Noir De Dottignies | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by tempest on 04-06-2009

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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 114
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Neffbeer
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of UncleJimbo
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of clegolfski
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Sathanas
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
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 noyellowfizzbeer
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had the luxury of having this beer on tap at Novare Res in Portland Maine. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of rdickey
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
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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4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 +14.8%
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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4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mj001jk
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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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4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Catalin90
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Less than 2% of the beers I drink do not get advice from me.
Noir is among that group that leaves even the helpful critic in me speechless.
Healthy head to start, it stays around until the end... albeit as a thin covering.
Smell is a sweet, dark, wintery, dried fruits. I will assume brewers sugar and a yeast highlights this fruiticopia.
For Taste, I get balance... I presume from hops, but it almost doesn't matter because Noir somehow does not get syrupy.
Feel is a smooth and as full as I can remember in a long time.
Overall, all I can say is : "Noir, were you been my whole life?"

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4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 unclekeith
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agent1
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 stephenlee
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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