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

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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5839) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3936) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2015
1/15/2008 3:23:43 PM Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Hazy orange colour. Healthy head. Hoppy flavour. Very nice. Some grass, and spices in it. Slight fruit, orange and mango flavour. Quite a surprise, this one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoNm (1736) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 30, 2015
Pours a hazy golden-amber color, topped with afairly small white head. Malty aroma with notes of fruit and yeast. Some alcohol presence and slightly spicy. Taste is sweet, malty and yeasty. Some spices in the finish as well as gentle bitterness. Well, not really my kind of beer, but passable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (1007) - PERU - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle - Pours a cloudy, amber/orange with a big, creamy head and lacing. Sweet and spice aromas with something phenolic. The taste is in a good spot with an alcohol note. Liked it.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamaty (1335) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
Ambar miel oscura. Espuma y efervescencia de tripel, pero no lo es. Color mas de dubble. Pero tampoco lo es. Aroma agrio, fermentado. Sabor complejo y diferente, con tono general muy amargo, tipo IPA y con recuerdo a naranja. Cuerpo y textura de tripel, con carbonatacion alta. Final seco y amargo con un ligero toque agrio como en el aroma. Curiosa. Hibrida. Merece probarla.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3117) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2015
330 ml bottle with a BB date of 2018. Poured, with some sediment, into a Belgian snifter. Hazy honey colored body is topped by a decent sized and quite durable head. Splotchy lacing. Aroma: sweet and fruity with a fair amount of alcohol. Flavor: moderately bitter. Bready, nutty and lightly fruity. O: An Xmas ale that is neither sweet nor spicy, this will break some expectations for some.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RW80 (1314) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2015
33cl bottle. Appearance: Amber coloured beer, with a small head. Aroma: Malt, yeast and spices. Taste: Moderate sweet,with a decent bitterness in the finish. Some fruit, some light malts,yeast and spices. Long sweet and tart finish with some bitterness. .dry finish. medium body, average carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yingwait (56) - Taipei, TAIWAN - MAY 4, 2015
不濃密的泡沫&# via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hamirubi (326) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2015
10cl sample at the Zythos Beer Festival (Leuven, April 25th 2015). The De Ranke winter beer. A very bitter one with a long finish. Hoppy and malt aromas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3820) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Clear copper with a big white head of foam. Very good retention. The aroma is floral, juicy, a little spicy. Mildly bitter and nicely sweet. Dries out to a pleasant floral bitterness. Crisp finish. Medium carbonation. Very easy drinking. Dangerous at 7%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Colour...hazy, dark gold with a huge white head. Nose...fruity, sweetly spicy and quite yeasty. Palate...tangy, moderately plush and quite frothy with waves of orchard fruit, esters, peach pits, apricot skins and lemon zest. The finish is long and sweetly tart.


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