Valeir Donker - Brouwerij Contreras
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3.56/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
10-04-2013 04:37:39 | More by ADZA
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
03-09-2013 20:06:44 | More by 57md
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-25-2012 01:16:31 | More by AdamBear
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
05-29-2012 13:20:04 | More by mrfrancis
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
05-08-2012 12:14:52 | More by avalon07
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
10-08-2011 06:52:40 | More by Halcyondays
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
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..
06-17-2011 01:53:42 | More by dragonWhale
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
03-13-2011 21:56:46 | More by John_M
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-19-2011 04:28:42 | More by metter98
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
02-08-2011 02:23:27 | More by sitarist
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
A beautiful pour into my chimay chalice. The tight head, I can best describe as sexy. Ok, maybe I was looking forward to trying this one.. :)
Very sweet aroma, chocolate and fig, had to look twice that this was not styled as a dubbel.
Smooth, creamy, full mouthfeel. Pretty luxurious, really. Maybe she is living up to her looks. Wisps of lace still cling to the glass as I reach for it, quicker each time. Very drinkable, and very approachable, packing plenty of flavor and body into a 6.5 beer.
As it warms and the carbonation begins to fade a bit, some more of the fruit starts coming through. Delicate, but reinforcing at the end.
A nice rich beer. Even, balanced character, without all the sweet the nose suggests. A very enjoyable brew. Not earth shattering, but I would certainly repeat.
06-30-2010 06:08:55 | More by ShareANevada
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
Contreras' Donker pours a slightly hazy, ruby-accented deep chestnut-brown body beneath a full head of creamy yellowed-tan foam. The head retention is excellent, and it initially leaves rings of craggy lace around the glass as it goes. Later on those rings fade, but a ghostly veil is left behind.
In the nose it's caramelish with notes of dark skinned fruit (prune/plum, fig... perhaps some dried apricot as well). It's not bold, but it is bright and welcoming.
The flavor delivers more caramel than the nose suggests, and there's a touch of toasted grain and a hint of chocolate in there as well. The fruitiness remains, and it's at times a little juicy, and at others more like the bitterish skin of some dark fruits, and still yet at other times more like the sticky-sweet and leafy bitterness of dried dark fruit. It's really interesting how the flavors change as you progress through the glass and your palate adapts. A stiff bitterness backs it, and although there is some sweetness to it, it balances completely in the finish.
Overall, it's a really enjoyable, fairly complex beer that somehow, is also quite readily accessible, even for a dark beer. People that don't normally enjoy beer will probably like this one, especially if they enjoy darker red wines. Very nice! Worth seeking out!
06-02-2009 23:08:28 | More by NeroFiddled
Valeir Donker from Brouwerij Contreras
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.