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

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RATINGS: 653   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBaboon (1477) - 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 (7346) - Tromsø, 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 (Tromsø 23.12.2013).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1576) - 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 (815) - GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
(Flasche) Es hat eine dunkle, orangene Farbe, ist leicht trüb mit einer fast weißen Schaumkrone. Der Geschmack ist süß 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 grünem.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (392) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2013
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours hazy copper with loads of suspended floaters, little to no head. Spicy yeast on the nose, light biscuit malt, honey and a floral edge. Taste turns that into something more menthol. Medium body, slick texture. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdunhill (236) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2013
This Flemish Christmad ale with a French name is breaking.as many rules in flavor as it is in Belgian culture. With a thin white head, it poors bubbly with a fine golden brown color. The aroma is light with a flora undertone. The flavor is bitter and slowly disopates leaving you coming back for more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lesifflebiere (1025) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bière orangée, presque couleur jus de pêche, légèrement opaque et dotée d’une bonne couche de mousse couleur crème. En nez, des notes fruitées (cerises, abricots, pommes) et quelques épices. Assez légère en bouche, surtout comparée à d’autres bières de Noël parfois très lourdes, et les fruits sont à l’avant-plan, avec en trame de fond des épices et du sucre à la cannelle. Malgré son côté délicat, elle est délicieusement complexe, balancée à la perfection, et totalement unique. Une merveilleuse représentante de ce sous-genre qui gagne à être connu.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Hazed amber with a creamy off-white head is gorgeous in the glass. Honey malt, dough, red plums, pear, a bit green / apple / mint leaf quality. Medium body, soft and fine natural carbonation with a touch of biting alcohol in a warming finish. From bottle dated 08/2018.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OPIE788 (259) - Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle. Poured a copper color with a white head. Aroma was big with cinnamon, clove and alcohol. Taste was nicely spiced with cinnamon, allspice and a hint of lemon from the hops. One of the best holiday beers I’ve had.


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