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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 skandha
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It strikes and interesting balance. There is the unfiltered, boggy darkness with lasting head. There is the raisiny sweetness with dark sugars behind. The slightly bitter hop aftertaste is structured and not too pungent, and the 9.0% ABV is very well disguised. I very much liked the interesting mouthfeel...kind of like the confused taste left behind on the tongue after eating the salted plum at the bottle of warm sake.

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Photo of foogerd
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark dirty brown colored body with some reddish hues at the edges, light caramel colored head.

S- Rum soaked raisins, slight paper oxidation smell, some booze, lots of malts.

T- Caramel raisin cake laced with rum, a rich malty brew with lots of character, booze is nonexistent.

M- Almost chewy but not quite so, moderate carbonation.

D- Very tasty with not a hint of booze, the only thing that hurts here is the premium price I paid at my local bottleshop which marks everything by 100 %. I paid 23 if you find it for a reasonable price definitely pick it up.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at 1stop in Austintown.

Poured a nice hazy as hell brunette color with a beautiful cap of tan colored head that retained a nice thick cloud-like consitancy throughout the drink.

Nice dark fruits hit the nose, carmel and molases, some citrus hop. Very complex.

The complexity does not end at the nose, the mouth gets the dark fruits and carmel up front, followed by a lingering sweetness and notes of toasted malts. Excellent flavors that blend really well together.

The high alcohol percentage is hardly noticable on the palate. Very smooth, nice creamy mouth feel. Excellent beer all around.

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Photo of atis
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle

Pours a bit murky dark brown with immense brownish head that does not fade until the end of the glass leaves generous and thick lacing. Aroma is sweetish caramel malt, some fruit and alcohol.

Taste is malty with light burnt flavours, spice, hints of hops that manifest themselves in the slowly drying finish and light bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, low carbonation. Although no alcohol can be felt, light warming feeling slowly sets in.

Overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of albern
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer, but not my favorite Belgian. There are just too many burnt flavors and bit more biting hops than I would have preferred. The beer looks good with a nice hazy slightly ruby slightly matte brown color, with a very nice tan head that billows as it laces. The nose is candied, slightly burnt caramel, some Belgian yeastiness, some other candied type fruits.

So far so good, but the taste is a touch of a let down. The beer is a bit more boozy than I would have liked, and the burnt malts are not endearing me to the beer. There are nice Belgiany candied sugars, some biting coriander type fruitiness, but a bit too harsh of a bite with the hops. The aftertaste just lingers way too long. There is almost a spiciness in the aftertaste that is too pronounced. The beer is relatively smooth, medium bodied, good but slightly flawed.

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Photo of Chincino
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at Julian's in Providence on-tap as part of a sampler. I wanted to try it because I have enjoyed every De Ranke beer I've tried so far and hope to try more on an upcoming trip to Belgium.

This beer was a dark brown in color. It had an aroma of fruit/nuts and a bit of sweetness-possibly chocolate.

Medium-bodied, didn't notice the 9% ABV. Good drinkability.

Love this style of beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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 rfgetz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with minimal and short lasting off-white head. Scent brings belgian breay yeasts with dark dried fruits (prune, rasin), the malt mixes touches of sweet with lightly roasted nuts. First sip brings the dark dried fruit and mellows into a nutty and bready background. Hops are earthy and not overly present. Belgian yeasts and noticable alcohol linger on the tongue. Medium bodied, good carbonation level, slightly warm and lingering on the tongue. A nice beer which I compare to an English ESB (nutty and earthy) blended with a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (fruity and yeasty).

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 rdickey
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, dark brown into a tulip. A fluffy off-white head looks like it's going to be here a while, but actually dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: The nose is complex and enticing. Caramel and chocolate malt notes dominate, with spices and phenols just slightly in the background. I get more breadiness as it warms.

Taste: Wow. The nose predicted a classic, complex Belgian strong dark ale. The unannounced guest, though, is the hops. The hops don't dominate in the traditional sense - the sweet chocolate malts and spices from the yeast are the main players, and the hops really only rise to the surface at the end, resulting in a nice dry finish - but when the first sip hits your mouth the hops are definitely a surprise. Unlike that pair of socks you received for Christmas, though, it's a very pleasant surprise. This is an exceptional beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and in a way it's lighter in the mouth than you might expect for the style.

Drinkability: High. The balance and dry finish provided by the hops make this much more drinkable that one might otherwise expect.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a Ebenezer's in Lovell, ME. Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown with amber highlights, head is off-white in color and minimal, slight lacing.

S: Floral hoppy scent is present, and well as some fruity notes. There are hints of caramel malts also.

T: Has a bit of a hoppy flavor to it, but not too much. Also, there is fruit like taste to it (not sure what), followed by a bit of alcohol and some caramel notes.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, finish is smooth.

