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Saison De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

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87
very good

196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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 dasenebler
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl, best before the end of Nov. 2015, purchased in Belgium.

Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a nice, clumpy and creamy head. Good retention, some lacing.

The aroma is lightly fruity, with a faint citrus rind character and floral quality.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter for a light Saison. Wheaty and grainy flavors come through, along with a spicy and medicinal quality. Grassy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a tad too much at first, but it creams up nicely after a while.

Nice Saison. I remember enjoying it more on a previous occasion, but this bottle was solid.

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmm-mm-mm-mmm-m-mmm! This is one fiiiine beer. I let it warm up a bit out a the fridge. Poured with a small to medium sized cream colored head and a little head. Color is a very slightly hazy light to medium amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is dominated by yeast; so, pungent, bitter, earthy; plus some malt. Flavor is largely simmilar; no sweetness to speak of; bitterness and acridity standing out. Body is very good and carbonation is on the mark. Finish is like flavor with a touch ouf alcohol. Excellent summer beer. Ditto for session.

Photo of tbeckett
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. From notes.

A - Poured a golden colour with a one finger fluffy eggshell head. No visible carbonation. Bright. Great lacing with thick rings. OK retention with a film on top.

S - Nice spice, some hop, and a little funk. Good light sweet spice.

T - Really yeasty, lemony and harsh. Yeast is too powerful. Hoppy in a few elements. Kinda tasted like bodywash and soap.

M - Mild carbonation, light body and a bitter and unpleasant tasting yeast finish leading into dryness.

O/D - Not for me. Everything but the taste was good. Sadly I want something that tastes good. Maybe the keg was off? This specific style of saison may be an acquired taste. My friend liked this beer alot but I couldn't do it. Harsh yeast and not enough funk/hop mix makes for a saison I can't do.

Photo of crnipeter
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden body with excellent clarity, topped by long lasting ivory head that clings to walls, creating sheets of lace. The head gets dimply as it slowly retreats. Aroma is light malty sweetness, refined sugar, apple-like fruitiness and esters of orange & lemon, resinous hops and peppery spiciness; the later being derived from actual spices used and/or phenols. The flavor is peppery spicy with relatively high resinous bitterness provided by hops, while fruitiness and sourness are virtually absent. Dry finish with lingering, woody-bitter aftertaste. Effervescent. (750 ml bottle with freshness date May 2015, into tulip.)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colorwith a really rocky, pillow-like head. Smells a little earthy. The taste is "rustic", earthy, spice, actually quite tasty but overall I would prefer Dupont. It seems like I always use DuPont as the measuring stick for saisons and some come close but few if any exceed it.

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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 clearlydiluted
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of scoots511
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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

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.

Photo of atis
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle

Pours hazy amber with dense white head, excellent retention. Aroma is mild yeast, floral hops, funky esters.

Taste is bits of grain, but mostly herbal hops that become stronger towards the finish and last well into aftertaste. Hints of funky spice, citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation.

Refreshing and very drinkable, the presence of hops seemed to be too high for a typical Saison.

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 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 wisrarebeer
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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

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

Poured into a tulip. A clear sunflower gold. Thick mounding white head. Decent retention and a nice lace. Aroma is hints of spice with an undertone of bread, a little grain and a lemon brightness. Taste is a light sweetness that quickly dries into a crisp, grainy and bitter finish. Nicely dry but with an odd astringency in the finish.
A decent saison. But I do enjoy a little farmhouse must in there somewhere.

Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in my Allagash chalice. Pours a lovely translucent orange-gold with a loose, bubbly two inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with some delicate swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a light, herbal quality; perhaps a trace of rosemary and sage in the mix. Just the faintest yeast character - no funk at all. Taste consistent with nose - there's a light earthiness and a slightly skunky quality, as well as a hint of citrus. Finish culminates in a lightly lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and aggressively lively with a semi-dry finish. There's also a bit of astringency in the mix, most likely due to citrus expressed in the flavor profile. Fairly flavorful at 5.5% abv, but perhaps a bit too clean for my liking. Also, at $5.99 a bottle, I prefer to buy a bottle of Hennepin.

Photo of impending
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a rich hazy orange honey with decent head, minor lacing.

Aroma is saison splendor, classic. A nice blend of citrus and floral notes. The barnyard is in the far distance.

Taste does not match the aroma. Low sweetness, mild grassy hops plus additional hops for the finish. The hop presence is significant for a saison. Finishes dry and bitter with a touch of bile. Mouthfeel is thin.

You will rate this in accordance with how you like hops in your belgian. This brew is currently not listed on their website as being in production.
cheers
jd

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 codewarrior
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.