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


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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A fantastic Christmas beer, but one that defies the universal custom of a stronger, spicier beer for the holiday season. At 7% alcohol by volume, this one is relatively lighter in alcohol than the Guldenberg, and does not pack the hop punch of the XX. It combines some of the best elements of those other two beers with a fine balance of malt and hops, complex character, a refreshing dryness, and a gorgeous cellar aroma but is distinguished by its festive copper color. The 1999 Pre Nol was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1507) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Hazy pale amber color with a thick foamy off-white head. Earthy aroma of yeast, malt and some spices. Medium sour taste with a slightly bitter finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (224) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2014
Average frothy off-white head, slowly diminishing. Hazy copper sparkling body. Contains sweet (dried) fruits, forest fruits, citrus fruits, spices (cinnamon) Light acidic, then bitter and sweet, then sweet and finally bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. I like the aroma's but the changes in flavor are a bit harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (325) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
Lichtbruin troebel bier met schuim. Smaak is krachtig, bitter hoppig en licht zoet. Blijft lang hangen. Erg goed bier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4355) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Slightly cloudy amber pour, with an off white head. Bread, cardboard, berry, a bit fruity, spiiced, mild black pepper, and light sourness. Not much like a Christmas ale. Ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (658) - SPAIN - APR 23, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en www.biirkonnen.com. color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, malta, citrico, ligeramente dulce, con regusto amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours cloudy orange with white head. Fruits and yeast in aroma. Sweet fruity flavor with some spices. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (2941) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy amber coloured brew with an dry bitter taste and hints of spices and citrus. They good with hoppy beers at the De Ranke, also with spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twos_een_keun (24) - BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2014
Not a typical christmas beer. Hazy color with a small head. Smells spicy and malty. Taste is somewhat between a saison dottignies and the guldenberg from De Ranke. Hoppy, malty, lemon zest, a little bit of sweetness, clear bitterness and dryness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cthomas2390 (220) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pours copper with big head. Fruity aroma with apples and tropical fruit. Honeyed taste and distinctive bitterness -- maybe a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Claves77 (153) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Mild smooth hop aroma. Caramel light color. Strong hop taste, not very balanced. Need less flavor hops, more aroma. Though not usual for style.

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