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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
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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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-30-2011 14:53:24 | More by PaBeerLover
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-21-2011 01:36:28 | More by Neffbeer
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.2%

04-17-2012 03:50:07 | More by Elfastball7
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-15-2011 03:22:45 | More by UncleJimbo
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clegolfski

Ohio

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-26-2011 04:38:30 | More by clegolfski
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

06-21-2012 15:39:18 | More by Snellgg5
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

07-14-2012 21:35:06 | More by ssjkyle
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, dark brown into a tulip. A fluffy off-white head looks like it's going to be here a while, but actually dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: The nose is complex and enticing. Caramel and chocolate malt notes dominate, with spices and phenols just slightly in the background. I get more breadiness as it warms.

Taste: Wow. The nose predicted a classic, complex Belgian strong dark ale. The unannounced guest, though, is the hops. The hops don't dominate in the traditional sense - the sweet chocolate malts and spices from the yeast are the main players, and the hops really only rise to the surface at the end, resulting in a nice dry finish - but when the first sip hits your mouth the hops are definitely a surprise. Unlike that pair of socks you received for Christmas, though, it's a very pleasant surprise. This is an exceptional beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and in a way it's lighter in the mouth than you might expect for the style.

Drinkability: High. The balance and dry finish provided by the hops make this much more drinkable that one might otherwise expect.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:10:35 | More by rdickey
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage (bottled 2/12, drank 1/13) another excellent brew from De Ranke. Smells of subtle chocolate, tastes quite crisp with chocolate, bread and fruit notes. For a 9% belgian dark ale you sure cant taste the alcohol. Has the feel of a light dark ale but hits you hard with a bouquet of flavours on the pallet. I have grown to love De Ranke beers and will definitely be trying the rest of the line ASAP. Worth the 11.49 for a 26oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 08:52:53 | More by schnarr84
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown. An ample head that stays, leaving puffs of lacing on the glass.

Smells strongly of hay and yeast. Some cherries and tropical fruit, a hint of dark chocolate.

Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate, chocolate covered espresso beans, dried cherries.

These excellent flavors are delivered with a light, creamy, mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and coffee ends with a nicely hopped bitter finish.

This is a very delightful and drinkable beer. The alcohol is not so noticeable for 9 percent. A really fine contribution overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:06:02 | More by Beerenauslese
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mj001jk

California

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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. :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:58:56 | More by mj001jk
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:55:55 | More by Agent1
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmm ohhhh, yes! this is a very good beer! Poured with a very nice light tan head that lasts and a lot of lace. Color is a dark aged cherry wood. Aroma is great with brown bread, ginger, a hint of coffee, cherries, licorice, malt, and caramel. Flavor's very similar and yummy. Licorice stands out especially in the finish. Body is very good and ditto carbonation. Just enough bitterness and earthiness to counter sweetness. I can drink this beer. Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 04:30:47 | More by drpimento
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy dark brown with a really large off-white thick head that sinks slowly into great lacings.

S: Spicy and lots of chocolate in the sligthly roasted caramell malt. Sweet! Dark dried fruits in the back.

T: Sweet syrupy malt with both coffee notes as well as rich chocolate. Spicy and a bit yeasty. Dark dried fruits - rasins and figs.

M: A rather long complex aftertaste with both syrupy sweetness and bitterness - not like from bitter hops but rather from dark bitter chocolate - NICE! Body is full and carbonation is moderate.

D: This is a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 19:41:28 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Giggy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-27-2013 23:45:38 | More by Giggy
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-05-2013 19:06:18 | More by JohnK17
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-01-2013 17:53:08 | More by EmperorBevis
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-02-2014 23:45:59 | More by AnitaBrewski
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jmtpi

France

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-01-2012 17:49:47 | More by jmtpi
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Haywire

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-25-2013 10:58:45 | More by Haywire
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Hex92

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-16-2013 03:18:28 | More by Hex92
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Synapstic

France

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-15-2013 16:15:33 | More by Synapstic
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-13-2012 03:43:32 | More by rolltide8425
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cowboy83

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-06-2012 14:28:34 | More by cowboy83
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-25-2012 00:00:02 | More by samEBC
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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
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