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 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 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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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 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 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 Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle. Pours a dark brown with pretty nice off white head. Though the foam diminished and couldn't be resurrected.

Aroma is dark fruit, plum and some light molasses. Hints of candied apples and roasted malt.

Flavor has a bit of a tannin to plum skins, maybe overripe apple skin. dark caramel and sweet fruit. Most of the sugar is on the end. Quick flash of leather in the middle. Bit of a light feel to it, some booze on the aftertaste.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
The beer arrives with a dark brown, concentrated amber color that is topped by a froth that is lightly amber tinged and dense enough to leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. A vinous berry note is noticeable in the nose underneath a big clove aroma that dominates the beer. This really has too much clove character in the aroma, but there is some dark, toasted grain notes that are noticeable when you can forget about the clove phenolics.

Clove flavors dominate and help boost an up front sweetness. The beer finishes with an astringent roast grain character that is light enough to not be annoying. This is definitley quaffable and light, but still has some viscous heft to it. The finish is quite dry, though despite this palate dryness it can't quite shake the up front sweetness. This beer is definitely a one note screamer; it is certainly unbalanced right now and likely needs some age, as that will likely do this beer wonders. I'll have to get this with a bit of age on it, where hopefully the oppressive clove notes will have died down. This shows a lot of potential though.

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Photo of dqrull
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a thick-foamed head that dies down rather quick, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell is very rich and spicy, with dark sweetness and some apple peel., a small note of alcohol comes through, lending additional spiciness. Light fruity banana and a hint of almond icing, light raisins.

Taste is a bit disappointing, the yeast is a bit too prominent and envelopes the experience in a yeasty tastecloud, that blocks out most other impressions... What I do get is light sweet banana esters, a little band aid and a hint of the green apple peels... it's quite sweet but not overly so, nearly no bitterness, ever so slightly tart finish.

Creamy and lucious mouthfeel with a light carbonation consisting of small and soft bubbles, the tart and slightly astringent finish is ok, but could have been better.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On draft at Deep Ellum. This beer pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of yeast and dark malt. Flavor of roasted/charred malt, sweet malt. Overall, I thought that this beer was pretty decent actually and quite drinkable.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ken for bringing this one by. I hadn't heard of it before trying it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Poured a dark brown color with a large, rocky light brown head. Aromas of roasted nuts, bready malt and milk chocolate. On the palate, medium bodied and malty, with raisins, oatmeal cookies and nuts.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass) Bottled five years before 02 2014
A-This beer has a dense dark caramel brown body that doesn't allow any light to pass. There is a thick creamy tan head that sticks to the glass in clouds with each sip.
S- There is a fresh yeasty note but otherwise the beer is pretty clean.
T- The mellow flavors of malt have some chocolate malt notes that become more watery as the beer warms. The soft roasted malt note in the finish has some licorice hints and a green cinnamon heat to the hops. There is a bitterness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat.
D- This beer is pretty clean if aroma and flavor with hops only really in the bitterness. I can't imagine that age would help this beer at all.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good De Ranke, they consistently have been making good beers. On tap at the Ginger Man. Like a good balanced stout owing to the roasted malt,chocolate malt, with yeast noticeable taking us back into the Belgian dark ale catagory. Very brown and lacey, with a bit of head. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque, dark brown body with a full finger of ecru-colored head.

Smell: Dusty, dusky malt nose with notes of cocoa powder, ground wood bark, standard issue cola nuts, and caramel with some slight, slender fruit hints tucked in back.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts with tastes of cocoa and chicory with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Fruitiness coming across as sliced pears and stewed plums. Touch of yeastiness. There's a darkened grain roastiness as well as some earthy, spicy hops imparting a bold bitterness. Dry, bitter, lightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Reasonably decent and entertaining enough to hold my attention for one dose at the Brick Store Pub.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter with a cloudy, dark red beer and active effervescence. A big, frothy, manila head slowly condenses, leaving a generous webbing behind. The second pour foams up in the bottle.

Initially fruity, but quickly turns to be dominated by prunes and dark malt. There is some spiciness and molasses in the background.

