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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%
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6386) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2007
0,33 l Bottle from Bier Tempel. Murky brown beer. Spicy and fruity. Full malt and a little sourness. I prefer their full hop version.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12595) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Yeasty, fruity aroma with something like chocolate or tobacco. Orangey amber color with a decent white head. Thin to medium body with mild creamy carbonation. Flavor seems a bit earthy or herby, light roasted caramel, dry spice. Almost cayenne for just a moment. Something like sucking on a light piece of wood. As it goes on the earthy becomes more floral. In the end it is something rather dry with bitter hop. Puckers the mouth in a nice way. This rating is all over the place, but so are the flavors. Damn good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours copper / orange with a decent off-white head. The aroma is earthy and funky with amber ale style malt, green onions and lavender. Medium crisp body with lots of carbonation that hovers between soft and sharp. The flavor starts with lightly toasted malt, tons of phenolic spice, light caramel and some spicy hops. The finish has some earthiness, more hops and some medicinal astringency. I expected much more from this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
This Belgian Ale pours a cloudy deep brown color from a 33cl bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with some hops and some spices. A medium bodied Belgian ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and floral. A nice mixture of fruit, spice and hops combine to make an interesting beer. Nice hoppy dry finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and spicy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2007
A bitter, spicy pale ale with a juicy center. 33 cL bottle pours orange-amber with sizable beige head. Big fruity aroma -- apple, pear, tomato -- with grassy hops. Flavor is quite bitter with a touch of sweetness, dryish finish and those hops last into a bitter aftertaste. Classic De Ranke stuff: bitter and lots of depth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (14381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orange color, quite nice lasting offwhite head. Grapfruit aroma, yeasty, spicy, hoppy and peppery. Spicy, peppery flavor, fruity, hoppy, maybe with some alcohol showing. A good belgian beer, but I cant say its a typical x-mas beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8597) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Turbid dull deep gold pour with 2-finger head. Aroma is funky spicy dry yeast, citrus, hops, fruit. The flavor is malty, with hopcitrus and funky spicy yeast notes throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 7, 2007
33 cl. bottle with no wrapping. Bottled January 2005. Pours a nice hazy deep amber colour with a medium mostly diminishing beige creamish head leaving a nice creamy lacing. Aroma of spices and yeast with toasted malt, some caramel and slight citrus. Good mouthfeel. Nice soft caramel and spiced flavour with yeast, toasted malt, fruits, hops, alcohol and bit woody. Dry softly spiced toasty alco finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (3014) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Cloudy amber-orange color, with a medium creamy white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass. Aroma yeasts, flowery, and fruity. Medium body. Taste hops, fruity, (pear, citrus) a bit spicy (pepper). Dry and bitter finish. GOOD !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2627) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle from 2006. Hazy, pale amber with a nice off-white head. Lots of spicy and fruity tones. Malt, hops and lots of spice. Medium body with a bitter aftertaste.


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