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


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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
On tap at Ørsted Ølbar, Copenhagen. Excellent stuff. Not at all sweet or Christmas-like but fruity, refreshing and very hoppy. Great bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14930) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
Tap at christian firtal Odense: Unclear golden with fine white head. Malts, hops & spices. Lively carbonation. Good balnce. easy sweetness. Lasting easy bitter finish! Great (not as sweet as your regular Christmas brew).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2006
Orange and muddy beer. Has sediment. White frothy head, mostly lasting. Long bitter finish, starts sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7309) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
The night i went to Amsterdam and went pub hopping with Hans+Gert-jan I had 2 xmas beers, this was the name of one...dark in appearance, sweet smell, warming and quite tasty..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden colour with a decent creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts, hops and spices. Nice palate. Softly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
[Eigen brouwsel van de wijnhandelaar. Alternative jule-brew to Vinens Verden, rød kapsel] A good deal for Vinens Verden to get these two beers from De Ranke. Indeed this beer is not my favorite. It has this special yeasty taste, which dominates the brew too much. Maybe it’s a question about tasting som more beers with the same taste and then the quality will appear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle at Horsens beerfestival. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is sour, hop, yeast. Flavour is hop, yeast, wheat, spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2010 Bottled at Horsens Beerfestival. Unclear, orange-amber, with a nice beige head. Sour-notes, wheat and spices in the aroma. Medium to full body, with a sweet flavor followed by spices and some wheaty notes. Quite nice. Rating: 7-4-7-3-14-3.5. 061028

Bottle, thx to Peer. It pours a hazy, orange body and a finger-thick off-white to pale beige head with good length. Nice, grassy, citrusy aroma with a slightly sugary maltyness. Sweet on the palate, with a good bitterness. Orange-peel, pine cones and grass too. Medium body, nicely carbonated. Bitter, orangey and piney finish. Not my choice for a Christmas beer, but it goes very well at other occasions. 101208

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Skinnyviking (8077) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle. High white creamy and lasting head. Hazy orange body. Fuit malt aroma. Alcohol dominated dry malt flavor with long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Rating # 990

Bottle from Christmas 2005
Pours a slightly hazy but luminescent amber body with a full ivory cap of head. The aroma is dry, fruity and rustic. The yeast is raw, woodsy, and faintly biscuity. The hops are present in the taste moreso than the aroma. Some cedar woodchip spicyness, some black peppercorns, and as the deScription says “a cellar aroma” yeah… I do get that, but in the flavor… it’s musty and funky… kind of like old papers that have been in a box in the cellar… like oxidation but not… Make any sense? There is a placid sweetness in the finish that is masked by that “cellar” thing… I suspect it’s yeast and hops combination? Anyhow… a profoundly complex straightforwardness all blended together made for a grand drinking experience!

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