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


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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 Père Noël was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (805) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2016
Flaska från SB. Ljust bärnstensfärgad med vitt skum. Doft av karamell och köttbuljong. Smak av köttsoppa och besk karamell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1505) - Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Caramel amber. Hazed. Fruity pastry aroma, with spice. Sweet buiscuity. Bready. Malty. Flavor is a mix of spices with caramel, yeast esters, fairly malty licorice with hints of citrus peppery spice, orange flavor, almost slick, slight roast/smoke. some hop green grassiness. Little lemon. Complex and refined. Pretty enjoyable.Good seasonal beer, not sure of age but probably at least a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (3901) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2016
0,33l bottle @ Harry’s. Pours cloudy amber with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malts and caramel. Flavor is sweet malts with loads of bitter hops. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2703) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2016
Flaska från Falkenbergs Systembolag. Oklar mörkorange med ett stort lätt smutsat skum. Dofter av citron, örter, parfym och jäst. Smakinslag av citron, örter, alkohol och sura vingummi. Stickig munkänsla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (6492) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Spices, alcohol, yeast, fruit, berries, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, hops, spices, some alcohol, yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1834) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle at home, 13th February 16. Pours fairly lively, aroma is yeast, hops, slight coriander. Taste is bitter, slight sweet, hoppy, easy drinking. Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (1074) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Hazy amber orange pour with small creamy head. Aroma of malts, fruits, caramel, yeast, peppery spice and hops. Taste of malts, yeast, slightly sweet, faint fruit and a hint of pepper. Medium bodied, higher carbonation and a slightly dry hop finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LLaurin (273) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2016
Pours in straw with haze and impressive head. Taste rather light with refreshing bitterness. Palate also longlasting with bitterness and fresh tones. Nice companion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3559) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Green 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters, with my portion being the closest to the noticeable amount of yeasty sediment at the base, so thus showing a cloudy, apricot nectar appearance, with off white head foam that expeditiously diminished to a bubbly ring & film, leaving foamy spots of lacing on the glass. The nose was light yeast, spicy phenols, and a pleasant mélange of esters as pit fruit, apple & pear. The taste was similar notes, medium bodied, modestly sweet, with soft effervescence, subtle silkiness to the mouthfeel, medium earthy & rind-like bitterness, and some finishing tartness. I think I got the best of the deal in order of share.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (1594) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2016
.33l bottle @Harry’s. Pours cloudy orange with high head. Leaves lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, malts, dried fruits. Floral and butter. Flavor is .ostly sa e.

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