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


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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are fruits, roast malt, yeast and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2008
33cl bottle @ VinensVerden, Odense. Pours muddy brown with a small creamy white head. Aroma is nice of Dark fruits & yeast. Spicy, herbal, dusty, caramel, yeasty & warm taste. Medium body & carbonation. Vague barnyard & metallic notes. Allright - but not as fine as expected!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13478) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle, 9%. Roasted and yeasty aroma. Cloudy very dark amber colour. Big stable light brown head. The flavour is quite yeasty, but also nicely malty and with a nice roasted finish. A lot of yeast, but well-balanced and nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (13231) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
Draught at DTE. Coudy brown - light yellow/brown head. Sweetness, chocolate, berries, yeasty, malty, vegetables, nice bitterness. A bit plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13215) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle at GBBF 08. Deep brown/red lasting beige head. Very decent brown ale. Bit like a dunkel weisse. Good body. Nice spice on finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13127) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle, 75cl corked. A minimal sized off-white head sits on top of an unclear, brown body. Sweetish caramel nose with dried fruits, some alcohol and a touch of spices and hops. Sweetness, caramel and dried fruits in the finish. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Pleasant finish with European hop flavor and bitterness. Wouldn’t mind having more of this one. 110826

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2010
Bottled 75cl (BB 10/2013 = vintage 2008?)
Ruby red color, small steady creamy beige head, lace. Fruity maltyness, almond and raisins in the nose. Wineous palate. Fruity, caramel, a bit sour, toffee. Light hoppyness in the aftertaste. Probably slightly better when this is fresh, so most likely no need to age this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
(750ml bottle, BB 02/2014) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of candi sugar, raisins, herbs, Belgian yeast, pepper, and caramel. Flavor of dates, raisins, yeast, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2009
33cl bottle. Creamy, medium tan head atop clear, dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, spice/herb, light anise/cinnamon, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, caramel, some cinnamon, other spices, faint burnt. Somewhat dusky dry finish. Medium body, a bit lighter than expected given the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11114) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
Tap @ YNWA, Kolding.
17 days I managed without beer, but when a completely new Belgian beer is on locally, I couldn’t resist the temptation.
Pours rather muddy brown with slight redish edges. A nice, staying, creamy, beige head. Great lacing. Aroma is rather powerful, some plums, raisins, liquorice, yeast and light berries. Rather high carbonation and an okay, very dry mouthfeel. Lightly roasted, some chocolate and lots of raisin notes - there is liquorice here as well. Some slight berries in the good, long finish. This is good, but nowhere near other De Ranke beers.

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