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


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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - OCT 10, 2016
Bottle. Light hazy golden with a medium sized off white head with good retention, lace and regeneration. Sugar, honey, dry flowers and light herbal notes in the nose. Flavour follows: Grain, hay, twigs, light herbal. Medium/full body, oily texture, fine carbonation, some sweetness, heavy bitterness. Ok, but fairly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAgutten79 (922) - Skui, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2016
Brun/oransje fremtoning, med medium hyt skum. Gjr og noe sitrus i aroma. Krydder, appelsin og malt i smaken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle at Jester King. Pours a cloudy yellow with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong yeast, funk, lemon zest. Medium body, yeast, funk, pure sugar, light dry finish, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TEJA (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle from systembolaget Sweden. Big beige lasting head. Opaque golden color. Fresh orange aroma with some phenolic tuch. Hard bitterness and some sweet . malty taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2016
Jun. 16. A 0.75 l bottle. It poured a hazy amber to orange body with small head, especially for a Belgian. Fine orange, biscuit and coriander aroma. Lightly bitter flavor, orange, especially its peel, spicy, yeasty, like a typical tripel. Medium body with long finish, which pronounced orange peel and vanilla. Lightly warming. A decent, very tripel-alike Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MelvinKalksma (1012) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, orange, bread, hops and spices.

Hazy/turbid orange/brown beer with heavy yeast and with a slight/medium off-white head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast and orange; ends slightly bitter and dry with bread, hops and spices.

This beer is rather intense and balanced, but lacks complexity. Decent tasting spicy Belgian Ale, but without depth and uniqueness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1365) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 4, 2016
This bottle was really old so not sure how well it held up but was still kind of tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (1418) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2016
Slightly brownish amber, hazy, white frothy head, sticky lacing. Bit stuffy sweet, malty, dark bread, raisins. Medium body, sweet and sticky, dries to earthy finish which is long and woody, potent carbonation. Ok but not more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamVimes21 (282) - - MAY 23, 2016
Keg @ coastal beer shop, Redruth copper coloured with white head, malty , herby taste and a malty herby aftertaste, ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (555) - ITALY - MAY 22, 2016
Lotto L95T120KT15, 33 cl. best before 10/10/20, aperta il 22/05/16. Ambrata opalescente con riflessi dorati, schiuma bianca di buona persistenza. Aroma erbaceo fresco e pungente, fieno, pepe, forse leggera noce moscata, note biscottate, caramello, crosta di pane. Al palato caramello, note di nocciola, finale amaro caratterizzato da erbaceo, fieno, pepe e tostato di crosta di pane arricchito da una nota molto lieve di liquirizia. Corpo medio-leggero, ben carbonata.

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