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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown, almost black(?) with a one-finger offwhite head that sticks around for awhile thanks to lively carbonation. A peculiar yeast/wheat twang, some dark fruit like raisins or figs and black cherry, typical orangey/citric, some caramel/candi sugar and somewhat roasted, bready malt base. This is a thinner, lighter bodied beer than most Belgian darks and surprised how thin it was w/ higher ABV. The dry, roasted malts abound in this beer and so does the yeast as the mouthfeel is filling. Unfortunately, this dry edge slightly overpowers the other notes so the sweetness and citric/bitter hop flavors and dark fruits are somewhat mashed together since none of them stand out. Caramel, candi sugar, dark fruit, spices, the hops - all are noticeable but at least w/ my bottle somewhat muted from dryness and a touch of alcohol bleeding in a sharp finish. A nice sipper but just not up to par with the best of 'em.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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

A: Pours a virtually opaque black with a creamy, puffy tan head.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit are present on the nose. The scent is almost stout-like. Very interesting.

T: Notes of cream, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain, black currants, ripe plums, and yeast are easily detected. The finish is very toasty with grain, chocolate, and coffee flavors.

M: Full bodied, thick, and creamy. Surprisingly drinkable for its strength. There is a complete absence of any sort of alcohol burn.

O: This ale falls somewhere between a typical Belgian strong dark ale and a stout in terms of flavor. It's an interesting beer, but I wish it leaned more clearly toward one style. Could be excellent if it were brewed to better fit into one clearly defined category.

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Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, mahogany edges. Light brown foam.
In the smell toasted malt, intense, dry plums, light burnt, a bit of raisins. Important. Even cocoa in powder. And well balanced.
Balanced taste, too. Malty, then sharp cocoa, chocolate, liquorice, roast. Round. And a good bitterness, and candy sugar.
In the aftertaste caramel, candy sugar, and a red fruitiness, in a beautiful balance.
Nine pe rcent alcohol, but you don't feel it.
Pleasantly and easily drinkable.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

Brown hued with a towering tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma consists of malt with a pronounced Belgian yeast presence. Lots of yeast in the flavor, as well as some toffee, malt, and a delicate sweetness. Very tasty and drinkable. Smooth on the palate with minimal alcohol presence. Recommended.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle courtesy of a Beermasons subscription, poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Has a very deep brown colour with a nice looking beige head of foam that has some streaky lacing to it and while the foam was large, it didn't fall away super quick.

Smells firstly of chocolate and in a smooth and not over the top manner. Some banana is there as well, along with plum. Smell starts to get a bit boozy later on, mixed with a bit of yeast.

Decently yeasty, it has some hint of the dark fruits in the nose but not a lot. It does avoid tasting boozy, which was a bit of a worry with some of the smell.

Body is well matched for the beer style, relatively well balanced finish to it, given the size and the style.

Good solid beer, flavours don't really match the level of the smell and that is the only let-down, and it is only small.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle at Biercraft in Vancouver.

A: Massive 1.5" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over thick dark brown liquid.

S: Very yeasty and some malt.

T: Not as sweet as other Belgian Strong Dark Ales, this beer begins bitter and finishes malty and semi-sweet.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A nice malty and semi-sweet Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Definitely not as sweet as I had expected based on other more popular beers of this style.

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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
3.9 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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