Valeir Extra | Brouwerij Contreras

BA SCORE
86
very good
81 Ratings
Valeir ExtraValeir Extra
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Contreras
Belgium
contreras.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RblWthACoz on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
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 -5.7%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of Pletser
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dabear85
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of desint
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattfancett
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of pat_usher
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sonorb7
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Tertullian007
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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 +3.9%

Photo of blindnil
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +3.9%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Valeir Extra from Brouwerij Contreras
3.85 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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