beachwood BBQ said it was left over/untapped from the prior sourfest 2 years ago) can hang with anything I've ever had from Cantillon, 3F, Russian River, Cascade or the Bruery. So, damn, good.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Beachwood for day 1 of Sour Fest.

A: Pours a very hazy, orangish yellow with a rather minimal white head and faint lace.

N: Fruity citrus, some faint oak and prominant funky sour.

T: Oh my, this is one mouth puckering, back of the mouth/side of the tongue glanding, tart bomb. Lots of zesty citrus and even some pomegranate is present. Quite acidic, but smooth.

M: Crisp, tart and sour.

O: Best of the show so far. Just amazing how this has held up and developed over time. A joy and a great pleasure.

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Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in an orange color, developing at best a 1/5" head on it, off white. The aroma was on point, all those sherry's berry's cherries and shit. Really fruity.

Amazing taste. Amped up sour, amped up red and dark fruits. Lots of lactic sourness, staying ever so clean. The oak is dry like french oak almost more than american. Funny back story about the beer keg being forgotten in a hot garage or whatnot.

Totally a lost gem, but in terms of the cleanest, more sour and jammy American wild ales, this draft only offering was quite the offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy light golden orange color with perhaps a thin bit of white foam on top.

S: The nose is quite wonderful with a nice funky aroma and an intense citrus acidity to it. There seems to be a slight note of vinegar, but I could be mistaken.

T: The funk is not all that pronounced on the palate, but there is a very sharp acidity and a nice citrus and tart fruit component and a mild dryness.

M: The body is medium and is slick on the tongue due to a lack of carbonation.

D: A very nice beer that I was pleased to get the chance to try. One of the few beers I've had from Valley, but they've always been able to please.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at O'Brien's. The beer is transparent light yellow with a small creamy white head and a little lacing. The aroma is of floral hops with fresh cut grapefruit and orange with a hint of rind and pith. There's a subtle grainy malt quality. As the beer warms I detect a little apricot. Nice hop aroma. The flavor is of orange and grapefruit with a moderate level of bitterness and that same grainy malt quality I noticed in the aroma. The finish is dry and crisp with a lingering bitter edge that eventually fades, ushering in a resurfacing of citrus hop flavor, though this time it's in the manifestation of an amalgamation of fresh nectarine and orange pith. Overall, a great hoppy session beer from the always excellent triple rock.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Woodshop 5.0. Pours hazy goldenrod with a thin off-white froth. Aroma has an earthy citric sourness and a touch of honey, grapefruit rind, and pomegranate. Flavor is acidic at first with sour fruits and wood but then washes into a sort of honeyed grainy sweetness accented by a pithy, seedy, tannic note. Nice satisfying mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Calambic from Valley Brewing Company
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