Noir De Dottignies | Brouwerij De Ranke

Noir De DottigniesNoir De Dottignies
274 Ratings
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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Photo of windowside
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Beergium - Pours dark cloudy brown with a large tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - yeasty, bready, roasted malts. Taste - Sweet foretaste , roasted malty finish with a little bitter and alcoholic feel. Easy drinking strong ale.

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Photo of drmeto
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a cloudy mahogany with a medium,frothy,beige head
-roasty,nutty,cherries,spicy,black bread,raisins,plums,nougat,toasty finish
-high bitterniss for the style
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
-faint alcohol note
Differs quite a lot from your usual Belgian Dark Ales.
The Description of "somehwhere between Barleywine and Stout" is definitely right.
Great overall

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Photo of Arthuros
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of RMentair
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khmel
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle with no obvious dating:
Pours a deep mahogany. Head forms nicely but messy, but settles in amazingly: a creamy puck stays atop the pour as I let it "breathe".

Nose is on point, cola and dark fruit, maybe a light tartness with a hint of spice. Rather complex nose, if a tad weak.

Taste doesn't seem to fit the style listed here. Taste is a little raw and fairly woody. This beer is actually somewhat hop-forward, with a light burnt toast opening taste. This is followed by twig-like woody notes - green wood. There is a hint of muted mint-like taste at the end, maybe could be light pine against a hiddne maltiness.

Feel is a tad thin, but nicely carbonated.

This beer has a lot more in common with a porter that a Belgian Strong Ale, at least with this bottle. As a beer ignoring style, it seems okay, but for the style it seems off. With no idea on date, I can't tell if age could end up a factor, although I'm not sure age should be too big a deal for the style.
So, overall, not entirely sure on this one, but I don't see it being something worth buying again unless I otherwise something different about this beer.

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Photo of thebooyakid
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of shigg85
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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 JackRWatkins
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

from the bottle in a st. bernardus glass

A: brown and cola colored, little to no head
S:very fragrant beer, very much like a stout, intensely malty (roasted malt) with notes of dark fruit as well, also after a while the malt smell mixes with the sweet fruit and candy sugar to create an almost cotton candy smell, very pleasant
T: very malty, mildly hoppy (could be a little less hoppy, I know this is De Ranke's MO but still) ,just a little more so than is common for the style, sweetness moves in given some time, enriches the experience
M: watery, a little oily but not much
O: Malty and bitter, not bad, but nothing to write home about, doesn't really add anything to the BSDA conversation. If you have never had a BSDA do not let this be your first, not because it is bad but because it is not the best, (not that this is the best either but delirium nocturnum is better and easier to find) however cold you think you should have it, have it just a tad warmer than that, tastes oddly like a good imperial stout, might benefit from letting the malt do a little bit less work, or maybe less roasted malt. This is definitely worth a try, I would recommend sipping it slow, not because it is relatively heavy but because the flavors will unfold better given a little bit of time.

Side note: though not nearly as good and I want to stress that, bears a subtle similarity to aventinus eisbock

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany color with a creamy, inch plus head that recedes fairl, evenly. Scattered sheeting on the glass is left behind with a film atop.
Smell is rich, malty, fruity (mostly cherries & plums) with a detectable hop presence. Terrific balance.
Taste is malt, fruit (again, cherries, plums, some fig), hint of sherry, hops and habit of nut. Love the balance here, too.
Medium-full body, lighter effervescence. Warming. Good stuff.

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Photo of MrDell
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Slack
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark red/brown with a lot of head, >1 inch. No lacing visible.
Smell is fruit, bread, and sugar.
Taste is abundantly sweet with the same fruit notes. Am also picking up significant yeast.
Mouthful is medium to light with a fair amount of carbonation.
This beer fell short for me and I am unsure if maybe it was the draft or it just didn't agree with my palate. I was looking for something a bit more complex and all I got was a lot of sugar. Worth trying again at a later date.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
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 BeerTruck
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kinda different for the style. Less sweet and more bitter hoppy to balance. You'd think this was American made with NW hops added to a Belgian dark.

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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 274 ratings
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