Toasted malt with raisins and a modest bitterness persist throughout. Earthy as it warms, focusing the flavors, but still lacking layer and character expected of the style. Bitterness is significantly greater than typical for this style.

Medium body with velvet texture. Alcohol is well concealed. This one has modest carbonation and a drying finish.

Noir De Dottignies is a relaxing beer, but not really a sipper.

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Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. Metallic aroma with sweet crystal maltiness and some dustiness. Dry roasty flavor, a little cocoa, bread and toffee. Not really a huge fan of roasted malts in Belgian beers but this isn't too bad. Minor accents of spices and hops. Slight boozy tinge but overall very dry and drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a coal black with a parchment rigid foam head of 3 fingers statue. Retention was good, eventually collapsing from numerous pits and voids that formed leaving spongy chunks of lace adhering to the glass of good coverage.

S: Roasted malt, dried dark fruit with a light touch of licorice. Very faint in strength, was expecting a bit more strength and spectrum not to mention a bit more yeastiness from a Belgian strong.

T: Roasted malt, a bit of licorice and roasted barley with a dark wet minerality. The flavor packs quite a punch of Belgian yeastiness that was so missing from the nose with some musky and bready tones coming about. Fresh roasty coffee and dark fruit that was fulfilling after a lackluster nose. Rich maltiness, with a good sense of yeasty nature that I come to expect per style with coffee grounds and alcohol coming about on the finishing swallow.

M: medium bodied, creamy and dry, wit a bit of chalkiness and some alcohol highlights. Spicy black fruit and alcohol grace the tongue.

D/O: Overall the flavor was good with accents of its 9.0%abv contributing nicely, drinking at times a point or so lower. Dark roasted black malts and alcohol with a touch of Belgian yeastiness hightlights this dark ale worthy of a shot.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppish character, but claims to have 9 different malts...A beautiful chocolate pour with hints of amber, slight head retention, the hops are detected through the nose, as well as the taste, but it is the malty goodness that makes this beer a winner. A great combo of hops and malt to make this a worthy beer.

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Photo of krunchie
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a magnificent deep dark brown liquid with one of the most beautiful tan heads I've seen! Looks delicious.

S: Brown sugar for sure. Molasses, plums, raisins, dark syrup, dates. No hop aroma. Quite weak nose overall, hence my lower rating.

T: Quite complex, yet I think the flavor is too muddy and I find it hard to break the flavor down and distinguish the different flavor compounds from each other. What I could pick up though were brown sugar and syrup once again, some earthy hop bitterness towards the end as well. Slight herbal hop flavor, just a little bit spicy. After half a glass (think I served mine on the cold side and got much stronger flavors as it warmed up a bit - still muddy) I picked up some chocolate, alcohol and metallic flavors too. This beer is good, but I think I'm gonna put my bottles in the basement and see how it develops over time - maybe it'll peak in a year or two, who knows. For now, it's not the best BSDA I've had. Good but not great.

M/D: Sweet and full-bodied, just the right carbonation for the style. Leaves a sickly sweet dark syrupy yet earthy bitter flavor on my palate for a long time afterwards, which I didn't enjoy that much (like burnt LME)

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale with a creamy head, which settles into a velvet layer on the side of the glass.

The smell of candisugar and dark malts, which offer a dark bread crust and raisiny smell. The dark malts are a little more roasted and dark crystal-like than the usual dark ale. The yeast seems to add a slightly fruity, red fruit smell.

The taste is dark, full of candisugar and dark malts, a bready, raisiny and light roasted taste. The name Noir suggested a porter or stout to me and although this is more a belgian strong, it is more roasted than the style. There is an edge of roast, which adds a maltbitterness and a depth of dark chocolate and roast in general. The mouthfeel is sticky, yet a bit lacking in complexity.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle shared with some locals 17/7/11

A cloudy caramel brown with a couple bubbles and a little foam

S faint plum and brown sugar and yeast

T some hoppy earthy notes with even more brown sugar but also hard toffee and a little bruised banana

M turns to foam in your mouth, with a fair bit less bubbles it might feel creamy

O flavor was there and the booze was well concealed, not a bad beer

wasn't even sure what style this was before we opened it, thanks to EskimoDave for sending this one my way

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