Noir De Dottignies | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Noir De DottigniesNoir De Dottignies

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Brouwerij De Ranke

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Sathanas
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big notes of dark sugar, anise, roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits. No alcohol taste as the palate is overrun by the sweet, dark goodness that is this beer. This is an excellent example of a Belgian dark ale. Highly recommend tracking this big beauty down. Cheers!

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Photo of rdickey
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, dark brown into a tulip. A fluffy off-white head looks like it's going to be here a while, but actually dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: The nose is complex and enticing. Caramel and chocolate malt notes dominate, with spices and phenols just slightly in the background. I get more breadiness as it warms.

Taste: Wow. The nose predicted a classic, complex Belgian strong dark ale. The unannounced guest, though, is the hops. The hops don't dominate in the traditional sense - the sweet chocolate malts and spices from the yeast are the main players, and the hops really only rise to the surface at the end, resulting in a nice dry finish - but when the first sip hits your mouth the hops are definitely a surprise. Unlike that pair of socks you received for Christmas, though, it's a very pleasant surprise. This is an exceptional beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and in a way it's lighter in the mouth than you might expect for the style.

Drinkability: High. The balance and dry finish provided by the hops make this much more drinkable that one might otherwise expect.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage (bottled 2/12, drank 1/13) another excellent brew from De Ranke. Smells of subtle chocolate, tastes quite crisp with chocolate, bread and fruit notes. For a 9% belgian dark ale you sure cant taste the alcohol. Has the feel of a light dark ale but hits you hard with a bouquet of flavours on the pallet. I have grown to love De Ranke beers and will definitely be trying the rest of the line ASAP. Worth the 11.49 for a 26oz bomber

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown. An ample head that stays, leaving puffs of lacing on the glass.

Smells strongly of hay and yeast. Some cherries and tropical fruit, a hint of dark chocolate.

Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate, chocolate covered espresso beans, dried cherries.

These excellent flavors are delivered with a light, creamy, mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and coffee ends with a nicely hopped bitter finish.

This is a very delightful and drinkable beer. The alcohol is not so noticeable for 9 percent. A really fine contribution overall.

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Photo of chinchill
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle of very dark brown ale that pours with a fine head. A layer of dark sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle after a complete pour.

The rich, moderately complex flavor is dominated by dark fruits and dark roasted malts. Traces of smoke, hints of black coffee, bitter chocolate and toffee. Everything, including bitter/sweet, seems in perfect balance.

O: Highly recommended.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber haze with a thick, creamy hazelnut head that persists.

The smell is extraordinary, fresh yeast, hops, dried apricot fruit, red apple, nuts and vanilla with a slight sour character. Really alive and vibrant coming out of the bottle, I can smell it from a couple of feet away.

Very nicely balanced between soft malts, aggressive hops and bittering from the dark grains. There is a lot of depth to this but the freshness dominates. The finish is dry and slightly astringent which brings down the drinkability score a little bit. Perhaps some more time in the bottle would smooth out those rough edges. For what it is worth, my wife told me after drinking this that "we HAVE to go to Belgium...". I am not going to argue with that sentiment. :-)

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Photo of shigg85
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely beautiful dubbel with nice, creamy froth thick and delicious with a fruity, strong ale flavor that makes every sip just as pleasing as the last.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a jet black body with big foaming tobacco stained head
Aroma is big liquorice
Flavour is blackcurrently liquorice

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Photo of Agent1
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This bottle pours a thick, beige head. Excellent lacing with soft, creamy bubbles forming at the surface. Random spots seem to convex from beneath and create small dark, bubbly patches. Appears to be quite active. A deep, opaque brown, almost black.

Smell - Strong, rich plum notes. Dark, dried fruits such as dates, raisins and fig come to mind immediately. Quite bready. A nice array of dark fruits, sugars, yeast and heavy malts.

Taste - Lots and lots of bread, similar to the Apt 12 and Westy XII. Roasted nuts, baker's chocolate, dry fruits, licorice root, with plenty of dry hops to help round things out. Coffee notes are noticeable on the aftertaste, partially due to the bittering hops. Quite bitter due to what seems like a high IBU rating. This helps mellow out all the rich sugars and sweeter malts. Thick malts with a nice, chewy grain taste.

