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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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 Dubber55
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

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 mj001jk
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a dark amber haze with a thick, creamy hazelnut head that persists.

The smell is extraordinary, fresh yeast, hops, dried apricot fruit, red apple, nuts and vanilla with a slight sour character. Really alive and vibrant coming out of the bottle, I can smell it from a couple of feet away.

Very nicely balanced between soft malts, aggressive hops and bittering from the dark grains. There is a lot of depth to this but the freshness dominates. The finish is dry and slightly astringent which brings down the drinkability score a little bit. Perhaps some more time in the bottle would smooth out those rough edges. For what it is worth, my wife told me after drinking this that "we HAVE to go to Belgium...". I am not going to argue with that sentiment. :-)

mj001jk, May 22, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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 ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml bottle $12. This was a very dark brown almost black with a very healthy and foamy head that even crept out of the bottle after I poured the first glass. It smelled like yeast and raisins, like a dubbel. The taste was also very much like a dubbel and complex, raisins, yeast, quite good. Overall I was impressed by this beer but given the price point I won't be purchasing a second bottle.

ArrogantB, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

a: chalice serving, hazelnut brown with a light head

s: leathery prune and perhaps some dark raisin sugars compliment a light roast, not too heavy or sweet as the base malt has been employed to keep things balanced, a citrus hop aroma and spicy yeast profile round thing out

m: medium body, light carbonation

t: dry chocolate roasts and concentrated plum, leather and raisin, darker sugary malt flavors balanced on a pale malt base, hops create a gently drying bitterness with flavors of papery citrus, subtle yeast effects

d: super drinkable for a 9% beer

draft at Max's, Baltimore

blackie, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

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 HeyItsChili
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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.

Beerenauslese, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

drpimento, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

rye726, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Travlr
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Travlr, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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 thequeen711
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

thequeen711, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

philipquarles, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

glid02, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

rtepiak, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

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 hopdog
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

hopdog, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

John_M, May 23, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

twelvsies, May 22, 2009
Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.