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


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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2006
Drunk 5 months after christmas. Amber colour, medium stable beige creamy head. Lots of particles in the body. Alcohol, funky yeast, ananas, honey, lemon, orange, malts. Bitter but sweet initial flavour, some annoying and too salty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Aroma is slightly musty with spicy/fruity notes just beneath. Orange tinted tan in color with a diminishing, thumb thick, white head. Has a crisp tartness in the fore and ample orange peel notes that aren’t truly bitter, but none the less hold that the peel flavor. Some wholesome sweetness that is bread sweet rather than candy sweet though there is a fruity (apple mostly) sweet twang int he finish. The mustiness of the aroma is evident again in the flavor. Carbontion is medium to low, but complimentary to the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
Lots of lace, two samples and the colder bottle, newly opened, with strong carbonation was more tasty. The warmer one with sediment at the bottom, was fine but not as tasty. Noticeably fruity and spicy Belgian more than anything, and would like even better in the cold wnter. Sampled at Cole’s Belgianfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
The beer poured a cloudy brownish orange w/ thick lasting head and lacing. The aroma was full of light fruit, spice, honey, and lemons. The flavor was lemony, honey, light fruit, and coriander. The mouthfeel was light bodied and lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Hazy golden hue with a frothy white head. Woderful lacing. aromas of pine, banana, light hops and spices. Flavors of wheat, honey and nice yeasty finish. Almost creamy on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle... Very murky, golden ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Earthy, spicy, woodsy nose with notes of cobwebs, leather, bread and lye soap. Well-balanced flavor... just a touch on the bitter side. Steady malt. Mildly spicy, tangy, and earthy with minor notes of sea salt and white pepper. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter and bone dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Glowing, hazy orange/copper.Giant, frothy white cap. A few chunks of yeast rest at the bottom. Musty yeast aroma with spices, grainy malt, and crisp hops. Same flavor. Medium, well carbonated body. Very nice brew. I suppose the catch-all "belgian ale" category is the only way to classify this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Tap at Mahar’s. Vegetable like coriander peel flavor. Food like, spicy, typical belgian spices, cinnamon apple nose. amber with very little head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2006
on tap at The Moan and Dove. poured into a 6oz wine glass. light amber with a small white hue lining the glass. Nose of citrus--lemon and lime zest, yeast, and grassy wheat. taste has more yeast, citrus, and nice hop bite. a nice belgian ale from de ranke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Dear god this was expensive! On tap, chalice glass, at the brickskeller. Hearty, slightly bitter, clovery hints of richness. A lot to handle, though drinkable, though god it was expensive!

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