Saison De Dottignies
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies
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Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #684
Ranked #17,876
3.86 | pDev: 11.14%
Feb 17, 2022
May 10, 2010
Very Good
Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies
Notes: Saison de Dottignies is a high-fermenting saison with a relatively low alcohol content which makes for a well-balanced beer.

Taste: Full of taste, but very drinkable. Heavily-hopped and thirst-quenching - typical of saison-styled beers.
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3.25 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Feb 17, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

11.2oz bottle EXP 28/01/2023 decanted into a tulip glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV leaving an inch of beer in the bottle. The beer pours mostly bright light honey amber in color with quick rising, light khaki head on a gentle pour. The head recedes to a thin ring and thin cap leaving a curtain of lacing. The aroma is mild with notes of clovey spice, pale malt and floral hops. The taste is dry pale malt with lots of hoppy earthy & floral notes. Moderate bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, very good. I really wasn't expecting this level of hop influence, but it's very well done and drinkable. I did pour the last inch of liquid into the glass about halfway through. More peppery yeast flavor, fuller body and less dry.

Sep 12, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at The Sovereign in Washington DC.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like like pretzel dough, spicy hops, doughy yeast, light citrus, and clove.

This feels like drinking a funky and pillowy pretzel in liquid form. The yeast character on this is so expressive - doughy, clove, honey, etc, with a light but tasty hop character - spice, grassiness, etc.

This is light bodied, pillowy, and soft, with an expressive but not sharp level of carbonation.

This is very enjoyable, as expected from this excellent brewery.

Sep 07, 2021
4 by FZR23 from Romania on Jul 04, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Bottle from Etre
Light gold on color with a frothy bubbly white head that persists. Lemony earthy light funk with hints of toasty bready maltiness. Nice Saison.

Jun 15, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. Golden colour, large white head. Pleasant fruity and mildly spicy aroma of saison yeast. Medium dry flavour, more spicy than fruity, with a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish, nearly medicinal in the aftertaste.

May 31, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Dark amber mostly opaque body with a huge cream colored head, periodic lacing. Aromas of various botanicals, especially grass and leaves, a touch of honey to the malts and huge rustic bready yeast with floral tones. Starts with sweet botanicals, almost weedy and honey laden at the same time, before bitter and earthy hops rides a wave of sharp belgian yeast for the second half of the sip. Dries out through the sip quickly, medium bodied and sneaky crisp. The wife loved it

May 31, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jeez from Massachusetts

My first saison. I was expecting something a bit more outside the box. The smell is very doughy with a funkiness that is hard to place. Tastes very grassy and earthy with a dry lingering bitterness. It reminds me of a sake bomb and I don't don't mean that as criticism. It is light and crisp and would be fitting to sip on a hot summer's day. Shame I'm trying it mid-winter.

Jan 24, 2021
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

De Belgiuminabox. Leyendo C9 Preface. En copa Teku. Correcta saison, con cierto perfil terroso y seco que para mi gusto la deja algo por detrás de los mejores exponentes del género pero aún así se disfruta bastante

Nov 15, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Pours a beautiful golden yellow color with big foamy white head and good lacing. Floral smell, a bit of funk. Light refreshing taste. Lemon and a bit of pepper spice. Somewhat herbal. Overall, pretty good saison.

Not as flavorful as Saison DuPont but it is nice to discover a saison I have not had before.

Aug 07, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

APP - clear, light gold,
AROMA - very light, sweet, pils malt. Light fruity herbal aroma. inviting
FLAVOR - deep, firm pils base with herbal hop midpalate crubed off by phenols. Moderate-strong bitterness in a long finish.
OVERALL - One of those saisons that is basically pils made with farmhouse yeast. Bitterness is tell tale of this brewer.

Jul 21, 2020
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3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours a hazy golden/amber color. A two finger white head forms, with initially good retention. That eventually fades to a small cap that sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Baked bread, malty and almost like wort. Seems a little unfinished in the nose, but not entirely bad. Citrus hops, light dusty yeast. Though the yeast and esters are almost nonexistent.
T: Chewy malts, baked bread and doughy. Citrus hops come in next, with just a touch of bitterness. Where's the yeast? Almost no yeast character, and that is a disappointment.
M/O: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Not particularly vibrant bite here. Just kind of there. Not hard or offensive to drink in any way, just not a good Saison.

I mean, as kind of a malty, hoppy, beverage with some alcohol, yeah it meets that criteria. Which isn't bad "in that regard." Though how can this be a Saison? I'm being a little generous in my scores, but not to style at all.

Jul 12, 2020
4.13 by Bruno74200 from France on May 17, 2020
4.12 by Robertas from Lithuania on Apr 17, 2020
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3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden amber coloration with a medium, fluffy head and very slightly visible coloration. Smells of doughy, slightly grainy malt and floral, grassy hops with a certain citrus accent and very little yeast aromas coming through. Taste follows the nose, with some doughy, slightly grainy malt, but being quite dominated by the floral, grassy hops and light citrus accents, with very little estery yeast coming coming through except perhaps a very faint hint of green apple and gooseberry. Finishes bone-dry, with a medium bitterness and some floral, grassy hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This almost completely lacks all the characteristics that I expect of a good Saison, mainly being some expressive estery yeast notes, which are almost completely absent here, as well as even the slightest hint of tartness. Instead this is dominated by quite overly floral and also grassy hops, with a bone-dry finish and a distinctive bitterness. Quite possibly the worst Saison to my personal palate that I've ever had, this feels more like a Belgian Blonde Ale or something.

