Caldera Vas Deferens Ale, a Belgian-style strong ale brewed with orange and Belgian candi sugar as part of Caldera Brewing’s Kettle Series, poured a hazy nut brown in the glass with orange highlights and a sudsy golden head. The nose was light in Belgian yeast esters, being composed mostly of candi sugar, some citrus, and light hop spices.
Caldera Vas Deferns opened sweet, with hard candy sugars competing with dark fruit notes. The orange came through a little soft and undefined, and the combination of sweetness made the ale border on cloying. The ale coated the mouth in a slightly creamy layer before fading somewhat dry and spicy.