Valeir Extra
Brouwerij Contreras

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IPA - Belgian
3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
Jul 23, 2018
Jun 13, 2009
Very Good
Valeir ExtraValeir Extra
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Photo of aleigator
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a hazy orange color with a huge, spongy white head.

Smells of floral herbs and toffee malts, together with a hint of fruity oranges and bread crust.

Has a medium carbonation level with a light, refreshing body to it, which makes this highly drinkable.

Tastes of herbal orange zest, dried lime peel and lots of white bread dough. Turns more lemon forward, once sweeter toffee malts come up. Finishes with a light lemon bitterness and more toffee malts.

Has a light and refreshing interplay of pleasantly nuanced hops, sweet malts and a light mouthfeel.

Jul 23, 2018
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a hazy orange-amber with a large, thick, just off white head that ever-so-slowly dissipates. Light scent of some fruit and malt. Taste follows nose and has a pleasant aftertaste.

Apr 12, 2018
4 by steverx8 from England on Dec 17, 2017
Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Decent ipa, really can't say much more about this beer.

May 12, 2017
Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by janubio from Spain

Pours a deep orange-amber colour, with medium head and good retention. Sediment is present. It keeps a layer and a compact lace. Lots of bubble exploding. Aroma of tropi9cal fruits, clove, oranges, chocolate. Medium t light body, cider like palate, good carbonation. Taste of chocolate, oranges, vanilla, spices. Strange, kind of a cross between an IPA and an Weissbier.

Nov 14, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by OlaB from Norway

L: pours a orange cloudy color. A Good top of head that disolves quickly. Decent lacings on the glass.

S: fruity and floral smell. I sense herbs, citrus fruits, light malts,floral hops and spices

T&F: it starts of fruity with light sourness in the background,I sense light malts and spices in the middle. It finishes of with hoppy bitterness in the finish and the aftertaste I also sense some sourness in the aftertaste. I personally think the taste could be more balanced,but I also like the fruity profile on this beer

O: an good and easy drinking beer, refreshing taste. Ipas is not my favorite but this one was good I think

Jun 26, 2016
3.21 by Pletser from Belgium on Mar 11, 2016
3.72 by dabear85 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2016
3.52 by jrob21 from Georgia on Nov 19, 2015
3.5 by VonZipper from New York on Aug 04, 2015
3.35 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Jan 21, 2015
4 by lmaduells from Spain on Nov 08, 2014
3.83 by desint from Belgium on Sep 06, 2014
4.25 by mattfancett from England on Sep 03, 2014
3.75 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma on Jul 30, 2014
4 by pat_usher from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2014
4 by YobroitsJoe from Maryland on Mar 13, 2014
3.5 by jrohrbacher from North Carolina on Mar 05, 2014
4.25 by sonorb7 from Australia on Dec 20, 2013
3.5 by Rwalford74 from Australia on Oct 11, 2013
3.75 by Tertullian007 from Missouri on Aug 02, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by falloutsnow from Illinois

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Bottled 10/2012, best before 06/07/2014
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Valeir's extra may add more of something, but it's difficult to tell exactly what that is from this beer. Modestly bitter, except for the aftertaste, but not particularly hoppy in any other way, this is a Belgian IPA (confirmed by the website) that does not seem to be quite there yet. Interesting to try a Belgian IPA not typically seen in US markets, but not one I'd seek out again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam made up of small, densely packed bubbles, leading to a fluffy, cloud-like appearance. Foam has excellent retention, lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, thick clumps and strata line the entire insides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange color, light changing the hue to a deep golden yellow. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (60-70% opaque) body, modest in amount and activity.

Aroma of fruity (apricot, plum) and herbal characters with a notable Belgian yeast presence and minor pale malts, but not much hop bitterness or character. If this is a Belgian IPA, I'm certainly not getting hops from it.

Fruity flavors . Front of palate tastes fruity esters (plum, apricot, apple) with mildly sweet pale and caramel malt notes and a faint European hop herbal character. Mid-palate picks up moderate European hop bitterness with equally moderate apricot, dried orange peel, pale malt sweetness, and slight caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate is mildly bitter, with flavors of tannic black tea, pale and caramel malt sweetness (more pale than caramel), and light fruit esters. Aftertaste is of notable European hop bitterness (finally signs of its IPA-ness) fruity esters (apricot, apple, unripe plum) with mild pale malt and slight caramel sweetness, notable Belgian yeast, and modest grassy/herbal characters from European hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy mouthfeel that's soft and easy-flowing on the palate. Closes quite dry, like having eaten crackers, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

Jul 18, 2013
4 by djre4orm from Virginia on Jun 13, 2013
Photo of blindnil
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by blindnil from Oregon

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.

May 19, 2013
4 by DStoked from Ohio on May 17, 2013
3.75 by sd123 from Georgia on May 03, 2013
4 by Mattias from Sweden on Apr 25, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Apr 23, 2013
3.75 by richkrull from Wisconsin on Feb 22, 2013
3.75 by prisoner1572 from Illinois on Jan 29, 2013
3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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

Dec 02, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rarbring from Sweden

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.

Nov 21, 2012
4.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Nov 10, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a very impressive head (so Belgian!) that leaves clumps of lace

Smell: Yeasty caramel and honey; smells like a Bit-O-Honey

Taste: Bit-O-Honey, up front, though not particularly sweet; becomes very grainy by mid-palate and into the finish; I was expecting the hops to arrive but they never did

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; rather flabby

Overall: Although this bottle is almost a year old, I would have hoped that the hops would hold up better than this; at this stage of development, it is very mediocre

Aug 31, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 29, 2012
4.25 by samEBC from Belgium on Jul 29, 2012
4 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mrfrancis from Kentucky

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinged gold with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Aromas of grass, fresh herbs, lemon, minerals, and caramel dominate the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, straw, herbs, caramel, minerals, and biscuits wash across the palate. The finish is delicate and layered with notes of grassy, herbal hops underscored by biscuit-like malt notes.

M: Light-to-medium in body and dry. Carbonation is active. Nice and crisp in the mouth. No alcohol whatsoever. I could easily knock back a few of these.

O: This is a really pleasant, solidly constructed Belgian IPA with a clever layering of flavors. Quite deep for the style. Highly recommended.

Jun 04, 2012
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