Saison De Dottignies | Brouwerij De Ranke

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Saison De DottigniesSaison De Dottignies
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by koopa on 05-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
259
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
31
For Trade:
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a warm hazy honey color with a very small 1/2 inch white head that fades to nothing. Smells of grass/flowers, herbal hops, yeast. Taste is of herbal hops and yeast at the beginning with a biscuity malt finish. Bitterness is present at the start of each sip but fades after each swallow. Good carbonation makes for a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit of herbal/hop coating in the mouth. A bit too herbal for my liking.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral, grassy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste contains flavors of grassy and spicy hops. Spicy flavors are very apparent in the finish, which also has some bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and very dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: It's quite refreshing to drink this beer; although it's quite hoppy the overall taste is well balanced and only has a mild amount of bitterness.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, wrapped in a paper outer shell. Another massive over-foaming at cap poppage - thank you, refermentation and 'taste evolution'.

This beer appears a cloudy, almost opaque without backlighting, medium golden amber hue, with a towering column of thin, boisterously foamy white head, which leaves a 3 year old's idea of a landscape portrait of sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly and steadily recedes.

It smells of grainy pale malt, black peppercorn, sharp, somewhat funky yeast, and fruity and grassy hops. The taste is edgy wheaty grain, a bit of oily lemongrass tartness, more softly funky yeast, a weaker white pepper spiciness, and some sparkly earthy, herbal, and leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is still rather fizzy and frothy, the body a wan middleweight under all that, and more or less smooth in the face of that general tart and herbal character. It finishes just off-dry, the grain asserting itself to a certain degree, as the pepper, yeast, and hops dance a merry tango.

A decent enough Saison, nice and peppery and kind of fruity - hell, I weirdly had a sneezing fit halfway through, as the pepper essence executed its little transformation. Anyways, a rather enjoyable affair, after that messy start.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear goldenrod color and a one finger head that still curtains the chalice

Smell: Bready, with hints of grassy and herbacious elements

Taste: Cracker malt up front with a grassy, herbacious character that develops by mid-palate: funky, herbal character after the swallow, with the saaz hop flav0rs lingering in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: While I am not crazy about the combination of the grassy Saaz hops in a Belgian Saison, this is an interesting beer that is worth a try

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep saturated rusty orange, opaque in the light. Peachy. Frothy white crop of foam, leaving trails of seafoam spray in the glass. The skim remains on the surface for awhile, then develops fissures after a few sips.

Dry herbal nose, grass, weeds, hay, with a touch of lemon zest. Swirling brings out some slightly phenolic yeast esters, adding complexity. Overall dry with a bare hint of ginger cookie sweetness.

Full bodied, ample carbonation, dry grassy aftertaste of lightly bitter noble hops. Flavor is complex with facets of dried citrus peel, herbs, wildflowers, and spicy yeast. Orange and lemon custard creaminess, followed by a mildly intense flourish of pepper, thyme, and piney hops. Something slightly perfume-like I can't put my finger on. Nice to sip and savor, it's very balanced with more complexity than your average Saison.

A creative and unique take on the style, wouldn't expect any less from De Ranke.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Copper colored with straw highlights. The head is fleeting, but leaves plenty of sticky lacing behind.

Doughy and yeasty on the nose. Bready malt, apricot, faint citrus.

Yeasty, spicy palate. Light apricot and apple fruitiness. Very phenolic and doughy, white pepper meets herbal hop bitterness. Very biting finish. Extremely dry stuff, intensely flavorful but fairly light bodied and refreshing. The yeast strain is great.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a snifter.

Pours a yellow-golden color with a pretty decently-sized white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Thin collar on top of the beer. The nose brings forward some light funk and a bit of grainy sweetness. The flavor is mostly grainy with some mild funky notes in the background. Pretty good, but not nearly enough complexity at this point. The body is light to medium and has a slightly bitter finish that is quite dry. Drinks well enough, though I think this one might get better with some further development.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

Pours a nice layer big layer of white head. Color is a clear vibrant gold. Nice lace.

Aroma: dry with earthy notes. Pears and spice. Spices. Bready malts. Herbal. Some lemon citrus.

Taste: apple skin and pears. Bready malts and spices. Belgian yeast favors. A little alcohol shows. Apple sauce. Earthy and herbal flavors.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Very dry. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, a nice saison that drinks easily. Very traditional. I could drink a fair amount of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Pours a hazy peachy yellow with an initially large white head which fades to a cap with good lace. Herbal, grassy, yeasty and spicy on the nose. Pepper, grains, earth and hay notes, followed by mild wild yeasts and a dry finish. Invigorating and bright, somewhat sweet and faint tart/funk. Solid and a good example of the style. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am very appreciative to Stakem for sharing this upon a recent visit to his abode. enjoyed chilled slightly from a tulip.

A reddish hued amber with golden highlights and two fingers of off white foam w/ tiny bead, lace sticks well. The smell of bready and biscuit malt w/ light yeasty fruit esters and slight pepper from the hops is a by the numbers yet enjoyably fragrant saison aroma. The mild melon notes add a little extra with slight honeyish malt scent. The feel is great, nice creamy yeasty and somewhat bitter feel with moderately high carbonation and a slightly tangy almost stonefruit like elemnent w/ mild leafy dry texture as it finished with slight hint of alcohol in the tail end.

This saison has a nice herbal and light bitter hop flavor with a nice blend of malt and yeast too, the hint of stone fruit is kind of cherry-like which is probably a yeast derived flavor with som creamy and toasted malt synergy. The mild biscuity element is there with the hops adding counterbalance. I enjoy the woody elements from the hops and the yeast gives slight dry edge to the finish. Overall a pretty great beer-reminds me of a classic saison you may have tried from Belgium, Saison Dupont. I like the hop flavor and herbal qualities, it is dry and very drinkable -Cheers Adam!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: The beer appears hazy and yellow, with a moderately sized head that leaves some decent lacing behind.

S: The aroma is quite floral, with spices following behind.

T: The flavor is grassy and herbal, with mild funk. Spices and a subtle hop presence linger in the finish.

M: Medium / thin body with solid carbonation.

D: A pretty tasty saison. I would happily have this again.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle chilled and split into a pair of snifters with Slatetank. This brew appears an attractive color of golden nearing something more copper to orange. An initial surge of 3 fingers worth of head sits atop the brew and settles to an island of fluffy lacing across the top. Some finger-like patches stick along the glassware. A swirl revives the cap with a yellowish stained coloration.

The smell of this brew is spicy with a light touch of pepper initially. A light fruited quality almost like lemon, orange and pear skins evolves. This is a very pleasant smelling saison. A mild sulfur aspect is present along with a mild cheesy scent across the backend once it is warm.

The taste is also mildly peppery initially with fruited tones a little rindy like orange and pear. A touch of grassy bitterness is evident along with a trace amount of something sweet almost like bubblegum. A little herbal that increases with intensity and mild bitterness as the brew warms.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with seemingly no inclusion of alcohol except for a mild warmth down the back of the throat and mildly spicy yeast flavors which seems to exaggerate the alcohol's perception. This is a nice table offering that is easily approachable and would pair well with a number of foods, perhaps this is one to pick up again and have for that reason.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Saison De Dottignies from Brouwerij De Ranke
3.89 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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