Noir De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke
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4.21/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
12-03-2013 18:53:45 | More by sweemzander
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-28-2013 16:55:03 | More by Absumaster
3.66/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
11-14-2013 06:39:46 | More by Erbayd
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
08-15-2013 04:10:25 | More by Mebuzzard
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-10-2013 04:41:21 | More by superspak
4.04/5 rDev +4.1%
Smell: bananas, dark fruits, and sweet maltiness
Taste: bitter dry hops with sweet dark fruits, bitters, oak, mild banana notes, with subtle milk chocolate, and brown sugar
Unfortunately, I didn't pair this with anything this time but would imagine it tasting pretty good with honey baked ham. Sorry I can't help out this time around
05-25-2013 10:18:59 | More by Blindpigbiz
Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.