Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tempest on 04-06-2009

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Reviews by Agent1:
Photo of Agent1
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This bottle pours a thick, beige head. Excellent lacing with soft, creamy bubbles forming at the surface. Random spots seem to convex from beneath and create small dark, bubbly patches. Appears to be quite active. A deep, opaque brown, almost black.

Smell - Strong, rich plum notes. Dark, dried fruits such as dates, raisins and fig come to mind immediately. Quite bready. A nice array of dark fruits, sugars, yeast and heavy malts.

Taste - Lots and lots of bread, similar to the Apt 12 and Westy XII. Roasted nuts, baker's chocolate, dry fruits, licorice root, with plenty of dry hops to help round things out. Coffee notes are noticeable on the aftertaste, partially due to the bittering hops. Quite bitter due to what seems like a high IBU rating. This helps mellow out all the rich sugars and sweeter malts. Thick malts with a nice, chewy grain taste.

Mouthfeel - Excellent. Very complex. This triggers all areas of the mouth. Thick an creamy on the tongue with a very nice use of carbonation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - One of the best Belgian ales around. Make no mistake, De Ranke know precisely what they're doing. They never seem to disappoint, be it their Krieks, Saisons or Pale Ales. Nothing short of amazing from a stand-out brewery!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Pours a dark brick red with a huge, cream-colored head. The aroma has a Belgian yeast component as well as some sweet malt, candi sugar and some grassyness. The flavor is caramel malt, chocolate and some yeast. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of mj001jk
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber haze with a thick, creamy hazelnut head that persists.

The smell is extraordinary, fresh yeast, hops, dried apricot fruit, red apple, nuts and vanilla with a slight sour character. Really alive and vibrant coming out of the bottle, I can smell it from a couple of feet away.

Very nicely balanced between soft malts, aggressive hops and bittering from the dark grains. There is a lot of depth to this but the freshness dominates. The finish is dry and slightly astringent which brings down the drinkability score a little bit. Perhaps some more time in the bottle would smooth out those rough edges. For what it is worth, my wife told me after drinking this that "we HAVE to go to Belgium...". I am not going to argue with that sentiment. :-)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with dark ruby highlights. The head is one-finger of off-white foam that recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and herbal hops with solid amounts of dark fruit aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark fruit and herbal hop flavors stand out over smooth and lightly roasted malt flavors. As with the aroma the dark fruit flavors gain steam as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is another solid beer from De Ranke. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) Bottled five years before 02 2014
A-This beer has a dense dark caramel brown body that doesn't allow any light to pass. There is a thick creamy tan head that sticks to the glass in clouds with each sip.
S- There is a fresh yeasty note but otherwise the beer is pretty clean.
T- The mellow flavors of malt have some chocolate malt notes that become more watery as the beer warms. The soft roasted malt note in the finish has some licorice hints and a green cinnamon heat to the hops. There is a bitterness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat.
D- This beer is pretty clean if aroma and flavor with hops only really in the bitterness. I can't imagine that age would help this beer at all.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, white paper wrapping. "Beer refermented in the bottle, with taste evolution." All right...I'm sensing, and expressly enjoying, a Flemish/French/English lost in translation moment here.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark reddish brown colour, with two flabby fingers of tight foamy beige head, which settles lazily, but evenly, rendering some forest canopy lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of roasted dark grain, dry coffee grounds, ash, mild black fruity malt, and earthy, gritty hops. The taste is lightly toasted dark malt, sweet and acidic fleshy fruit - plums, prunes, and dates - softly sugary molasses, dusty yeast, some grainy chocolate, zingy anise, and edgy earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is rather low-key, just a subtle prick here and there, the body a sturdy medium weight, with an airiness that provides a strange edge, but also seems to aid in the overall creamy smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, the sweetness of the dark fruity malt, swirling blended sugar, and (I just have to surmise, sans any other evidence) some saccharine contribution from the big ABV. A high-palate zinginess (it just isn't actually bitter, fyi) helps to keep things in a relatively teetering balance.

