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

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RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 Pre Nol was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.


karlsnes' rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
karlsnes (47) - - FEB 15, 2013
15.02.13 Ølkonsortiets julekalender. Uts: ravfarget, lett disig, rikelig og holdbart hvitt skum, godt med kullsyre. Duft: fruktig og godt humlet, tydelig bitterhet og lys malt. Smak: middels fyldig, godt vekt på humle, solid bitterhet i ettersmaken, noe frukt og maltsødme.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krigla (45) - SLOVENIA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle, 0.33l. Hazy amber colour with big cramy white head. Yeasty aroma. Taste is sour/bitter with strong bitter aftertaste. Average carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Overal very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5362) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
33cl bottle from Speciaalbierwinkel, Leiden. Thick creamy white head. Cloudy amber pour. A bit sweet and yeasty. Still a pretty decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1801) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2014
Rankes Christmas beer, with light beige, thin but stable, creamy head and deep peach blond colour with brownish hue. Fruity and estery aroma of apple, mango, apricot, caramel and fresh green hops. Malty and fruity in the mouth, light sweetness, more drying spiciness in the finish with a refreshing, thirst-quenching, resinous, aromatic hop bitterness in the end. Atypical for a Belgian Christmas beer but very good - and I had not expected anything less from this brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingstoni (1520) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Hazy pale amber color with a thick foamy off-white head. Earthy aroma of yeast, malt and some spices. Medium sour taste with a slightly bitter finish. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (227) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2014
Average frothy off-white head, slowly diminishing. Hazy copper sparkling body. Contains sweet (dried) fruits, forest fruits, citrus fruits, spices (cinnamon) Light acidic, then bitter and sweet, then sweet and finally bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. I like the aroma's but the changes in flavor are a bit harsh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (338) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
Lichtbruin troebel bier met schuim. Smaak is krachtig, bitter hoppig en licht zoet. Blijft lang hangen. Erg goed bier.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4368) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Slightly cloudy amber pour, with an off white head. Bread, cardboard, berry, a bit fruity, spiiced, mild black pepper, and light sourness. Not much like a Christmas ale. Ok

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (751) - SPAIN - APR 23, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en www.biirkonnen.com. color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, malta, citrico, ligeramente dulce, con regusto amargo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (637) - CROATIA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours cloudy orange with white head. Fruits and yeast in aroma. Sweet fruity flavor with some spices. Bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (2970) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy amber coloured brew with an dry bitter taste and hints of spices and citrus. They good with hoppy beers at the De Ranke, also with spices.


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