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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, dark fruits, and a distinct cherry aroma. Taste is much the same with earthy and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice fruity aromas and flavors. (583 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty Dark Belgian Ale that is way too dangerous to drink compared to the more powerfully flavored Chimay Blue and Rochefort 10.

Deep amber in color, the beer takes on mohogany and lavender highlights with a tinge of rust because of the light yeasty haze. A dainty creame of a head forms on the beer, eventually weakens but never completely disapears. Light lacing could be better if not for the weight of 9% abv.

Confectionate sweetness fills the nose and taste with a cotton candy-like sweetness that seems to evaporate into thin air. Soft malts allow for the sugar additions to play a large role in the beer- could be better malted. Aged and dried fruits of grapes, cherries, dates, and figs lead the way and round out the sweetness. Light spices of chai tea, orange zest, corriander, and white pepper come from both hops and yeast. Very tasty to say the least.

Medium throughout, this beer could use more tooth and weight. But the lightness aids in drinkability. Finishes with a airy/powdery feel, fleeting sweetness, and cooling alcoholic feel. A delicacy to drink. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,623 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a fluffy khaki head.

S: A nice spicy phenol character to the nose with a bit of roasted malts. Some hints of dark fruits (mostly raisin) and banana. Caramel and toffee malts with a nice yeasty bite on the finish.

T: The spicy, pepper flavor is present up front along with a nice sweetness of toffee and bread. There is a subtle tartness of lemon zest and green apples. A touch of bitterness on the finish along with a lot of yeast.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A pretty nice beer. I liked the combination of tartness, yeastiness, and sweetness this beer had. (623 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque, dark brown body with a full finger of ecru-colored head.

Smell: Dusty, dusky malt nose with notes of cocoa powder, ground wood bark, standard issue cola nuts, and caramel with some slight, slender fruit hints tucked in back.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts with tastes of cocoa and chicory with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Fruitiness coming across as sliced pears and stewed plums. Touch of yeastiness. There's a darkened grain roastiness as well as some earthy, spicy hops imparting a bold bitterness. Dry, bitter, lightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Reasonably decent and entertaining enough to hold my attention for one dose at the Brick Store Pub. (723 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this 11.2oz at Julio's, poured chilled into my Corsendonk goblet.

A - A dark cola color w/ 2 1/2 fingers of ecru rising from above the rim of the glass. The clarity is translucent and the bead is tiny - the lacing clings tenaciously

S - Smells of roasted grain, light cocoa powder notes w/ a slight spice ester from the yeast w/ a smooth vanilla-like creamy note

M - The feel is a bit light bodied for the strength yet moderately carbonated w/ dry feel, the mild sweetness and mix of creamy and spiced textures w/ mild alcohol influence on the palate

T - Tastes of coffee, nuts and vanilla w/ a light pepper tinge and becomes more cocoa drenched w/ light raisin notes as the ale warms w/ a slight dark brown sugar and mild alcohol flavor. The dark belgian has a slight flavor of fig and toffee and the finish has a bit of dark roasted coffee w/ an herbal element -subtle warming in the back of the throat as it finishes semi-dry

D - I felt this was a solid offering w/ plenty of flavor, but not spectacular. A very decent strong dark belgian which is very smooth for a 9% ale. (1,091 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very smooth ale. Carries nice tones of mild fruit, sweet earth, as wood tones. Consistent flavor, but not all up in my face. The carbonation seems to approach being too much, but stays just short of getting there. A very nice ale. Seems quite "old world" to me. A pleasurable drink. (292 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Ranke Noir de Dottingies

Plummy brown/red coloration, slim, dark head.

Sweet dark fruit flavors hit the nose first. Very raisiny. Nice.

Taste: caramel and raisins, again. Fat malt, funky yeast. Wonderfuly wheat-y feel on the palate, dominated by dark, delicious malt. Spicy spark hits the tongue, tease the senses, fades back a bit. I've been describing this as a dark saison, but it's much more than that, though it's a good indicator of the flavor.

Each new sip, another funky, wild, twisted attack of tasty dark malt, and spice. Chocloate and dark rum. Molasses and cracked black pepper and clove.

Alcohol doesn't stand out at first, but. whoops, there it is!

Very interesting ale from De Ranke. Complex and satisfying. (735 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/2015. Slow gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, dark candi sugar, floral, pepper, clove, brown bread, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with dark malts; and good strength. Taste of raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, pepper, clove, dark candi sugar, floral, brown bread, light chocolate, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, dark candi sugar, brown bread, pepper, light chocolate, light roast, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity ester and dark malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,326 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle of very dark brown ale that pours with a fine head. A layer of dark sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle after a complete pour.

The rich, moderately complex flavor is dominated by dark fruits and dark roasted malts. Traces of smoke, hints of black coffee, bitter chocolate and toffee. Everything, including bitter/sweet, seems in perfect balance.

O: Highly recommended. (398 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

Brown hued with a towering tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma consists of malt with a pronounced Belgian yeast presence. Lots of yeast in the flavor, as well as some toffee, malt, and a delicate sweetness. Very tasty and drinkable. Smooth on the palate with minimal alcohol presence. Recommended. (348 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub, served in a beautiful tulip glass. Poured very dark brown with garnet highlights with a fairly thick, slightly grainy looking head. Smells light and a bit malty with typical Belgian yeast notes, particularly clove. Tastes pretty nice. A bit slow to start, even tasting a bit faded and thin to start but as the flavors develop in the mouth and you get a nice bitterness coupled with creamy malt and some dark fruit and quite a dose of spicy hops on the finish, especially for a Belgian ale, even a hoppy one. Very interesting coupled with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast flavors. Smooth in the mouth, and starts thin but ultimately ends up rich. Quite an interesting beer, and a bit different than the other hoppy Belgian style ales out there. (783 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res Bier Café the other day. Have not seen this one before.

The beer pours a solid dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. Didn't get a lot initially on the nose, but as it warmed up I got some like chocolate and caramel. On the palate, however, is where this beer really shines IMHO. There is plenty of chocolate, brown sugar and caramel, but with a boatload of hoppy bitterness on the finish to counter the moderate sweetness in this beer. Essentially, I gather De Ranke has made a strong Belgian brown ale IPA. I've never seen this before, but hophead that I am, I liked it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a faily long finish. Alcohol is very well disguised; I would not have guessed it at 9%.

A very interesting beer, one I'm glad to have the opportunity to try. (807 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,254 characters)

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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.