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

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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mad_Ferret (688) - 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 (428) - 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 (1960) - 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 (329) - - 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 (288) - 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 (534) - 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)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diablokev (160) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2015
The aroma is of oranges and was beautiful. The appearance is a nice gold with a thick white head. The taste was smooth and very nice. Liked this one a lot.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1837) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle..Pour is golden with a cream white head...Nose is spice, sweetness, hop spice, belgian yeast..Taste is spice, bitter, musty, spices..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1067) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
750ml bottle. Hazy amber body with a low white head. Yeasty, fruity and spicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (751) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from Wilburs. Appearance: 2 finger tan-white head, orange gold color, light cloudy, good lacing. Aroma: wheat, light fruity yeast, light booze, caramel. Palate: average carbonation, medium body, light bitter finish, oily texture. Taste: sweet caramel into light fruitiness, then into a floral bitterness that lingers. Overall, good not great, gets better as it warms up.


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