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


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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 Père Noël 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
Leini (1362) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
750ml bottle. Hazy amber body with a low white head. Yeasty, fruity and spicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: 2 finger tan-white head, orange gold color, light cloudy, good lacing. Aroma: wheat, light fruity yeast, light booze, caramel. Palate: average carbonation, medium body, light bitter finish, oily texture. Taste: sweet caramel into light fruitiness, then into a floral bitterness that lingers. Overall, good not great, gets better as it warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AbouAli (195) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Couleur jaune genre guldenberg, bien doré. Nez de levures belges épicées. Plutôt sèche en bouche avec une belle amertume dans le style de Ranke, sauf pour la présence importante du goût épicée des levures. Mais ça reste très propre quand même.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (983) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
@ Grengatan 27/12-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Yeast, fruity, spicy. Taste: Dito. Body is medium, the finish is dry, bitter and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mortlach (1314) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 28, 2014
On tap @Bibere Bistrot (Rome). Hazy amber color with a medium creamy off-white foam. Aroma is fruity, malt, brown sugar, hops, cinnamon, a little metallic. Flavour is well balanced between sweetness and bitterness, caramel, fruits, then hops. Medium body, medium carbonation. Interesting Christmas beer, even though some flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (4237) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Yeasty smell some fruits and a light spicy aroma. Similar taste. Easy to drink. Smooth and well rounded flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Countbeer (5337) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Leffe chalice:: Clear amber small creamy head. Aromas of malts, caramel, some spices, dried leaves, some bread and yeast. Flavours of malts, bitters, butter, caramel, herbs, porridge, wood, some tea herbs, yeast, some hay... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, herbs, yeast, wood and hay with paper tones... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (2221) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from The Beerhive. Hazy amber body with lots of yeast particles floating around. Thin white head. Very little lacing. Aroma of funky yeast, toffee apple, filter coffee, salt and pepper. Flavour of caramel, red apple and a spicy finish. Light alcohol burn. Medium body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft fizz. Boozy and muddled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (2844) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Pours hazy deep apricot with tall white head. Aroma of yeast, light fruit, light honey. Taste is sweet, honey and wheat, lightly bitter finish. Light and smooth body with average to lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joskevermeulen (23) - liedekerke, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
Een lichter kerstbiertje, makkelijk drinkbaar. Afwijkend van de typische kerstbieren. Amberkleurig en vrij bittere afdronk.

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