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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:14:56 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Beerenauslese


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
Photo of drpimento


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
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 21:57:17 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of rye726


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a silky tan head and some light lace. Nose has peppery yeast, dark malts and chocolate. Taste is is sweet with a touch of bitter hops, cocoa and herbal yeast. Medium body is well carbonated. Nothing spectacular, but a nice BSDA from De Ranke. I wish it had some funk.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 05:55:24 | More by rye726
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle at Churchkey. Very muddy brown with a medium head that settles quickly, leaving slight lacing. Hops are evident in the aroma, along with a hint of spice, maybe coriander. Malts dominate the taste, although it is pretty well balanced, and the spice is again evident. Finish has a slight sourness. Nice one.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 14:27:05 | More by Travlr
Photo of peabody


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 00:49:40 | More by peabody
Photo of thequeen711


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppish character, but claims to have 9 different malts...A beautiful chocolate pour with hints of amber, slight head retention, the hops are detected through the nose, as well as the taste, but it is the malty goodness that makes this beer a winner. A great combo of hops and malt to make this a worthy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2009 03:49:23 | More by thequeen711
Photo of philipquarles


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from Feb '09. Pours a hazy dark brown with orange highlights. Meringue-like light tan head that refuses to die. Smells of the normal De Ranke yeast (fruity and quite tangy) with a lot of floral hop character. Very light chocolaty malt notes. Tastes of dark roasted malt and more floral, aromatic hops, along with more yeast notes. Hints of cocoa and dark fruits. Dry finish. Medium-full body. Gets better as it warms. Not my favorite beer from De Ranke, but then again that might depend on my mood. Still a phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 23:55:35 | More by philipquarles
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with dark ruby highlights. The head is one-finger of off-white foam that recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and herbal hops with solid amounts of dark fruit aromas that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark fruit and herbal hop flavors stand out over smooth and lightly roasted malt flavors. As with the aroma the dark fruit flavors gain steam as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is another solid beer from De Ranke. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 01:12:31 | More by glid02
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of the bottle it felt like a vigorously carbonated higher alcohol dubbel. it smelled mildly peppery, belgian candy cane, and alcohol. palate is a surprising chocolate porter molasses quality with a very dry finish. herbal and malty as it should be. clove and pepper hop bitter with a sweet floral perfume finish. quite mild complex belgian sugar esters.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 09:41:12 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 05:42:36 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On draft at Deep Ellum. This beer pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of yeast and dark malt. Flavor of roasted/charred malt, sweet malt. Overall, I thought that this beer was pretty decent actually and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 16:51:05 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 15:09:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of hopdog


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle stamped 02 2014.

Poured a deeper copperish color with an averaged ized off white head. Hazy and cloudy. Aromas of yeastiness, fruity, toasty, and floral. Tastes of the same fruitiness, chocolate, toasty and roasty. Some lacing left on the glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 13:13:40 | More by hopdog
Photo of John_M


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 14:15:54 | More by John_M
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big fan of De Ranke, I was surprised I hadn't heard of this beer when I stumbled upon it at Julio's the other day. I'm glad they have a new beer. This one is pretty solid, and darker than anything they've put out before. A tawny brownish color, thin tan head of foam. Spicy, coco aroma. Lots of roastyness to this one, full of a nice light coco chocolaty character backed by some herbal spicy hops and a nice mellow fruity yeast. Not overly catchy though. Was surprised at how easy drinking and palatable this beer is despite the dark color. Nice carbonation. This is a really mellow beer at 9%, but also didn't come right out and hit me with anything spectacular or complex, like most of the others in the De Ranke lineup. Still a really tasty and flavorful brew that I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:12:40 | More by twelvsies
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 10:44:41 | More by tempest
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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.