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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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10837) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (848) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2336) - Ouray, Colorado, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1847) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Another Summer Secret Santa score--thanks StefanSD--this is exactly my kinda beer! Shared at Royale from the bottle into snifters. It poured a cloudy golden orange color with big off-white head, lasting with nice Belgian lace. Complex earthy aroma, grainy, composty, flowery, mild spices from hops and yeast, apparently young Brett as well. Perfectly balanced bittersweet flavor: mellow grainbill, only the slightest residual malt sweetness, and a little distinctively American grapefruit hops tang which hadn’t shown up in the aroma. No hint of alcohol whatsoever. Light-medium body, strong carbonation, lingering multi-dimensional aftertaste which eventually finished with a dry snap. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (619) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9255) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
(Bottle) Pours cloudy orange golden with an off-white head. The aroma holds pink pepper up front with undertones of floral and fruity hops, white bread and dough. The flavour is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of pineapples, mango, passion fruit, melon, flowers, pepper and bread. The mouthfeel is clean, soft and light numbing from the peppers. Medium carbonation. Fruity, bready and spicy finish. Near medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear golden with a nice fine bubbled white head into this tulip; nice retention, and sticky lacing is present here. Pink Peppercorns is brilliant - it was a new one for me ; The nose is grassy, herbal indeed, grapefruit, and generally spicey. It’s been a while since I’ve had a brew that I found to come across in an incredible and somewhat new way. Up front the pink peppercorns shine nicely, more grassy hops, with a spice note, light breadiness, yet the dry hopping comes across as feeling like an alpine brew to me. I’m not getting much out of the brett... anyway - loved it.

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