A sort of a wraith of a BSDA - one moment it's all sweet fruit and earthy restraint, the next it's pungent, but not hot, hops and booze, integrated in such a way as to disavow you of the particular idea of either. Huh. Wow, this goes down pretty easily - if it wasn't already clear, the 9 points of alcohol sure do well to remain hidden in a tactile sense, and we all know that end game.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good De Ranke, they consistently have been making good beers. On tap at the Ginger Man. Like a good balanced stout owing to the roasted malt,chocolate malt, with yeast noticeable taking us back into the Belgian dark ale catagory. Very brown and lacey, with a bit of head. Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in Ghent. The bartender called it a black beer. Sure it's black, but it's also 9% and Belgian. Recently I've had a few Belgian-style stouts and this beer by comparison was like a Belgian porter. The color is more dark brown and red when held to the light. The flavor has creamy, light cocoa with sweet spice. Cool beer. I like.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle courtesy of a Beermasons subscription, poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Has a very deep brown colour with a nice looking beige head of foam that has some streaky lacing to it and while the foam was large, it didn't fall away super quick.

Smells firstly of chocolate and in a smooth and not over the top manner. Some banana is there as well, along with plum. Smell starts to get a bit boozy later on, mixed with a bit of yeast.

Decently yeasty, it has some hint of the dark fruits in the nose but not a lot. It does avoid tasting boozy, which was a bit of a worry with some of the smell.

Body is well matched for the beer style, relatively well balanced finish to it, given the size and the style.

Good solid beer, flavours don't really match the level of the smell and that is the only let-down, and it is only small.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A fantastic Belgian dark strong ale poured from a 11.2 oz bottle. Ale pours a nice deep dark
brown with a nice light tan head and great lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugar, raisins, sweet
fresh bread, hints of licorice, and a dash of cocoa. Taste is phenomenal with a great candy
malt profile on the back and sides with candy sugars reigning supreme with flavors of plums,
raisins, and cocoa leaving an earthy malty sweet aftertaste. Lively mouthfeel makes this one
highly drinkable despite the strong ABV which remains somewhat hidden till the warmth kicks
in. Personally would desire this one on tap, it is simply phenomenal.
A new favorite.

Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from Feb '09. Pours a hazy dark brown with orange highlights. Meringue-like light tan head that refuses to die. Smells of the normal De Ranke yeast (fruity and quite tangy) with a lot of floral hop character. Very light chocolaty malt notes. Tastes of dark roasted malt and more floral, aromatic hops, along with more yeast notes. Hints of cocoa and dark fruits. Dry finish. Medium-full body. Gets better as it warms. Not my favorite beer from De Ranke, but then again that might depend on my mood. Still a phenomenal beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a coal black with a parchment rigid foam head of 3 fingers statue. Retention was good, eventually collapsing from numerous pits and voids that formed leaving spongy chunks of lace adhering to the glass of good coverage.

S: Roasted malt, dried dark fruit with a light touch of licorice. Very faint in strength, was expecting a bit more strength and spectrum not to mention a bit more yeastiness from a Belgian strong.

T: Roasted malt, a bit of licorice and roasted barley with a dark wet minerality. The flavor packs quite a punch of Belgian yeastiness that was so missing from the nose with some musky and bready tones coming about. Fresh roasty coffee and dark fruit that was fulfilling after a lackluster nose. Rich maltiness, with a good sense of yeasty nature that I come to expect per style with coffee grounds and alcohol coming about on the finishing swallow.

M: medium bodied, creamy and dry, wit a bit of chalkiness and some alcohol highlights. Spicy black fruit and alcohol grace the tongue.

D/O: Overall the flavor was good with accents of its 9.0%abv contributing nicely, drinking at times a point or so lower. Dark roasted black malts and alcohol with a touch of Belgian yeastiness hightlights this dark ale worthy of a shot.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with candi sugar and some very nice deep caramel malt backbone. Taste is sharper then I was expecting with a very spicy yeast and some candi sugar with a huge malt backbone with caramel and toffee notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with light alcohol notes. Very well made though some aging wouldn't hurt.

