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

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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


3.5
   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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9972) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   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 Mahars. Vegetable like coriander peel flavor. Food like, spicy, typical belgian spices, cinnamon apple nose. amber with very little head.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4009) - 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.

3.5
   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!

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.


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