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


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RATINGS: 811   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 Père Noël was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.

DavefromChicago's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Starts out nice, with a fresh saison-like hoppy bouquet and amber color with nice foamy head. Some fruity, yeasty elements as well. Hops dominate throughout (Hallertau/Goldings) and create a bitter profile overall, finishing with an almost astringent bitterness but, thank God, not in the league with some of the more vulgar Cascade-laced tonics. The problem is a lack of fullness and body in the middle - not alot of fruitiness, understated malt, and no spiciness. Funky, earthy qualities noted and are appealing to me, just not a big enough beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamVimes21 (129) - - 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 (478) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (2044) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 An odd thing to have in April, but then I’m an odd bloke. Bottle at the Maypole. Golden brown, clear, with a bit of creme caramel head. Malty herby aroma, and malty herby taste. So far so good, and then the exceedingly dry finish kicks in. Seaweed, angostura bitters and resin in the aftertaste. A gorgeous unseasonal treat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jvhemert (374) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
Too bitter to enjoy, not sufficient aromas to be of interest. Malt with some spruce. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (490) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2016
33cl bottle @ paisley beer fest pours a goldend yellow with white head Aroma is hops spicy grain Taste is bitter hoppy with citrus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (786) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2016
750ml bottle. Spicey hop aroma. Pours cloudy light brown with a creamy small head. Spicey hops, pepper, cloves, pine with some citrus bitterness. Full bodied with a long bitter finish and a touch of warm alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (716) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2016
Flaska från SB. Ljust bärnstensfärgad med vitt skum. Doft av karamell och köttbuljong. Smak av köttsoppa och besk karamell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1458) - Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Caramel amber. Hazed. Fruity pastry aroma, with spice. Sweet buiscuity. Bready. Malty. Flavor is a mix of spices with caramel, yeast esters, fairly malty licorice with hints of citrus peppery spice, orange flavor, almost slick, slight roast/smoke. some hop green grassiness. Little lemon. Complex and refined. Pretty enjoyable.Good seasonal beer, not sure of age but probably at least a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kavu (3762) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2016
0,33l bottle @ Harry’s. Pours cloudy amber with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malts and caramel. Flavor is sweet malts with loads of bitter hops. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2600) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2016
Flaska från Falkenbergs Systembolag. Oklar mörkorange med ett stort lätt smutsat skum. Dofter av citron, örter, parfym och jäst. Smakinslag av citron, örter, alkohol och sura vingummi. Stickig munkänsla.

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