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Saison De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies

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BA SCORE
88
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: koopa on 05-10-2010)
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy bronze color with an inch plus of airy beige head that slowly recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Very strong earthy, spicy aroma.

Very well balanced flavor profile. Earthy, grassy, hint of lemon with pepper and spices.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that gives it a crisp finish. Earthy aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this saison. I was afraid from the aromas it was going to focus too much on one flavor or another. However, it is very well balanced and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:05:03 | More by srhoadsy
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MarioM

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Golden pale yellow with a white soapy head that quickly dissipated o a rim of medium bubbles with a few left over patches of small bubbles in the center.

S: Earthy hay like almost grassy hops on the nose with a gentle sweet malt character in the background. Definitely a hoppy example.

T: Sweet malt comes through then followed by the hops. Not as hoppy as I assumed. Definitely more malt forward with that typical musty farmhouse thing going on.

M: High carbonation adds a nice feel to the sweet malty beer and adds to the dryness. Nice bitterness lingers and is quite refreshing. Definitely feels thicker than a dry 5.5 % abv saison but saison yeast coupled with high carbonation can work wonders.

O: A nice malt forward, yet hoppy saison. Nice farmhouse character, drinkable and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 05:10:05 | More by MarioM
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Eisen

Washington

3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Piraat tulip: cloudy with a thick white head. Smells yeasty and saisony. Not anything fantastic. Taste like white wine was mixed into the batch, which seems out of place considering the low abv. Taste does improve as it is drunk. Overall, interesting beer, but there are better saisons for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:14:34 | More by Eisen
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pinyin

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saisons are somewhat new to me, but it looks as though I chose a great one when I found a bottle of this at Whole Foods on Bowery and Houston.

Very smooth and refined, albeit pricey.

I would love to find a case of this stuff, but even at my goto craft brew suppliers it is really difficult to find this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 05:33:28 | More by pinyin
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on glass as beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pear, apple, powdery yeasty esters, spiciness, bready and pale malts, and Belgian candy.

Taste: Pear, apple, lemony, powdery yeast, spicy, pilsner and pale malts, some Belgian candy, and lingering mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little chewy, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, and enjoyable.

Overall: This Saison is like a light triple. I was expecting more on the spicy and flavorful end, but was left short of my expectations. Still happy that it is a borderline triple.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:09:52 | More by Flounder57
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in a new IPA glass over 20 minutes in an ocean sun.
Hemp emanates from the frothing bottle right upon opening.
Soapy pour, moderate cohesive retention, spotty lacing. Unfiltered opaque haze with visible, vigorous bubbling.
After hemp scents clear a bit, cloves and some resin and peanuts come through. Yeast kissed with lemon zest is sensible, too.
More citrus in the mouth. Chewy sourdough and sage. The nuttiness persists in the taste, as well. Ropey funk is rather unrelenting, though--some space for more of the apples and some added bright spice would be better.
For all the visible bubbles, it needs the buzz of more carbonation, since the relatively low alcohol won't cut through. The result is a rather flat, drab feel of cream on the tongue--it just slides back and once in the glottis, it's done.
Breaking this beer down into component assessments makes for the potential for an unfair review, overall. Because it is greater than the sum of its parts. De Ranke needs to balance its drugs more evenly, though--cut back on the ganja and add more booze.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:39:24 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of dense white head. Decent retention, average lacing.

S: Very light aroma. Starts out with apricots and a touch of musty funk.

T: Musty with a bit of peppercorn. Light to moderate bitterness to balance. Very, very mild.

M: Medium thickness with moderate carbonation.

O: There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it's pretty bland.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:56:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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humulus

Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy, apricot yellow with a high, creamy foam.

S: grassy, citrus, melon and some acid. An unpleasant odeur of urine.

T: malt and fruit sweetness. Yeast, a saaz-type bitterness and green apples with an acidic punch.

M: high carbonation, small bubbles.

