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Valeir Divers - Brouwerij Contreras

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Reviews by argock:
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

argock, Nov 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

richkrull, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

hyoung41, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Jun 02, 2009
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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.

zeeksterusa, Jun 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

zonker17, Mar 05, 2012
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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.

Gmann, Feb 21, 2009
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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.

metter98, Jan 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Rwalford74, Oct 04, 2013
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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!

BlackHaddock, Jan 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

djcira, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

CWhite, Mar 01, 2014
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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.

organicbrewer, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Jul 20, 2011
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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.

crossovert, Feb 16, 2010
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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.

TheBeerWatcher, Dec 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mychalg9, Mar 14, 2012
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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.

paterlodie, Jan 27, 2006
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

sonorb7, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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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

a0lbudman, Dec 17, 2013
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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.

Liverpool08, Oct 23, 2010
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Valeir Divers from Brouwerij Contreras
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.