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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

171 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +26%
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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rudy0908

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-16-2012 20:38:33 | More by rudy0908
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pohldogg356

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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


3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-25-2012 14:33:15 | More by Julien
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-11-2012 18:31:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-21-2012 23:09:17 | More by samEBC
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
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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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-18-2011 16:05:42 | More by MaineMike
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a compact white head that laces fairly deep into the glass. Carbonation seems fairly sluggish compared to many Belgian saisons.

S: Aromas of hay, lemon, grass, and tea are balanced by a hint of minerality. Neither as funky nor as yeasty as I was expecting. I'm not sure this really smells all that much like a saison.

T: Notes of lemon, wet hay, grass, minerals, pineapple, white pepper, herbs, honey, and tea dominate the palate. There is a slight hint of yeasty funk on the backtaste. The finish is bitter and grassy with herbal, citrusy hop notes balanced by flavors of pepper and tea.

M: Light bodied and dry with crisp carbonation. Unfortunately, the beer loses its fizz around mid-palate and finishes on a slightly watery, flabby note. This seems to happen with many younger saison brands (I had the same issue with Saison de St. Feuillien).

O: This is a solid saison, but is not really all that representative of the style. I'm not sure why it is rated so highly on here. Overall, I can say that this is a pretty good ale, but there are far better examples of the style out there. Also, this is probably the weakest beer in De Ranke's outstanding lineup. Don't avoid this one, but make a point of trying Saison Dupont, La Moneuse, Saison de Pipaix, Fantome, and Saison D'Epeautre first.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 13:32:40 | More by mrfrancis
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-27-2011 21:54:43 | More by Diomede
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-26-2011 02:34:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BeerMe42

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-15-2011 22:15:29 | More by BeerMe42
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-15-2011 03:23:17 | More by UncleJimbo
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DCon

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 11.2 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Randall's Wine & Spirits in St. Louis, MO for $6.49. Poured from the Dark green bottle w/ a yellow castle within the circle into a Wine Glass. Does not have a bottled date or best by date...

Aroma- Very sweet and yeast filled in the nose. Only a bit of citrus in the aroma but has a slight sourness that makes up for it. Decent but very light and not easy to pick things out from this one.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that lasts. Has a cloudy, dark orange body with tons of lace lasting on the glass.

Flavor- Good lemon and sweet tastes. Not much sourness in this taste and the acidity is low as well. Has very light hops involved and almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, and leaves tons of wheat and citrus on the palate.

Overall Impression- Interesting... From the label and the "talked up" BA rating it has, I was not one who appreciated this one as much. I would definitely promote this one but won't be having this for a while. Not worth the price either! See if you can find it for less.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 00:59:35 | More by DCon
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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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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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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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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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 16:17:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a super hazy dark amber with an average head. There's no seeing through this one, really cloudy. The smell was slightly hoppy, with a wondeful light citrus and grassy aroma, much like other Belgian saisons I love. The taste was slightly funky, but very light and refreshing, with hints of herbs or grass. Easy to drink. Mouthfeel was nice and full.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 15:25:13 | More by BeTheBall
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle chilled and split into a pair of snifters with Slatetank. This brew appears an attractive color of golden nearing something more copper to orange. An initial surge of 3 fingers worth of head sits atop the brew and settles to an island of fluffy lacing across the top. Some finger-like patches stick along the glassware. A swirl revives the cap with a yellowish stained coloration.

The smell of this brew is spicy with a light touch of pepper initially. A light fruited quality almost like lemon, orange and pear skins evolves. This is a very pleasant smelling saison. A mild sulfur aspect is present along with a mild cheesy scent across the backend once it is warm.

The taste is also mildly peppery initially with fruited tones a little rindy like orange and pear. A touch of grassy bitterness is evident along with a trace amount of something sweet almost like bubblegum. A little herbal that increases with intensity and mild bitterness as the brew warms.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with seemingly no inclusion of alcohol except for a mild warmth down the back of the throat and mildly spicy yeast flavors which seems to exaggerate the alcohol's perception. This is a nice table offering that is easily approachable and would pair well with a number of foods, perhaps this is one to pick up again and have for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:12:46 | More by stakem
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10%
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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ehammond1


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:10:44 | More by ehammond1
Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.