Noir De Dottignies
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #98
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,906
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
291
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88
Very Good
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Notes: The heaviest ale on our menu with a very rich taste, coming from the six different kinds of malt we use. These malts also give it that rich, dark, nearly black colour. The royal doses of Challenger and Saaz hops bring the typical balance between sweet and bitter.bitter.
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Reviews by cjgiant:
Photo of cjgiant
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle with no obvious dating:
Pours a deep mahogany. Head forms nicely but messy, but settles in amazingly: a creamy puck stays atop the pour as I let it "breathe".

Nose is on point, cola and dark fruit, maybe a light tartness with a hint of spice. Rather complex nose, if a tad weak.

Taste doesn't seem to fit the style listed here. Taste is a little raw and fairly woody. This beer is actually somewhat hop-forward, with a light burnt toast opening taste. This is followed by twig-like woody notes - green wood. There is a hint of muted mint-like taste at the end, maybe could be light pine against a hiddne maltiness.

Feel is a tad thin, but nicely carbonated.

This beer has a lot more in common with a porter that a Belgian Strong Ale, at least with this bottle. As a beer ignoring style, it seems okay, but for the style it seems off. With no idea on date, I can't tell if age could end up a factor, although I'm not sure age should be too big a deal for the style.
So, overall, not entirely sure on this one, but I don't see it being something worth buying again unless I otherwise something different about this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty Dark Belgian Ale that is way too dangerous to drink compared to the more powerfully flavored Chimay Blue and Rochefort 10.

Deep amber in color, the beer takes on mohogany and lavender highlights with a tinge of rust because of the light yeasty haze. A dainty creame of a head forms on the beer, eventually weakens but never completely disapears. Light lacing could be better if not for the weight of 9% abv.

Confectionate sweetness fills the nose and taste with a cotton candy-like sweetness that seems to evaporate into thin air. Soft malts allow for the sugar additions to play a large role in the beer- could be better malted. Aged and dried fruits of grapes, cherries, dates, and figs lead the way and round out the sweetness. Light spices of chai tea, orange zest, corriander, and white pepper come from both hops and yeast. Very tasty to say the least.

Medium throughout, this beer could use more tooth and weight. But the lightness aids in drinkability. Finishes with a airy/powdery feel, fleeting sweetness, and cooling alcoholic feel. A delicacy to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, white paper wrapping. "Beer refermented in the bottle, with taste evolution." All right...I'm sensing, and expressly enjoying, a Flemish/French/English lost in translation moment here.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark reddish brown colour, with two flabby fingers of tightly foamy beige head, which settles lazily, but evenly, rendering some forest canopy lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of roasted dark grain, dry coffee grounds, ash, mild black fruity malt, and earthy and gritty hops. The taste is lightly toasted dark malt, sweet and acidic fleshy fruit - plums, prunes, and dates - softly sugary molasses, dusty yeast, some grainy chocolate, zingy anise, and some edgy earthy and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather low-key, just a subtle prick here and there, the body a sturdy medium weight, with an airiness that provides a strange wispiness, but also seems to aid in a nascent creamy smoothness. It finishes fairly off-dry, due to the sweetness of the dark fruity malt, swirling blended sugar, and (I just have to surmise, sans any other evidence) some sort of saccharine contribution from the big ABV. A high-palate zinginess (it just isn't actually bitter, FYI) helps to keep things in a relatively teetering balance.

A sort of a wraith of a BSDA - one moment it's all sweet fruit and earthy restraint, the next it's pungent, but not hot, hops and booze, integrated in such a way as to disavow you of the particular idea of either. Huh. Wow, this goes down pretty easily - if it wasn't already clear, the 9 points of alcohol sure do well to remain hidden in a tactile sense, and we all know that particular end game.

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Photo of chrisroarshack
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Synapstic
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Strong Dark Ale from Belgium. Of a dark brown color and a big and dense yellowish foam.
Smell is full of chocolate notes, is malty and a bit hoppy. Some bread notes too.
Taste is similar, the maltiness balances quite well the alcoholic level. It's more refreshing that it seems.
Medium body and great carbonation.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of _ph230_
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A very good bsda with a greater focus on the cocoa flavors than on the dark fruit flavors. Plenty of candi sugar sweetness. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of HopBelT
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

A fantastic Belgian dark strong ale poured from a 11.2 oz bottle. Ale pours a nice deep dark
brown with a nice light tan head and great lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugar, raisins, sweet
fresh bread, hints of licorice, and a dash of cocoa. Taste is phenomenal with a great candy
malt profile on the back and sides with candy sugars reigning supreme with flavors of plums,
raisins, and cocoa leaving an earthy malty sweet aftertaste. Lively mouthfeel makes this one
highly drinkable despite the strong ABV which remains somewhat hidden till the warmth kicks
in. Personally would desire this one on tap, it is simply phenomenal.
A new favorite.

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Photo of arealbeersbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paleoplant
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, mahogany edges. Light brown foam.
In the smell toasted malt, intense, dry plums, light burnt, a bit of raisins. Important. Even cocoa in powder. And well balanced.
Balanced taste, too. Malty, then sharp cocoa, chocolate, liquorice, roast. Round. And a good bitterness, and candy sugar.
In the aftertaste caramel, candy sugar, and a red fruitiness, in a beautiful balance.
Nine pe rcent alcohol, but you don't feel it.
Pleasantly and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Saviour
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UncleJimbo
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of stephenlee
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Ranke Noir de Dottingies

Plummy brown/red coloration, slim, dark head.

Sweet dark fruit flavors hit the nose first. Very raisiny. Nice.

Taste: caramel and raisins, again. Fat malt, funky yeast. Wonderfuly wheat-y feel on the palate, dominated by dark, delicious malt. Spicy spark hits the tongue, tease the senses, fades back a bit. I've been describing this as a dark saison, but it's much more than that, though it's a good indicator of the flavor.

Each new sip, another funky, wild, twisted attack of tasty dark malt, and spice. Chocloate and dark rum. Molasses and cracked black pepper and clove.

Alcohol doesn't stand out at first, but. whoops, there it is!

Very interesting ale from De Ranke. Complex and satisfying.

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Photo of Larz_73
4/5  rDev +2%

Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 291 ratings