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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

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jim_carignan, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of srhoadsy
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy bronze color with an inch plus of airy beige head that slowly recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Very strong earthy, spicy aroma.

Very well balanced flavor profile. Earthy, grassy, hint of lemon with pepper and spices.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that gives it a crisp finish. Earthy aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this saison. I was afraid from the aromas it was going to focus too much on one flavor or another. However, it is very well balanced and pleasant.

srhoadsy, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Docrock
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Docrock, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Danny1217, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of MarioM
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

MarioM, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

timmy2b, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of stephensinner
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

stephensinner, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Jakep2021
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Jakep2021, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of logicerror
4/5  rDev +3.1%

logicerror, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Eisen
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Piraat tulip: cloudy with a thick white head. Smells yeasty and saisony. Not anything fantastic. Taste like white wine was mixed into the batch, which seems out of place considering the low abv. Taste does improve as it is drunk. Overall, interesting beer, but there are better saisons for the price.

Eisen, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of pinyin
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

pinyin, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Gasc0igne, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on glass as beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pear, apple, powdery yeasty esters, spiciness, bready and pale malts, and Belgian candy.

Taste: Pear, apple, lemony, powdery yeast, spicy, pilsner and pale malts, some Belgian candy, and lingering mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little chewy, a little dry, medium to high carbonation, and enjoyable.

Overall: This Saison is like a light triple. I was expecting more on the spicy and flavorful end, but was left short of my expectations. Still happy that it is a borderline triple.

Flounder57, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

babaracas, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Molson2000, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

magnusdave, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MacStinson, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dipso123, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
2/5  rDev -48.5%

ShanePB, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BartMcStout
3/5  rDev -22.7%

BartMcStout, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in a new IPA glass over 20 minutes in an ocean sun.
Hemp emanates from the frothing bottle right upon opening.
Soapy pour, moderate cohesive retention, spotty lacing. Unfiltered opaque haze with visible, vigorous bubbling.
After hemp scents clear a bit, cloves and some resin and peanuts come through. Yeast kissed with lemon zest is sensible, too.
More citrus in the mouth. Chewy sourdough and sage. The nuttiness persists in the taste, as well. Ropey funk is rather unrelenting, though--some space for more of the apples and some added bright spice would be better.
For all the visible bubbles, it needs the buzz of more carbonation, since the relatively low alcohol won't cut through. The result is a rather flat, drab feel of cream on the tongue--it just slides back and once in the glottis, it's done.
Breaking this beer down into component assessments makes for the potential for an unfair review, overall. Because it is greater than the sum of its parts. De Ranke needs to balance its drugs more evenly, though--cut back on the ganja and add more booze.

1sophrosyne1, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Kmat10, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

nh2032, Jul 14, 2013
Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.