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De Ranke Hop Harvest 2012

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Formerly brewed at Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Ale
Dottignies, Belgium

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2012 edition: Père Noël base with XX Bitter hops.


JorisPPattyn's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8920) - Ursel, - NOV 5, 2012
Textbook white dense lace over clear, if cold-hazed orange beer. Slight sweetish spicyness, and dry hops mixed with speculoos spices. Dried hops, giving both bitterness and aroma. Spices again, but more obscure flavourwise. Very dry finish and long dry-hopping aftertaste, bit herbal. Misses body. Good hoppy beer, but not a spectacular one.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2138) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
Backlog...................... @ Havregatan 20130309. Bottle from Systembolaget.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
Vintage bottle of an extinct beer, derived from Père Noël, bought at Fontana Drinks Center in Sint-Niklaas. I should know better than to buy a four year old bottle emphasizing its hop character, but I hadn’t tasted this edition before, so why not give it a try and see what happened in the past time... Thick and frothy, very thickly cobweb-lacing, egg-white, dense head over an almost clear, deep ’old gold’ coloured beer, becoming more and more clouded as the 75 cl bottle is progressively emptied. Aroma, rustic as it may be, shows no overpowering signs of oxidation at all and still breathes ’noble’ hops in spite of this bottle having been cellared for four years; I get impressions of freshly cut grass, soap, lots of red apple fraîcheur, straw, wet cardboard, dried flowers, some faint rusty iron still, old and dried white bread, dried apricot, jute, white pepper, a lot of dry hay, old cookies, gin, dried thyme, bitter honey. Fruity, still vivid onset of gooseberry, green apple and unripe plum, medium carbo tingling on the tongue with a minerally effect, slick and supple body. Pale malt sweetishness (a bit grainy) ensues with a slight caramelly accent, becoming more bready in the middle and leading to a drying finish where the graininess is reinforced by an earthy, deep, leafy hop bitterness and retronasal floral and grassy aromas. Alcohol remains almost completely hidden. I am truly surprised by how well this has stood the test of time: I take the risk to buy older bottles of beer regularly, but in the case of a 6% ABV Belgian blonde I normally have low expectations. In this particular case, those low expectations are unfounded: this still tastes fresh, quenching and appetizing - guess you have to be lucky in these kind of tradings. In fact, since it has no signs of the dreaded lightstruck effect, I like this version even more than a few of the later ones - who said a hop-forward beer cannot be cellared? It all depends on circumstances and sometimes sheer luck I suppose, but I sure enjoyed this one in spite of its age; I think an experience like this only accentuates the preserving properties of hops, the one thing they were meant to do ages ago. De Ranke remains a haven of good taste in an ever-changing beer landscape.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (2570) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle from Beergium. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, yeast, a bit of ripe fruits and pine. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, pine, some earthy and sour notes. Very nice belgian ale, unfortunately it’s most likely well past its prime at this point due to decomposed hopping.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (5566) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2015
750ml bottle. Clear golden colour with huge, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Floral and grassy hoppy aroma, minimally dusty, hints of pollen, unspecific fruity background in green apple and unripe pear direction. Taste is minimally sweet pale malty, minimally biscuity, floral hoppy overtones with accumulating mildly grassy hop bitterness, fruity background with hints of green apple and pear; super soft palate, gentle though effective carbonation. Another very nice De Ranke Ale with subtle strengths.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8303) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours clear golden with a thick off-white head and a floral citrus aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor and still some hoppy bitterness after 3 years in the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13230) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Capped 750 from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours hazy gold with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of fruity and earthy hops. Med body or better. Lots of hop; pretty dry; fairly bitter. Tastes really good; hops seem to have avoided damage.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (2540) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
Just some attributes from the tasting notes: sweet malts, harsh hops, oxidized? sweet sour and bitter flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baramba (625) - ITALY - MAR 17, 2015
75 cl bottle. Clear amber with medium white head. Fresh hops aroma, notes of grass. Malt flavour, hints of grass, spicy, bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2987) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 75cl bottle shared@Nieuwjaarsreceptie Gentse Biervereniging, merci. Damp honey pollen in aroma lands gently on dry honeyed malts and more damp XX Poperinge bitter grassy hops, well-rounded. Evidently lost some over age, but quite some simple splendor managed to survive.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dona055 (10) - Borgo San Lorenzo, ITALY - JAN 17, 2015
nel colore quasi arancio, schiuma corposa non molto persistente. birra erbacea, molto luppolata, amara ma molto bevibile.


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