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Valeir Donker - Brouwerij Contreras

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Valeir DonkerValeir Donker

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-09-2006

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 16
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty brown hue with a subtle one finger head that stays and leaves nice clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is chestnuts,dried fruits,candi sugar and a touch of milk chocolate,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated over moderate and the tastes are milk chocolate,dried fruits,candi sugar and finished with a roasty nuttiness and overall a pleasant surprise not fantastic but easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle had an expiration date of 10-Dec-2013 on it.

Pours a brownish straw color with two fingers of head that retain for a very long time. The nose is a combination of yeast and sour fruits. There is also some fruitiness in the taste along with a nice semi-dry finish.

This is a good Belgian ale, but I'd probably call it a pale ale instead of a dark ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of AdamBear
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark murky brown with a thin tan head. Doesn't pour out with much liveliness though.

S-faint smell of dark roasted Belgian malts malts. Hint of cocoa. Smells decent. 

T-comes in with a slightly watery taste of dark Belgian malts, very similar to the nose. The cocoa is in there as well. It's an extremely subtle flavor. The after-taste is matching and much more prominent. 

M-medium to low creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this definitely isn't a bad Belgian. There are no bad flavors. It's just a tad bit more mellow than I like my beers, which wouldn't be terrible if it were cheaper. I'd recommend people to give it a try. It has a unique cocoa character to it.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, murky brownish amber with a thin, clinging tan head.

S: Aromas of spicy yeast, prunes, figs, caramel, and raisins are present on the nose.

T: Notes of prunes, figs, raisins, spicy ale yeast, caramel, dark bread, chocolate, and earthy, leathery hops wash across the palate. The finish is thin, but pleasant, with notes of caramel, spicy yeast, and prunes.

M: Medium-bodied and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is a little too unobtrusive for the style. Could stand to be a bit thicker.

O: After tracking down Valeir Blond and being impressed by such depth in a standard Belgian pale ale, I expected to be impressed by Valeir Donker. Unfortunately, my expectations may have been unreasonably high, as this ale slightly misses the mark. I found the body to be too thin, the carbonation to be too gentle, and the flavor profile to lean a little too heavily towards cloying sweetness. While Valeir Donker may not be a bad beer by any measure, it isn't a great one either. Decent, but a little out of whack nevertheless.

Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big aroma of yeast, fruit, and some malt.

T: Tasted of malt, fruit (apples, plums), Belgian yeast, and mild spices (pepper). Good, but not as robust as you might expect. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma's promise, but is a decent enough flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a drinkable beer, but there are definitely other BDAs that I would choose first.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle into an Ommegang goblet,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head, leaving some thick Belgian lace.

S: Very Belgian nose, figs and bananas, estery with a clear malt undercurrent.

T: Plum and clove, pretty malty as a Donker should be. Chalky finish gets astringent at the end.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft easy Belgian carbonation.

O: The nose was promising, but the flavour wasn't really doing it for me. Solid, nothing else.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

have been wondering which of these offerings from this brewery I'd like to try first and settled upon this lil fella. Unsure of the brew date, but it seems this has been in the bottle a full 3 months longer than any of the previous reviews so lets see what we gots..
carnelian brown, a bit cloudy, not much in the way of sedimentaries though. Appears reasonable enough, eh?
I inhale figs and bananas together, an interesting combination. A bit of chocolate and brown sugar. The malt contribution is a delectable flavor. Tastes good going down, but quite similar to the aromatic description. The banana is a bit detracting from a stylistic standpoint, but works well enough with the other flavors to not be disappointing. A good effort, a little on the sweet side. I look forward to trying their other treats..

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly reddish brown amber color with good head retention and consierable sticky lacing all around. The nose is likewise attractive, with brown sugar, light milk chocolate, something of a sour fruit component and some underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the brown sugar and chocolate dominating. The beer is at most moderately sweet, with some nice, not overdone, hoppy bitterness balancing that sweetness quite well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and maybe just a bit thin, but with a fairly long, spice filled finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile. The alcohol is not the least bit noticeable, and the beer is not at all heavy, hot or tiring.

While nothing spectacular, I thought this still a pretty strong effort from this always excellent and reliable brewery.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: The smell is quite fruity and has some hints of sweetness; aromas of figs, grapes and plums stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, flavors of dark fruits dominate the overall taste, which has a slight amount of malty sweetness. There are some notes of bitterness and spicy yeast in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: I would definitely have this beer again because the flavor is rather complex and interesting.

Photo of sitarist
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, cloudy chestnut brown. There is an inch and a half of off white head. The head falls to a top coating that leaves sheets of lacing.

Its aroma is sweet, tart, and earthy. I smell caramel, tootsie rolls, prunes, and fig. Reminds me of Asian plum sauce.

The flavor follows the nose...with less of the sweet, and more of the tart.

Medium body, with scrubbing carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and fails to deliver the flavors. Bitter tannins are all that rest on my tongue.

Looks and smells good...but its all down hill from there.

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Valeir Donker from Brouwerij Contreras
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.