Noir De Dottignies | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Noir De DottigniesNoir De Dottignies

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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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.57/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a single-serve bottle.

Look--One of the darkest dark-strongs I've sampled. Little of the hallmark burgundy/red color often seen in this style--much more of a straight brown. An initial finger and a half head that quickly dissipates to a faint but persistent lacing.

Smell--A very forward sweet smell, trending to molasses, with the typical dried fruit smells more subdued. A little unbalanced in this respect.

Taste--I tend to love the malty goodness of dark strongs, but this iteration lends too much "brown sugar" or "molasses" for this drinker's liking. It lacks the balance of other takes--it lacks the dark chocolate or other bitter complexity that might even things out. Given the ABV, one would think there would be a "booziness" element to balance the sweetness, but even that is fairly overwhelmed.

Feel--Not heavy--but not inspirational either. The sweetness carries through to the mouthfeel, resulting in an oily, sticky, and disappointingly heavy impression. Dark strongs are inherently full bodied and often sticky, but the sweetness is sufficiently cloying that it drags this version down.

Overall--Notwithstanding a unique look, and an intriguing initial smell, this take on the style is an average one at best. There are others in the same price range that will provide more balance and complexity. Not offensive, but not one I would recommend, and not one I will likely try again, unless I'm feeling charitable for a re-review.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Mjoepp
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light brown liquid with slightly brownish head. The head dissolved quickly.

S: Not much at all. Some sweet notes around the alcohol smell. Some light notes of fudge as well.

T: Taste is a bit bitter with fudge and roasted notes. Aftertaste is sparkling from the carbonation and some roasted notes as well.

O: Disappointed with with this one. De Ranke usally deliver more than this. Hopefully this one will mature better with time.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse in Cork, Ireland and poured into a Grolsch pint glass.

A: Four finger tan head of lovely cream, thickness, and retention (especially for the 9% ABV). Very dark amber-brown.

Sm: Yeast! Must, caramel, chocolate, and alcohol. At least it's complex. A moderate strength scent.

T: Hop notes of caramel, chocolate, and a bit of nut. Alcohol comes through, unfortunately. Nicely complex. Built well for the style, but I wish the alcohol was better hidden. Balanced nicely, though I'd like one note to be at the forefront to lead the beer in a focused direction. This is a sort of ensemble beer, which feels awkward. Fairly built for the style, though the style isn't one that seems clearly defined.

Mf: Nicely coarse and dry but not overdone, though not in line with the flavours of the body.

Dr: Poorly priced and suffering from an overabundance of alcohol unconcealed by its flavour. Try it, and enjoy it - but don't think you could down it easily. I'd like to try more beers from this brewery, and to revisit the beer if it's changed. I could see this beer becoming a great one if it were given a clear direction. If I find it on-tap, I'll happily try it again.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Adamah_Adonai
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a soft wisp of off-white head, some lace.

S: Belgian yeast esters for sure, dark fruit with a noticable hop character.

T: The malts here are quite good, fruity and sweet. De Ranke loves the hops, and I feel they went a bit over the top here. The finish of this beer is astringent and just doesn't taste very good. The hop character and malt/yeast flavours don't combine well at the end. There are good points, but there are drawbacks for sure.

M: Medium-bodied, very soft carbonation, nice.

D: A solid effort, well made, but in the end wasn't really my cup of tea, the pale version of this beer is much better.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DStoked
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bix
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Absolutely massive head in this incredibly active brew. Beer pours dark murky garnet.

S - Faint dark fruits, roasted malt, brown sugar.

T - Really pretty uninteresting. Malt, brown sugar, almost nonexistent dark fruit flavors that really give a good dark Belgian an edge. Slightly coppery when I swish it around a bit.

M - I am going to chalk this up to just being my bottle but good lord this thing was as effervescent as a tab of alka-seltzer. Did not compute well with the beer's flavor profile.

All in all not one of the more memorable Belgian darks I've tasted, but I think there may have been an issue with my bottle and I've not given up on the brewery yet.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Ranke Noir De Dottignies

On tap at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: banana, and malts.

Taste: Slight roasted malts and some grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

it has some good flavor. It can make a good session beer.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with 1 finger of light tan colored head

Has the distinctive aroma of Belgian yeast. I smell some caramel, banana, maybe some raisins, maybe some spiced rum. Not very strong though.

Initially I taste some raisins, banana, clove, and alcohol. The finish is a bit sweet with some raisins but, it is balanced out by some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Some lively carbonation as well.

Drinkability is average. Not enough complexity to hold my attention. Seems to be an average bsda.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Pours a deep brownish-purple hue with a loose, one inch, cream-colored head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with thick swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is very mild - a suggestion of dark fruit and oxidation. Taste consistent with nose - dark fruit (prunes, plums, currants) is more robust and a yeast quality also comes out towards the back; however, the oxidized character expresses itself again at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly fizzy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Somewhat of a lackluster Belgian Strong Dark. Not bad, but a little disappointing.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peabody
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear dark ice tea color and a reddish hue with three fingers of off white suds and lots of lacing.
Smell is very dirty. Some hops and some malt but very litte else. A sugar malt might be in the back there.
Taste is a dirty mess of sugar and water with some hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean but the dirtyness I just can't get past. Some alcohol in the aftertaste in the back of the throat.
Drinkability is only so-so. Can't give this a great score because of the dirtyness.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Sovereign, Washington, DC

Nothing pops for me. Another beer where the mouthfeel takes away from the taste. 3.25

A - 4

S - Sedate aroma of molasses. 3.75

T - Figs, raisins, and definitely molasses sweetness. 3.5

MF - If this beer had a sharper brighter MF it would be totally different. 2.75

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Photo of NateMac13
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

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