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Valley Brew Decadence 12 Cuvee Speciale



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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
A barrel aged version of our Decadence 12 Abbey style Quadrupple. We acquired a 56 year old Brandy Barrel from our most excellent friend Brian at Gallo. This oaken beast is the primo da primo of barrels. Cuvee has been aged for 1 year in the barrel. Winner of the First Place Gold Medal 2008 California State Fair commercial craft brew competition and Bronze medal at the 2007 Bistro Barrel Festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bomber from Krausenjockey from back around 2007 poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, dried fruit, brandy, sherry and tobacco. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, brandy, sherry, dried fruit and light tobacco with a smooth lingering dried fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Awesome brew! Poured a beautiful deep, burnished bronzish color. Aroma is a melange of sweet, dark fruits, vanlla, brandy, oak, brown sugar, figs, caramel, even a touch of nougat. The flavor is as bold and amazing as the aroma, with the 13% being so well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Super decadent (lol) caramel nose. Really great mouthfeel. Sweet toffee and caramel with a perfect palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Growler. Hazy amber golden with a small off-white head. Intense aroma of caramel and wood. Very full body, a little low in carbonation, intense caramel flavours, sweet notes of liqueur and wood. sweet finish, no bittering notes at all. 110709

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
I didn’t care for this as much as some. It was too sweet for me (an odd reaction for me) and I didn’t get the uniqueness of the story from this barrel. Growler shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2009
(Growler, courtesy of KrausenJockey) Pours a hazy golden amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, figs, apple, candi sugar, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, toffee, raisins, vanilla, and brown sugar. Keep these Valley gems coming!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
RBSG09 growler at the grand tasting. Pours dark amber gold with a tan head. Huge estery nose, raisins, stone fruit, apples, caramel. Yeast and toffee sweetness in the flavor with a slightly tart fruity brandy note and a woody earthy finish. This definitely stands up to the barrel aging, enough to make a pretty nicely balanced and tasty beer, though a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 From a growler at the GT 2009 - big thanks to Steve the Brewer! Nose is light fruit and malt - this and the odd orange color were not what I was expecting from a quad (though I have since had Kappitel Abt and it seems such a color is acceptable). Then some nonsense happened: I tasted it. Big fruit notes and that sharp flour taste of Rochefort 10 gave way to a prickling, fruity (quince, orange zest) alcohol from the brandy barrel. Finish was long and gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve had a subtle quad before, but this was genius in its crafting and a treat to taste. What an 800!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34651) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
From growler. A hazy golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel as well as light notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with primary notes of malt and alcohol, leading to a lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pre-BCTC-08 Campout. Thanks to Frumpty for sharing these. Pours a deep amber with a woody almost ruby highlight and a nice head. Aroma is pretty big with the fruity complex esters, figs, raisin, and some apple hints, with a lot of big toasty sweet malts, caramel, toffee, earthy, phenolic and light plastic- with some other complex sugars- turbinado, and a lot of barrel toffee sweetness, brandy, old wood and some earthy dirt. Flavor is a bit of vanilla but it is covered up by the loads of good big malts, and fruits, brown sugar more caramel and molasses with some light toned down bourbon notes. Pretty smooth overall.

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