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Valeir Extra - Brouwerij Contreras

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BA SCORE
87
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Contreras visit their website
Belgium

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 richmof:
Photo of richmof
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I rarely review but I feel the other reviews here are a little ungenerous to what is one of the best Belgian pale ales I have tasted. It is more complex in the mouth (creamy effervessence and mild citrus notes) and less dry than some of the other newish Belgian pale ales (like those from the De Ranke brewery or Brasserie de la Senne). However, it is keenly hopped to give it an appealing dryness. Having tried it on draught and in a 33cl bottle, it seems to be done more justice by the bottle. It is a welcome addition to the growing selection of Belgian pale ales.

richmof, Nov 04, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alot of the Belgian IPA's I have had are too heavy handed with yeast with not enough hop,this is different.Poured into a small tulip glass a peach like color with a large fluffy,sticky white head that settled very slowly.Big American citric hop profile wich was a very pleasant surprise,a bit of yeastiness as well.Flavors are not quite the same as the aromas,the citric hops are there but dont really stand out alot,the yeast is slightly phenolic but not overly so.Not a bad beer,I would like more of the American hop profile on the palate but it's still pretty good.

oberon, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale orange with a big white foam that leaves some lacings.

S: White bread and Belgian yeast. Spices and grassy notes. Notes of lemon and caramel. Quite a nice smell, but nothing spectacular.

T: A gently sweet malty backbone with notes of caramel and white bread. Lemon. Some spicy and grassy notes. Quite a lot of citric hop notes. Light phenols. The finish is rather bitter considering the style with some peppery and lemony hop notes and a hint of minerals. A refreshing taste.

M: Rather smooth texture and gentle carbonation. Medium body. Kind of dry finish.

D: A nice and refreshing saison. They managed quite well to integrate a somewhat prominent (but gentle) hop profile in it without loosing the characteristics of a saison.

ricke, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BenTherHppedThat, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

It begins with its hazed golden color. The nose is of tangerines and papaya with a smattering of bready grain and herbal hop. This beer is smooth with a mildly snappy crispness. It starts with a breath of alcohol, but hop bitterness is waiting there as well. There is a good amount of maltiness that sticks around and helps balance the semi-aggressive hop bitterness. It has a peppery, leafy, earthy, semidry finish. Spot-on for the Belgian vari- ety of IPA.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz fat squat brown bottle of "Belgian IPA" served in a St. Bernardus snifter. Coding indicates this may be an August 2011 bottling.

The beer is cloudy, despite leaving a good bit of sediment in the bottle. The body is a pale brown-orange color, with a moderate size eggshell head than has good retention.

Aroma: very fruity, suggesting apricots, old citrus and fresh dates. Light malts and some spicy and earthy hops too. Lightly roasted nuts.

Taste: perhaps due to the age, this is more like a Belgian Pale Ale in terms of hops. Still, very appealing and complex mix of fruity and lightly spicy flavors, with hints of caramel and honey It starts a bit sweet and ends balanced and nutty.

M: Full bodied; juicy, with excellent medium-low carbonation.

O: recommended.

chinchill, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of linnet
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, slightly cloudy colour. White head with lots of big bubbles in it, settles to two fingers thick. Smell is full of citrus and yeast. Very hoppy for being a belgian pale ale, almost reminds me of Duvel. Taste is full of yeast, malts and hops. It has Contreras typical signature flavour and since I really like that flavour I really like this beer too. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of small rather sharp bubbles. All in all a really enjouyable beer!

linnet, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

richkrull, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of DStoked
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
Photo of mattfancett
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sample at Mondiale 2010, Day Two. Light brown body, hoppy taste, with good mouthfeel and fruitiness, citrus. Tasty and decent drinkability. Not spicy like a saison. I was getting yeast and wheat. Bit drying finish. Good drinkability.Appropriate carbonation. Want to try this one again.

Sammy, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a nice golden color with a very slight haze, and very nice carbonation. A nice, tight white head hangs around for a good long while, leaving some pretty lacing as it slowly recedes. Sweet aroma of pale malt, a touch of candi sugar, and a good bit of tropical fruit from the hops. Notes of pineapple and a bit of grass.
Palate is a well-balance up front between pale malt and fairly assertive, grassy hops with a good bit of pineapple. Finish is a little dry, with a good dose of tropical fruit lasting for a bit after the swallow.
Body is well-carbonated but not foamy, and sticky but not thick or syrupy. A nicely drinkable Belgian IPA, not quite as assertively hopped as I might prefer, but a nice beer nonetheless.

ElGordo, Sep 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

hyoung41, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of aztraz
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

aztraz, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Against backlighting a murky orange glows in the glass like an evening sunset displaying a snow globe storm of large bran colored macro flakes dancing in the excited carbonation. The head evolves almost instantaneously, even upon the most gentlest of pours rising a staggering 3 fingers plus of cream colored rigid foam. Spongy deposits remain and lace the glass with good coverage.

S: Musky damp oranges and citrus appear on the opening aroma. A nice dash of peppery spice comes about as well. The Belgian pale grains are the highlight here, a component I feel that is sorely forgotten in American style (pale and ipa) interpretations in favor of heavily toasted caramel and munich specialy grain bases.

T: Musky wet grains balance well against a balance of wet musky citrusy hops and a wet bread. For flavor spicy oranges with a dash of pepper spice add a nice accent against the musky citrus and grain base. A touch of Belgian yeastiness adds nicely here as well adding some flair. Again it is the musky Belgian pale grains and yeast that really define the flavor more so then an obnoxious helping of hops (which does have its time and place). It is refreshing to see a ipa or pale ale with a majority pale grain base.

M: creamy, medium base with a bit of dry spicy and peppery orange. A nice touch of alcohol brings a gentle warmth to the palate. Creamy smooth on the tongue while leaving a spicy bite of pepper and musky citrus behind.

D: 6.5%abv that drinks more inline of a 5%. Packs a ton of musky grainy flavor and yeasty highlights, not so much hops, but incorporates a great belgian grain base that more then makes up for it. A very good Belgian interpretation indeed.

beerthulhu, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light funky notes with some tart notes with some refreshing ester. Taste is also a very refreshing mix with tart notes and sweet Belgian malt with light refreshing fruity notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and more refreshing then I had expected with nice level of complexity.

Phyl21ca, Mar 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

desint, Sep 06, 2014
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1.88/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very cloudy, dark yellow with a huge head and lacing until the end. It's aroma is of grapefruit, some wet blanket, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is mainly grapefruit with a wild yeast sourness and a grassy finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Valeir Extra is an okay beer, slightly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Mar 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Rwalford74, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet malty grain with a light ester.

The taste was upfront sweet with a moderate herbal hop and secondary eatery spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty sweeter side of the style.

plaid75, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of yapi
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love these Belgian IPA attempts, cause they keep a lot of some of the amazing characteristics of my country's beer. This is a great balance between malts, bread and hops. Very refreshing, and I tend to drink one every other time I go to the beerbars in Bruges. A must try when in Belgium, some great new style beer here.

yapi, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy straw colored beer. A high off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of bread, grape-fruit, lemon and yeast.

Tasting sweet white bread, bitter orange marmalade and grape-fruit peel. Some spicy notes, clove, cardamom.

Medium high carbonation, an oily texture. A big body with a coarse dry finish.

On the verge of being too bitter, but has some body to balance it.

rarbring, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Tertullian007, Aug 02, 2013
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Valeir Extra from Brouwerij Contreras
87 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.