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Valeir Extra - Brouwerij Contreras

Valeir ExtraValeir Extra

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very good

68 Ratings

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Contreras visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 06-13-2009)
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Reviews by Asgeirr:
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Valeir Extra pours a gamboge, nectar-like colour along with a cream-toned crown, which spouts a decent posture of roughly 2" if height. Plenty of micro-sized bubbles, which ascends like an, seemingly, ever flowing stream (soon to be flat) as the Styrofoamingly thick crown dissolves and leaves an opulent legacy of lacing.

Smell: Overall this one is quite the fruitcake since we get banana, floral hop notes, citrus, peach nectar, buttery (pie)dough and possibly oats or wheat for that matter.

Taste: Rather mild acridity slightly reminiscent to that of grapefruit (even when decantated completely the bitterness isn't all that noticeable), mellifluous characteristics of dried banana as notes of pineapple display an example of great persistence.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium, very smooth, the visibly all so strikingly high amount of carbonation detected is nowhere as evident as one would expect but it's still enough to give the beer a decently fresh result.

Drinkability: For a Belgian Pale Ale, all too anonymous, not bad by any means or measures, but it simply doesn't stand out from the Bishop's gathering...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 18:04:20 | More by Asgeirr
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Date: Bottled 10/2012, best before 06/07/2014
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Valeir's extra may add more of something, but it's difficult to tell exactly what that is from this beer. Modestly bitter, except for the aftertaste, but not particularly hoppy in any other way, this is a Belgian IPA (confirmed by the website) that does not seem to be quite there yet. Interesting to try a Belgian IPA not typically seen in US markets, but not one I'd seek out again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam made up of small, densely packed bubbles, leading to a fluffy, cloud-like appearance. Foam has excellent retention, lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, thick clumps and strata line the entire insides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange color, light changing the hue to a deep golden yellow. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (60-70% opaque) body, modest in amount and activity.

Aroma of fruity (apricot, plum) and herbal characters with a notable Belgian yeast presence and minor pale malts, but not much hop bitterness or character. If this is a Belgian IPA, I'm certainly not getting hops from it.

Fruity flavors . Front of palate tastes fruity esters (plum, apricot, apple) with mildly sweet pale and caramel malt notes and a faint European hop herbal character. Mid-palate picks up moderate European hop bitterness with equally moderate apricot, dried orange peel, pale malt sweetness, and slight caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate is mildly bitter, with flavors of tannic black tea, pale and caramel malt sweetness (more pale than caramel), and light fruit esters. Aftertaste is of notable European hop bitterness (finally signs of its IPA-ness) fruity esters (apricot, apple, unripe plum) with mild pale malt and slight caramel sweetness, notable Belgian yeast, and modest grassy/herbal characters from European hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy mouthfeel that's soft and easy-flowing on the palate. Closes quite dry, like having eaten crackers, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Citrus quality follows through with a bitterness that is subsided by the malt that has sweetness that carries through to a dry, bitter fiinsh. Lingers with an acrid spicy noble-hop flavor that compliments the malt bill well.

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cloudy, pinkish-amber, small particles in suspension - big off white head, smooth-sudsy, nice slow descent, snotty crystal lace

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Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a very impressive head (so Belgian!) that leaves clumps of lace

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Valeir Extra from Brouwerij Contreras
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.