Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: tempest on 04-06-2009)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a creamy, puffy tan head.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit are present on the nose. The scent is almost stout-like. Very interesting.

T: Notes of cream, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain, black currants, ripe plums, and yeast are easily detected. The finish is very toasty with grain, chocolate, and coffee flavors.

M: Full bodied, thick, and creamy. Surprisingly drinkable for its strength. There is a complete absence of any sort of alcohol burn.

O: This ale falls somewhere between a typical Belgian strong dark ale and a stout in terms of flavor. It's an interesting beer, but I wish it leaned more clearly toward one style. Could be excellent if it were brewed to better fit into one clearly defined category.

Photo of stcules
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, mahogany edges. Light brown foam.
In the smell toasted malt, intense, dry plums, light burnt, a bit of raisins. Important. Even cocoa in powder. And well balanced.
Balanced taste, too. Malty, then sharp cocoa, chocolate, liquorice, roast. Round. And a good bitterness, and candy sugar.
In the aftertaste caramel, candy sugar, and a red fruitiness, in a beautiful balance.
Nine pe rcent alcohol, but you don't feel it.
Pleasantly and easily drinkable.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle courtesy of a Beermasons subscription, poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Has a very deep brown colour with a nice looking beige head of foam that has some streaky lacing to it and while the foam was large, it didn't fall away super quick.

Smells firstly of chocolate and in a smooth and not over the top manner. Some banana is there as well, along with plum. Smell starts to get a bit boozy later on, mixed with a bit of yeast.

Decently yeasty, it has some hint of the dark fruits in the nose but not a lot. It does avoid tasting boozy, which was a bit of a worry with some of the smell.

Body is well matched for the beer style, relatively well balanced finish to it, given the size and the style.

Good solid beer, flavours don't really match the level of the smell and that is the only let-down, and it is only small.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle at Biercraft in Vancouver.

A: Massive 1.5" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over thick dark brown liquid.

S: Very yeasty and some malt.

T: Not as sweet as other Belgian Strong Dark Ales, this beer begins bitter and finishes malty and semi-sweet.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A nice malty and semi-sweet Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Definitely not as sweet as I had expected based on other more popular beers of this style.

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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.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle shared with some locals 17/7/11

A cloudy caramel brown with a couple bubbles and a little foam

S faint plum and brown sugar and yeast

T some hoppy earthy notes with even more brown sugar but also hard toffee and a little bruised banana

M turns to foam in your mouth, with a fair bit less bubbles it might feel creamy

O flavor was there and the booze was well concealed, not a bad beer

wasn't even sure what style this was before we opened it, thanks to EskimoDave for sending this one my way

Photo of spicelab
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beermasons for bringing this to Oz. Huge fan of this brewery so really excited to try this.

Dark treacle with an uber-sized quite dense off-white head. Retention is good, and when the head finally abates it leaves a good whack of gravity-defying lace.

Nose shows lots of peppery phenols and a pleasant woodiness, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, muscovado sugar, boiled lollies and a slight presence of grassy funk and underneath it all.

Taste disappoints somewhat. The depth in the nose just doesn't come through. Raisins, molasses and plums mainly with a moderate booziness, which becomes conspicuous largely because of the lack of flavours for it to showcase.

Not all that thick for 9%. Mild tingle for the tongue Finish is drier than I expected with a mild back palate bitterness, although it's not unpleasant. Despite its oddness as a package, I like it.

Found this a bit of a mixed bag and elusive to pigeonhole at times, but it put a smile on my dial. It lacks the complexity of flavours of the better Belgian Dark Ales and Dubbels, but has enough personality to win some kudos. The glaring booziness in search of a purpose does become tired by the end though.

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/burgundy color with a decent one-finger head into my glass. Very good presentation.

Molasses/brown sugar greet the nose, followed by just a hint of raisin as well.

Ditto on the flavor. Molasses and brown sugar. A bit chewy. Tasty. I can really dig this.

Lingering chewiness followed by molasses and brown sugar. Again, this is quite a taste example.

Very enjoyable and you can hardly tell that it's 9%! Check it out!

Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.