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Valeir Divers - Brouwerij Contreras

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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:
Photo of Flounder57
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hyoung41
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's for $4.25. Poured a hazy gold with a huge, sticky white head. This baby has the looks of Duvel, and at least comes close in taste. The flavor has a creamy oatmeal-like malt profile with light toast notes. The beer finishes with a spicy vanilla candy with a lemon drop. Yum. Very drinkable and tasty. My only qualm is that Duvel is a slightly more complex beer and a little cheaper.

Photo of zeeksterusa
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

drinking it now...

- fantastic aroma

- easy to drink really fast

- good consistent head and not too much carbonation

- sweetness that is perfect with lemon/citrus taste right after swallow

- head is also perfect and is great in the mouth. One of the best mouthfeels I've had.

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yet cloudy golden orange color with a dense pure white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is of banana and cloves, a bit flowery. Not very strong but pleasant. The taste is of pale malt, light banana and candi sugar, pepper and a grassy hop to keep everything in check. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, sweet yet balanced, ABV well hidden. A nice BSPA, right on the mark. Nothing to make it standout but definitely worth the purchase.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Pours a pleasant, cloudy gold with excellent foamy head and lacing

Smell is of honey, almond, it smells like spring (if that makes sense?) Fresh sweet caramel maltiness, mild floral and hint of esters.

Taste like honey, raw almonds, slightly sweet, a little like a mead with residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is full due to the copious carbonation, which provides enough astringency to keep the sweetness from becoming too syrupy.


Overall this is a delicious, easily quaffable beer. I would definitely stock up on this scrumptious beer.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of Rwalford74
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
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!

Photo of djcira
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of organicbrewer
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Gusher!!! good thing i had my glass ready. Mostly foam afer a VERY SLOW POUR.

A-Cloudy Straw with a huge white head that isn't going anywhere. Very tight head. Taking away a point due to the amount of beer I was actually able to get in the glass. Foam overkill.

S- Earthy hops and peppery phenols. very light lemon rinds. Very light bannana.

T- Solidly bitter, NICE! Some Crackery malt, more of that pepperiness. Maybe a little wheat. Very light honey like sweetness. I really like this. Almost saison like with the pepper bitterness. Earthy hops. Definetly has pepper or grains of paradise in it. I can feel it in my throat.

M- Pretty dry. A ton of prickly carbonation. No alcohol heat. Very nice.

D- I like this beer. Good version of a belgian blonde. Very refreshing. Wish i had the guts to carbonate my homebrew this much. Maybe I'd get closer to something like this.

Photo of coobstar
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Rifugium
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.

Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. 8.5% alcohol.

Pours into my branded snifter (tulips are all dirty) with a bright, clear, pale gold with many tiny bubbles racing to the giant bright white head. It is a stunner. It is very Duvel-like in appearance. This might look even better than Duvel, though I would like to do a side-by-side.

The smell is bready and malty with a nice bit of lemon and a big hit of yeasty twang as expected form a Belgian.

It is sweeter than Duvel and not as subtly complex. But it does taste pretty damn good with hints of lemon, yeast and pale malts. The mouthfeel is a bit watery docking it mouthfeel points, but it has the right amount of carbonation, but the flavor delivery leaves a bit of watery character to the taste.

Look for this if you want a break from the everyday Duvel. In appearance it is a stunner and a great beer to boot.

Photo of TheBeerWatcher
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.

Photo of mychalg9
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of paterlodie
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Nov 08. Nice and well lasting white head and a pale golden beercolor with litle haze. Nose shows lots of citrussy and orange together with a wheaty like maltarome. Strange to find this in a high ABV beer but see them more and more in Belgium. Taste is strongly alcoholic litle sweetness but alcohol makes it not that obvious and sweetness make body fuller. Next to that a peppery spicy taste that works wel with bitterness( moderate) and alcohol. Round taste with peppery note make mouthfeel spicy but balanced. Enjoyed drinking this one and enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of sonorb7
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Valeir Divers from Brouwerij Contreras
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