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

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RATINGS: 654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 Pre Nol was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloer with a high white creamy and lasting head. Fruit malt aroma. Dominated dry malt flavor with long aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours orange with white head. Strange smell, sour and very little hops - it must be yeast. Reminds me a bit about champagne. Taste i sweet-sour. It changes much with the temp. initial colder beer had manu dark notes (unusual dark given the colour) which goes into more bitter-sour light notes as the beer warms up. Bitter and dry aftertaste. Not bad but not very christmassy

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29019) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2004 A hazy orange beer with a small brown collapsing head. The aroma is sweet fruity. The flavor is sweet spicy with notes of cinnamon and coriander before a dry end sets in.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Paper wrapping says: Lot # 000002. Dark golden beer, slightly hazy with a thick, creamy head. Spicy - pehaps a wee hint of aniseed and oranges. Pronounced tartness and a very dry, bitter finish. 230202

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20486) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
Hazy golden colour with bubbly white head. Fruity aroma with notes of hops and spices. Complex sweet flavour with notes of grape fruit and spices. Aftertaste of hops and grape fruit. Interesting beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled. Nutbrown colour, small white head. Aroma is yeast, cartboard. berries and some hops. Flavour is nuts. fruits and slight yeast. Also slight alcohol to be notes. Quite a watery brew for being 7%. No winterwarmer... nor that much Christmas in it...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19189) - Tyres, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2002
Sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden.
Amber coloured, hazy. Big flowery, hoppy aroma. Sweet and light bodied with sparkling mouthfeel and good hop presence throughout with notes of honey. Salty, bitter finish. A very pleasant ale that runs down dangerously easy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16250) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2005
Cloudy orange aroma. Thick white head. Fruity and wooden aroma with hints of yeast. A little hoppy and peppery flavor. A fruity and a little yeasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 <i>2009-01-03, draught at BQ, Milan, 7-4-8-4-15=38</i>
Nice color, bright, orange-copper. There is some marmalade aroma. Good toffee flavor, strong, with strong bitterness, light herbal touch and impression of Goldings hops. Very good.

<i>2003-11-15, bottle, 6-4-8-5-14=37</i>
Gold color. Strange aroma: some malt, coriander, chili pepper, grass, black pepper. Good strength, also peculiar flavor, with a capsicum note. Strong final. Very strange!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 31st December 2007
Amber beer with a bitter grapefruit and dusty tone. Very dry finish with more bitter grapefruit. Original rating 2.6

26th January 2010
On tap somwhere! Cloudy amber beer, thick white head. Fairly dry palate but soft as well. Light dry malt, well balanced with a little sour fruit. Overall a sour creamy malt beer. Drinkable though.


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