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Saison De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies

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BA SCORE
87
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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willjschmidt

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden color with a lot yeasty cloudiness and a huge 4 inch head.

S: Yeast, a hint of light spice, some light fruit.

T: A pretty good saison. Very grassy, herbal, with a hint of lemon. Green apples present as well. Some light spices in the form of white pepper. No sourness, very little tartness.

M: Very highly carbonated, too much actually. It affects the drinkability until come of it dissipates. You also have to wait several minutes for the 5 inch head to recede.

O: An above average saison but the over-the-top level of carbonation hinders this one a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:55:29 | More by willjschmidt
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MarioM

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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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illidurit

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into a Saison DuPont glass. Unclear bronze color with a firm eggshell head. Nice classic saison nose: slightly acidic, grassy, floral. Just a tad faint. Well-balanced flavor with a mildly sweet maltiness and plenty of drying grassiness. Very slight lemony note provides some quenching acidity. Bone dry finish with a great bitterness, highly refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little heavy midpalate but it dries back out pretty quick. Carbonation is on the bubbly side of average. An overlooked gem as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 06:05:49 | More by illidurit
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear goldenrod color and a one finger head that still curtains the chalice

Smell: Bready, with hints of grassy and herbacious elements

Taste: Cracker malt up front with a grassy, herbacious character that develops by mid-palate: funky, herbal character after the swallow, with the saaz hop flav0rs lingering in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: While I am not crazy about the combination of the grassy Saaz hops in a Belgian Saison, this is an interesting beer that is worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 22:43:40 | More by brentk56
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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errantnight

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasing, almost table saison that trends heavily towards a Belgian Golden minus a few ticks of ABV.

This pours a strong, rich, golden hue with a fluffy couple fingers of head with moderate lacing but great retention.

The nose is pleasingly aromatic, zesty floral and herbal notes, peppery with a touch of citrus. On the palate this is decidedly medium to medium-full in body, with a crisp, sparkling finish that gives a medicinal, slightly harsh bitterness. Before reaching that point, there's a refreshing, earthy, cracker and wheat mid-palate sweetness, highlighting the more floral and herbal notes. Almost a hint of lavender.

The high carbonation and aggressive hopping leaves this a bit bitter, and as it goes on it shows off a bit more alcohol than the 5.5% would seem to indicate. Despite the floral and herbal notes, the perfume-y esters and the cracker laden malt flavor really make this seem like a more full-bodied Duvel than a Saison, to my tastes.

It's good, and I'd happily drink it on pretty much any occasion, but it doesn't stand out, particularly for the cost.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 22:50:47 | More by errantnight
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-02-2013 21:02:35 | More by mdaschaf
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-15-2013 18:51:11 | More by Ciocanelu
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Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 19:03:28 | More by Gmann
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-27-2011 21:54:43 | More by Diomede
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-11-2013 01:45:08 | More by pathman
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-21-2014 17:09:02 | More by safaricook
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Jackz29

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-26-2014 02:31:28 | More by Jackz29
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jmtpi

France

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-12-2012 18:01:56 | More by jmtpi
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Docrock

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-11-2014 04:56:55 | More by Docrock
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Bobhoya

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-20-2012 15:54:17 | More by Bobhoya
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear yellowish gold body with a white head.

Aromas are herbal, floral, yeasty and maybe just a little fruity.

Herbal, almost tea like, with notes of white pepper, damp hay, vaguely lemonesque with medium hop bitterness and a dry finish. A little earthiness from the yeast, but this does not seem like a sour or even brett driven take on the style. More staright forward, balanced and complex.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkable, complex, not life changing, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:25:20 | More by BradLikesBrew
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-23-2013 22:44:09 | More by MacStinson
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pohldogg356

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-29-2012 14:26:03 | More by pohldogg356
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petluo

Finland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-08-2012 10:59:33 | More by petluo
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SupremePie

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-27-2012 21:24:54 | More by SupremePie
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rudy0908

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-16-2012 20:38:33 | More by rudy0908
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dansmcd

Australia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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
Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.