Noir De Dottignies | Brouwerij De Ranke

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
272
Reviews:
113
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10%
 
 
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12
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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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, dark fruits, and a distinct cherry aroma. Taste is much the same with earthy and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice fruity aromas and flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and poured with a finger high dense off white head that took a long time to fade away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell is quite fruity and has light to moderate aromas of dates and plums along with some hints of malty sweetness.
T: Somewhat complex, the taste is rather sweet and has flavors of chocolate, coffee, dates, plums and raisins.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the smell and taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with candi sugar and some very nice deep caramel malt backbone. Taste is sharper then I was expecting with a very spicy yeast and some candi sugar with a huge malt backbone with caramel and toffee notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with light alcohol notes. Very well made though some aging wouldn't hurt.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/2015. Slow gusher upon opening. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, dark candi sugar, floral, pepper, clove, brown bread, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with dark malts; and good strength. Taste of raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, pepper, clove, dark candi sugar, floral, brown bread, light chocolate, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, dark candi sugar, brown bread, pepper, light chocolate, light roast, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity ester and dark malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
3.9 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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