D: The ABV is masked quite well, goes down smooth. Overall a good offering.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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 mwilbur
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark brown with minimal light coming through with back-lighting. 1/4 inch dark tan head quickly recedes.
S: Floral and citrus hops...nice and fresh. Caramel malt, toffee, and molasses. Chocolate too. A difficult to describe minerally spice too. Very interesting.
T: Much hoppier than typical for style (but the wrapping gave fair warning). Peppery spice, citrus hops, floral notes, caramel and chocolate malts, and mild sweet tobacco. An earthy note and orange blossom emerge with warming.
M: Initially quite light on the palate and quenching. As this opens up, the alcohol makes a mild appearance, but does create a heavier feel.
D: The extra hoppiness and well hidden ABV make this quite easy to drink. Not your typical belgian strong dark ale. A quality brew all-around. Glad I have a second one because this does have some interesting layers to it.

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark, murky brown with 2 inch frothy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. (4.5)
S: Melon and soft citrus, sweet caramel malt, dark dried fruit, and a hint of dark chocolate. (4)
T: Again, very hoppy for style. Peppery spice, citrus hops, caramel and chocolate malts, and a hint of tobacco. Earthy mineral note. (4)
M: Light feel, but a medium body. In turns, slightly sweet and spicy. Mildly bitter and dry hop finish. (4)
D: A nice take on a belgian strong dark ale...I personally like what the extra dose of hops brings to the brew. Adds an extra dimension of balance making it more refreshing and sessionable. (4)

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a hazy dark brown with a nice head that lasts for a bit.
S Floral, dark fruits, maybe a bit of acetaldehyde? Chocolate odor too.
T Toasty nuts (haha), bready, nice fruit flavor too. Bit of sweetness. Floral/hoppy hints. Chocolate too. S
M Bubbly, coats the mouth a bit, maybe a bit too bubbly. Slight warmth too.
D Alcohol is quite well hidden - wouldn't guess it's nine percent.

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Photo of smithdc33
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus tulip glass. A nice amber/dark brown color with an off-white head that thins out quickly and leaves nice lacing. Chocolate and spice dominate the taste with a smooth earthy, roasty finish and some dark fruits on the finish as well. Very smooth beer with good, tight carbonation, which makes it quite easy to drink for a strong ale.

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is dark brown, slightly red, a tan head with small even bubbles, settling rather quickly leaving some lacing.

The smell is earthy, smoked coffee beans, and some yeast.

Rather sweet, burnt dark bread, licorice, figs, some sherry and a round bitterness at the end.

A small carbonation, soft small bubbles, overall a smooth texture, a heavy body and a dry finish.

In all a good beer, rather complex and rewarding.

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Photo of Mjoepp
2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
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 megahurts4
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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 krunchie
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Evil_Pidde
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy dark brown with a really large off-white thick head that sinks slowly into great lacings.

S: Spicy and lots of chocolate in the sligthly roasted caramell malt. Sweet! Dark dried fruits in the back.

T: Sweet syrupy malt with both coffee notes as well as rich chocolate. Spicy and a bit yeasty. Dark dried fruits - rasins and figs.

M: A rather long complex aftertaste with both syrupy sweetness and bitterness - not like from bitter hops but rather from dark bitter chocolate - NICE! Body is full and carbonation is moderate.

D: This is a great beer!

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Photo of BucBasil
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a branded tulip from the 330mL bottle at Le Bier Circus in Brussels.

A: Black, but some clear brown showing through when held to light. 2 finger light tan head that lasts a good while.

S: Nice dark chocolate profile with some dark malts - caramel. Chewy and roasty.

T: Big roasty profile atop hints of other lesser malts. Almost no bitterness here which was strange. A bit out of balance but pretty nice.

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Photo of dqrull
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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 impending
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Trappist. Poured a deep dark mahogany, served with little head, low carbonation.

Aroma of the prerequisite dark fruits, a lot of spice, some fruit loops berries and a tiny hint of bile (peculiar as the glass seems clean) which thankfully is completely absent in the taste.

Full bodied. Tastes like a meld of a strong dark and a stout. An upfront sweetness gives way to a lightly bitter burnt coffee and semi sweet chocolate.

A solid brew

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Photo of carpezytha
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in tulip.

A: As it pours out of the bottle it looks like apple cider mixed with unfiltered pomegranate. Very weird. In the glass it looks like murky, dirty dark milk chocolate. Head decent but dissipates.
S: Bark, persimmon, carob, seaweed and an overall malt sweetness.
T: Licorice, nuts, spice, peat. A lot of sweet caramel and no trace of hops. This is a dirty beer, but not in an all bad way. There are earth tones in it, with leather and spice, but there are a lot of floaters and junk in it too, maybe too much.
M: Pretty well balanced in terms of carbonation, I will give it that.
D: I will try again, with a better food pairing. I will not disclose what I ate with it today, but it was a very poor choice, so I am obliged to give this another review.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Noir De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
3.89 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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