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Valeir Divers - Brouwerij Contreras

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Contreras visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 01-27-2006)
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Reviews by Flounder57:
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger puffy head and one inch of it is sticking out of the glass. It is a pale golden staw yellow with carbonation coming up through the glass. Head has retained well and only reduced a little bit

Smell: apple, pear, vanilla, spices, bready malts, Belgian candy, and yeasty goodness.

Taste: All the above flavors blended well together. Very delicious. Bready notes and slight bitterness finish the taste off.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little dry, full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Another solid find last week and an addition to the BSPA list. Never seen it before, but had to buy it when it was marked down to $2.29 due to the store having to clear out inventory that wasn't moving. What a big win-win situation for me. I hope they have more left.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:36:51 | More by Flounder57
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-27-2014 02:12:08 | More by BrianQuinn
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-08-2014 03:26:46 | More by GClarkage
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-01-2014 16:49:56 | More by CWhite
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-23-2013 12:06:30 | More by sonorb7
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-not so clear, but not real hazy with a large white head that fades slow, and leaves a great heavy lace on the glass.
S- pear, apple, and some sweet fruit, maybe banana, in there also. Has spice and some tart smell with it.
T-grapefruit hits me at first, then the spicy tart aftertaste that stays with you until the finish
M-medium body with high carbonation feel
O-smell had everything, but the taste uncovered something else. It was better as the beer got warmer

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:10:30 | More by a0lbudman
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

10-04-2013 11:52:33 | More by Rwalford74

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-28-2013 20:32:12 | More by WOLFGANG
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4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a light golden color. Poured with a 2 inch head and kept a solid 1/2 inch head for the duration. Left a heavy lacing on the glass as well.

The smell is a light, earthy tone up front. Like almonds and wheat. Next is a caramel malt that is mixed with a floral scent. Not that hoppy at all.

Taste is nutty, slightly sweet, a little spicy, and a little fruity (oranges). Good mixture and balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing but a little heavy on the carbonation.

Overall it is a very good beer. Duvel is still better but this is a solid beer with good balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 22:46:49 | More by PhantasIPA
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New York

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high white head that faded into peaks of bubbles (like meringue). It also left lots of thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of fruity yeast and earthiness. A light amount of bitterness is present, and this lingers into the finish along with the fruity flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are slight bits of dryness.
O: This beer is incredibly drinkable and has no alcohol whatsoever in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:46:18 | More by metter98
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-13-2013 15:37:00 | More by djcira
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-09-2013 23:49:26 | More by richkrull
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-03-2013 05:32:06 | More by Dank26
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-26-2012 01:10:42 | More by ejimhof
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.49.

A: Crystal clear straw yellow with 1-finger of bright white frothy head with decent retention and quite a bit of fine lacing.

S: Light fruit aromas prevail with a lot of pear and apple, some sweet maltiness aside from the fruity ester notes, some spicy yeast, and mild herbal grassy hops.

T: Very nice flavor with a melange of light fruits including pear, gala apple, and some light pineapple, mild bubblegum yeastiness, and nice cracker maltiness. The hops are pretty subdued and background with a light grassy note. The alcohol is very well-hidden. THe bitterness is minimal -- the fruit notes are superb and not overdone at all but more steely than most BSPAs.

M: Exceptional mouthfeel, avoiding syrupy while still managing a very full body with solid carbonation that spread the beer over the palate well. Nice light fruit and yeast ester aftertaste.

O: A really well-crafted BSPA - kind of treads the line between tripel and BSPA in my opinion with more fruitiness and bigger body but comparable dryness. Super beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:30:13 | More by argock
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a huge, pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon, grass, and spicy yeast dominate the nose. The scent isn't unpleasant, but does lack depth when compared to some other Belgian strong pale ales.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, caramel, biscuits, minerals, and crackers are overwhelmed by a funky yeast spiciness. The finish is tart and lingering with yeast, lemon, and cracker notes.

M: Light-to-medium in body, chalky, and dry. Carbonation is very spritzy. Alcohol presence is very restrained for the style.

O: Not a bad effort by any means, but far from the best Belgian strong pale ale out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 12:35:06 | More by mrfrancis
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

04-29-2012 00:26:54 | More by hyoung41
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-14-2012 01:15:31 | More by mychalg9
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2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

How about a nightcap? On to the beer:

A big, fluffy, soapy head forms on top of this washed out blonde colored beer. The body itself is hazy, making the color nothing of a showcase.
Bah! What is this nose? There's more than a share of apple, a strong dose of aspirin, and caramel malt sweetness, but malted the wrong way. I hope this unbalance is cleaned up when I taste it.

Well...it isn't as messy as the aroma, but there is still some flaws. It tastes "old"; the flavors aren't bright and seem musty. A little pale malt, grass, caramel, big mustiness....blah. The body is medium, the carbonation well placed, and the alcohol inserted well.

No thanks, and good night.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 06:20:52 | More by DoubleJ
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2012 00:52:07 | More by zonker17
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United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap between Christmas 2011 and New Year in the Delirium Bar (upstairs tap room), Brussels.

Pours a murky golden yellow with a thin white head that isn't worth talking about: it had gone by the time I'd walked back to my seat and picked up my pen to take notes.

The nose was regular Belgian, in a good way: yeasty, malty and hoppy all in one smell, not easy but some Belgian beers just do it right.

The taste was an amalgamation of loveliness in a glass: all the flavours a good beer should have were here in abundance, like the smell they were all bundled up into a single taste and just seemed right. What a pity about the head!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 14:45:51 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Valeir Divers 33cl bottle from www.belgianbeerstation.com.
I'm looking forward to this one.

The appearance of the beer is wonderful: a beautiful cristal clear pale golden brew with lots of carbonation. A fizzy thick white head dissapears slowly and not completely, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. This beer is very inviting in the glass.

The smell is very malty and filled with yeast. There's a little sour touch in the nose and also a clear alcohol presence.

First sip is sweet with a bitter hop finish. The body is fairly light with little carbonation. Yeast is also a dominant part of the flavour, leaving a powdery feel in the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a tasty strong blond beer that is well balanced. I'd drink this all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 22:23:13 | More by TheBeerWatcher
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a hazy looking golden color with a pretty good sized fluffy white head on top. The head leave a light lacing on the glass with a touch of retention also. The smell of the beer had some earthy grains and hop aromas. The taste is also more earthy and not as bright and tropical as the Valeir Extra. The mouthfeel of the beer had a solid amount of carbonation to it. Overall I found it to be a good brew, but I can't put it ahead of the Extra.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:48:36 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-16-2011 03:00:17 | More by bpfrush
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a hazy golden yellow, with a two finger white head that retained rather well, and left some nice patchy lacing. Yeasty aroma, bready, with light sugar, and some sweet fruit esters. More bready yeast in the flavor, candi sugar, and notes of banana and pear, and just a hint of vanilla. Light-medium body and delicate carbonation; a pleasure to imbibe.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 23:16:28 | More by Rifugium
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Valeir Divers from Brouwerij Contreras
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