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

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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 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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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1579) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Three fingers of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body. The aroma is barnyardish with some wet hay and grapefruit. Tough to really like. The taste is a mixture with a sourness throughout. There’s some lemon bitterness. A fairly crisp and light texture with a nice fizz. The mixed up flavor profile really set this back.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yingwait (65) - 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 (221) - 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 (3525) - 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 (1304) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Smithld1 (17) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Bottle in Christmas selection pack. Pours hazy orangey blond. Somewhat fizzy and sour. Spicy notes with clove quite dominant. Packs a punch Abv wise but not great drinking

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (314) - - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a light amber body with a thick and lastning head. Sweet and nice aroma. Rich tasty with malty tones with a bitter end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle. High white creamy and lasting head. Hazy orange body. Fuit malt aroma. Long aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1109) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2015
Pours cloudy orange with white head. Fruits and yeast in aroma. Sweet fruity flavor with some spices. Bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (577) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A brown orange opaque beer with a big off-white creamy head ; great retention ; good lacing. Fruity aroma (citrus), resin, herbs, spices. Light sweet, medium bitter, dry, refreshing. Medium body, thin silky texture, good carbonation, dry bitter finish. Overall, nice fruity "christmas IPA".

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SVD (777) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at home, thanks to Zupastan, amber coloured beer with a small head, aroma is malt, yeast, Taste is spices, some fruit, bitter dry. Not bad


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