Valeir Blond | Brouwerij Contreras

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Brouwerij Contreras

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 57
Photo of OlaB
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gives of a cloudy deep orange color . A very good high top of head when i pour in the glass. A lot of lacings on the glass. very bubbly . A good look on this beer

S: A very fruity aroma, citrus fruits, yeast, floral hops, light malts , some hints of spices

T&F: The first that i notice is the creamy feel, the flavour is much as in the aroma, malts,citrus fruits, spices and floral hops . gives a pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste that last for a long time. I think this beer had a good balance. comfortable on the tongue, gives a little prickling there.

O: A delicious beer that was very drinkable. I would sure buy it again if i got the chance. Enjoyable

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Photo of seedyone
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/19/13 From bottle at Rattle N Hum, NYC. Super dry; to the point of requiring a chaser. This is by no means, IMHO, a bad thing. Just imagine what alchemy was performed to change this water to the anomaly before me. A slightly viscose liquid that defies physics. The sweet/bitter balance hit all the right notes. I'm just waiting for the hammer to fall. Rated at 6.5% ABV, I have a feeling this will be as deceptive as it is quixotic, physics-wise.

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Photo of cosmicevan
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of humulus
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has a bit of age, but is still best before 09/07/12.

A: Clear bronze with a pillowy, white head; light retention; great lace.

S: Pear, apple, apricot, toffee and a slightly earthy mineral.

T: Crisp apple cider with a light tartness; sponge toffee; honey and corn syrup; slight floral & peppery spice; hint of earthy mineral; modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness (perhaps a little much for a Belgian?).

D/O: A bit different, but a decent drinker.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having Valeir Extra I made it a point to seek out the other beers that this brewery makes and give them a try. The blonde is my second favorite after the Extra. This brew poured out as a slightly hazy looking brew with a fluffy white head on top that settles quickly. The lacing is decent on the glass. The smell of this beer is a little grainy and has a light bread and fruitiness to it. The taste of the beer is crisp and refreshing, The mouthfeel was light and sharp, Overall this beer is pretty good. I enjoyed it but would take the Extra any day over this one.

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

33cl bottle, best by 2012 (so an 09 bottling?), into an Allagash goblet; thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Slightly hazed pale amber body with a 1/2" cap of fine ecru foam. Good retention, spotty lace. Solid.

S: Pleasant, light aroma of biscuity malt, grassy hops, and nicely understated fruit esters. Simple and pleasant.

T: Biscuity, slightly sweet malt starts things off, with some light hops and fruity yeast on the back end. Malt definitely dominates overall, which is fine by me - it's some really tasty malt.

M: Nice creamy medium body with plenty of carbonation.

O: I'd never heard of this beer before getting a pour of it, and I'd certainly like to have it again. I enjoyed having a BPA that didn't feel the need to smack me over the head with intense yeastiness (although I like that, too, of course; this was just a nice change of pace). If you see this one, give it a shot.


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Photo of tchenery
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange in body color with some sediment and chill haze, probably due to poor pouring. Nice thin head remains after some time.

Very fruity upfront on the nose. I'm smelling lemon zest and grapefruit, mostly all citrus scents with a hint of white grapes.

The taste is fruity upfront and then slowly blends into a spicy/hoppy characteristic that finishes with a malty body and eventually a peppery end. It's super dry and refreshing. The body is not too heavy and not too light. The pepper on this beer is the most pronounced.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and thin, excellent bubbly texture.

Overall, this beer is wonderful. It's extremely simple and yet complex. The first taste is the most overwhelming in that you can taste the stages of the beer from sweet to malty to peppery to a dry finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with large foamy head with nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light fruity ester with nice semi-sweet Belgian malt base. Taste is an easily drinkable mix between some semi-sweet Belgian style malt with light fruity ester and light floral notes. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done for style with great drinkability factor.

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Photo of Ob1kanobi
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened the bottle and poured into a nice 2 inch head. Looked very murky with flakes floating . Weird thing was the flakes didn't really settle, they looked to be suspended in mid air. Taste was fairly strong with alt and hops pulling through. All in all I would rate as a good to average beer. Probably would have rated a little higher I wasnt told how hard too find this beer was . Didnt live up to the hype.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

We see the rawness in its big, foamy head and pale, cloudy appearance. This beer has a slightly fruity, floral nose with hints of raw honey, doughy biscuits, earthy yeast and a faintness of mint. Its smoothness has a lot of depth. This beer is dry and malty, with more grain in the finish. Its peppery alcohol, hop bitterness and faint medici- nal flavors are not so easily rocked by the fruitiness and lingering grain. This is more of a bold and in-your-face Belgian Blond that's still quite drinkable despite its complexities.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a chunky blonde that i was worried had gone bad because of the rather large flakes of yeast floating around in it. Flakes separated to create a nice murk. Nose of honey malt and mild belgian sweet. Palate is that initially with a saaz hop, munich malt twig bitterness. This is all cleared with a very soapy floral quality. Astringent hop. Very well balanced and a great beer for the solid blonde experience. Some lavender, lemon, and black pepper floral pineapple sweet all made savory in the finish.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey gold with a modest head that settles to a thin layer leaving some lacing.

Aromas of malt, sugar, a little citrus.

Tastes follow the nose with sweet malt, citrus and a slight metallic taste. Seems to me there is some coriander in this, which sometimes imparts that metallic taste. Finishes dry and a little bitter. Tastes are generally pretty mellow/subdued.

Medium body and crisp carbonation result in a creamy and refreshing mouthfeel.

Altogether, a decent beer and one that is sessionable.

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Photo of MikeGill
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped Blond ale. Top fermented beer. Refermentation in the bottle.

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bordeaux glass.

Slightly cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Looks very good. The nose produced some mellow aromas of lemon with hops and honey.

Fruity with a creamy mouthfeel. Lemon skin, pear and clove flavors are persistent along with a snappy bitter finish. Head remained until the end and there was quite a bit of patch-like lacing.

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

Appearance: Pours out a rather hazy body the colored of washed out gold and capped with a small, fine, white head.

Smell: Valeir displays a well-spiced nose from the very get-go, along with modest notes of crispy-crusted bread, sliced orchard apples, lemon peels, and meadow flowers.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly sweet maltiness with a touch of graininess to it. Little pinch of zested lemon, just enough to add a bit of bright citrus character. The lemon eventually gives way to a taste of apples, which soon gives way to a piquant spiciness akin to anise or even fennel. Slight floral accents perk up now and again. Moderate amount of carbonation on the spicy, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Active, medium-high carbonation provides more than a bit of tingle for the tongue.

Drinkability: It was a good BPA. Valeir brings some spice, some malt, some fruit and a light effervescence together for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Valeir Blond. Bottle. Pours a murky yellow-orange with some sediment and a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, wheaty malt, and light yeast notes. Flavor is bready at first with some lemony notes. Sweet malt with some bitter spices in the finish. Very nice and pleasant to drink. Well done.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow fairly rare brew, Too bad I have no idea who sent it.

A: Pours a very light clear yellow hue. Nice tall foamy head with good retention. A smattering of lace is left in the wake.

S: The aroma is hoppy with lemon citrus notes, with hints of sweet peach and a little black pepper.

T: Flavor is of nice light summer fruits. There are hints of citrus, caramel, and a touch of spice. The finish is a bit bitter with bold american tasting hops making an appearence.

M: Medium in body. Zippy carbonation with a nice dry finish.

D: Very tasty I really enjoyed this one. Seems to be hard to come by in the states. I am glad I got the chance to try it!

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Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 57 ratings