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


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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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
mjg74 (2945) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle from BevMo. Medium golden/orange color. Slightly sweet and spicy aroma. Good amount of peppery hoppiness as well. Mild Belgian ale behind a very dry hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a cloudy orange color with a smallish short lasting white head (some lace). Aroma is yeasty, lots of oranges and lemons and sour. The flavor is musty, yeasty, lots of orange and sour with some bready malts. Chalky mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Finishes very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Pere Noel had some nice champagne-like qualities in its flavor and mouthfeel, and an interesting aroma, but there wasn’t really enough flavor to it to really peak my interest. This beer poured an opaque orange-pink with lots of fine head. Aroma contained lots of earthiness, isoamyl acetate (banana/circus peanuts), and ethyl butyrate (bubble gum). There was a champagne flavor and mouthfeel, but not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. I wouldn’t recommend this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
bottle orange/copper pour with a lot of carbonation leading to a two fingered frothy head. aroma is hoppy, spice, rich malt and apricot. big hoppiness. dry bitterness, mild spice. fairly one dimensional and a little thin. enjoyable but not worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Pours a copperish tellow color with a light tan head. Aromas of grainey, fruity yeast. Taste of hops,spices and cinnamon.Nice sweet ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Blankboy’s bottle. Spicy, boozy, yeast, light malt aroma. Dark yellow, decent sized white head. Good taste - yeast, hops, spicy. Easy to drink. Interesting tinny hop taste and linger. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7058) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
My Bottle (330ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with an average size diminishing off-white head. Aroma’s sugary sweet along with spices and Belgian yeast. Somewhat odd flavour of Belgian yeast, spices, sweet malt, quite a bit of hops in the finish and a weird spice or something that I can’t place. Average bodied. Pretty good, interesting for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Cloudy golden amber. Mild lacing. Light carbonated head. Dissipates quickly. Spice and hop aroma. Bitter ending. Sweet beginning. A very decent Christmas Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Soft ester yeasty fruit aroma distinct but not strong, grainey, lite fruit ,slight pepper spice with a hint of hop bitterness in finish ,decent but rather tame

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Cloudy amber, large lasting fluffy white head. Dry, sharply spicy Belgian yeast aroma, sweet malt, light banana esters. Initial taste - pungent raw crushed green peppercorn, then it fades to pungent green dry bitter hops, yeast, spice and sweet malt are completely overwhelmed. Average body, nice carbonation, very heavily astringent, with a long tongue-coating bitterness. Weird, but interesting.

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