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

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RATINGS: 812   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2016
appearance: lightly hazy, golden-orange-copper, with a creamy light tan head. aroma: toasted grains, a little bready, with some general belgian spice and floral-to-citrus hops. taste: unsweet caramel, toast, citrus, grassy, and light piney hops, some spice and stone fruit. finish: dry, lingering herbal and floral bitterness, some lasting yeasty spice. notes: Not bad. Very easy-drinking palate. Hoppier than expected. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle. Pours murky orange with smal cream head. Aroma has candied sugar, zest, peach candy, hops, malt, light grapefruit, spices. Taste is light sweet, then more bitter with mandarin and zest. Malts, spices, hops, light oily and hight carbonation. Orange and zesty light dry bitter finish. Light licorice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopverdju (467) - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2016
Amberblond bier met fijn wit schuim. Geur: fruitig, gedroogde abrikoos, kandij. Smaak: zoetig bitterig, wat ondefinieerbare kruidigheid die komt duwen. Afdronk: wat zoetigheid en die ondefinieerbare kruidigheid die blijft hangen.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1846) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Cloudy medium amber, small frothy off-white head, mostly diminishing, light lacing ; aroma malts, honey, overripe fruits, some tart; taste is bittersweet, very malty, fruity notes, with average duration; in aftertaste a dry hoppy bitterness prevails, spicy notes, bit dusty impression; medium texture, creamy texture, average carbonation; peculiar brew, not your classic Belgian Xmas, nice anyway but expected more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4759) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 5, 2016
Shared with Vinja & Goran (thanks!) and Hrabren. Misty amber-golden body with a small whtie head. Sweet grainy aroma, with some light spicy hoppiness in the end taste... grainy, malty, dusty bitterish finish, tiny honeyish note, light tartness... Interesting balance, a typical and yet unusual Belgian at the same time. Not sure what to make of it, but it was an interesting experience.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hrabren (706) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 4, 2016
0.75 l bottle from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with Vi?nja666 and Marko. Hazy almost opaque, some sediment. Dark golden, brownish orange. Spicy, orange peel, malts, biscuit. Light dry in the beginning, sweet background, bitter finish, medium hopped. Medium body. Bubblegum, orange, spices in the finish. Complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClaudeB04 (312) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 4, 2016
Hazy blonde / orange. Nicely balanced hoppy and malty notes with a long bitter finish. Not a typical xmas beer but very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2332) - - JAN 2, 2016
Draught at Delirium. Mostly fruity and piney hops with a light caramel edge, hints of pepper, bitter finish. Not so christmasish, a bit too hoppy for the style maybe.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJoer (1156) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
Medium white head, brown copper coloured body, muffy hay yeasts malts smell, yeasts peppery malts taste, medium carbonation, medium bitter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7088) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2016
750ml bottle pours a dark gold with some frothy, white head. Nose has oranges, yeast, mild spice. Flavor is sweet with candy, spicy esters, orange peel. Full bodied but also dry.


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