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Alpine Beer Company Gouden Vallei



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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.29%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15576) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Pours hazy orange color with a white. A really funky nose. Lots of chamomile, peppercorns, grass, and menthol. A nice touch of citrus peel and some sweet bready malt. The flavor is a little bit dry, there’s a mild citrus note, and lots of floral qualities. Tons of peppercorns, some chamomile, herbs, and a light leather note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
500mL bottle, pours a very cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma of peppercorns, pepper, brett yeast, some spice and herbal notes - no sweetness at all. Flavour brings out the pink peppercorns, but, as per the description, they are not spicy, but rather herbal. Not a whole lot of the brett yeast, nor is there any sweetness - it sort of transitions into a dry, bready Orval-like Belgian ale. Dry, herbal palate overall. Decent, but I’m not a huge fan of the herbal notes from the peppercorns. Recognizably high quality but not overly enjoyable tome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12113) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10836) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle… Pours cloudy and golden with a mid-sized, fat-bubbled, creamy, white head. Great retention. The aromatics are fruity and peppery – I’m talking spice rack pepper. Full-bodied and creamy with kicked-back carbonation. The flavor is tangy-sweet and spicy – fruity, peppery and a touch bretty. Finishes bittersweet and mildly tangy with a kiss of spice rack pepper... then it dries right on out. Fairly Orval-like in some ways; totally different in others. Very unique and very well done. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of nightrider. Thanks! JetsonFest II. Clear, a bit bright orange appearance with a pretty thin white head. Fairly grapefruit forward, somewhat spicy peppery, citrusy, a bit musty aroma. Fairly big barnyard, dusty, straw, spicy peppercorn, a bit funky citrusy flavor with a bit spicy, floral finish. Not as good as some of the others from Alpine Beer, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Tap at Alpine. Pours a low haze golden. Heavy carbonation. Weak head. No retention. Nose is curacao/bitter orange, lemon sorbet. Taste is lemonade, potpourri, sorbet, spice. A bit too chemical and biting. Oil and acid finish. Strange. Probably would be better from a bottle that has had time to let the Brett take hold. I detected little to none.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
500 ml bottle shared by seymour- thanks again, Seymour! Pours a cloudy gold with a small white head. The aroma gives off a lot of peppercorns, with citrus, tropical fruits, herbal hops, floral notes, and the slightest bit of bright funk. Flavor is loaded with peppercorns, with sweet malts, herbal hops, tropical fruits, and a tiny bit of fruity funk. Minimal brett character, and I probably wouldn’t have thought of it without reading the label. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a peppery, fruity mouthfeel. Great beer. So nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pour out of bottle, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of big white pepper, some slight pear, grape, hints of peach, some nice lemon notes as well, smells really nice. Taste is nice lemon pepper, some spice, peppercorn, hints of biscuit, bread, yeast notes, finishing fairly sweet but pretty dry. This is tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - 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.

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