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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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BA SCORE
87
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

metter98, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  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.

biboergosum, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Slatetank, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

oline73, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mendvicdog, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

beernads, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.