Valeir Extra | Brouwerij Contreras

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86
very good
44 Reviews
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:
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Added by RblWthACoz on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 80
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 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 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 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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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of rarbring
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden caramel colored with decent clarity. It's certainly a little foggy but that's to be expected as it's refermented in the bottle. Head is fluffy, cloudy white and gorgeous. Great lacing. It's about as gorgeous as an unfiltered Belgian IPA can be.

S: Smells sweet and full of delicious fruitiness. Maybe some apple or pear. Really juicy aroma. The hops come off more as a light spiciness. The malts are harder for me to track down. Maybe some light grain breadiness? Either way it smells good.

T: Man the belgian IPA is such an interesting beast. The flavors are all over the place. You have tons of spicy hops as well as the typical belgian sweetness and fruity flavors. The malts indeed come off more grainy than anything else and the finish is actually really quite bitter. The flavor certainly lingers quite a bit. It's a really big beer with huge flavors and I dig it.

M: Nice medium body with decent carbonation. Definite astringency in this beer. Very good.

O: A great beer. So different and unique from the other Belgian's. I'll be honest I've only had a few. I think I need to be just in the right mood for one and I just happen to be.

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Photo of avalon07
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A surprising amount of fruit mixed in with a good deal of hops in the aroma.

T: A different kind of flavor for a Belgian IPA: Very fruity (apples, grapefruit), malt, a good deal of hops (though not that much), and a touch of yeast. A lively, refreshing flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An extremely enjoyable, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.85/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very cloudy, dark yellow with a huge head and lacing until the end. It's aroma is of grapefruit, some wet blanket, and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is mainly grapefruit with a wild yeast sourness and a grassy finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Valeir Extra is an okay beer, slightly recommended.

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Photo of yapi
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love these Belgian IPA attempts, cause they keep a lot of some of the amazing characteristics of my country's beer. This is a great balance between malts, bread and hops. Very refreshing, and I tend to drink one every other time I go to the beerbars in Bruges. A must try when in Belgium, some great new style beer here.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at the Bethlehem Speakeasy on 12-6-2009. They desribed it as a hoppy tropical fruit IPA. Say no more I want one! They brought it out to me and poured the beer. It was a bright yellowish gold color. The head was fluffy and white. The lacing was very good here. The smell was stunning! I had the hardest time taking my nose away from the glass on this beer. The smell was hoppy and fruity all at the same time. The taste was sweet and bitter, leaving a wonderful aftertaste of citrusy sugar notes with a delightful dryness as well. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and fairly light bodied. Overall this beer is best when you know it's a fresh batch. The taste and aroma are at their best when fresh. I picked up a few bottles that were probably pretty old at my local shop and found that the intensity of the beer had faded with age. Buy and Drink this one fresh, you'll love it!

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy copper color and formed a nice foamy snow white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, herbal, grain and citrus. The flavor was of malt, bread, hops and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish slightly bitter. Not a bad beer and typical of Belgian IPA attempts.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Against backlighting a murky orange glows in the glass like an evening sunset displaying a snow globe storm of large bran colored macro flakes dancing in the excited carbonation. The head evolves almost instantaneously, even upon the most gentlest of pours rising a staggering 3 fingers plus of cream colored rigid foam. Spongy deposits remain and lace the glass with good coverage.

S: Musky damp oranges and citrus appear on the opening aroma. A nice dash of peppery spice comes about as well. The Belgian pale grains are the highlight here, a component I feel that is sorely forgotten in American style (pale and ipa) interpretations in favor of heavily toasted caramel and munich specialy grain bases.

T: Musky wet grains balance well against a balance of wet musky citrusy hops and a wet bread. For flavor spicy oranges with a dash of pepper spice add a nice accent against the musky citrus and grain base. A touch of Belgian yeastiness adds nicely here as well adding some flair. Again it is the musky Belgian pale grains and yeast that really define the flavor more so then an obnoxious helping of hops (which does have its time and place). It is refreshing to see a ipa or pale ale with a majority pale grain base.

M: creamy, medium base with a bit of dry spicy and peppery orange. A nice touch of alcohol brings a gentle warmth to the palate. Creamy smooth on the tongue while leaving a spicy bite of pepper and musky citrus behind.

