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Saison De Dottignies - Brouwerij De Ranke

Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies

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BA SCORE
88
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: koopa on 05-10-2010)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this on tap and loved it, and so when I found bottles at State Line the other day, I made sure I grabbed one.

Pouring a hazy orange with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a disk leaving a moderate amount of lace, this is a good looking beer. The nose is dominated by Saaz hops, though not as much as the version I had on tap was, with grass, earth and lemon. The mildly diminished hop character (and the fact that I have the yeast in my glass), makes this a rather significantly different beer, this is rounder and softer, with some honey, a little bread and a delicate spiciness.

The palate opens hoppy with the grassy and lemony hop character being most noticeable, along with the dry, cracker-like malt and an excellent bouquet of delicate herbal and spice character. Almost thyme-like with some pepper, this is excellent stuff. Just a touch juicy in the mid-palate, this beer is quite excellent. The finish is excellent, long-lasting and delicate with the hops and the spices in great balance. A little yeasty as well, I really like this. Light in body, this is soft and rounded, with a crisp carbonation. Excellent stuff, I'd gladly drink more and prefer this out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 03:40:33 | More by DefenCorps
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bum732

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Musty, yeasty, slightly floral, grassy, touch of fruit.

L: Cloudy orangish yellow, nice fluffy head, decent retention, great lacing.

T: Grassy, earthy malt, slightly grainy. Some mineralness and herbal bitterness leading to a fairly dry finish. Touch of fruit in the bitterness.

M: Very smooth medium body. Med-high carbonation.

A solid saison, i really enjoyed the flavors, i just wish the flavors were a little more bold, felt like everything was too subtle.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 04:48:46 | More by bum732
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Halcyondays

California

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 22:30:21 | More by Halcyondays
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly peachy gold with a luxuriant froth. excellent lacing

sweet and fruity aromas with perfumy hops. nectarine sweetness and peach fuzz. touch of white pepper and wet hay hops

very sweet tasting for a saison, and with strong bitterness. not nearly as refined of flavor as the bouquet. grassy and zesty hops contribute quite a bit to the flavor profile and even bully the more delicate yeasty contributions. a shadow of allspice and coriander. there is no brett in here, contra a prior beeradvocate

mouthfeel is a little chewy for a saison--enough that i wonder if a saison strain did the fermenting. to be honest, between the high hop rate and notable sweetness, in a blind test i would have IDed this as a tripel or belgian pale. it's eminently tasty, but lacking in some of the features i seek in a saison (but you'll notice, i haven't docked the brew too much for this "transgression")

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:47:56 | More by bruachan
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philipquarles

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've pretty much given up on reviewing beers, but this one inspired me.

Pours a perfect, slightly cloudy yellow with a billowing white head. It leaves something that's more akin to webbing than "lacing"...must be loaded with hops. A little whiff confirms that--crisp, floral, grassy hops abound. Light pilsner malt aroma with slight yeasty hints. The taste is also quite hoppy, but in a mostly aromatic sense. That's not to say it isn't bitter--it is--but it's a dry, refreshing bitterness. Very light sweetness from the malts at the start, but it finishes without any hint of it; very well attenuated. Substantial body for a Saison with just the right amount of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 05:18:17 | More by philipquarles
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rtepiak

Poland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it at moeder lambic in brussels in june... saison season... or at least the end of it. great pour of a proper straw color orange murky with a nice lacy head. nose not as funky as some but still backed with a nice saaz hop core and herbal quality. palate is dry yet fruity. nice citrus mild and delightful straw must quality. thyme and licorice. orange and grassy. a great example and very well rounded. could taste the freshness in the bottle. would like to see what its like in 6 months.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 22:13:00 | More by rtepiak
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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I consumed this bottle at Bruge Beertjie on 4/23/10 upon the recommendation of Daisy (the owner) when I asked for a flavorful saison.

Appearance: Pours a radiant tangerine with the slightest honey folds, a 1 finger white crown, moderate retention, and great lace.

Smell: Apricots, tangerines, loads of brett (but not much lemon surprisingly).

Taste: Same as nose but more brett dominant. Really "soft" brett bomb.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied, refreshing.

Drinkability: Outstanding.

My favorite De Ranke brew to date....Home Run!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 15:54:50 | More by koopa
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Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
88 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.