Valeir Extra | Brouwerij Contreras

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Valeir ExtraValeir Extra

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Contreras

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RblWthACoz on 06-13-2009

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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

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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of janubio
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of OlaB
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dabear85
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of desint
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattfancett
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pat_usher
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sonorb7
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Tertullian007
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of blindnil
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of DStoked
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Valeir Extra from Brouwerij Contreras
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 84 ratings