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Valeir Blond - Brouwerij Contreras

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 51
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Contreras
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale | 6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MikeGill on 03-25-2010

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

We see the rawness in its big, foamy head and pale, cloudy appearance. This beer has a slightly fruity, floral nose with hints of raw honey, doughy biscuits, earthy yeast and a faintness of mint. Its smoothness has a lot of depth. This beer is dry and malty, with more grain in the finish. Its peppery alcohol, hop bitterness and faint medici- nal flavors are not so easily rocked by the fruitiness and lingering grain. This is more of a bold and in-your-face Belgian Blond that's still quite drinkable despite its complexities.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Valeir Blond, another new import that is part of the Twelve Percent LLC line. Stubby 11.2 ounce Belgian style bottle. Pour light orange hazed amber, near white head that stays around for a while and leaves quite respectable amounts of scattered and spotty lace. Nose is of powdered sugar, flowers and light tropical fruits. Tasty creation, more tropical fruit, yeasty, light spice, plenty of lime and Belgian goodness. Nice stuff, light, and flavorful. The kind of beer that would go great with a plethora of foods.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kraken
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/7/09

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my new Floreffe goblet. Can't think of a better way to christen it then with a new Belgian Blonde. Moderate pour elicits 1/8 inch head, that falls quickly, leaving a spotty lace. Color is a very cloudy straw yellow, visible chunks of sediment suspended.

Nose- Sweet lemon zest, notes of honey, and orange.

Palate- Very lightly sweet. Some lemon sourness but not off putting. Smooth, and light. Some medicinal, and herbal notes. Light bittering hops in the finish. Lemon sourness in the finish becomes more apparent as it warms. Dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Active and dry, but smooth.

Drinkability- Good, but not super. If you can get it for $3 its not a bad deal, fortunately mine was free. Thanks again Brian.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with honey highlights, average pure white head that settles into a light ring. Very cloudy from the suspended yeast particles. The aroma is of pale malt, pepper, green apple, floral hops and candi sugar. The taste is of a honey malt, some earthy bitterness, and some lemon. Not sweet at all, well balanced, nice bitter edge. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. A nice non-complex BPA. Very drinkable as this brew has some nice balance, just don't expect to be blown away by flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with large foamy head with nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light fruity ester with nice semi-sweet Belgian malt base. Taste is an easily drinkable mix between some semi-sweet Belgian style malt with light fruity ester and light floral notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done for style with great drinkability factor.

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Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of desint
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of humulus
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Ob1kanobi
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened the bottle and poured into a nice 2 inch head. Looked very murky with flakes floating . Weird thing was the flakes didn't really settle, they looked to be suspended in mid air. Taste was fairly strong with alt and hops pulling through. All in all I would rate as a good to average beer. Probably would have rated a little higher I wasnt told how hard too find this beer was . Didnt live up to the hype.

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Photo of silenius
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hotel Erasmus in Brugge. I found myself going back to this one again and again. Tom really knows how to pick his beers! He seemed excited when I kept asking for this beer.

Pours a clear bright amber with a light creamy head.

Smells of sweet flowers and perfumed hops. Beautiful smell. One of the best smelling beers I have had.

Taste is a light candied malt flavor that is delicate and pleasing. Mouthfeel is round and full and adds to this very drinkable beer. One of my favorites from my recent trip to Belgium!

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Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has a bit of age, but is still best before 09/07/12.

A: Clear bronze with a pillowy, white head; light retention; great lace.

S: Pear, apple, apricot, toffee and a slightly earthy mineral.

T: Crisp apple cider with a light tartness; sponge toffee; honey and corn syrup; slight floral & peppery spice; hint of earthy mineral; modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness (perhaps a little much for a Belgian?).

D/O: A bit different, but a decent drinker.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of sonorb7
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey gold with a modest head that settles to a thin layer leaving some lacing.

Aromas of malt, sugar, a little citrus.

Tastes follow the nose with sweet malt, citrus and a slight metallic taste. Seems to me there is some coriander in this, which sometimes imparts that metallic taste. Finishes dry and a little bitter. Tastes are generally pretty mellow/subdued.

Medium body and crisp carbonation result in a creamy and refreshing mouthfeel.

Altogether, a decent beer and one that is sessionable.

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Photo of JJOVa
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Valeir Blond from Brouwerij Contreras
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