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.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: bananas, dark fruits, and sweet maltiness

Taste: bitter dry hops with sweet dark fruits, bitters, oak, mild banana notes, with subtle milk chocolate, and brown sugar

Unfortunately, I didn't pair this with anything this time but would imagine it tasting pretty good with honey baked ham. Sorry I can't help out this time around

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel flavor with bitter with a long duration, dry spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Imperial Stout.

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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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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle. La Chouffe Tulip glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Very dark amber in color, deep ruby to the light. Beige crown & copious lacing rings. Aroma profile shows Belgian yeast, candies, caramel & toasted malts, hints of alcohol & molasses, figs & spices, herbal notes – anise & cumin-, earthy hues & hay. Toasted malts with herbal notes at first sip. Medium to full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Bitterness in the middle lightened by plum & sweet coffee hues. Gentle astringency. Dry bitter finish & slightly heat on the aftertaste. Worth to try!!

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Photo of schnarr84
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage (bottled 2/12, drank 1/13) another excellent brew from De Ranke. Smells of subtle chocolate, tastes quite crisp with chocolate, bread and fruit notes. For a 9% belgian dark ale you sure cant taste the alcohol. Has the feel of a light dark ale but hits you hard with a bouquet of flavours on the pallet. I have grown to love De Ranke beers and will definitely be trying the rest of the line ASAP. Worth the 11.49 for a 26oz bomber

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Photo of Agent1
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This bottle pours a thick, beige head. Excellent lacing with soft, creamy bubbles forming at the surface. Random spots seem to convex from beneath and create small dark, bubbly patches. Appears to be quite active. A deep, opaque brown, almost black.

Smell - Strong, rich plum notes. Dark, dried fruits such as dates, raisins and fig come to mind immediately. Quite bready. A nice array of dark fruits, sugars, yeast and heavy malts.

Taste - Lots and lots of bread, similar to the Apt 12 and Westy XII. Roasted nuts, baker's chocolate, dry fruits, licorice root, with plenty of dry hops to help round things out. Coffee notes are noticeable on the aftertaste, partially due to the bittering hops. Quite bitter due to what seems like a high IBU rating. This helps mellow out all the rich sugars and sweeter malts. Thick malts with a nice, chewy grain taste.

Mouthfeel - Excellent. Very complex. This triggers all areas of the mouth. Thick an creamy on the tongue with a very nice use of carbonation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - One of the best Belgian ales around. Make no mistake, De Ranke know precisely what they're doing. They never seem to disappoint, be it their Krieks, Saisons or Pale Ales. Nothing short of amazing from a stand-out brewery!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17th Oct @ Red Rose in Brugge: 33cl bottle and glass presented to me on a smell tray, seemed inpolite not to pour and drink it, so I did.

Dark, deep and meaningful looking beer: very dark brown, almost black in fact, on top a rough head of tanned foam.

The nose and taste were all about the six different malts used in the brew: burnt chocolate malts ruled the roost in both the aromas and flavours once in the mouth. There is a hop presence but it hides until you are well into each sip.

I liked it, seemed more like a strong Stout than a Belgian brewed dark beer but enjoyable all the same.

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

This is a very smooth ale. Carries nice tones of mild fruit, sweet earth, as wood tones. Consistent flavor, but not all up in my face. The carbonation seems to approach being too much, but stays just short of getting there. A very nice ale. Seems quite "old world" to me. A pleasurable drink.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Akkurat Sweeden. Poured into oversized De Ranke Wine-type glass. Pours a deep black, nice off-white thick head. Smell is rather boring, and limited but it does have a nice roasted fruity aroma.
Taste is great. Thick belgian roasted malts, some dried fruit but mostly coffee/chocolate like flavors. Really smooth, and full bodied. Nice brew, and glad to have had it.

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Photo of biboergosum
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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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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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
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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Photo of MrKennedy
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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
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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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a fluffy khaki head.

S: A nice spicy phenol character to the nose with a bit of roasted malts. Some hints of dark fruits (mostly raisin) and banana. Caramel and toffee malts with a nice yeasty bite on the finish.

T: The spicy, pepper flavor is present up front along with a nice sweetness of toffee and bread. There is a subtle tartness of lemon zest and green apples. A touch of bitterness on the finish along with a lot of yeast.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A pretty nice beer. I liked the combination of tartness, yeastiness, and sweetness this beer had.

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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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Photo of spicelab
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beermasons for bringing this to Oz. Huge fan of this brewery so really excited to try this.

Dark treacle with an uber-sized quite dense off-white head. Retention is good, and when the head finally abates it leaves a good whack of gravity-defying lace.

Nose shows lots of peppery phenols and a pleasant woodiness, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, muscovado sugar, boiled lollies and a slight presence of grassy funk and underneath it all.

Taste disappoints somewhat. The depth in the nose just doesn't come through. Raisins, molasses and plums mainly with a moderate booziness, which becomes conspicuous largely because of the lack of flavours for it to showcase.

Not all that thick for 9%. Mild tingle for the tongue Finish is drier than I expected with a mild back palate bitterness, although it's not unpleasant. Despite its oddness as a package, I like it.

Found this a bit of a mixed bag and elusive to pigeonhole at times, but it put a smile on my dial. It lacks the complexity of flavours of the better Belgian Dark Ales and Dubbels, but has enough personality to win some kudos. The glaring booziness in search of a purpose does become tired by the end though.

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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 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 Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/burgundy color with a decent one-finger head into my glass. Very good presentation.

Molasses/brown sugar greet the nose, followed by just a hint of raisin as well.

Ditto on the flavor. Molasses and brown sugar. A bit chewy. Tasty. I can really dig this.

Lingering chewiness followed by molasses and brown sugar. Again, this is quite a taste example.

Very enjoyable and you can hardly tell that it's 9%! Check it out!

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

A: pours pretty dark and ruby/brown, a nice molasses color. Nice big frothy head with belgian lace, sticks around for a good long time. Nice head retention.

S: caramel, toffee, and dark raisins. Plum and brown or burnt sugar notes. Malty nose with some estery fruit going on.

T: Sweet upfront and full of dark fruit notes and burnt sugars as well. lots of caramel in this one. It almost tasted like some roast malt at first, but as it warms, it becomes more fruity.

M: medium bodied and nice coating on the tongue. lingers around and goes down nice and smooth with no unpleasent bitterness or astringency.

O: I'm glad to have tried this one. A very dark strong dark with all of the darker fruit and sugars one would expect by looking at it. A nice treat and would age a few of these for down the line.

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

served on tap

A-poured a hazed chestnut color with a khaki/red thin head with a fresh creamy collar

S- dark fruits,fig,raisins, sweet caramel

T- is like raisin bread with a rich malty and boozy taste

M- medium carbonation with a roasted toffee.a full bodied ale

O- tasty i drank mine faster than i should have a solid full taste full bodied ale

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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
3.9 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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