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

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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1391) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a hazy orangish copper with a frothy white head. Aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Taste is spicy Belgian yeast, cloves, cinnamon and cloves all in a delicate balance. Excellent Christmas beer with definitive spices but never overwhelming or over spiced... Great for the season!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (691) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a hazy copper color with a foamy white head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of malt, spice, some earthy hops, and a bit of dried fruit. The flavor is spices and malt upfront with a balanced malt and hop finish over a medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2270) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Big bottle from Systembolaget. A very belgian yeast aroma with anis seeds, banana and herbs.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
florent.janssens (143) - - DEC 11, 2014
biere sans grande particuliarités, ni gout trop prononcé. Mais qui reste.agréable en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné plus prononcé. bière classique.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5154) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 10, 2014
Tap at Fermentoren, Copenhagen. Poured a hazy medium amber with a frothy white head and lots of clingy lace. The aroma is big yeast, light hop. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a big crisp refeshing yeast, super hop bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rehkopff (19) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2014
Meget dejlig Pale Ale med kraftig humle. Dufter faktisk dejligt. Kraftig og lidt overvældende. Ikke udpræget juleagtig. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bewyder (158) - FRANCE - DEC 9, 2014
Ne pas se fier à l’étiquette de cette blonde belge de Noël qui laisse au premier abord un peu dubitatif quant au sérieux du produit mais celui ci s’avère être de bonne qualité, une amertume bien présente, reste florale et fruitée. Il semble qu’il est préférable de la laisser vieillir un peu, je la restererais bien. Bouteille achetée chez Biérocratie, Paris, France, bue le 26/01/2014.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2244) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
33 cl flaska från Etre Gourmet. Drygt ett år gammal. Doft av torkad frukt, söta päron, sherry, honung och söt blomdoft typ kaprifol. Smaken är överraskande besk och stramar upp smakbilden rejält med sötman och den gräsiga beskan gifter sig väl. Dessutom en lite jästig syrlighet som piggar upp fruktsmakerna. Men det är de väl utvecklade söta fruktiga maltsmaker som jag gillar mest. Riktigt gott.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (237) - - DEC 6, 2014
On tap at Spuyten Duyvill, Brooklyn. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aroma is Belgian spices, malty breadiness, lemon, little bit of spice. Flavor is Belgian spice, some lemon, maybe coriander. Not a ton of Christmas spice, maybe a little cinnamon. There’s a bit of a nice pleasant bitter finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Serapac (166) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle, Kultuur Kaffe, VUB, Brussels. Dark amber, off-white head. Aroma difficult to pin down - bread, liquorice? First taste sweet, but not in the overwhelming way of most Christmas Belgians, turns into a hoppy finish. I am getting more and more fond of De Ranke product line, as I am discovering it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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