D: 6.5%abv that drinks more inline of a 5%. Packs a ton of musky grainy flavor and yeasty highlights, not so much hops, but incorporates a great belgian grain base that more then makes up for it. A very good Belgian interpretation indeed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light funky notes with some tart notes with some refreshing ester. Taste is also a very refreshing mix with tart notes and sweet Belgian malt with light refreshing fruity notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and more refreshing then I had expected with nice level of complexity.

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Photo of sitarist
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. It has a thick pure white head. The head slowly falls to a top coating that leaves webs of lacing.

The smell is mostly musty over ripened fruits. I smell pear, apple, papaya, g-spot juice, tangerine, and moldy basement.

The overripe fruits carry over into the flavor along with biscuits, and pepper. The flavors are subtle.

Light to medium body with lots of carbonation stabbing at my tongue. It is dry with a weird aftertaste.

Highly drinkable, it goes down easy. I could drink several in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

It begins with its hazed golden color. The nose is of tangerines and papaya with a smattering of bready grain and herbal hop. This beer is smooth with a mildly snappy crispness. It starts with a breath of alcohol, but hop bitterness is waiting there as well. There is a good amount of maltiness that sticks around and helps balance the semi-aggressive hop bitterness. It has a peppery, leafy, earthy, semidry finish. Spot-on for the Belgian vari- ety of IPA.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Forestinne tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy straw-like hue with a good head (fat bubbles) that sticks around for a few sips, leaving minor amounts of lace, with some nice effervescence.

S: A lot of sweet malt, funky yeast, toasted grains, fresh baked biscuits, fermented fruit (banana/apricot), balanced well with prevalent earthy bitter hop - classic Belgian IPA all the way!

T: Really on point with the nose, but with even more prevalent fermented/dried fruits (apple/pear and apricot), the malt is nice and finishes with a good amount of bitter hop to balance the overall flavor very nicely.

M: Extremely dry for the style (which is a plus in my book), light/medium-bodied with good carbonation and a nice bitterness on the palate from the hops.

D: Real easy drinker for a Belgian IPA - i'm always on the fence with this style, but this one leans more towards a true Cali/West Coast IPA and less like the average Euro IPA.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a nice golden color with a very slight haze, and very nice carbonation. A nice, tight white head hangs around for a good long while, leaving some pretty lacing as it slowly recedes. Sweet aroma of pale malt, a touch of candi sugar, and a good bit of tropical fruit from the hops. Notes of pineapple and a bit of grass.
Palate is a well-balance up front between pale malt and fairly assertive, grassy hops with a good bit of pineapple. Finish is a little dry, with a good dose of tropical fruit lasting for a bit after the swallow.
Body is well-carbonated but not foamy, and sticky but not thick or syrupy. A nicely drinkable Belgian IPA, not quite as assertively hopped as I might prefer, but a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterfront, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet malty grain with a light ester.

The taste was upfront sweet with a moderate herbal hop and secondary eatery spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty sweeter side of the style.

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Photo of farrago
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavily whipped up and foamy head of close to two fingers, mostly larger bubbles which burst on the way down to a big island resting against the side of the glass, just off-white with more lots of splotches of foam residue than streaks of lacing. While fully opaque does capture enough light to highlight the yellow hay to paler orange hues, not that hazy but can't see any bubbles anyway. The nose first hits you with corn, grains and pressed lemon rinds, some orange pekoe tea and clove, light mutter of apricot, peach, apple fruit, no distinct malty accents, conversely no real hoppy bite either, sheer fullness in the nostrils its best attribute. Full-bodied, the heavy carbonation gives it a soft, expansive mouth feel, initial impression is of sweeter orange, tangerine citrus alongside honey, oatmeal, corn, basil and sweet tea. No herbaceousness but there is a drying graininess. Maybe, just maybe, some cocoa powder to speak for the malts. Inoffensive, slides down the throat with ease, simply lacks a distinct personality.

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not bad, decent, but nothing so remarkable. Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, thick, off white head after an aggresive pour, that mostly settled down, and a bit of lace. Color is a hazy amber with a few chunks of sediment floating around. Aroma is yeasty, malt, spice, and little straw. Flavor is like aroma. Body is good with very good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and short with a bit of alcohol at the end. Easy drinking beer.

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3.85 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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