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

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RATINGS: 657   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1285) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piero1987 (681) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaVillum (439) - Valby, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2013
33 cl, flaske, 7,0 % ABV, delt med Bomber, gave fra søster og købt i Malting Point i Bruxelles, 28. december 2013. Ravfarvet, ufiltreret belgisk juleøl med offwhite-farvet skumtop på ca. 1 1/2 cm. Sødlig maltet duft henad banan og eksotiske frugter. Passionsfrugt. Pæn bitter smag af humle. Men også en god underliggende sødme, som ligger fint med bitterheden. Ikke en IPA, men samme lidt beske eftersmag af humle. Middel kulsyreindhold. En lidt anderledes juleøl uden normal sødme. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (1370) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, BBE 31/08/18. Pours a bright and clear orange amber with a large, thick, stylish, white head. Aroma is fresh with citrus and Belgian fruits. Peach and apricot. Some fremnted fruit, light ethanol and light pear. Taste is refreshing as well, lightly citrus, some liquorice. Medium bready maltiness, dry, liquorice all around on the sides. Yeast softens and rounds up the flavor, but dumbs it down too. Better leave out. Medium and not that carbonated. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle from Utobeer Market stall. Cloudy dark amber pour with a beige head. Citrus and sweet spice nose. Flavours of chocolate, sultana, sweet spice, pepper and figs. Long warming finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sebilinz (505) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle nice amber color with white lasting head nice aroma of fruits, citrus and herbs, taste is malts and yeast with hints of the liquorice, high carbonation aftertaste is bitter with some fruity sweetness. Nice one

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (4067) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3 year old bottle. Clear golden-copper under a thin foamy white head. Nose is very musty, like a cellar, with some earthy dried grass hops. Flavor is dry and musty, like the nose, with an earthy leafy hop presence, a touch of pine, and a mild bitterness mixed with a faint kiss of dusty toffee. Not so great.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2377) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks troubles. Cloudy golden amber with a golden wave. Hot chocolate with marshmallow and cinnamon aroma, sweet, spicy taste. Full body, spicy finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Rating #859 - LIVE - December 26, 2013. 750ml bottle from Coop’s December Discovery Bag, also my 2nd beer of #beermas. Clear coppery golden pour with a bubbly white head that lasts into the evening. Aroma is citric hops primarily, and a strong yeast note that enhances the orange, lemon zest. Taste is fairly bitter, creamy mouthfeel and a huge pastry-shop malt overload. More of a Belgian IPA perhaps, as hop and malt character dominates the senses, but this is not to its discredit.


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