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


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RATINGS: 817   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a hazy copper color with a thick white head. Aroma is fruity, toffee, earthy, and slightly spicy. Flavor is earthy caramel, toffee, and a spicy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Poured a Lightly hazed deep gold with a small off-white head. Yeasty and fruity aroma with a light spice to it. The flavor has some sweet malt at the start but that is short lived. Dry from the middle to the end. Hop bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle. Beer poured a deep golden amber, head was off white, thin and took off in a flash. Nose was a bit spicy and had hints of orange peel and clove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 10, 2007
330ml bottle (Gallows Bird) Very bitter aroma - slightly yeasty. Taste matches, but when we added the yeast after a few sips without, the yeastiness is too overpowering, and makes it a bit mushroomy, also quite bitter and caustic on the tongue. So IMHO, don’t add the yeast, and you’ll get a crisper classic de Ranke bitter taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2007
Pine tree, strong Noble hops, orange peels, very tart and hoppy on the nose. Balanced on the palate, with a nice interplay between hop-bitterness, vanilla and tart yeastiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Dark amber with a few bubbles for a head. Aroma was sour, some spice, tart fruit, doughy malt. Flavor was sour/tart with some spice notes. A completely mediocre seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2007
33 cl bottle. Pours a very cloudy dirty gold with a thin but long-lasting white head. Aroma was stale grass and yeast. Really not all that flavorful with some yeast flavors along with a very dry hoppy finish. The flavor wasn’t unpleasant, just bland. There was nothing distinctive about this beer, and as a Christmas Ale, I’d say it was a disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 8, 2007
Draft @ Brick Store. Poured a pretty hazy orange rind color with nice compact 1cm thick pure white head. Very fruity yeast on the nose, definite banana and pear qualities, not particularly spicy, mild alcohol astringency. More citrusy fruits on the palate, somewhat mediocre and soapy body, pleasantly restrained sweetness, hops more felt than tasted, mildly medicinal though in the dry finish. A pleasant diversion, but not mind blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3015) - 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.

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