Saison De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke
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Reviews by clearlydiluted:
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
a: pours a nice cloudy amber color with a finger of head and impressive lacing. the head last for quite a while
s: smells heavily of dank grassy noble hops (saaz + hallertau?), light "plastic" phenols, and hint of spice
t: a nice hoppy bite followed by fruity esters (peach? plum?), a slight sweetness, and a touch of phenols with a dry lingering finish.
m: light with a medium-high carbonation.
d: very nice saison. not super fruity, but just enough yeast character to pair with the hoppiness. reminds me of some of Upright's beers.
03-26-2011 00:28:51 | More by clearlydiluted
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4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
11.2oz bottle pulled from fridge poured into a bulb glass. no freshness date.
pours a deep, almost amber gold with a big rocky, forthy white head. lots of haziness and bits of sediment. some great retention and lots of nice sticky lace.
the aroma is full of a very sharp acidic lemon grass funk, bubblegum belgian yeast, and some light pilsner/ grainy malts in the background and maybe even a little bit of hops.
great taste! so many complex flavors. a good deal of malty body, acidic lemon citrus burst, bits of earthy funk throughout, bubblegummy belgian yeast. has quite a citrus peppery hoppy bitter finish. top notch.
medium bodied, high amount of bitey carbonation, that settles out as the beer warms. kind of sneaks up on your palate.
this is definatly one of the more drinkable saisons out there. just the right amount of funk to session all night (if you can afford it) and quite a bit of hops, as well as malts which i like! definatly worth a try if you can get it.
11-02-2010 23:53:13 | More by dogfishandi
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
Port Bottle Shop
Unfiltered golden orange with a tall and thick white head that stays around for a long time. Plenty of lacing down the glass.
Grassy and earthy aroma. Simple and pleasant.
The aroma is better than the flavor. It seems a bit like a wheat saison and not as sweet or fruity, or funky, as I tend to like them. A simple farmhouse ale. Better than average.
Medium mouthfeel. Easy to drink.
A terrific, easy drinking, light table beer. Would go great with food.
07-09-2011 02:10:44 | More by ehammond1
3/5 rDev -22.9%
Hazy yellow, decent sized frothy wide head to it. Aroma was mildly perfumish, what's the deal with these saisons?
Hay, mild aged hops, almost like a hefe yeast going on here. Metallic. Lemon and soap. Bitter.
Don't really get the hubub about this beer. Simplistic and pedestrian, but not bad.
The highlarious memory of this beer will always be myself waiting forever for the old lady volunteer at SDIBF to get around to pouring beer, so I helped myself, she shrieks "nooo! you can't pour beer yourself," with a look on her face like I just raped her granddaughter. Laughingly, I coyly smile "or what?" "Or you'll be thrown out," she says as she pours me my beer. "Thanks I said, I knew you'd get around to pouring my beer right away if I took the initiative."
Seriously. Next time you're waiting for service at a store, event etc. . . just start doing it yourself. You'll be helped out right quick.
07-27-2011 16:17:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5 rDev +8%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a hazy golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head dissipates into a thin cap on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of ripe pears and milder amounts of lightly tart green apples. Also present are good amounts of leafy and herbal hop aromas with hints of grassiness and funk.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though note quite as complex. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by soft medium fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade out a bit with the addition of solid leafy hop and slight grassy flavors that carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was impressed with this beer - a crisp and complex saison. Well worth a shot.
11-20-2010 20:20:02 | More by glid02
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-22-2012 05:09:45 | More by biboergosum
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.
Orange peel to amber gradient, cloudy, with sunglow highlights. A smooth magnolia layer of micro-cream blankets the liquid like a fine layer of snow. Sticky pasty lacing - good retention.
Cotton candy, sourdough starter, tangerine, and faint soapy wildflowers in the nose.
Surprisingly dry, earthy, and hoppy on the palate. Grassy/earthy flavors are supported by a lightly tart citrus note. Moderately bitter, crisp, mineral-laden, winter-fruit-like finish with a kiss of peppercorn. Excellent.
Well carbonated - somewhat spritzy in fact - medium-light bodied yet with the impression of being mores substantial than it is.
One of the more hop-forward Belgian examples you'll find, without abandoning tradition like many domestic versions do. Tasty, and a good value.
08-31-2010 21:06:12 | More by augustgarage
4.58/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
01-06-2012 12:55:31 | More by Filosoof
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a hazy golden color with a big pillowy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving nice lacing. A couple of shades darker than most saisons.
The aroma is sweet and perfumey. The beer has a candi sugar sweetness in the nose to go along with a floral spice from the yeast. There is some clove and pepper and a touch of hay.
