Around 1930, Germain Noffels started a beer-bottling and lemonade-manufacturing facility in Wevelgem, Belgium. His grandson Nino started brewing beer as part of the family business in 1981 and named the brewery after himself. The brewery was renamed Brewery De Ranke in 1996, when XX Bitter was launched and the current brewery was built in 2005, still a family business.
Noir de Dottignies is a 8.5% ABC Dark Strong Ale with a complex dark-roasted malt flavor with a smooth-bitter finish. It gets its flavor and appearance from 7 different malts, including chocolate and dark-roasted malts.