Photo of Dubber55
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with 1 finger of light tan colored head

Has the distinctive aroma of Belgian yeast. I smell some caramel, banana, maybe some raisins, maybe some spiced rum. Not very strong though.

Initially I taste some raisins, banana, clove, and alcohol. The finish is a bit sweet with some raisins but, it is balanced out by some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Some lively carbonation as well.

Drinkability is average. Not enough complexity to hold my attention. Seems to be an average bsda.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It comes out of the bottle a little bit "gushy". The beer color is dark brown, almost black, however some ruby color on the edge. Nice fine bubbles and creamy head. The aroma shows presence of dark fruit some notes of chocolate. Brown sugar too. The taste is sugary, some dark fruits. In the mouth, very effervescent. Complex. Some dark cacao bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer.
Cheers all!

Photo of peabody
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear dark ice tea color and a reddish hue with three fingers of off white suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is very dirty. Some hops and some malt but very litte else. A sugar malt might be in the back there.
Taste is a dirty mess of sugar and water with some hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean but the dirtyness I just can't get past. Some alcohol in the aftertaste in the back of the throat.
Drinkability is only so-so. Can't give this a great score because of the dirtyness.

Photo of Erbayd
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, and poured into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Series Glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with about an inch of beige foam. Not very clear, but when I hold it up to the light I can see that it's got a great ruby color to it.

S: Complex and enjoyable, with an immediate strong belgian yeast scent along with molasses, roasted malt, candi sugar, dates, and cloves. Definitely my favorite aspect of this beer.

T: What first really stood out to me about this beer is its roasty and smokey character. Bitter and slightly smokey in the beginning with a moderate sweet caramel flavor and warming alcohol presence revealed later on. Dry finish with an earthy aftertaste.

M: pretty light with low levels of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: A great beer, but if I was choosing between this and other Belgian Strong Dark Ales I'd be tempted to grab something else. Personally I found it to be too heavy on the toasted malt flavor and I would prefer more of the dark fruit flavors typically associated with beers of this style.

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: chalice serving, hazelnut brown with a light head

s: leathery prune and perhaps some dark raisin sugars compliment a light roast, not too heavy or sweet as the base malt has been employed to keep things balanced, a citrus hop aroma and spicy yeast profile round thing out

m: medium body, light carbonation

t: dry chocolate roasts and concentrated plum, leather and raisin, darker sugary malt flavors balanced on a pale malt base, hops create a gently drying bitterness with flavors of papery citrus, subtle yeast effects

d: super drinkable for a 9% beer

draft at Max's, Baltimore

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a finger high dense off white head that took a long time to fade away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell is quite fruity and has light to moderate aromas of dates and plums along with some hints of malty sweetness.
T: Somewhat complex, the taste is rather sweet and has flavors of chocolate, coffee, dates, plums and raisins.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste.

Photo of spicelab
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beermasons for bringing this to Oz. Huge fan of this brewery so really excited to try this.

Dark treacle with an uber-sized quite dense off-white head. Retention is good, and when the head finally abates it leaves a good whack of gravity-defying lace.

Nose shows lots of peppery phenols and a pleasant woodiness, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, muscovado sugar, boiled lollies and a slight presence of grassy funk and underneath it all.

Taste disappoints somewhat. The depth in the nose just doesn't come through. Raisins, molasses and plums mainly with a moderate booziness, which becomes conspicuous largely because of the lack of flavours for it to showcase.

Not all that thick for 9%. Mild tingle for the tongue Finish is drier than I expected with a mild back palate bitterness, although it's not unpleasant. Despite its oddness as a package, I like it.

Found this a bit of a mixed bag and elusive to pigeonhole at times, but it put a smile on my dial. It lacks the complexity of flavours of the better Belgian Dark Ales and Dubbels, but has enough personality to win some kudos. The glaring booziness in search of a purpose does become tired by the end though.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17th Oct @ Red Rose in Brugge: 33cl bottle and glass presented to me on a smell tray, seemed inpolite not to pour and drink it, so I did.

