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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Noir De DottigniesNoir De Dottignies

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87
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 04-06-2009)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Strong Dark Ale from Belgium. Of a dark brown color and a big and dense yellowish foam.
Smell is full of chocolate notes, is malty and a bit hoppy. Some bread notes too.
Taste is similar, the maltiness balances quite well the alcoholic level. It's more refreshing that it seems.
Medium body and great carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black brownish color with a thick caramel head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Malty aroma with notes of licorice, coffee, cocoa, toffee and at a relative lower degree of dark fruits.
Bold and delicious flavor also quite malty with notes of roasted malts, caramels, cocoa powder, pepper, earthy and grassy hops, coffee, prunes and licorice. Dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted note and some tannin.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9% abv is dangerously hidden. Sticky sensation.
Interesting take of a BSDA with a greater focus on roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 17:18:13 | More by FLima
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falloutsnow

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

De Ranke's Noir de Dottignies is a fairly interesting and unique Belgian strong dark ale, with focus on roasted malt flavors more than others in the style. A refreshing take on the style, one that I wouldn't mind drinking again at some point, though a bottle is expensive enough to have this only be an occasional purchase.

Pours ~3cm tall head, made up of beige-colored, small bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, the foam lasting several minutes in a gradual decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, with a moderate amount of fairly large blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out dark amber-brown hues around the edges of the beer. Carbonation visible along the sides of the glass, high in number and activity.

Aroma of amber Belgian candy sugar (sweet, dark caramel syrup), cocoa, toasted bread crusts, and low raisin and grape ester. In general, the scents are more roasted and less grape ester, prunes and raisins than your typical BSDA, though the latter are still there in a minor capacity. Unique and pleasing.

Overall flavor is of smooth, noticeable roasted cocoa joined to toasted bread, slight grape ester, and mild bitterness. Front of palate tastes amber candy sugar sweetness with mild cocoa, marshmallow, and toasted bread qualities. Mid-palate of creamy, smooth roasted malt that brings in something akin to dark chocolate or cocoa with marshmallow cream, a bit of vanilla, and slight ethanol. Back of palate tastes cocoa, toasted bread, raisins, prunes, grape ester, and yeast. Aftertaste is of bitterness from roasted malts and hops, a bit of bitter cocoa, Belgian candy sugar (sweet, dark caramel syrup), and toasted bread.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a highly foamy mouthfeel that suits the beer fairly well, the style similarly, though perhaps could benefit from a bit of creamy smoothness to encourage slower sipping. Ethanol detectable only as a slight burn on the back of the throat at the close of each sip; in general, fairly well-hidden. Closes dry, with medium-heavy stickiness clinging to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

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sweemzander

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4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 10/2015

(A)- Pours such a dark brown; it looks black. Produced a giant tan frothy head that stuck around for awhile. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A dry bready yeast meets prune, raisin, and biscuit. Subtle dark toasted background.

(T)- Just mountains of raisin and prune and plum. The yeast is so striking that it comes off like a chocoalte creme thing in there slapped onto a loaf of freshly baked bread.

(M)- A lively zesty carbonation level. Very low bitterness amidst a rich and yeasty body, but quite smooth and fruity too.

(O)- This has that surprising chocolate character to the yeast that really creates something special in the glass for the style. This bottle clearly has a year or two of time on it and it drank excellently.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 18:53:45 | More by sweemzander
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale with a creamy head, which settles into a velvet layer on the side of the glass.

The smell of candisugar and dark malts, which offer a dark bread crust and raisiny smell. The dark malts are a little more roasted and dark crystal-like than the usual dark ale. The yeast seems to add a slightly fruity, red fruit smell.

The taste is dark, full of candisugar and dark malts, a bready, raisiny and light roasted taste. The name Noir suggested a porter or stout to me and although this is more a belgian strong, it is more roasted than the style. There is an edge of roast, which adds a maltbitterness and a depth of dark chocolate and roast in general. The mouthfeel is sticky, yet a bit lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

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Erbayd

California

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 06:39:46 | More by Erbayd
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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
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