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

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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (5282) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle from The Bottle Shop, Brugge. Cloudy deeper orange colour with a small creamy head. Strong enough tasting with plenty of smooth pale malts evident in both aroma and taste. Theres a hint of fruit and spice, but not much of either

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1449) - ngelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
@ Havregatan 150116. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget. Fruity and yeasty with spicy notes, quite sweet with notes honey, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, fruity and spicy.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Blitzpulli (3) - - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
Rglisse peine sensible qui laisse un joli voile de douceur sur les papilles. Nez belge, amertume au rendez vous. Surprenant pour une bire de nol, mais exquis. Lanne prochaine je fte nol en Belgique .

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (1950) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
Flaska frn SB. Smak och doft av humle, belgisk jst, mango, aprikos, brunt socker, julkryddor s som kanel, karedemumma och kryddnejlika med toner av pple. Ett bra jull, lagom kryddigt, lagom st med fin beska.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mad_Ferret (711) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Drank it at mom and dads place. Cloudy orange amber, very big and thick fluffy dirt white head. Nice lacings. Aroma: Sweet apricots, mandarines and apples, toasty doughy bready, vanilla cookie, some yeast, straw and dried grass. Taste: Sweet doughy apricot and grapefruit flavour with white peppers and grass, grapefruit rind. Full bodied, soft carb, smooth texture. Wow. This brewery kills me! Theyre so damn good!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ST247 (448) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle from beergium.com Pours dark orange with a creamy white head. Aroma is a bit sweet, honey. Taste has some bitterness, sweet, hints of caramel, roasted malts. Dry bitter finish. Nice carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2087) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Pour hazy orange-amber with a finger of white head. Complex and well-balanced, though I have to admit the lack of spices leaves it not seeming very Christmas-y.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
azzie (377) - - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle 0.33l. Dirty brown/orange cloudy liquid with big unsteady off white head. Full body, medium carbonation. A bit sour, medium bitterness. Sweet. Long aftertaste. Not easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baramba (331) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2015
33 cl bottle. Hazy orange with thin white head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Sweet flavour, some bitterness and dry finish

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UXO (652) - CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours clear to cloudy pale amber with two fingers of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, patchy lacing. (4/5) Nose is fruity Belgian yeast, caramel malt, slight spice. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Medium body, moderate sustained carbonation, slightly sticky and off-dry bitter finish. (4/5) Nice departure from the more normal dark and heavily-spiced Christmas beers. Lots of Belgian character with a pleasant festive dessert feel. Lingering bitter finish and an almost-but-not-quite funky horseblankety tang. I like this a lot. (18/20)


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