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Saison De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies

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BA SCORE
88
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%


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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philipquarles

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 05:18:17 | More by philipquarles
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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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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: great rocky head, amber color
S: great nose, yeasty, malty, traditional Belgium saison
T: extremely well-balanced, all the classic hallmarks of a traditional saison, yeasty, earthy, good malt and great hop balance, not overly bitter
M: soft
D: extremely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:38:33 | More by wisrarebeer
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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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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I consumed this bottle at Bruge Beertjie on 4/23/10 upon the recommendation of Daisy (the owner) when I asked for a flavorful saison.

Appearance: Pours a radiant tangerine with the slightest honey folds, a 1 finger white crown, moderate retention, and great lace.

Smell: Apricots, tangerines, loads of brett (but not much lemon surprisingly).

Taste: Same as nose but more brett dominant. Really "soft" brett bomb.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied, refreshing.

Drinkability: Outstanding.

My favorite De Ranke brew to date....Home Run!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 15:54:50 | More by koopa
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. This one is up there with the best of them. Farmhouse without tons of the funk and sour. Just a light, slightly spicy, very hoppÝ (more so on tap, but wonderful in the bottle as well) proper saison. The hop character and the purity of the water, ingredients and brewing process really make this one a stand-out. Almost creamy mouthfeel with just the slightest prickle of pepper. Delicious and hard not to schwill at 5.5%. So glad to see this in the US. So glad to see this style getting the recognition it deserves.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 13:29:07 | More by timtim
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cap is extremely well sealed on the bottle. Seemed to take an awful lot of effort to prise it off. Pours a light and hazy straw yellow colour, with a huge and boisterous head of fluffy white. Lacing is complex and confusing. Refined fine bubbling of carbonation through the body. Looks lively; a great look for a saison.

Smell is exquisite. Lots of white wine cork, crushed lemon myrtle, slight vegetative funk and a crisp acidity. A little deeper, there's a rough meatiness to it as well, adding a round Belgian yeast note to the already pungent characters. What a ripe and raucous Saison aroma.

Taste is clear and biting, with a crisp savoury note through the centre that blossoms into a lingering and freshly smooth bitterness on the back. Minimal acidity, but there's lots of organics - big crushed vegetation characters, a woody earthiness lending a slight almond flavour midway through and a crispness on the palate which excites the taste buds. It's a fabulous saison.

An exceptional drop of beer, and a fantastic example of the style. The complexity and the subtlety work beautifully in tandem to make this exciting and drinkable in equal proportions. Ah, no one beats the Belgians at a good saison. And this isn't just good - it's magnificent.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:30:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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scoots511

California

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy, very light amber color. White head, pours not too big, not too small, good lacing.

S: Nice clean grassy saison smell

T: Great refreshing clean taste.

M: High carbonation gives off fine bubbles in my mouth complementing the clean flavor of this saison

O: This is the best Saison I've had. I've tried this on-tap and was very impressed and it is just as great this time out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:50:35 | More by scoots511
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Halcyondays

California

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy goldenrod with a foamy white head out of the tap. Some lace.

S: Dry grainy notes, definite hop character, yeasty.

T: Possibly the hoppiest saison I've ever had, De Ranke certainly likes their hops. Lots of raw grass/hay type flavours, some floral aspect mixed with a tasty pils type malt component. Yeasty and rustic which I liked and added another element.

M: Super dry, medium-bodied, very smooth.

D: A similar hop profile to De Ranke XX Bitter which I wasn't the hugest fan of, but everything is integrated a lot better here. Nice ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 22:30:21 | More by Halcyondays
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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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augustgarage

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 21:06:12 | More by augustgarage
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors after hearing some good buzz. I generally like most De Ranke offerings anyway. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with three fingers of creamy white foam that very slowly dissipates leaving a thick cap and some fingers of lace. The body is a hazed apricot color with a bit column of bubbles rising from the middle of the glass.

S - Big zesty hop character, with grass, herbs, citrus, and a touch of soap. The malt backbone is is heavy in grain and peppery yeast - is there wheat in this?

T - The taste is also heavy with European hops - herbal bitterness, light pepper, some fresh-cut grass, and a touch of lemon. Malt character is very light, with notes of dough and sugar-free wafers. Finish is mostly floral and grassy, with light residual bitterness.

M - Body is medium-light, with some refreshing carbonation spritz to it. Texture is has some grit and grain to it, but it's not off-putting. Finish is lightly sticky, but with some hoppy enamel coating resinous character as well.

D - Other than the price there's nothing to prevent mass consumption of this brew. Among the best "regular" Farmhouse ales I've had (i.e. no funk, barrels, fruit, or high ABV).

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:46:14 | More by MasterSki
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codewarrior

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL singleton poured into a snifter.

De Ranke never ceases to impress, and this beer had been recommended to me by 3 separate beer geeks before I finally picked it up at Colorado Liquor Mart. (I have since seen this in large format 750mL bombers at Joy liquors on 6th in Denver)

L: Golden hay colored. Cloudy, entirely unfiltered for sure. Soapy whit head, 2-fingers.

