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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 Pre Nol was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
LIVE RATING: Bottle at home on 26th December 2013 - Christmas gift. Pours copper with sandy-tinged foam. Earthy aroma with pungent yeasts and some grassiness. Fruity liquid with spicy notes and a late grassy hop kick leading into bitter-sweet finish. Bitterness outlasts all malts and fruits. Zingy engaging texture, and fair body. Lush!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (1786) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bittle at Kaisla. Hazy amber color, white head. Bitter taste with hops, citrus, pine, earthy notes and grass. Bitter finish with hops, citrus and grass. Very nice seasonal brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours golden orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and spice. Taste is malt, citrus, yeast, apples, spice, and a bit of warming alcohol. Very nice. Easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StilleStorm (716) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
DAA; Bottle 33 cl. with a lighter green label than shown. Pours hazy amber with fading white head. Aroma is overwelming sour and yeasty, adds more punch than - a "gorgeous cellar aroma", malty, alcholic, fruity and spicy. Thankfully the taste is better, still mirrors, but adding sweet malts and dark fruits. Still its poorly balanced and not my glass of beer. Concidering if its spoiled. Medium body, crispy texture with a lasting, warming, sour, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2261) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
12/24/2013. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Cloudy amber color with a white head. Aromas of caramel, Belgian yeast, malt and light fruit. Tart and bitter hoppy flavors right off with spices, caramel and malt.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBaboon (1558) - FINLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Pours hazy copper with white head. Aroma is floral, fruity, spicy and yeasty. Flavour is bitter, spicy, yeasty and grains.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8044) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
330ml bought at House of the Trembling Madness Shop almost a year ago. Noisy pour revealing a dense, slightly off-white head that stayed well and left fair lacing down the glass. Next to clear amber coloured body, muddy last pour with all the sediments. Spiced fruity aromas. Spicy taste of cinnamon and pepper, joined by mild yeasty fruitiness and mid-sweet malts. Nice fruit bitter ending with alcohol warmth. Very smooth in the mouth. A good one with the right spirits of the season, quite refreshing as well (Troms 23.12.2013).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle split with Chris. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off-white head. Nose of a wet basement, candied fruits, hay, slight floral notes. Medium body. Dry and quite bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
(Flasche) Es hat eine dunkle, orangene Farbe, ist leicht trb mit einer fast weien Schaumkrone. Der Geschmack ist s mit Mandarine und Honig. Der Geschmack ist samtig, etwas hefig, leicht harzig fruchtig (wie Aroma) und kaum bitter. Im Abgang ist es angenehm mild, mit Honig und retronasal etwas grnem.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (482) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Tasted at the local shop on their regular beer Friday beer tasting. Spicy on the nose, a bit of spice and sweetness on the palate.


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