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Valeir Donker | Brouwerij Contreras

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Brouwerij Contreras

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 02-09-2006

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

I was unimpressed until it warmed up to room temperature.

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Photo of OlaB
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: dark brown color,cloudy , thing top of head tha disolves quickly. not much lacings here.the color is beautifull tough

S: roasted malts, caramel ,burned sugar, some hints of dark fruits like plums and figues

T&F: Starts sweet with dark fruits , in the middle and finish i think the roasted malt takes over , i also sense spices. The beer gets more to sour and bitter in the ending, with the malt dominating in the aftertaste, the aftertaste last a good while. The thing i not so satisfied with is the watery flavour i get of this beer.and the taste all together I did not favor to much

O: A good belgian beer ,but nothing more, i have been more satisfied with the other types of valeir i have tasted. Else the beer was enjoyable, but i would like a lot more flavours

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy slightly reddish brown with an off-white head. Yeast and fruit in the nose. The mouth is enticed by the yeast and the malt. Easy to drink and enjoyable!

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Photo of desint
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Biff_Tannen
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of sonorb7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ADZA
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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Photo of Tertullian007
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BartMcStout
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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Photo of cowboy83
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.

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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%

Photo of Halcyondays
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.

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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..

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