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


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RATINGS: 811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hednom (139) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle 33cl, pours a golden colour with a white head, Spicy aroma, medium dry taste, dry aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1129) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 28, 2015
Unclear, amber-orange colored, medium off white frothy head. Aroma is caramel, candy sugar, spicy, bit of citrus and straw, some yeast. Taste is medium sweet sugary, caramel, some fruits, tart, spicy, citrus and some straw medium+ bitterness, bready yeasty finish, dry and lasting bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Unexpectedly bitter and not something you expect when ordering a Belgian winter warmer! (on tap, Gainsbar, Kortrijk)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2618) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle from Belgian Beer Factory. Pours hazy golden. Nose is malts, citrus, peppery spices. Nose is bittersweet, yeast, hoppy bitterness, citrus, dryish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cool_Bond (2218) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2015
Yeast, berries and shampoo in fragrances. Fruity, bitter taste and yeast. No good bitterness that fills the upper and front part of the mouth for a long time. It goes to drink but I would recommend to forego it. Follow me @ Kung av l @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (1079) - rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
Ltt dimmig, guld frgad, orange skum. Doft: Malt, jst, metall, vxter, skog, funkar, champis. Smak: Malt, jst, champis, tr, frska barr.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (1927) - Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Burnt orange with a thin white head. Piney. Dry. Peppery. Caramel. Mild to moderate bitter. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinEvelyn (787) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Light, sweet and piney. Spice. Caramel. Bread. Decent. An enjoyable Christmas beer. Merry Christmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axl (444) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
330ml bottle. Semi-clear peachy golden with one finger white head. Aroma is fruity with belgo yeast, apricot, dried fruits and touches of wheat and alcohol. Taste is moderately bitter with belgo yeast, apricots, orange and citrus peel. Medium, dry mouthfeel, medium carbonation and moderately bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sinte (478) - Udine, ITALY - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle 0.75L. Hazy orange body with a large, frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting with nice lacing. Moderate hoppy (citrus), light-to-moderate malty (caramel, bread) and light yeasty aroma with notes of spices. Moderate-to-heavy bitter and light-to-moderate acidic and sweet flavour; long lasting bitter and dry finish. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (889) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
Big frothy head.Light yellow hazy liquid. Smells of hops and yeast. Less stale than other ales with the "gorgeous cellar aroma". The brewer has resisted the normal trend to make this kind of beer oversweet and strong in alcohol. So it works! Not at all the best xmas beer this year, but pretty decent.

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