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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.29%
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Collaboration with New Belgium. A monastic inspired Belgian pale ale dryhopped & spiced with pink peppercorns. This is the collaboration beer brewed here with The geniuses from New Belgium Brewing, Peter and Jamie. The beer is named “Gouden Vallei” which is Flemish for “Golden Valley.” It started as a beer similar to “Orval” which also means “Gold Valley.” The same brewing style, yeast inoculation and Brettanomyces with dryhopping were employed. The real twist is the ample use of “Pink Peppercorns” which are not spicey hot but rather sweet and herbal, and they smell glorious.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
preCBC tour on tap @the brewery-pours Cloudy yellow with an offwhite head. Aroma is spice, brett, pepper. Taste is spice, brett, pepper, sweet light/medium malt.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2012
Bottle at home, with my deepest thanks to StefanSD. Really, seriously, thank you. Poured into my Minneapolis Town Hall glass, where the beer shows a clear honey-gold colour, with a 1-finger white head which really sticks around, with lovely lacing. Nose is hoppy, with lemongrass, apricot, sour cream, white peach, and just the lightest touch of spicy ginger from the peppercorns. In the mouth this brew is ethereally light, with juicy hops, rather spicy from the peppercorns, and something very Indian, predominant ginger, along with fenugreek leaves, earth, cinnamon, white tea, and a finish of white grape and plums. Just stunning.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dunt (286) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Thanks to Alex for bringing this to our Saturday tasting. Pours a light orange with a minimal head. Nose is crazy, it’s one of the most unique beers I’ve ever smelled. What jumps out at me is that it has a melon, basil, and mint character. It’s similar to a mojito actually, very pleasant. Flavor differs from the nose, it’s actually a little underwhelming there is no complexity to it whatsoever. Not really lively carbonation, light mouthfeel, short finish. Loved the nose on this but wasn’t really impressed with the rest of it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arondee (564) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Had this on tap over the weekend. It’s a light orange colored beer with a thick white whispy head good lacing. Aroma is cloves, lemongrass, herbs, spices, and orange peel. The taste is herbelicious. There’s some parsley(?), pepper, lemon peel, cloves, all sorts of stuff I can’t identify. It’s also pretty obvious that they dry hopped it which adds to the taste and aroma. A very interesting beer from two great breweries.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6905) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Poured up on tap at the brewpub with deep gold body trying to hide copper hues and support a white head that leaves behind some sheet lacing. The aroma offers up an interesting mix of malt sweetened floral hops and pepper. The taste bursts with some coriander and clove and assertive black pepper floating along a stream of pears and tangelo like hop flavor. Around the edges of this stream are notes of floral hops too. Interesting mix that works pretty well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2012
Cloudy apricot colored pour, perfect white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is quite an incredible blend of hops, yeast and the pink peppercorns. I really get some nice fresh hop oils in the nose and the sweet peppercorns are seamlessly integrated. Flavor is really just a treat. Just the right amount of citrus and grassy hops together with the amazing yeast strain and the peppercorns again add such a complex element. Man this is really bad ass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pour into a tulip glass from the pub gave a golden orange color with a pure white head. Nice looking brew. Aromas are of predominantly peppercorn with a background floral sweetness. Medium smooth body. Flavors are really balanced and integrated with tropical hop bitterness, Belgian sweet malt, and the pink peppercorn mild spice. Unique and very tasty flavor combination. Liked it for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - APR 10, 2012
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle. Pours golden in color (go figure) with a fair amount of creamy head. Aroma has some Belgian yeast, a bit of saison farm yard with some floral characteristics. Taste is lots of Belgian yeast and floral hops with just a slight bit of peppercorn at the end. It was like drinking a Belgian IPA under a pepper tree as there was just a hint. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (725) - California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Poured from 16oz bottle. Light golden pour with foamy white head and some retention. Nose of floral hops, citrus fruit, and spices. Taste was textbook Belgian IPA. The hops and fruit come through nicely and the pink peppercorns add a very nice spice element without dominating the flavor profile. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
16 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is rich with peppercorns, pale malts and minerals. The flavor follows the nose, lots of mild peppercorns perfectly balanced to provide a nice counter to citrusy hops(I’m thinking Nelson Sauvin hops) and a classic Alpine pale malt base. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. The finish is dry and medium in duration with a lingering aftertaste of mild peppercorns. Overall: Loved it, this brew elevates the art of brewing.


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