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


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RATINGS: 745   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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.

Silvan7's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silvan7 (929) - Samarate, - APR 23, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Questa Christmas ale mi ha creato dei dubbi esistenziali. 1) poco alcolica e molto luppolata, cosa che le altre xmas ale non sono! 2) non ha calore alcolico , in quanto i 7 gradi scompaiono di fronte alla luppolatura marcata. Quella dovrebbe essere una delle principali caratteristiche di una xmas. 3) nonostante tutto alla fine mi piaciuta, ma mi aspettavo tuttaltro!! in generale: Profuma di luppolo erbaceo, il gusto secco, agrumato, il corpo rotondo, ma lascia la bocca asciutta come una bitter inglese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (2708) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2015
75 cl. bottle, shared. Hazy, amber-golden colour with a big, bubbly white head. Fruity aroma with yeasts, sweet fruits - banana, resin and spices. Caramel malts, citrus and pines. Taste is light bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and fruity with citrus. Nice, Christmas themed beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (4734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2015
330 ml bottle at Eric. Golden amber with off white head. Aroma sweet, light sugar., light spice some grass, some dried fruit. Taste is balanced, sweet, spice, grass and sugary malts with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1959) - Linkping, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2015
Overall: Spicy, herbal, sweet, slightly sticky and dry.
Note: Bottle 330 ml at home. (Vintage 2015) Reviewed 2015-11-22.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (889) - HUNGARY - NOV 22, 2015
0.33l bottle. Hazy orange body, off-white head. Aroma and taste of orange peel, caramel, cheese, earthy hops and lots of clove-like spicyness. OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (956) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy amber, medium size white head, good lacing. Sweet, grassy and belgo yeast aroma. Smooth and dry mouthfeel, avarage carbonation. Yeast, bitter, hoppy rich tasting, apricot and herbal taste with a floral bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HULK777 (516) - - NOV 18, 2015
Wondelful look! Lovely yeast, citrus, grass, and cream aroma. Taste is yeast, chewing gum, light bread, and faint banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vighals (2239) - Srumsand, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2015
Gylden brun tkete med fingerhyt hvitt skum. Lukter eple, gjr og korn. Middels bitter grape og sitrusskall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abergdahl (144) - SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2015
Lotsa yest, nice, also some FUNK.. Hazy orange with great foam. Pleasing taste, easy to drink, a bit fizzy in the month but thats good.. A very Belgian taste, well balanced.. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rekvium (140) - Odense C, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2015
From tap. Pours hazy dark golden with a white head. Aroma of yeast and spices, floral, banana. Taste is super spicy and yeasty, lots of grass and floral notes, some light citrus as well. Much less malt flavour than I anticipated.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
saro (1) - Tistedal, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2015 does not count
Endelig kom det Belgiske Julel i hyllene p Systembolaget i Sverige ! Og derfor ble det tur fra Norge til Sverige ! Men i r ble skuffelse stor med Pere Noel i spissen. Dette. er ikke Julel men en uferdig drlig IPA. Forstr ikke hvorfor alle ekspertene beskriver dette som et Julel. Tror Pere Noel har pisset i tanken ! Heldig for oss fant vi Mikkeller som reddet dagen for!

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