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Valeir Divers - Brouwerij Contreras

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BA SCORE
85
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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
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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TheBeerWatcher

Belgium

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

12-15-2011 22:23:13 | More by TheBeerWatcher
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-16-2011 03:00:17 | More by bpfrush
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-09-2013 23:49:26 | More by richkrull
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hyoung41

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

04-29-2012 00:26:54 | More by hyoung41
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

06-02-2009 01:35:15 | More by tempest
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zeeksterusa

California

4.63/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

06-02-2010 22:39:54 | More by zeeksterusa
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2012 00:52:07 | More by zonker17
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

02-21-2009 04:37:21 | More by Gmann
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metter98

New York

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-14-2013 01:46:18 | More by metter98
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Rwalford74

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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

United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

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!

01-19-2012 14:45:51 | More by BlackHaddock
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-13-2013 15:37:00 | More by djcira
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-01-2014 16:49:56 | More by CWhite
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

03-30-2009 20:29:20 | More by organicbrewer
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

07-20-2011 23:16:28 | More by Rifugium
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crossovert

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

02-16-2010 01:41:26 | More by crossovert
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-14-2012 01:15:31 | More by mychalg9
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

01-27-2006 16:28:15 | More by paterlodie
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-26-2012 01:10:42 | More by ejimhof
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sonorb7

Australia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-23-2013 12:06:30 | More by sonorb7
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-08-2014 03:26:46 | More by GClarkage
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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

12-17-2013 02:10:30 | More by a0lbudman
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a very light pale orange, with a sticky white head, that fades but leaves good lacing. Not much of an aroma, a little yeasty. Taste is ok, some cloves and spice, alchohol is hidden well. Not sure what the beer wants to be. Labelled as a Tripel, but does feel more like a pale ale. Doesn't have the good funk or fruity flavors of a good Tripel. Just an average Belgian brew.

10-23-2010 17:06:43 | More by Liverpool08
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

A mild gusher. Slowly foams over at the top.

Pours fairly clear gold with a massive white head. Pour this one very gently. Nose is piles of dough, sugar, and yeast. Flavor isn't a load of complexity, but it brings a firm sweet tone, nice amount of spices, and just enough funk to give it a pleasurable edge. Feel has a biting carbonation. Little tiny bubbles. Liquid is thick and nice. I like this beer. This is exactly what I want my Belgian ales to be like. Tasty.

10-24-2008 02:18:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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DoubleJ

California

2.55/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

03-13-2012 06:20:52 | More by DoubleJ
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Valeir Divers from Brouwerij Contreras
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.