O: refreshing, but a little tame. Smell brings down the overall impression.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 19:19:52 | More by humulus
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is all all white, light head. After quite some time the slightly hazy, golden liquid rises while the head settles, but man it goes slowly. Nice lacings.

S: Dry, sour and yeatsy. Stable and some leather. Hay and freshly cut grass and nettles. Malty. Citric.

T: RIch malt with lots of yeasty and sour notes. Lots of stable and hay/grass/nettles. Well balanced and very complex.

B: Rather thin body, but with the sour yeastyness - that's not a problem. Carbonation is rich, but the small bubbles are smooth. Aftertaste is rather short and very sour.

O: A very well-crafted and complex Saison. The rather low ABV is not an issue - fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 18:10:05 | More by Sunnanek
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popery

California

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color. Quite cloudy. Opaque. Big off-white head. Rocky. Good retention, lots of lacing. Solid clumps of bubbles stick to the glass. Fun paper-wrapping on the bottle. Lots of sweet, fresh grain in the aroma. Musty, yeast character. Smells dry. Very fruity. I'm getting a big tropical note with some stone fruit and citrus - pineapples, mangoes, peaches, apricots and lemons. A little bit of pepper spice. The taste starts with pale malt, nice and sweet. Lots of tropical and light stone fruit. Dry and dusty finish with a touch of hop bitterness. Medium body, fairly smooth. Despite the dry finish, it's still quite gentle. Very good beer. It hits the traditional saison notes and puts some of its own unique spin on the style. Happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 05:32:49 | More by popery
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, produced a rocky white head, showed average retention, but lacing is very solid. Colour is an orangey amber gold and quite hazy. Lots of carbonation visible, attractive beer. 3.75

S- apricots and light tropical fruits, pineapple. A full flowery yeastiness, barn floor, a bit of fruity acidity. Good balanced saison-style aromas, with a bit of aged dank lemon. 4

T- soft malty creaminess, then a subtle fruity yeast character. Lemon, hay, pear, a slight peanut. More drying acidity to the finish, crisp. A fair bit of interesting soft complexity, mineral notes, lychee, fields. Very well balanced and interesting with subtle complexities. Very tasty as it develops. 4.25

M- lots of soft carbonation, moderate light body with some balancing citrus bitterness. A clean refreshing finish, mild dry aftertaste. 4

A very good example of the style, well-made. Yeast is pretty understated and brings some interesting lemon citrus notes forward with a mild farmhouse complexity. It is rather mild and refreshing, light on bitterness, but with some cool things going on for sure. Worth a try definitely but not my favourite saison. Delicious and easy to drink. 4

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:03:06 | More by mick303
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recommendation from Adam at Platinum Liquor.

Pours a pale gold colour; cloudy. Head is cream-coloured, dense and fluffy on top. Retaining well. Lace is clingy and producing some inspiring patterns. Lovely.

Smells quite nice. Funky and organic, with notes of soil, farm animals and earthy spice, with a nice floating fruit aroma as well - some packham pear, apricot and underfermented champagne. Pleasant, but par for the saison course.

Taste is more saisony, even. Rubbery upfront, with some barnyard funk - soil and coriander characters, grains of paradise and, and some lighter floral notes of lavender and maybe frangipani. Very nice mix, lots of organic flavours. Quite an earthy funk, especially on the bitter back, but overall a very nice, drinkable BElgian palate, with lots of flavour.

Swills nicely in the mouth. Not too dry on the back. Really quite pleasant.

Textbook saison, really. All the weird yeasty notes are present and vibrant, and overall it's tasty and drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:09:23 | More by laituegonflable
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

De Ranke's saison plays up an interesting combination of saison yeast-influenced bubblegum character with caramel and/or toasted malts and a variety of hop and vegetation-like characters. One to keep an eye out for and pick up if seen, though a bit expensive at $4.30 for a 12oz bottle.