Dark, deep and meaningful looking beer: very dark brown, almost black in fact, on top a rough head of tanned foam.

The nose and taste were all about the six different malts used in the brew: burnt chocolate malts ruled the roost in both the aromas and flavours once in the mouth. There is a hop presence but it hides until you are well into each sip.

I liked it, seemed more like a strong Stout than a Belgian brewed dark beer but enjoyable all the same.

Photo of mwilbur
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark brown with minimal light coming through with back-lighting. 1/4 inch dark tan head quickly recedes.
S: Floral and citrus hops...nice and fresh. Caramel malt, toffee, and molasses. Chocolate too. A difficult to describe minerally spice too. Very interesting.
T: Much hoppier than typical for style (but the wrapping gave fair warning). Peppery spice, citrus hops, floral notes, caramel and chocolate malts, and mild sweet tobacco. An earthy note and orange blossom emerge with warming.
M: Initially quite light on the palate and quenching. As this opens up, the alcohol makes a mild appearance, but does create a heavier feel.
D: The extra hoppiness and well hidden ABV make this quite easy to drink. Not your typical belgian strong dark ale. A quality brew all-around. Glad I have a second one because this does have some interesting layers to it.

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark, murky brown with 2 inch frothy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. (4.5)
S: Melon and soft citrus, sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, and a hint of dark chocolate. (4)
T: Again, very hoppy for style. Peppery spice, citrus hops, caramel and chocolate malts, and a hint of tobacco. Earthy mineral note. (4)
M: Light feel, but a medium body. In turns, slightly sweet and spicy. Mildly bitter and dry hop finish. (4)
D: A nice take on a belgian strong dark ale...I personally like what the extra dose of hops brings to the brew. Adds an extra dimension of balance making it more refreshing and sessionable. (4)

Photo of krunchie
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a magnificent deep dark brown liquid with one of the most beautiful tan heads I've seen! Looks delicious.

S: Brown sugar for sure. Molasses, plums, raisins, dark syrup, dates. No hop aroma. Quite weak nose overall, hence my lower rating.

T: Quite complex, yet I think the flavor is too muddy and I find it hard to break the flavor down and distinguish the different flavor compounds from each other. What I could pick up though were brown sugar and syrup once again, some earthy hop bitterness towards the end as well. Slight herbal hop flavor, just a little bit spicy. After half a glass (think I served mine on the cold side and got much stronger flavors as it warmed up a bit - still muddy) I picked up some chocolate, alcohol and metallic flavors too. This beer is good, but I think I'm gonna put my bottles in the basement and see how it develops over time - maybe it'll peak in a year or two, who knows. For now, it's not the best BSDA I've had. Good but not great.

M/D: Sweet and full-bodied, just the right carbonation for the style. Leaves a sickly sweet dark syrupy yet earthy bitter flavor on my palate for a long time afterwards, which I didn't enjoy that much (like burnt LME)

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle. La Chouffe Tulip glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Very dark amber in color, deep ruby to the light. Beige crown & copious lacing rings. Aroma profile shows Belgian yeast, candies, caramel & toasted malts, hints of alcohol & molasses, figs & spices, herbal notes – anise & cumin-, earthy hues & hay. Toasted malts with herbal notes at first sip. Medium to full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Bitterness in the middle lightened by plum & sweet coffee hues. Gentle astringency. Dry bitter finish & slightly heat on the aftertaste. Worth to try!!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Akkurat Sweeden. Poured into oversized De Ranke Wine-type glass. Pours a deep black, nice off-white thick head. Smell is rather boring, and limited but it does have a nice roasted fruity aroma.
Taste is great. Thick belgian roasted malts, some dried fruit but mostly coffee/chocolate like flavors. Really smooth, and full bodied. Nice brew, and glad to have had it.

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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
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