bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and fruit aroma with some honey. Honey and malt flavor with light bourbon. Medium bodied. Bourbon and malt lingers with honey and a light fruitiness.
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Hazy orangish golden pour with a nice lacey white head atop the beer. Big sweet aroma of pale malts and honey, Belgian yeast, citrus and light stone fruits, as well as some oak. The flavor has excellent sweet honeyish malt and barrel notes of oak, vanilla, and coconut. Also some light fruits, pear, apple, and citrus. Damn tasty. Smooth and soft on the palate with medium body and an ideal carb level. A great last beer from Steve at Valley, and probably the last Valley beer I’ll tick. Looking forward to seeing what Steve does next.
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/13/2010. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of honey and oak. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, touch of honey and wood. The hops are floral. Nice carbonation. It’s a Belgian Ale up front and then goes are oaky and woody at the finish. Interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
joeneugs (3495) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the 2010 BIstro Barrel aged fest. Another fantastic beer from Steve. It pours orange with a white head. The aroma is sour peaches with caramel, toffee and wood. The flavor is sweet with caramel, peaches, honey and vanilla. Not sour at all. Nice woody finish. Very quaffable and enjoyable. I also cannot wait to see what Steve brings us next!
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5th Annual Bistro BA Festival. Light gold with a white head. Lightly sweet and mildly sour. Good caramel and earth notes - kinda mushroom-ish. Some fruitiness, mint and lemons. Good beer but not a standout compared to past Valley specials. Can’t wait to try future beers from AgentSteve.
Ratman197 (10218) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of honey, straw, citrus, pear, light bourbon, light oak and light vanilla. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of honey, straw, citrus, pear, light bourbon, light oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering honey finish.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
And the end of an era as we know it. Quite possibly the last Valley beer I will ever rate, pours medium golden with no head. Light honey and sweet citrus fruits all mellowed with age in the barrel. Not much of a finish. Very subtle and my least favorite BA beer from Valley.
marcus (6781) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours golden with a decent white head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a slightly sour fruit flavor with a dry finish and a warm alcohol trail.