The taste is quite grassy and bitter. Plenty of noble hops used here. The hops also give off a rusty metallic note. There is a floral sweetness, perhaps a touch of honey, from the malt. The flavors from the yeast are a bit subtle, mainly some fruity esters, pear and apple and a hint of raisin. This saison resides on the more earthy/bitter side of the saison spectrum.
The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation; burns the palate a little bit. Has a grassy bitterness that runs throughout the flavor profile. Fairly dry.
A good saison, especially if you like saisons on the grassy side. I prefer my saisons a little less bitter with more yeast flavor but this still works.
05-01-2011 19:03:28 | More by Gmann
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
S: Musty, yeasty, slightly floral, grassy, touch of fruit.
L: Cloudy orangish yellow, nice fluffy head, decent retention, great lacing.
T: Grassy, earthy malt, slightly grainy. Some mineralness and herbal bitterness leading to a fairly dry finish. Touch of fruit in the bitterness.
M: Very smooth medium body. Med-high carbonation.
A solid saison, i really enjoyed the flavors, i just wish the flavors were a little more bold, felt like everything was too subtle.
08-26-2010 04:48:46 | More by bum732
5/5 rDev +28.5%
I've pretty much given up on reviewing beers, but this one inspired me.
Pours a perfect, slightly cloudy yellow with a billowing white head. It leaves something that's more akin to webbing than "lacing"...must be loaded with hops. A little whiff confirms that--crisp, floral, grassy hops abound. Light pilsner malt aroma with slight yeasty hints. The taste is also quite hoppy, but in a mostly aromatic sense. That's not to say it isn't bitter--it is--but it's a dry, refreshing bitterness. Very light sweetness from the malts at the start, but it finishes without any hint of it; very well attenuated. Substantial body for a Saison with just the right amount of carbonation.
07-24-2010 05:18:17 | More by philipquarles
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
11.2 oz bottle into a Capain Lawrence tulip:
A: Pours a golden, straw yellow color with decent clarity for it being unfiltered. A two finger white head, with decent retention, leaves a good bit of lacing.
S: It smells of floral hops and toasted malt/wheat. A strong aroma of fresh cut hay enters with notes of peaches and pears. The belgian yeast is ever-present adding complexity and depth.
T: The hops assert themselves from the start, floral grassy goodness. The fruit notes from the nose are much more subtle on the palate. This in no way detracts from the overall flavor, in fact I find it more inviting this way. A barnyard funkiness is present in the form of freshly pitched hay. It finishes with a pleasant flash of bittering hops, bone dry.
M: Light and bubbly, par for the style.
D: I enjoyed this saison and need to stock up on this beer for the summer. Not as funky as a Fantome (my favorite for the style) but complex and hop centric enough to keep me coming back for more. Cheers.
02-26-2011 03:40:29 | More by Neffbeer
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
Deep saturated rusty orange, opaque in the light. Peachy. Frothy white crop of foam, leaving trails of seafoam spray in the glass. The skim remains on the surface for awhile, then develops fissures after a few sips.
Dry herbal nose, grass, weeds, hay, with a touch of lemon zest. Swirling brings out some slightly phenolic yeast esters, adding complexity. Overall dry with a bare hint of ginger cookie sweetness.
Full bodied, ample carbonation, dry grassy aftertaste of lightly bitter noble hops. Flavor is complex with facets of dried citrus peel, herbs, wildflowers, and spicy yeast. Orange and lemon custard creaminess, followed by a mildly intense flourish of pepper, thyme, and piney hops. Something slightly perfume-like I can't put my finger on. Nice to sip and savor, it's very balanced with more complexity than your average Saison.
A creative and unique take on the style, wouldn't expect any less from De Ranke.
03-16-2011 23:06:15 | More by emerge077
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
11-30-2013 05:33:28 | More by pinyin
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Small bottle picked up last week at the COOP.... Poured into my Delirium goblet. 1" rocky head sticks around for quite a while with pretty drapes of lacing as the liquid drops... the brew is hazed lite orange.
Plenty of pale maltiness with a bit of apple ester and some punch grassy hoppiness... smells pretty nice, much more hoppy and fresh aroma than the typical saison we get here in Boise.
Flavor has a descent bitter bite up front... quickly melts into grassy/herbal hops... even hints of nasturtiums.. sorta grainy throughout, but it helps tie things together nicely... body/carbonation is the expected for the style.
I will certainly buy this one again.... refreshing on a late evening.
12-07-2010 04:18:06 | More by JohnGalt1
3.3/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
06-10-2013 19:19:52 | More by humulus
Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.