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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website

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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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

TheBigBoy, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse in Cork, Ireland and poured into a Grolsch pint glass.

A: Four finger tan head of lovely cream, thickness, and retention (especially for the 9% ABV). Very dark amber-brown.

Sm: Yeast! Must, caramel, chocolate, and alcohol. At least it's complex. A moderate strength scent.

T: Hop notes of caramel, chocolate, and a bit of nut. Alcohol comes through, unfortunately. Nicely complex. Built well for the style, but I wish the alcohol was better hidden. Balanced nicely, though I'd like one note to be at the forefront to lead the beer in a focused direction. This is a sort of ensemble beer, which feels awkward. Fairly built for the style, though the style isn't one that seems clearly defined.

Mf: Nicely coarse and dry but not overdone, though not in line with the flavours of the body.

Dr: Poorly priced and suffering from an overabundance of alcohol unconcealed by its flavour. Try it, and enjoy it - but don't think you could down it easily. I'd like to try more beers from this brewery, and to revisit the beer if it's changed. I could see this beer becoming a great one if it were given a clear direction. If I find it on-tap, I'll happily try it again.

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Mjoepp
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light brown liquid with slightly brownish head. The head dissolved quickly.

S: Not much at all. Some sweet notes around the alcohol smell. Some light notes of fudge as well.

T: Taste is a bit bitter with fudge and roasted notes. Aftertaste is sparkling from the carbonation and some roasted notes as well.

O: Disappointed with with this one. De Ranke usally deliver more than this. Hopefully this one will mature better with time.

Mjoepp, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a soft wisp of off-white head, some lace.

S: Belgian yeast esters for sure, dark fruit with a noticable hop character.

T: The malts here are quite good, fruity and sweet. De Ranke loves the hops, and I feel they went a bit over the top here. The finish of this beer is astringent and just doesn't taste very good. The hop character and malt/yeast flavours don't combine well at the end. There are good points, but there are drawbacks for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, very soft carbonation, nice.

D: A solid effort, well made, but in the end wasn't really my cup of tea, the pale version of this beer is much better.

Halcyondays, Sep 15, 2010
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Adamah_Adonai, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Absolutely massive head in this incredibly active brew. Beer pours dark murky garnet.

S - Faint dark fruits, roasted malt, brown sugar.

T - Really pretty uninteresting. Malt, brown sugar, almost nonexistent dark fruit flavors that really give a good dark Belgian an edge. Slightly coppery when I swish it around a bit.

M - I am going to chalk this up to just being my bottle but good lord this thing was as effervescent as a tab of alka-seltzer. Did not compute well with the beer's flavor profile.

All in all not one of the more memorable Belgian darks I've tasted, but I think there may have been an issue with my bottle and I've not given up on the brewery yet.

HeyItsChili, Jan 25, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Bix, Sep 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Hellpop65, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

bbadger, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Ranke Noir De Dottignies

On tap at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: banana, and malts.

Taste: Slight roasted malts and some grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

it has some good flavor. It can make a good session beer.

megahurts4, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Dubber55
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Dubber55, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Pours a deep brownish-purple hue with a loose, one inch, cream-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is very mild - a suggestion of dark fruit and oxidation. Taste consistent with nose - dark fruit (prunes, plums, currants) is more robust and a yeast quality also comes out towards the back; however, the oxidized character expresses itself again at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly fizzy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Somewhat of a lackluster Belgian Strong Dark. Not bad, but a little disappointing.

Jwale73, Oct 11, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a thick-foamed head that dies down rather quick, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell is very rich and spicy, with dark sweetness and some apple peel., a small note of alcohol comes through, lending additional spiciness. Light fruity banana and a hint of almond icing, light raisins.

Taste is a bit disappointing, the yeast is a bit too prominent and envelopes the experience in a yeasty tastecloud, that blocks out most other impressions... What I do get is light sweet banana esters, a little band aid and a hint of the green apple peels... it's quite sweet but not overly so, nearly no bitterness, ever so slightly tart finish.

Creamy and lucious mouthfeel with a light carbonation consisting of small and soft bubbles, the tart and slightly astringent finish is ok, but could have been better.

dqrull, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

peabody, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle. Pours a dark brown with pretty nice off white head. Though the foam diminished and couldn't be resurrected.

Aroma is dark fruit, plum and some light molasses. Hints of candied apples and roasted malt.

Flavor has a bit of a tannin to it...like plum skins, maybe overripe apple skin. dark caramel and sweet fruit. Most of the sugar is on the end. Quick flash of leather in the middle. Bit of a light feel to it, some booze on the aftertaste.

Mebuzzard, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
The beer arrives with a dark brown, concentrated amber color that is topped by a froth that is lightly amber tinged and dense enough to leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. A vinous berry note is noticeable in the nose underneath a big clove aroma that dominates the beer. This really has too much clove character in the aroma, but there is some dark, toasted grain notes that are noticeable when you can forget about the clove phenolics.

Clove flavors dominate and help boost an up front sweetness. The beer finishes with an astringent roast grain character that is light enough to not be annoying. This is definitley quaffable and light, but still has some viscous heft to it. The finish is quite dry, though despite this palate dryness it can't quite shake the up front sweetness. This beer is definitely a one note screamer; it is certainly unbalanced right now and likely needs some age, as that will likely do this beer wonders. I'll have to get this with a bit of age on it, where hopefully the oppressive clove notes will have died down. This shows a lot of potential though.

Gueuzedude, Jul 31, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

arealbeersbeer, Mar 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Ciocanelu, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

aztraz, Sep 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

oline73, Mar 28, 2013
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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.