Brewery – Brouwerij de Ranke, Wevelgem, West Flanders, Belgium
Beer – Noir de Dottignies
Style – Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV – 9%
Color – Dark brown and definite ruby when held to light with a light tan head
Aroma – Prunes, figs, berries, toffee, dark chocolate, hint of coffee
Flavor – Plums, raisins, bit of brown sugar, chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, surprising bitterness (in a good way: not overpowering, but very balancing)
Verdict – This is a very delectable strong dark ale unlike any I’ve had before from Belgium. The wonderful sweet fruit characteristics are there like I would expect, but the pleasant roastiness and balancing bitterness make this unique, I think.