1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Valeir Blond - Brouwerij Contreras

Not Rated.
Valeir BlondValeir Blond

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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)
View: Beers (5) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
silenius

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2005 21:47:14 | More by silenius
More User Reviews:
Photo of shigg85
shigg85

Japan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-07-2014 13:55:50 | More by shigg85
Photo of cosmicevan
cosmicevan

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:52:50 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of SStein
SStein

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-24-2014 09:34:45 | More by SStein
Photo of sonorb7
sonorb7

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-07-2014 10:53:20 | More by sonorb7
Photo of Evil_Pidde
Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 19:20:48 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of humulus
humulus

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 12:14:12 | More by humulus
Photo of apanloco
apanloco

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-18-2013 21:40:10 | More by apanloco
Photo of eriknordlund
eriknordlund

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-18-2013 18:41:12 | More by eriknordlund
Photo of aztraz
aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-12-2013 00:07:08 | More by aztraz
Photo of JDavidRice
JDavidRice

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

05-07-2013 02:08:07 | More by JDavidRice
Photo of randylangford
randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-26-2013 23:17:28 | More by randylangford
Photo of Mattias
Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-25-2013 17:06:46 | More by Mattias
Photo of mvanaskie13
mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:39:48 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-23-2012 22:39:44 | More by GreenMountainBoy
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 22:13:56 | More by metter98
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:22:55 | More by brentk56
Photo of JJOVa
JJOVa

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-14-2012 22:44:05 | More by JJOVa
Photo of mrfrancis
mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 13:13:28 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of avalon07
avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 13:10:33 | More by avalon07
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 11:27:50 | More by thagr81us
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:09:20 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of bmur112
bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

02-10-2012 11:28:16 | More by bmur112
Photo of cmonson68
cmonson68

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-25-2011 18:15:54 | More by cmonson68
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

11-20-2011 05:33:07 | More by JAHMUR
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Valeir Blond from Brouwerij Contreras
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.