Valeir Extra - Brouwerij Contreras

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Valeir ExtraValeir Extra

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74 Ratings

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 06-13-2009

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Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by richmof:
Photo of richmof
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.85/5  rDev -52.2%
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.

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.

Photo of yapi
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of blindnil
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy with a monstrous head that drops fairly quick for a Belgian.

Grassy nose with straw and kumquat aroma.

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.

Served warm-ish, this beer is superb. Cold temperatures rob this quality Belgian IPA/Pale of its potential. I highly recommend this to everyone, particularly those Northwest US IPA drinkers who want something more than the typical hop-bomb.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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...

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive, but over-the-top (literally) head. Plenty of yeast at the bottom of the bottle that clouds up the pale amber color. Surprisingly little permanent lace.

Clean, well-balanced aroma of floral hop and light pale malt. Very little Belgian yeast to the nose.

A very smooth IPA without any bitterness bomb. Superb blend of all of the elements: a touch of sweet blonde malt with a notable but in no ways too powerful hop finish. The body is full but the carbonation is very, very high. My 20 ounce glass ran over when I poured the bottle a little too vigorously.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey peach color with very good head retention and lots of stickly lacing all around. The nose is likewise attractive, offering up peach, apricot, honey and light citrus. Flavors generally replicate the nose, with the light carbonation giving this beer a soft, almost lush mouthfeel. I would point out that this beer is fairly dry on the palate, with no more then a hint of sweetness. That being said, this beer delivers a boatload of flavor for such a low (relatively) alcohol beer. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol very well disguised.

The menu at Max's calls this a Belgian IPA, which I think is a misnomer. Probably more of a spiced Belgian pale ale, with very little hop bite noticeable. Nevertheless, this is a very solid, very enjoyable beer.

Photo of avalon07
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A surprising amount of fruit mixed in with a good deal of hops in the aroma.

T: A different kind of flavor for a Belgian IPA: Very fruity (apples, grapefruit), malt, a good deal of hops (though not that much), and a touch of yeast. A lively, refreshing flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An extremely enjoyable, easy to drink beer.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smell of hops as its pouring

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

fruity-hoppy, kind of "off" fragrance - little bit of malt comes through, icing-like

menthol up front, kind of like wormwood - could be a combo of the hops/alc? - bitterness and is that a slight tart/sour late? - yeast byproduct presence, but not too much hop - quite malty (grain, biscuit) for a Belgian ale - and more wormwood than hop

soft-ish, light-foamy mouthfeel, quite carbonate (brap!) - a hint of weight - lazy-mild spice and warmth left on the tongue - mostly lightly-fruity malt flavor left behind - more hop bitterness than said flavor, however, a vague raspberry, fresh-baby-pine needle thing going on

this was alright - noteworthy apparently - less fruit and more malt and hops, if you please

Photo of sitarist
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. It has a thick pure white head. The head slowly falls to a top coating that leaves webs of lacing.

The smell is mostly musty over ripened fruits. I smell pear, apple, papaya, g-spot juice, tangerine, and moldy basement.

The overripe fruits carry over into the flavor along with biscuits, and pepper. The flavors are subtle.

Light to medium body with lots of carbonation stabbing at my tongue. It is dry with a weird aftertaste.

Highly drinkable, it goes down easy. I could drink several in a sitting.

Photo of bark
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The liquid is a bit cloudy; the colour orange-amber. The white head is finger thick. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is fresh, bitter and very hoppy. Citric notes, some yeast and a sweetness that is a bit rough.

The taste is fruity in a Belgian way with some yeast. It is one of the drier Belgian brews I have had. Notes of apples, some minerals and elderflowers. The aftertaste is hoppy and dry with a hint of butter, salt and tart fruits. Lots of hops in the finish.

The carbonation is quite strong, the liquid is dry and light.

A very interesting and tasty beer that reminds me of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel and other hoppy Belgian ales.

Photo of JMC_TM
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this delectable Belgian IPA on draft tonight at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC.

This Belgian India Pale Ale pours a cloudy amber-blonde color with a thin, but frothy white head. Notes of caramelized sugar, ripe pear and apple erupt from the glass along with bready yeast aromas intertwined with a fresh basil-like spice. Very well carbonated, this beer has a sweet, caramel-like flavor with spicy notes of juniper, white pepper, apples, bitter/floral hops and a tinge of alcohol on the tail end. It is dry hopped after fermentation and re-fermented in the keg for lively and natural carbonation. The Belgian yeast isn't as overwhelming in this incarnation than quite a few other Belgian IPA's, which lends nicely to the drinkability of this brew!
6.5% abv

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy copper color and formed a nice foamy snow white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, herbal, grain and citrus. The flavor was of malt, bread, hops and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish slightly bitter. Not a bad beer and typical of Belgian IPA attempts.

Photo of Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso, recommendation from Darrell. Cloudy, stormy yellow with a white head that disappears rapidly but leaves incredible lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and lemon. Similar taste of both, with a bit of pepper. Very very dry with a slightly bitter finish. Well done.

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Valeir Extra from Brouwerij Contreras
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