Mouthfeel - Excellent. Very complex. This triggers all areas of the mouth. Thick an creamy on the tongue with a very nice use of carbonation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - One of the best Belgian ales around. Make no mistake, De Ranke know precisely what they're doing. They never seem to disappoint, be it their Krieks, Saisons or Pale Ales. Nothing short of amazing from a stand-out brewery!

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Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmm ohhhh, yes! this is a very good beer! Poured with a very nice light tan head that lasts and a lot of lace. Color is a dark aged cherry wood. Aroma is great with brown bread, ginger, a hint of coffee, cherries, licorice, malt, and caramel. Flavor's very similar and yummy. Licorice stands out especially in the finish. Body is very good and ditto carbonation. Just enough bitterness and earthiness to counter sweetness. I can drink this beer. Very well done!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy dark brown with a really large off-white thick head that sinks slowly into great lacings.

S: Spicy and lots of chocolate in the sligthly roasted caramell malt. Sweet! Dark dried fruits in the back.

T: Sweet syrupy malt with both coffee notes as well as rich chocolate. Spicy and a bit yeasty. Dark dried fruits - rasins and figs.

M: A rather long complex aftertaste with both syrupy sweetness and bitterness - not like from bitter hops but rather from dark bitter chocolate - NICE! Body is full and carbonation is moderate.

D: This is a great beer!

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany color with a creamy, inch plus head that recedes fairl, evenly. Scattered sheeting on the glass is left behind with a film atop.
Smell is rich, malty, fruity (mostly cherries & plums) with a detectable hop presence. Terrific balance.
Taste is malt, fruit (again, cherries, plums, some fig), hint of sherry, hops and habit of nut. Love the balance here, too.
Medium-full body, lighter effervescence. Warming. Good stuff.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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 bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kinda different for the style. Less sweet and more bitter hoppy to balance. You'd think this was American made with NW hops added to a Belgian dark.

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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle. La Chouffe Tulip glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Very dark amber in color, deep ruby to the light. Beige crown & copious lacing rings. Aroma profile shows Belgian yeast, candies, caramel & toasted malts, hints of alcohol & molasses, figs & spices, herbal notes – anise & cumin-, earthy hues & hay. Toasted malts with herbal notes at first sip. Medium to full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Bitterness in the middle lightened by plum & sweet coffee hues. Gentle astringency. Dry bitter finish & slightly heat on the aftertaste. Worth to try!!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 10/2015

(A)- Pours such a dark brown; it looks black. Produced a giant tan frothy head that stuck around for awhile. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A dry bready yeast meets prune, raisin, and biscuit. Subtle dark toasted background.

(T)- Just mountains of raisin and prune and plum. The yeast is so striking that it comes off like a chocoalte creme thing in there slapped onto a loaf of freshly baked bread.

(M)- A lively zesty carbonation level. Very low bitterness amidst a rich and yeasty body, but quite smooth and fruity too.

(O)- This has that surprising chocolate character to the yeast that really creates something special in the glass for the style. This bottle clearly has a year or two of time on it and it drank excellently.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from Feb '09. Pours a hazy dark brown with orange highlights. Meringue-like light tan head that refuses to die. Smells of the normal De Ranke yeast (fruity and quite tangy) with a lot of floral hop character. Very light chocolaty malt notes. Tastes of dark roasted malt and more floral, aromatic hops, along with more yeast notes. Hints of cocoa and dark fruits. Dry finish. Medium-full body. Gets better as it warms. Not my favorite beer from De Ranke, but then again that might depend on my mood. Still a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a cloudy mahogany with a medium,frothy,beige head
-roasty,nutty,cherries,spicy,black bread,raisins,plums,nougat,toasty finish
-high bitterniss for the style
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
-faint alcohol note
Differs quite a lot from your usual Belgian Dark Ales.
The Description of "somehwhere between Barleywine and Stout" is definitely right.
Great overall

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Photo of Radome
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. The bottle was green, but was wrapped in paper for light protection and decoration.