Pours a subtly off-white head, composed of small bubbles with high density, with fairly good head retention, the foam lasting a few minutes. As it descends, it leaves subtle strands of lacing, but nothing particularly substantial. Over time, the head collapses to a ring around the glass with wispy remnants of bubbles atop the rest of the body. The beer's body is about 75% opaque, a golden-brown with orange tint (light bringing out the yellow-orange hues). Carbonation is fairly vigorous and easily visible from the center and along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of modest, but noticeable caramel malts, bubblegum, a bit of coriander, modest Brettanomyces, and unknown but other savory herbs.

Taste opens with caramelized sugar sweetness, slightly akin to baked butternut squash. The toasted malt sweetness develops on the front of the palate, eventually involving slight Brettanomyces-related plastic resin as well. Mid-palate brings in continued caramel malt sweetness, rich bubblegum, subtle bright fruit esters, continued mild Brettanomyces character, and underlying toasted malt sweetness. Closes out with renewed baked butternut squash-like sweetness tied to savory herbs, bubblegum, and mild Brettanomyces. Lingering aftertaste of mildly bitter hops and herbs atop toasted malt sweetness.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with mid-level carbonation that leads to a beer that foams up on the palate rather substantially. The resultant mouthfeel is generally smooth and pillowy, interestingly accentuating the beer's heft. The finish is dry with a bit of savory and slightly bitter herb qualities across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 06:21:49 | More by falloutsnow
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dansmcd

Australia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddy river water colour, with a thick white head and swirls of sediment.

S - Mould, wet blanket, apple cider vinegar. Sour and rustic.

T - Bags of funky yeast here, peach, pear and apple cider.

M - Chalky in the finish, high carbonated and pritzy.

O - Plenty of farmhouse character.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 08:04:17 | More by dansmcd
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 750ml wrapped bottle stamped BB 06.2016 its a little over 1 year old

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger white head that recedes to a fresh cap just a touch of lazy

S- spicy, floral, musty and earthy

T-lemon bread with apples and earthy musty tastes with pepper and a slight hop bite

M- tart an fruity with a slight hop bitterness,nicely carbonated with a slight yeast funk

O- classic saison well done refreshing with nice layers of flavors as it warms

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:51:16 | More by gatornation
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Pours a hazy but still quite bright dense orange. One finger white head quickly recedes to a thin lacing. Decent lacing though

S- Refreshing herbal/grassy feel. Maybe a hint of spiciness. That's pretty much it, and it's also quite weak

T- Luckily, more than the smell suggested. Sweet entrypoint with maybe some light notes of caramel and honey. A refreshing herbal/grassy feel in both tongue and aftertaste, with a bit of bitterness to it, is nicely backed up by citric notes of lemon and orange. Light fizzy spiciness on the tongue. Grassy bittering notes remind of XX Bitter, though in a much lighter way

M- Light to medium body. Pretty high, but overall still pleasantly fizzy carbonation, expecially on the tongue. A bit too watery on the palate

O- This is an highly drinkable, easy beer, which also feels very refreshing with such high temperatures. A 4 overall can't be denied, but this is a pretty average saison

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 17:04:45 | More by Cozzatoad
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, wrapped in a paper outer shell. Massive over-foaming at cap poppage - thank you, refermentation and 'taste evolution'.

This beer appears a cloudy, almost opaque without backlighting, medium golden hue, with a towering column of thin, boisterously foamy white head, which leaves a sudsy, 3 year old's idea of a landscape portrait of lace around the glass as it slowly and steadily recedes.

It smells of pale, grainy malt, black peppercorn, sharp, somewhat funky yeast, and fruity, grassy hops. The taste is edgy, wheaty grain, a bit of oily lemongrass tartness, more softly funky yeast, a weaker white pepper spiciness, and sparkly earthy, herbal, leafy hops.

The carbonation is still rather fizzy and frothy, the body a medium-light weight under all that, and more or less smooth in the face of that general tart, herbal character. It finishes just off-dry, the grain asserting itself to a degree, as the pepper, yeast, and hops dance a merry tango.

