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

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RATINGS: 727   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle. High white creamy and lasting head. Hazy orange body. Fuit malt aroma. Long aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1152) - Saltsj-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2015
Pours cloudy orange with white head. Fruits and yeast in aroma. Sweet fruity flavor with some spices. Bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (606) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A brown orange opaque beer with a big off-white creamy head ; great retention ; good lacing. Fruity aroma (citrus), resin, herbs, spices. Light sweet, medium bitter, dry, refreshing. Medium body, thin silky texture, good carbonation, dry bitter finish. Overall, nice fruity "christmas IPA".

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SVD (845) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at home, thanks to Zupastan, amber coloured beer with a small head, aroma is malt, yeast, Taste is spices, some fruit, bitter dry. Not bad

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (785) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Cloudy medium light amber with a thick but quickly receding white head. Aromas of sweet malt with a slight sour tinge. The flavor is very light and there doesnt seem to be much going on here. A bit of vanilla, baking spice, and light caramel sweetness, but overall somewhat watery. Maybe a bit of grape must. Leaves a slight woody taste behind, but otherwise seems to disappear at the end. Not a bad beer, just not very distinctive.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veceo (814) - CROATIA - JAN 18, 2015
Deep amber color, big off white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma and taste of malt, spices, yeast and pears. Medium body, average carbonation. Sweet taste with light tartness and surprisingly bitter finish. Nice, fruity Belgian ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (5637) - 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 (1650) - 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 (2071) - 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.


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