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Valeir Blond - Brouwerij Contreras

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BA SCORE
86
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Contreras visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MikeGill on 03-25-2010)
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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of desint
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

desint, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

shigg85, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated 10/05/12. enjoyed from a duvel tulip.

a - brew poured transparent orange with mad floaties and a nice fizzy belgian head and visible carbonation.

s - belgian candy. bubble gum. syrup.

t - sweet syrup. lemon. honey. candy. syrup.

m - syrupy. tingly.

o - did i say syrup? good thing i like syrup.

cosmicevan, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of SStein
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SStein, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of sonorb7
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

sonorb7, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color. Massive crystal white, very compact head. Nice lacings and crater.

S: Yeast and mild spices. Malty and sour. Bitter hops and loaded with citric notes.

T: Sour, yeasty and spicy – just like a Belgian Blond should be. Green apples and lots of lemons. Malty.

M: Long sour and bitter aftertaste. The body is a bit harsh and rather light considering the ABV. Low carbonation.

O: A nice and well balanced beer.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of humulus
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: amber, cloudy with yeast particles floating around in it. The foam is white and firm.

Smell: citrus, white bread, honey, belgian yeast, caramel, straw.

Taste: pine and pine resin, sweetness as from honey and malt, powerful citrus notes and nice bitterness. A very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and elegant on the tongue.

Overall: a very nice Belgian ale with a complex set of tastes, from bitter to sweet and fruity. Very elegant and quenches thirst very nicely.

humulus, May 20, 2013
Photo of apanloco
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

apanloco, May 18, 2013
Photo of eriknordlund
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

eriknordlund, May 18, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

aztraz, May 12, 2013
Photo of JDavidRice
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JDavidRice, May 07, 2013
Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

randylangford, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mattias, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is copper, good effervescence, head was solid as well, good 1/2 inch.

Smell was a nice blend of cleaner malts and mild yeast spice, not overpowering.

Taste was similar to the scent, clean malts, mild yeast notes, pretty solid flavors, good bitterness

Mouthfeel was where it was slightly off, this could be a byproduct of an extended shelf life, carbonation was a bit much, and over powers the flavors in the lingering taste.

Overall, a decent belgian pa, solid flavors, maybe some aging issues.

mvanaskie13, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of yeast in the nose along with notes of lemon citrus and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has complex flavors of bready malts, lemon citrus hops, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful for the style and has complexities in the taste that rival that of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

metter98, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a finger's worth of foam; just a few strands left behind

Smell: Biscuity, with hints of stone fruit and grain

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a slightly spicy, grainy flavor developing by mid-palate; a touch of honey sweetness lingers, after the swallow but the beer is dominated by the biscuity yeast profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing too exciting here, though I think this one may be a year past its best by date

brentk56, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JJOVa, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a tight, clinging white hed.

S: Aromas of grassy, lemony hops, caramel, and spicy Belgian ale yeast fill the nose. I was expecting some hint of candy sugar, but after checking the list of ingredients, realized that I wasn't picking it up because it wasn't there.

T: Notes of bitter orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, and grass from the hops immediately hit the palate, blending nicely with spicy yeast flavors. Around mid-palate, notes of biscuits, caramel, crackers, minerals, and honey make their presence known. The finish is delicate, but flavorful, with plenty of citrus, biscuit, caramel, and spicy yeast notes.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, and firm. Carbonation is very active and crisp. Alcohol presence is undetectable. Very drinkable, but also a bit heavy for the style.

O: This is a tremendously refreshing Belgian pale ale with much more complexity than most beers of this style. Highly recommended for those who are getting burned out on the overly sugary or overly hoppy Belgian pale ales that are becoming more and more common by the day.

mrfrancis, May 29, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of light fruit, malt, and yeast.

T: Tasted of fruit (apples and a little citrus), a bit of Belgian yeast, and big shot of malt in the finish. An OK flavor, but nothing overly special.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but not overly memorable either.

avalon07, May 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, dark fruit, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, grape, subtle sugar, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was definitely a lot of sweetness going on in this one which totally killed the balance of flavors for me. If the sugary aspect I picked up on would have been a little more subdued this definitely could have been a pretty good example of the style. Better than an average brew of the style, but not quite a good example. Worth trying if you get the chance and are looking for something sweet.

thagr81us, May 15, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium dark orange amber with a one finger fine off-white head and lacing. Considerable sediment and floating particles. Aroma of light fruit, caramel malt. Flavor of light fruit and sweet malt, oddly dry. Finishes with pleasant fruit, malt and a bit of hop bitterness. Long aftertaste of fruit esters. Medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. An interesting balance of sweet and dry. Very nicely done.

LiquidAmber, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

bmur112, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of cmonson68
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

cmonson68, Dec 25, 2011
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Valeir Blond from Brouwerij Contreras
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