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

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RATINGS: 817   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 Père Noël was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3706) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (1656) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Hazed orange colored beer with a thin khaki head. Mix of applesauce, pear, caramel, and a touch of spice on the nose. There’s a fair amount of sweetness to the flavor, too. Maybe a touch of cardboard/oxidation. Pretty ester forward, too. Lots of sweet fruits. Maybe a touch of citrus. Eh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ysok02 (995) - MOns, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2016
Une belle bière épicée, et fruitée à la robe ambrée et à la bouche à la fois ample et tendue, belle finale amère qui raffraîchit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3131) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a tulip. Burnt orange with big fluffy white head. Aroma is yeasty, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is yeasty, spicy, subtle herbal hop bitterness, and slightly dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - 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 (663) - 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 (2043) - 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 (4948) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 5, 2016
Shared with Višnja & 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.


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