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

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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours a light amber with a thick white head. Big spicy earthy hop aroma, very nice with a big hint of citrus. Spicy bitter hop and earthy tasty with a nice malt balance. Great carbonation, light and dry. A wonderfully complex and hoppy Xmas beer. You must try this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Foggy honey brown with a fluffy off-white head. Nose is yeast, citrus zest and faint banana. Sticky medium light with buzzy carb. Taste is candi, golden raisin and ginger. Dry finish with citrus peel.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2008
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, apples, grass, yeast, and slight spices. Poured copper/amber/orange in color with a large, dense, creamy white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of yeast, hops, slight fruit, grass, light grains, nectar, light malts, and a touch of vanilla. Medium body. Smooth, chalky texture. Average to lively carbonation. Hoppy, bitter, lightly dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
acostein (2) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008 does not count
From a 330 cL bottle, 16 months after bottling date. Pretty clear, nice rosy amber color. Thin head with tiny bubbles. Very little sediment. Earthy cavey aroma. I could make out little else. Fairly thin, with lots of earthy hop flavors. Easy drinking with a big lingering hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Nice, cloudy dark orange color with a big off white head. Some serious bittering hops in there that shine through on the finish and you know it is belgian by that yeasty and earthy flavor. Aroma is a little spice and a little citrusy. Bit of a creamy and full bodied texture. Decent and refreshing drink that could be drunk year round and not just at the holidays. All that spice does qualify it as appropriate for this time of year though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle at TFD - Pours a dk yellow with a fleeting white head...aroma is belgian yeast and orange blossom...flavour is toasted grain and spicy yeast...it finishes with nice hop bitters on the end, good mouthfeel...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 5, 2008
Orange colour with a thick collapsing lacing white head. Cellary nose, spices, floral hops. Flavours, if any, are dominated by a sharp bitter hop cut from start to finish. Nevertheless a nice beer indeed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4775) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2008
33 cl, bb Sept 2013. Gushing from the bottle, this opaque orange-brown beer has a large meringue head that settles down to a small disc and leaves sticky lace everywhere. Aroma of resin and honey. Flavor is similar, with plenty more resin on the finish. Near-medium body is almost smooth and very hop-dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7079) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange color. Aroma is citrus, hops, notes of yeast, and a touch of spice. The flavor is slightly sweet, and has a unidentifiable (to me) spice that gives it a unique taste. Overall I was impressed by this brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured a cloudy, muddy amber color with a thin, light off-white head. Mild earthy hops plus a citrus-like funk on the aroma. Taste has a mild suggestion of funk, but more hops eventually come through. Mild finish. Middle of the road.


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