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Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tempest on 04-06-2009)
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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

De Ranke's Noir de Dottignies is a fairly interesting and unique Belgian strong dark ale, with focus on roasted malt flavors more than others in the style. A refreshing take on the style, one that I wouldn't mind drinking again at some point, though a bottle is expensive enough to have this only be an occasional purchase.

Pours ~3cm tall head, made up of beige-colored, small bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, the foam lasting several minutes in a gradual decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, with a moderate amount of fairly large blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out dark amber-brown hues around the edges of the beer. Carbonation visible along the sides of the glass, high in number and activity.

Aroma of amber Belgian candy sugar (sweet, dark caramel syrup), cocoa, toasted bread crusts, and low raisin and grape ester. In general, the scents are more roasted and less grape ester, prunes and raisins than your typical BSDA, though the latter are still there in a minor capacity. Unique and pleasing.

Overall flavor is of smooth, noticeable roasted cocoa joined to toasted bread, slight grape ester, and mild bitterness. Front of palate tastes amber candy sugar sweetness with mild cocoa, marshmallow, and toasted bread qualities. Mid-palate of creamy, smooth roasted malt that brings in something akin to dark chocolate or cocoa with marshmallow cream, a bit of vanilla, and slight ethanol. Back of palate tastes cocoa, toasted bread, raisins, prunes, grape ester, and yeast. Aftertaste is of bitterness from roasted malts and hops, a bit of bitter cocoa, Belgian candy sugar (sweet, dark caramel syrup), and toasted bread.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a highly foamy mouthfeel that suits the beer fairly well, the style similarly, though perhaps could benefit from a bit of creamy smoothness to encourage slower sipping. Ethanol detectable only as a slight burn on the back of the throat at the close of each sip; in general, fairly well-hidden. Closes dry, with medium-heavy stickiness clinging to the palate.

falloutsnow, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Synapstic
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Synapstic, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of phishdaly
4/5  rDev +3.1%

phishdaly, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 10/2015

(A)- Pours such a dark brown; it looks black. Produced a giant tan frothy head that stuck around for awhile. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A dry bready yeast meets prune, raisin, and biscuit. Subtle dark toasted background.

(T)- Just mountains of raisin and prune and plum. The yeast is so striking that it comes off like a chocoalte creme thing in there slapped onto a loaf of freshly baked bread.

(M)- A lively zesty carbonation level. Very low bitterness amidst a rich and yeasty body, but quite smooth and fruity too.

(O)- This has that surprising chocolate character to the yeast that really creates something special in the glass for the style. This bottle clearly has a year or two of time on it and it drank excellently.

sweemzander, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale with a creamy head, which settles into a velvet layer on the side of the glass.

The smell of candisugar and dark malts, which offer a dark bread crust and raisiny smell. The dark malts are a little more roasted and dark crystal-like than the usual dark ale. The yeast seems to add a slightly fruity, red fruit smell.

The taste is dark, full of candisugar and dark malts, a bready, raisiny and light roasted taste. The name Noir suggested a porter or stout to me and although this is more a belgian strong, it is more roasted than the style. There is an edge of roast, which adds a maltbitterness and a depth of dark chocolate and roast in general. The mouthfeel is sticky, yet a bit lacking in complexity.

Absumaster, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

cwd, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of od_sf
4/5  rDev +3.1%

od_sf, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Erbayd
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, and poured into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Series Glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with about an inch of beige foam. Not very clear, but when I hold it up to the light I can see that it's got a great ruby color to it.

S: Complex and enjoyable, with an immediate strong belgian yeast scent along with molasses, roasted malt, candi sugar, dates, and cloves. Definitely my favorite aspect of this beer.

T: What first really stood out to me about this beer is its roasty and smokey character. Bitter and slightly smokey in the beginning with a moderate sweet caramel flavor and warming alcohol presence revealed later on. Dry finish with an earthy aftertaste.

M: pretty light with low levels of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: A great beer, but if I was choosing between this and other Belgian Strong Dark Ales I'd be tempted to grab something else. Personally I found it to be too heavy on the toasted malt flavor and I would prefer more of the dark fruit flavors typically associated with beers of this style.

Erbayd, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of seyton
4/5  rDev +3.1%

seyton, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Hultkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hultkrantz, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Anatole
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Adamah_Adonai, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

aztraz, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Mebuzzard, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jheezee, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Hessian257, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of trebbates
4/5  rDev +3.1%

trebbates, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Kmat10, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of CCutch
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

CCutch, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

CasanovaCummins, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of KStark
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

KStark, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

superspak, Jun 10, 2013
Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.