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

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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 Pre Nol was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JAN 25, 2006
Cloudy, dark honey colored. Aroma has some maneur in it it foams in my mouth. The flavor is sweet with wheat, yeast and honey. It says on the wrapping that it was bottled 5 years ago and shouuld be consumed before 12/06.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
This beer pours a tangerine color with a thin white lace that disappates quickly. The smell is of candied fruit orange citrus, peach, grassy/hay (wheat) notes. The taste starts with sweet apricot flavor then hits you with a slight alcohal essence then follows with a slight hoppy bitterness that compliments the whole beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2006
Kaisla on their Christmas menu. 75cL bottle. Hazy with a hazel-white head. Smell was complex - citrus tartness, wheat, yeast, barnyard and several things I just cant put into words. The taste - even more so... Warm, metallic, caramel, no alcohol whatsoever. A very organic tasting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Had this at BJs Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a murky dark golden color with an average-sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting head. Pretty to look at. The aroma was compelling with light malty notes of toasted grain; heavy with bright hoppy notes of lemon, herbs and pine and yeasty with funky notes of barnyard, horseblanket, cellar, moldy cheese and earth. Theres something interesting happening in the hop aromas, too. Somthing that calls to mind the living room the afternoon after a pot party or chewing on a geranium leaf. The flavor was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long, heavily bitter finish full of pine retros. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively. The palate served to accentuate the rest of this beers characteristics. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Hazy, murky orange body, medium-thick off-white/beige head. Floral, peppery aroma, with light fruits, breads, and crackers. Light sweetness in the body but mostly spicy and bitter, with pepper, light caramels, and bread. Medium-bodied. The bitter, earthy hops component that becomes especially evident in the finish is unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10436) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2006
750ml bottle poured a cloudy apricot with a small white head. Aromas of pine, light carmel and fruity. Palate was light and smooth. Flavor was fruity, pine and earthy with a smooth bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Hazy buff with a solid 3/8" off white head. Very floral aroma with banana and pear. I cant read the rest of my notes but I remember really liking this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2006
Bottled. Mostly lasting off-white head. Excellent lacing. Amber body. Hoppy, herbal aroma with grape, raisin, lychee, a bit of honey and cask-wood. Pleasant and balanced flavors. Starts moderately sweet, finishes moderate to heavy bitter. Delivers lychee, burnt bread and coffee. Quite different from other Belgian Christmas ales. Rather resembles a saison.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2006
Light amber colour, huge diminishing white head. Malty and Yeasty aroma, dry fruits. Smouth taste, Finish is burnt bitter, light alcoholic, little astringent

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Estery yeasty aroma that reminds me of green celery and a chewy, caramel malt undertone with a fruity apricot twist and then a bit of chocolate. What a great aroma. Corked and capped, huge pop and then out it foamed. Exciting! Hazy, murky pumpkin-orange color with a tall white head that thins, but stays thick around the edges. Flavor is chocolaty with vinous caramel and an earthy, spicy, malty, brown sugar complexity. Dry palate, nice and creamy. Thanks to brigadier for sharing.


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