A decent enough saison, nice and peppery and kind of fruity - hell, I weirdly had a sneezing fit halfway through, as the pepper essence executed its little transformation. Anyways, a rather enjoyable affair, after that messy start.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 05:09:45 | More by biboergosum
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is murk burnt gold with a fluffy, loose white head leaving scattered, foamy lace. Bottle best before 7/2015, so this very well may be fresh if only stamped out 3 years.

Smell is laden with tropical fruit esters. Nose tingling seltzer like quinine. Earthy hops. Sweet cereals as it warms, the esters growing more lime like.

Taste is also classic, but the earthy, herbal hop flavors are much more robust than the esters, unlike the nose. The finish is spicy.

Mouthfeel is dry, slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, a classic, rustic saison, but with a modern twist from the big punch of nobles.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:31:01 | More by ccrida
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and minimal lacing

S-yeast, malt, lemon , grass

T-malt, lemon grass, earthy notes, slight yeast funk

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp sharp mouthfeel

O-a nice Saison with good balance and earthy flavor! Good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 22:22:59 | More by MDDMD
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic authentic saison aroma, but the taste could be sharper. Bright white head could have lasted longer. Its about a year old so the "massive hoppiness" is gone. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy. This would not be the most refreshing on a hot day but the complexity is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 00:40:28 | More by mdwalsh
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been waiting pop this one for about 8 months. It's nice outside, it's Spring-time. It goes pop...

Very nice looking beer. The only non-5 is the retention and lacing. Otherwise a brilliant gold, semi hazed, nice rocky white foamy head.

Faint aroma of apples, lemon zest, white pepper and sweet biscuits.

Flavors are good, but just very soft. Nothing pops out and takes control or even says "hi, how ya doing". Lemon and orange zest slumber, white pepper goes away, no coriander or herbal spice. While there's nothing bad in it, it's just a ho-hum profile. Slight bite with the hops, but...

very dry, too. Like air-dry rather than biting dry. It evaporates.

A good salad beer, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 18:00:28 | More by Mebuzzard
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Served cool.

Pours a gold yellow body with a hazy reddish hue. Off white head that is the proper thickness for the style.

Nice aromas. Immediately smelling mown grass and clay. Some lemon and coriander notes as well.

Herbal notes for taste. Some lemon and very quenching. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and not over the top carbonation.

I think that this is a spot on saison. A saison the way it was meant to be. Very quenching, easy drinking, flavors that are subdued but present. Not a bland beer in the least.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 23:06:08 | More by jneiswender
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Pours a nice layer big layer of white head. Color is a clear vibrant gold. Nice lace.

Aroma: dry with earthy notes. Pears and spice. Spices. Bready malts. Herbal. Some lemon citrus.

Taste: apple skin and pears. Bready malts and spices. Belgian yeast favors. A little alcohol shows. Apple sauce. Earthy and herbal flavors.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Very dry. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, a nice saison that drinks easily. Very traditional. I could drink a fair amount of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:36:39 | More by mothman
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another lovely beer of The Ranke. Perfect bitterness.

L: trouble, wheatbeer look, unequal top, last less long than I expected;
S: perfect; spicy, hopbitterish;
T: difficult to describe, in line with the smell, tiny sweety, perfect bitter ending; this beer holds the middle between a wheatbeer (though there isn't wheat in it) and an BIPA.
M: alcohol and aftertaste are nice; carbonation could be a bit stronger;
O: great spicy, fresh beer, longing for the sun to return.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 12:55:31 | More by Filosoof
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with two fingers of thick white head. Sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of grass, lemon, black pepper, herbal notes, yeast and a touch of malts.

The taste matches the aroma pretty well. Grass, lemon, spicy herbal notes, yeast and black pepper. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied with a sharp carbonation.

Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:54:26 | More by Monkeyknife
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Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
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