A - Dark brown with burgundy highlights when held up to the light. The head is a tan, creamy, meringue-like pile almost an inch high after pouring. It fades to a thin but complete layer and rich lacing.
S - Very inviting aromas:
toasted malt, cherries, brown sugar. There are also unexpected aged vinegar notes in the background that remind me of a Flanders Red Ale. Very complex.

T - Sweet malt, plums, raisins, sherries, faint vinegar. No noticeable hops or roasted flavors. Some floral yeast flavors.

M - Medium to heavy body. Some mouth-coating sweetness, but not cloying. Neither carbonation nor hops bitterness are real factors. Alcohol not noticeable.

D - Very complex and rich, yet drinkable. Some Flanders characteristics that remind me of Duchess de Bourgogne. The label calls it a Dark Belgian Ale. I'd almost consider it an Imperial Flanders Red. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub, served in a beautiful tulip glass. Poured very dark brown with garnet highlights with a fairly thick, slightly grainy looking head. Smells light and a bit malty with typical Belgian yeast notes, particularly clove. Tastes pretty nice. A bit slow to start, even tasting a bit faded and thin to start but as the flavors develop in the mouth and you get a nice bitterness coupled with creamy malt and some dark fruit and quite a dose of spicy hops on the finish, especially for a Belgian ale, even a hoppy one. Very interesting coupled with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast flavors. Smooth in the mouth, and starts thin but ultimately ends up rich. Quite an interesting beer, and a bit different than the other hoppy Belgian style ales out there.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this 11.2oz at Julio's, poured chilled into my Corsendonk goblet.

A - A dark cola color w/ 2 1/2 fingers of ecru rising from above the rim of the glass. The clarity is translucent and the bead is tiny - the lacing clings tenaciously

S - Smells of roasted grain, light cocoa powder notes w/ a slight spice ester from the yeast w/ a smooth vanilla-like creamy note

M - The feel is a bit light bodied for the strength yet moderately carbonated w/ dry feel, the mild sweetness and mix of creamy and spiced textures w/ mild alcohol influence on the palate

T - Tastes of coffee, nuts and vanilla w/ a light pepper tinge and becomes more cocoa drenched w/ light raisin notes as the ale warms w/ a slight dark brown sugar and mild alcohol flavor. The dark belgian has a slight flavor of fig and toffee and the finish has a bit of dark roasted coffee w/ an herbal element -subtle warming in the back of the throat as it finishes semi-dry

D - I felt this was a solid offering w/ plenty of flavor, but not spectacular. A very decent strong dark belgian which is very smooth for a 9% ale.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at 1stop in Austintown.

Poured a nice hazy as hell brunette color with a beautiful cap of tan colored head that retained a nice thick cloud-like consitancy throughout the drink.

Nice dark fruits hit the nose, carmel and molases, some citrus hop. Very complex.

The complexity does not end at the nose, the mouth gets the dark fruits and carmel up front, followed by a lingering sweetness and notes of toasted malts. Excellent flavors that blend really well together.

The high alcohol percentage is hardly noticable on the palate. Very smooth, nice creamy mouth feel. Excellent beer all around.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a silky tan head and some light lace. Nose has peppery yeast, dark malts and chocolate. Taste is is sweet with a touch of bitter hops, cocoa and herbal yeast. Medium body is well carbonated. Nothing spectacular, but a nice BSDA from De Ranke. I wish it had some funk.

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Photo of Dzu
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pored into goblet.
L: Beautiful very dark brown with medium bige foam head.
S: Tart wine notes, plums, chocolate.
T: Good balanced with well aftertaste. Dark fruits, raisin some spices and weak bitterness.
F: Oily body, medium carbonation.
O: Great representative of belgian dark. Will be pleasure to try it again.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, light tan head, ring of retention, initial lace.

S: Huge earthy yeastiness, spicy phenolics, dark fruit, some alcohol in the nose. Awesome.

T: Dry, earthy funk, nice spicing, dark fruit, candied fruit, nuts, hints of cocoa, good bitterness, alcohol remarkably well-hidden.

M: Really well attenuated, with a crisp, dry finish as the style should be.

D: The earthy funk isn't really my thing, but it's a great drinker for its weight.

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