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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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Reviews by 57md:
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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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby, heavy small Belgian style bottle. Part of the new 12% Line. Pours dark murky chocolate, under an initially HUGE khaki head. Dissolving slowly and resting in a thick and frothy state. Leaves better then respectable lace and exudes an odor of chocolate, and cocoa infused sugars. More chocolate on the tongue, sweet and tasty, with dark malts and a hint of tropical fruity goodness. A slight sour note in the finish, along with an equally slight and subtle drying hop note. Yum. Only draw back here is the $3.99 per 11.2 ounce price tag

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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 Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mud puddle brown color with a fairly dense khaki colored head that left some nice sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is of figs, raisins and brown sugar, perhaps some carob. Some honey aromas as well. Raisins and fig in the flavor as well, a bit rusty. Nice and sweet but not overly sweet; has a honey like sweetness and a coffee bean bitterness, though no coffee flavors. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation; drinks sweet but does have a nice bittering offset. Quite flavorful for a BDA, and with the 6.5ABV you will remember drinking it.

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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 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.

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Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Biff_Tannen
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Tertullian007
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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

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.

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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.

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

No freshness date carved but fresh as this is the old "Carlos" w ith a new name. Maybe slight differences but didn't reed my old revieuws about Carlos and have none left to compare. Nice presentation with good and lasting white with litle yellow head and a very black in the light with mahony shine and clear. Nose is funky and caramellic with lot of bananna esters. Litle fresh dried hay and overall invitinhg and different. Dry malty and carramellic without sweetness but nice bitter& roastyness and creamy and oily though litle sandy mouthfeel also.
Nice adchiefment and enjoyable brew that shows lots of taste for it's 6.5%ABV.

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Photo of sonorb7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Vinylboy20
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby hued brown with a large creme head that has staying power. Nose is mild perfume and fruit tones. Flavor is malty with a consistent sweet tone. Minor figs. Seems like mild apricots, and I do mean mild. Consistent sweet tone you'd expect. Feel has a pretty full carbonation and a decent liquid body. Pretty easy to drink. If this were served on tap, you could probably down several of them.

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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 Sicem99
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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 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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