Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dottignies, Belgium


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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle: Unfiltered.
Ingredients: Water; Barley malt; Hops; Candi-sugar; Yeast.
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhamp9 (1190) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Dark mahogany pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is prunes, chocolate, yeast, and molasses. Taste is prunes, bread, faint chocolate, and char. Sweet overall with a little bitterness. Prickly carbonation. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OllieBBommel (1164) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2015
33 CL bottle@home. Appearance: mahogany with small beige head. Aroma: flowery hops, grain. Taste: balanced bitter and sweet, licorice. Palate: smooth, lasting medium bittersweet body, medium carbonation. Overall: nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielecamo (592) - ITALY - MAR 3, 2015
In bottiglia da 75cl. Colore marrone scuro, quasi nero, con schiuma beige pannosa e fine. Aroma di frutta secca, uvetta, caffè, tostato. al palato corpo importanta, calore etilico evidente ma che non disturba e di nuovo sentori di uvetta, frutta secca, terroso, tostato, caffè con un finale ben amaricato che bilancia la birra in maniera perfetta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1254) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Mahogany body ("nearly black"? Whoever wrote this, please get your eyes checked ASAP), medium head. Aroma has a slightly tingly sour note with medium hoppiness and sweet dried berries. However, there is also a notable hint of booze. Sweet caramelly taste with plenty of dried berries. The booze is not as prevalent as it is in the aroma. Smooth finish with more dried berries and some raisins. The sweetness is kept in balance with a slightly tart fruity character. Very drinkable for the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachneger (357) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2015
Donker kleurig bier met een volle luchtig crème kleurige schuimkraag. Geur zoet van pruimen en tonen van cacao. Smaak zoet van pruimen en vleug chocola en hazelnoot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
psilosophy (525) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - FEB 24, 2015
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur cola, mousse moyenne mais de belle tenue. Une riche palette aromatique, on y trouve du fruit sec, de la réglisse qui évolue sur des herbes aromatiques. Assez sucrée à l’ attaque, la note finale d’ amertume reste longtemps en bouche. Texture astringente; Trouvée à Roby - Menin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inbirraveritas (1285) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 24, 2015
Bottled, 33 cl (ABV 8.5%). Hazy dark brown colour, medium sized beige head with average duration. Nose of dried fruits, licorice, chocolate... Complex and refined aroma ruled by marmalade and licorice underpainted gently by chocolate, sugar and herbs, mouthfeel is thick. Dry and lingering, gently warming finish with distinct herbs and licorice escorted by earth and dried fruits again. Alcohol’s hidden well, fine one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1308) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 22, 2015
dark brown colour, huge, dense beige-ish head; aroma of dried fruits (plum, maybe sour cherry), roasted sugar, chocolate, some herbal notes and hints of ash; taste of roasted malts, some cocoa, fruity notes, minimal alcohol and herbal notes; great Belgian Strong Ale

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ned33137 (8) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 20, 2015 does not count
Dark black ale with full taste. Roasted, sweet and bitter with aroma of coffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (497) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Brown color with small brown head. Very dry aroma of roasted malts. Taste is more yeasty and sweet, full-bodied. Like a yeasty Doppelbock. Very interesting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (103) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
The darkest ale of De Ranke, named after the place where the brewery is active. Seven kinds of malts, making the beer balance between sweet and bitter.

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