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


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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 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy copper body with a moderate rocky off-white head. Aroma of old books, leather, white grapes, and spices. Spicy yeast flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2005
750ml bottle, wrapped in festive tissue paper; the actual bottle was unlabelled! Popped the cap and pulled the cork - Look ou - it’s a GUSHER!!! We lost at least 1/3 of the bottle (well, we actually salvaged some of it in a bowl for the dogs - they loved it). The hazy golden body had a nice floral fruity herbal aroma. Body was mostly smooth, full flavored with a nice hop presence. A well crafted beer, just wish we wouldn’t have lost so much of it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2005
2004 edition bottle no. 000012. Hazy golden colour with small dense white head. Aroma is malty with some fruit. Flavor is malty and fruity, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2004
(draft) A nice cloudy copper color that was quite intriguing. Nothing particularly special about the taste - actually this beer seemed a little too well-balanced. All of the flavors seemed to cancel each other out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2004
Bottled: Orange coloured. Dusty. Small off white head. Aroma of hops, spices and fruit. Flavour is citric and has some alcohol notes. Fruits and malts and spices are notable. Ends on a fruity and bitter note. Is quite good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2004
De Ranke beers have a certain real, natural quality - It has to be the strong hopping - spicy, and more sweet than I usually like overall - this is a thin-to-medium palate beer with cinnamon and other bark spice elements intermingled with a fruity bit. Newl 2004 bottle - good to put away, to mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2004
Bottled. A hazy orange coloured beer with no head. The aroma has citric hop notes. The taste is intensely bitter hops with a sharp IPA character. The hops have an orange fruit quality. A very tasty beer but not sure why this qualifies as a Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5611) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
Bottled. Amber and hazy. Very malty with notes of marcipan. Dry and rather thin. Some fruitiness and late bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Champagne bottle. Bought this at Sharp Edge after some dude at the bar had just enjoyed it. We drank it at the 2004 beer exchange as a bonus and Bob had one word: "Primo". Pours with a decent head and that head stays with you for as long as the beer does. This tasted great, sweet and sour with a nice hoppy bite, that balanced almost perfectly. The beer was sort of a funky greyish color, but its nose was a little sour and spicy and the flavor was great for me. I wish I would have picked up a few more of these... very nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Spicy grassy aroma, light astringent hops, some vapors. Orange-amber hazy with foamy off-white lacing head. Light bodied with strong carbonation. Carbonic burn. Mild sweetness, honey, with good spicy character. Peppery. Hops bitterness throughout, but weaker in the finish. Peppery and light sweet finish, with chalky light bitter after. Pretty refreshing. No alcohol taste.

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