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

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RATINGS: 693   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 Pčre Noël was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, - JAN 29, 2013
pours slghtly hazy bright and light golden with a very nice frothy white head, good retention and lacing. spicy and breadied malts, spices - grassy licorice, peppery and very spicy yeast, light to medium hopping - bittering grassy-resinous hops, warming alcohol. lively and soft carbonation, light to medium body - oily, nice citrusy-grassy-spicy finish. nice offering.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Countbeer (4744) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Leffe chalice:: Clear amber small creamy head. Aromas of malts, caramel, some spices, dried leaves, some bread and yeast. Flavours of malts, bitters, butter, caramel, herbs, porridge, wood, some tea herbs, yeast, some hay... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, herbs, yeast, wood and hay with paper tones... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1580) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from The Beerhive. Hazy amber body with lots of yeast particles floating around. Thin white head. Very little lacing. Aroma of funky yeast, toffee apple, filter coffee, salt and pepper. Flavour of caramel, red apple and a spicy finish. Light alcohol burn. Medium body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft fizz. Boozy and muddled.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (2241) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
Pours hazy deep apricot with tall white head. Aroma of yeast, light fruit, light honey. Taste is sweet, honey and wheat, lightly bitter finish. Light and smooth body with average to lively carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joskevermeulen (23) - liedekerke, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
Een lichter kerstbiertje, makkelijk drinkbaar. Afwijkend van de typische kerstbieren. Amberkleurig en vrij bittere afdronk.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1725) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
December 20, 2014. Bottle at home, best before october 20, 2019.
Hazy dark orange with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is spicy with cloves and nutmeg, dark sugars and almond. Taste is light to medium sweet, very light bitter with a dry spicy finish. Light bodied, oily texture.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (1322) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
from draft, poured a slight hazy copper amber colour with a off head, spices, caramel, belgian yeast, plums, caramel, malt, avarege beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (449) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
Teaszínű külleme marcipános élesztő illatával tarkított, szivacsos szerkezetű habja tört fehér árnyalatban hosszasan megmarad egy vékonyka gyűrű formájában. Komlótól lüktető ízjegyei halvány mézességbe burkolóznak, sejtelmességbe tekert teste csalódást semmi esetre sem okozó belga alapokra épül, csavaros utóíze által többféle igényt is nagyszerűen kielégít.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hirigalzkar (2361) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle. Rather light for a 7%abv beer. Yeasty. Estery. White pepper. Nice small bitterness in the end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1085) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a cloudy copper, with nice big creamy off white head and a decent amount of lace. Aroma is mild caramel, earthy, Belgian yeast, spicy, nutmeg and Cloves. Flavour is spicy, Belgian yeast, mildly sweet, caramel, earthy, mildly bitter, earthy, nutmeg, and cloves.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1342) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a hazy orangish copper with a frothy white head. Aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Taste is spicy Belgian yeast, cloves, cinnamon and cloves all in a delicate balance. Excellent Christmas beer with definitive spices but never overwhelming or over spiced... Great for the season!


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