Saison De Dottignies
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #969
Ranked #16,168
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
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Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies
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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange beer, 2-finger white head, low retention.
Smell - yeast esters, yellow fruits.
Taste - moderate bitterness, herbal hops, utterly dry, slightly astringent.
Light body, good carbonation.

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Photo of FLima
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thick head with great retention.
Aroma with lots of bread, Belgian yeast, hay and herbal hops.
Spicy flavor with notes of oranges, peppery yeast, herbal hops, grapefruit, pear and lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with somewhat effervescent carbonation.
Hoppy and spicy Saison with assertive notes and fruity nuances. Original and interesting.

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Photo of Ginger-tipple
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was quite excited when I poured my first glass. The aroma was spot on and it poured nice and clear with a pale to golden color. The aftertaste in the mouth was pleasant. What let it down was the taste. The was an overriding bitterness which was unpleasant and it lacked body.

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Photo of ngusset
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange amber color, white head, orange and pineapple on the nose. Taste is dry, funky, bitter, hits a beautiful note somewhere both in the attack and aftertaste, mango maybe? Mouth feel is slightly buttery, thick and slimy but in a subtle and acceptable way. Very unique.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: December 11, 2015. Best before December 05, 2020. ABV: 5.5 %

A hazy, yellow to orange beer with a two finger high, white head.

Nose: Bread, Belgian yeast, honey, sweet caramel malt, herbs, spicy hops and citrus.
Taste: Malty flavor, spices, grass, orange peel, citrus and nuts.
Mouth: Dry and bitter. Medium, smooth carbonation. A little to much bitterness at the end.

I have one bottle that I will cellar fore some years and we’ll see if it matures.

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Photo of OlaB
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: pours a golden color, cloudy , gives of small top of head that disolves quickly .very bubbly

S: A fresh aroma with citrus , grass ,peppe and notes of banana ripes

T&F: fresh and rounded flavours with citrus and spices, The fruity taste in the first sip,yeasty middle taste . Hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. All in all very refreshing. Is a very easy drinkable saison. I think this would be much greater to enjoy a hot summerday.

O : A good saison, refreshing and enjoyable.A beerstyle i start to enjoy more and more

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison De Dottignies has a thin, white head, a murky, bright gold-orange appearance, noticeable beige yeast chunks roiling about, and almost no lacing left on the glass. Once the bottom, caked sediment is swished loose and poured in, the beer takes on a juice look (think of apricot juice). The aroma is of peach cobbler, sweet bread, sourdough bread, light caramel candy, and honey biscuits. Taste is the same, with some lower-level bitterness dancing about. There may also be nougat, mild nuts, and powdered sugar-covered beignets. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Saison De Dottignies finishes on the dry and drinkable side. Lovely stuff, but odd for the style. RJT

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow, solid white head, 3/4". Aroma was all perfume store and spice rack. Meh.

Taste had dry hay, yeast flavors reminiscient of witbiers, bitter soapiness, lemon, barley.

The yeast on this one is way too domineering. Its not bad, but its not my cup of tea, average all the way around.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark amber, mostly clear, with a tight white head and great retention and lacing. Nose has some dusty brett with a stale caramel malt and bread crust aroma, with notes of lemon. Flavor is similar, moderate dustiness, some caramel maltiness with notes of lemon. Higher carb, soft, light body, semi dry finish.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange...bottle conditioned...with a billowing and lacing. Nose is raw dough and a bit of fruity esters. A little too raw yeasty for my nose. Flavor is crisp with just a touch of citrus and a few yeast notes as well, but not especially interesting. Overall, a nice refreshing saison that I probably wouldn't reach for again considering what else is out there.

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Photo of mike312
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A wonderful example of a saison: hoppy, thirst quenching, and balanced. I loved mixed fermentation saisons as much as the next guy, but how many traditional belgian saisons are funky (someone below dissed this for not having much/any barnyard...well, there's no brett, so that's a good sign)? Dupont, for one, is clean. Whatever you call this, it is an excellent low abv beer that is refreshing, complex and straight forward all at the same time. If I worked in a field all day, I'd sooner reach for this than a dorthy from HF. Oh, and Nino and Guido (founders and brewers) are awesome, still using whole hops from a single grower.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

L: pours pale, with a thin foam
S: mineraly, club soda (tonic)
T: silky malt upfront, some mid-range caramel notes, then abruptly changes to hop bitterness. After all that, caramel and grape-fruit hop bitterness creates a nice mixture of hop-juice in the mouth. quite an interesting interplay, and very pleasant.
F: finishes medium and a bit sticky from caramel, but this is good. reminds me of pale ale (not saison)
O: a nice beer

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Photo of goochpunch
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a white, light foamy head. Loads of bubbles in the body. Smells of crackery grain, pale malt, grassy, earthy hops, and gentle Belgian yeast. Tastes of soft malts, honey, yeast dough, a touch of grain, a hint of yeasty spice, tea-like and floral hops. Dry with a lingering bitterness. Smooth carbonation, light, prickling, moderate mouthfeel. Excellent saison.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary. This was an extremely bright a fruity Saison, so much so that I intially wondered if our server got the order correct. Upon further tasting, I found more of the pepper, honey and peach. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would love to have another run at it. It is crisp, bright, and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of aleigator
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a big, bubbly head with a golden yellow, clean color.

Has aromas of crisp citrus with unripe orange among slightly spiced wet grass. Peppery spices get a mild, dough touch to them, due to a distinct, slightly tart, lemony, yeast foundation. Reveals a convincing interplay between gentle, floral hops and mild, spiced yeast.

The taste mirrors the nose to a certain degree, with a fruity, lemony beginning, revealing clove, cardamon and pepper, together with orange zest. Mouthfeel is outstandingly smooth, all flavors get coated up by a mellow yeastiness, which provides a pleasant complexity to the refreshing, slightly sour fruits. Has a crisp spiciness with a biscuity, dry hoppy finish, and a metallic hint added from the high carbonation. Very round, refreshing and versatile, while staying at lower abv, perfect example of a traditional saison.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color ale with a nice tan foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light rustic malt with sweet undertones also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with light residual sugars notes and a mildly spicy yeast notes with bready undertones. Body is full with limited carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wonderfully executed with great drinkability and just enough complexity.

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Photo of mhuber
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Deep golden color, not quite amber. Cloudy since it's unfiltered. A little bit of yeast sediment on the bottom. A nice, hoppy flavor, similar to an IPA. Very good!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

On tap in Antwerp. Pours deep golden colored with a creamy white one finger head. Aroma of pears, buttery notes, some yeast and grass. Flavor is extremely buttery tasting alongside sweet honey and some yeast funk. On the sweet side. Medium bodied with low carbonation . Wasn’t a huge fan of this one.

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Photo of admiral
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flavoursome but easy drinking Saison that hits the spot.

aroma: citrus/rich malt predominate

taste: peach, apricot. clove, rich malt, banana, white wine, orange and slight grapefruit.

Fruity and distinctly Belgian with a pleasant dryness. Well balanced and a good beer to have with friends.

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Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 282 ratings