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

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RATINGS: 811   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3335) - 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 (4678) - 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 (6795) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9224) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle that Loz’s parents brought me back from Brugges, cheers to Isobel and Graham. Wonderfuly hoppy beer but also nice spiciness and yeastiness it, its typically De Ranke. The initial bite is just so hoppy and cuts through any sweetness which dare to linger, nicely bitter, good dried fruits also show, nice Belgian Christmas beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 13, 2008
Bought at Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Amber cloudy beer with a nice foamy white head. The slowly opened aroma is spicy coriander and liqueric fruits, caramel, a little vanilla and floral hop. Flavor is spicy with coriander, a strong and good balanced hop, caramel and roasted malt, dried fruits like apricot and some raisins. Bittery, dry finish with coriander. Fine beer!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2008
On tap (well actually poured out of a jug) at the Foreign Bar, Bedford BF ’08. Copper with a small white head. Why, according to the Commercial Description, is copper a ’festive’ colour?Sweet slightly leafy aroma. Fizzy, underarm malt taste. Some late bitterness. Not very good, to be honest, considering this was two quid (GBP) for a half pint.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2008
Hazy amber-orangeish hue, with a fluffy white head, yeasty, fruity ripe apple nose, with a nice floral hop accent, with a hint of spiciness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, raw grainy, malty character, with some light fruity notes, a flowery hop citrusy bitterness, leading towards a floral hop bittering finish.


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