S: Crisp and bitter ultimately. Lots of funk and wheat up front. Complex, yet not over-thought.

T: Starts sweet and wheat-y, and then launches into an old-sock funky bitterness. Notes of berries in the finish, lingers just long enough, with just a touch of bitterness.

F: Refreshingly crisp. Great light feel. Nearly perfect for a saison.

D: Amazingly drinkable, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:18:15 | More by codewarrior
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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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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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

33cl bottle as an extra from EskimoDave - cheer man!

Pours a darker than normal golden, creamy white head which leaves light sticky lacing down the glass.

I feel this one is a little heftier in the malt category, bready with a hint of mineral. Some really lovely musty funk dominates the nose and weaves its way through the body, quite well hopped for a saison, grassy with a pleasant bite in the finish. Lemon, a light tropical fruitiness, sweet malty body with loads of complexity. Mouthfeel is chewy, a touch over carbonated for my liking but solid.

This was really fantastic, though I thought the carbonation brought down the drinkability a bit. Still, this is world class. Thanks Dave!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 19:29:52 | More by ritzkiss
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dogfishandi

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 23:53:13 | More by dogfishandi
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: The beer appears hazy and yellow, with a moderately sized head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: The aroma is quite floral, with spices following behind.

T: The flavor is grassy and herbal, with mild funk. Spices and a subtle hop presence linger in the finish.

M: Medium / thin body with solid carbonation.

D: A pretty tasty saison. I would happily have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:54:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a small tartness and quite barnyardy. In the taste, quite earthy and a nice mixture of citrus and tartness. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthy aftertaste. Earthy, tart and citrus notes, I can drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 21:28:41 | More by OWSLEY069
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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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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy gold pour with a big creamy white head that laced exceptionally well and had good retention. Bready, slightly herbal nose, with some lemon and pepper mixed in. Intriguing...

Good flavour has the breadiness as a backbone, overlaid with lemon pepper, minerals and earth with the slightest kiss of honey. Some saaz-like bite in the finish. Wonderful soft mouthfeel has the kind of pillowy carbonation that I love, and works perfectly for this beer.

An awesome saison as you would expect from De Ranke. Cheers Eric!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:12:49 | More by bobsy
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am very appreciative to Stakem for sharing this upon a recent visit to his abode. enjoyed chilled slightly from a tulip.

A reddish hued amber with golden highlights and two fingers of off white foam w/ tiny bead, lace sticks well. The smell of bready and biscuit malt w/ light yeasty fruit esters and slight pepper from the hops is a by the numbers yet enjoyably fragrant saison aroma. The mild melon notes add a little extra with slight honeyish malt scent. The feel is great, nice creamy yeasty and somewhat bitter feel with moderately high carbonation and a slightly tangy almost stonefruit like elemnent w/ mild leafy dry texture as it finished with slight hint of alcohol in the tail end.

This saison has a nice herbal and light bitter hop flavor with a nice blend of malt and yeast too, the hint of stone fruit is kind of cherry-like which is probably a yeast derived flavor with som creamy and toasted malt synergy. The mild biscuity element is there with the hops adding counterbalance. I enjoy the woody elements from the hops and the yeast gives slight dry edge to the finish. Overall a pretty great beer-reminds me of a classic saison you may have tried from Belgium, Saison Dupont. I like the hop flavor and herbal qualities, it is dry and very drinkable -Cheers Adam!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 14:09:33 | More by Slatetank
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rtepiak

Poland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it at moeder lambic in brussels in june... saison season... or at least the end of it. great pour of a proper straw color orange murky with a nice lacy head. nose not as funky as some but still backed with a nice saaz hop core and herbal quality. palate is dry yet fruity. nice citrus mild and delightful straw must quality. thyme and licorice. orange and grassy. a great example and very well rounded. could taste the freshness in the bottle. would like to see what its like in 6 months.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 22:13:00 | More by rtepiak
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this on tap and loved it, and so when I found bottles at State Line the other day, I made sure I grabbed one.

Pouring a hazy orange with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a disk leaving a moderate amount of lace, this is a good looking beer. The nose is dominated by Saaz hops, though not as much as the version I had on tap was, with grass, earth and lemon. The mildly diminished hop character (and the fact that I have the yeast in my glass), makes this a rather significantly different beer, this is rounder and softer, with some honey, a little bread and a delicate spiciness.

The palate opens hoppy with the grassy and lemony hop character being most noticeable, along with the dry, cracker-like malt and an excellent bouquet of delicate herbal and spice character. Almost thyme-like with some pepper, this is excellent stuff. Just a touch juicy in the mid-palate, this beer is quite excellent. The finish is excellent, long-lasting and delicate with the hops and the spices in great balance. A little yeasty as well, I really like this. Light in body, this is soft and rounded, with a crisp carbonation. Excellent stuff, I'd gladly drink more and prefer this out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 03:40:33 | More by DefenCorps
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glid02

Georgia

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 20:20:02 | More by glid02
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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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Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
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