Saison De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: koopa on 05-10-2010

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a warm hazy honey color with a very small 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. Smells of grass/flowers, herbal hops, yeast. Taste is of herbal hops and yeast at the beginning with a biscuity malt finish. Bitterness is present at the start of each sip but fades after each swallow. Good carbonation makes for a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit of herbal/hop coating in the mouth. A bit too herbal for my liking.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral, grassy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste contains flavors of grassy and spicy hops. Spicy flavors are very apparent in the finish, which also has some bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and very dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: It's quite refreshing to drink this beer; although it's quite hoppy the overall taste is well balanced and only has a mild amount of bitterness.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a snifter.

Pours a yellow-golden color with a pretty decently-sized white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Thin collar on top of the beer. The nose brings forward some light funk and a bit of grainy sweetness. The flavor is mostly grainy with some mild funky notes in the background. Pretty good, but not nearly enough complexity at this point. The body is light to medium and has a slightly bitter finish that is quite dry. Drinks well enough, though I think this one might get better with some further development.

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color ale with a nice tan foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light rustic malt with sweet undertones also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with light residual sugars notes and a mildly spicy yeast notes with bready undertones. Body is full with limited carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wonderfully executed with great drinkability and just enough complexity.

Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Copper colored with straw highlights. The head is fleeting, but leaves plenty of sticky lacing behind.

Doughy and yeasty on the nose. Bready malt, apricot, faint citrus.

Yeasty, spicy palate. Light apricot and apple fruitiness. Very phenolic and doughy, white pepper meets herbal hop bitterness. Very biting finish. Extremely dry stuff, intensely flavorful but fairly light bodied and refreshing. The yeast strain is great.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peachy yellow with an initially large white head which fades to a cap with good lace. Herbal, grassy, yeasty and spicy on the nose. Pepper, grains, earth and hay notes, followed by mild wild yeasts and a dry finish. Invigorating and bright, somewhat sweet and faint tart/funk. Solid and a good example of the style. Would certainly have again.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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).

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Thorpe.

Beer is yellow / straw, hazy, soft white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing, carbonation appropriately leveled, nice looking.

Beer is a little funky, a little sweet, pilsen comes through, not as much from the "saison" yeast as I was expecting, not as estery as expected.

Beer is grainy and sweet with some late dryness bringing forward some funkiness. As far as saisons go, this is a little boring, sorry De Ranke. I expected from them a leathery, funky, tary saison with a complex mixture of flavors, what I got was a watered down saison. I'm being too harsh right now, the beer was medium to light in body and finished nicely. I'd have it again but I definitely wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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

Photo of DoubleJ
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's a pale gold colored beer, topped off by a large head which drops and leaves a thin, creamy lace on top. The nose....it's fine. I would describe it as rustic and spicy, most resemblant of pepper. A little wave of pear sweetens the aroma.

Not so good news as I taste it. What's this plastic that I'm tasting? Quite spicy as well, like white pepper, with almost nothing to balance it out. Only towards the end did I pick up a little sweetness in the form of pear, but it ends up being too little too late.

That was not a fun voyage. Next...

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

4/4/4/4/4.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at he Dirty Truth in Northampton. I was hoping for a hoppy saison based on previous reviews but this came through more hops-subtle for me, still very good though.

The beer was clear, pale golden colored, with a thin head. It smelled very aproachable and somewhat neutral, maybe a little grassy hops to complement the pale malts. Not so much of the yeastiness that I sometimes like in saisons but still a very good aroma.

It tastes light and refreshing (apologies for the beer commercial, but it's true in this case). It was clean malts and only mildly spicy hops, a slight lingering bitterness, very drinkable. The carbonation was light but adequate, this was fantastic if understated.

Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.