Apr 04, 2020
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

I had a bottle of this poured into a glass at Bier Central near my Antwerp hotel in May 2018. I don't really like Belgian spice/yeast in my beer, but this was an excellent example -- hoppy and smooth. Well-done, especially given that abv.

Jan 02, 2020
3.85 by mizx from England on Oct 09, 2019
4 by Mtn from Texas on Aug 08, 2019
3.91 by JTuomi from Finland on Jun 21, 2019
3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Apr 16, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SLP from Texas

This is very close to the description of a historical saison. Lower alchohol. Hoppy. Great yeast notes.

Dec 31, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a saison of wonderful overall quality, a league better than most, especially for clean saison types that dont have any brett or wild yeast elements. this is a shade darker than many of them are, a light copper tint to it under a nice inch of white head from the tap. i was stoked to find this on draft too, i so rarely see their stuff in this format. i love the carbonation tickling my nose as i smell it. grassy hop bitterness seems higher here than is most of these, a light floral element to the hops, but its bitter first for me. the grain base smells and tastes lighter than its color, although it does have some body, and the yeast isnt overdeveloped, with a light spiciness to it, earthy and grounded rather than off in phenol land. i get black pepper, faint clove, and then the rising bitterness of the hops as it finishes. some almost brine character, but not quite acidic or anything, today on the swallow with a big rush of bubbles. smart beer, a standout really, clean saison as it should be. i could drink this every day.

Nov 15, 2018
4 by Hanyuu from Finland on Aug 05, 2018
4 by paulish from New York on Jul 15, 2018
4.12 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jul 06, 2018
3.98 by Roguer from Connecticut on Mar 22, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

L- Pours a very dark opaque, almost brown/golden beer with barely any head. A bit dirty looking.
S- I get phenol notes, spicy and herbal notes, sweet cinnamon notes, and yeast notes. Slight dark fruit aromas, and earthy aromas.
T- Not so much here, but still very pleasant. Slight phenol and spicy notes, as well as some dark fruit. Tart, bitter and earthy flavors come in as well. Very minimal.
F- Lighter bodied then expected. Decent carbonation.
O- Very pleasant/minimal farmhouse ale. Give it a try.

Feb 17, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy golden/orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, citrus zest, white pepper, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, white bread dough, light honey/funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, citrus zest, white pepper, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, white bread dough, light honey/funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness, herbal/floral/grassy bitterness, and slight yeast tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, citrus zest, white pepper, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, white bread dough, light honey/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an excellent saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Probably older than preferred here, but this still tastes great. Classic saison yeast complexity, balanced malts, and nice earthy hop presence. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Feb 17, 2018
4.06 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic on Dec 15, 2017
4.08 by GeoWitt from Canada (NS) on Dec 11, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a hazy medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing, looks nice. Aroma of grainy, husky malt with light mineral content, saison yeast, apple and pear, a hint of orange. Flavor is slightly sweet grainy malt with some husk bitterness, apple, pear, orange and mild light stone fruit. Finishes with mixed grain, a hint of caramel, grapefruit rind and light hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp, peppery carbonation, great mouth feel. A really flavorful, grainy, complex fruit saison with an excellent body and carbonation. I wonder if this particular one has variable quality problems, because this seems to get reviews all over the map. If so, I got a great bottle. This was a pleasant surprise because, although brand fresh new to our market area, this is a year old bottle (thanks Shelton Bros!) with good, but not stellar reviews. I like this a lot, it looks, feels and tastes good. Pretty much hits all the notes I like in a saison. Very full flavored for the moderate ABV. A very good farmhouse that makes me think that if field workers really got something this flavorful for a daily farm house beer, they were lucky indeed. I've liked just about everything I've had from De Ranke and wish they were not so rare on the market in my area.

Nov 06, 2017
5 by jonc0119 from Hong Kong on Sep 25, 2017
3.67 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON) on Sep 16, 2017
3.03 by dertyd from California on Aug 16, 2017
4.14 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Aug 11, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Look is translucent gold with a small head, with good retention though. Some lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast, some hops and some typical Belgian spice. Taste is similar to the nose, but I found the yeast comes forward then a peppery aapect, and ends with a hoppy bitter finish. Feel is medium body with good carbonation.

An interesting saison, loved the traditional Belgian aspects, but the hops were a little off putting for the style.

Aug 10, 2017
3.87 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Aug 08, 2017
3.79 by windowside from Germany on Jul 03, 2017
4.5 by Quafftastic from Virginia on May 16, 2017
4 by steverx8 from England on Mar 04, 2017
Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 297 ratings