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


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RATINGS: 654   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 Père Noël was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1238) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Hazy amber, white head. Nose is hop lemon, pepper/spices, very floral. Flavour is great hop lemon, pepper, malt... reminds me of Belgian blondes with Styrian Goldings I’ve had. A little on the dry side, fortunately, I was starting to think these Belgian Xmas beers were all sugar bombs. Great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3109) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Swietne swiateczne piwo od De Ranke. Zupelnie bylem zaskoczony bo chyba pierwszy raz spotkalem sie ze swiatecznym piwem tak mocno nachmielonym. Wytrawnym i przede wszystkim gozkim. Swietny balans miedzy slodem a goryczka chmielu, chyba zastosowano poppering czyli rodzima odmiane. Kolor jak amber ale ale troche potem metny po dolaniu drozdzy, przyprawowa koncowka. I niesamowity zapach jakby drozdzowy i chyba lekko dzikie byly te drozdze, fajnie draznily nozdrza. Polecam

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerandbeyond (656) - ISRAEL - JAN 6, 2014
330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy deep orange color with a nice fluffy cream head. Yeasty nose, with light fruitiness, spicy herbal hops and faint malt. Grassy flavor, medium bitterness, citrus peels, yeast, a bit grainy and astringent. Medium bodied, quite dry, somewhat alcoholic, rustic and not clean. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (563) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 6, 2014
Bu en bouteille de 75cl, une bière blonde à peine trouble et une bonne mousse. Une bière de Noël houblonnée, ça change et c’est si bon, on ressent beaucoup le côté citronné du houblon et floral

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (402) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Spices, yeast, malty sweetness - the Belgian flavors you would expect. But the hop level is also fairly high, adding another dimension. A great Christmas beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (806) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
Draught at Zomaar. Hazy golden/amber with a medium white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium bitterness with some sweet notes. Herbs, citrus, spices and some dark fruits. A nice christmas brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
Belgium, bottle from Ohtsuki shared with my buddy Laurent. A slightly opaque deep orange gold pour with an off-white head. A yeasty aroma reminiscent of a biere de garde or saison. A bitter taste, farmhouse, citrus, funk. Not really Christmasy but a nice beer. It says it is made with licorice though I don’t pick up on any.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Delicious! While in San Diego I found this. Should have bought the rest on the shelf. Dammit. Has all that amazing Belgian stuff in it. Yeast, tobacco, nutty, hops, great dry bitterness, touch of sweet, dusty wood barrel. Calvados.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piero1987 (645) - Iglesias, ITALY - DEC 29, 2013
Amber orange color with big head. Nice spicy and malty aroma, at finish canned peaches. Light sweet with some fruity flavour, finish in dry bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cyrilhenriquet (45) - - DEC 28, 2013
Bien sous tout rapport, sans pour autant casser des barreaux de chaise. Une bonne option, qui sans forcément être chargée de houblons se boit très bien.

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