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Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Ale - Pale / Golden
Dottignies, Belgium

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RATINGS: 925   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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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3.7
biilz (810) - SPAIN - JUN 5, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2019 Аромат хмелевой по Бельгийски, много травяных ноток, немного алкоголя и пряных ноток с цветочными оттенком, с намеками на сухофрукты и мед. Цвет мутный, темно желтый, пена при этом белая, пышная. Вкус слегка горче чем надо. Уже сильнее ощущаются нотки сухофруктов и пряностей. При глотке хмель и горечь усиливается. Снова вяжущий эффект от травянистости. Легкие медовые ноты в послевкусие. В целом обычный, но солидный эль.

3.5
tricksta_p (7268) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2019 Bottle from Hopt. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast with malt, ripe fruits, apricot, caramel, hoppy finish. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet with a pleasant bitterness. Body is medium. Solid Belgian fare, above average hoppy bitterness but this is De Ranke. Malty with ripe fruits and spicy yeast, good one.

3.5
mjik83 (2318) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2019
33cl flesje via Hopt Alcoholpercentage van 7% Uitgeschonken in Hopt glas Uiterlijk: lichte oranje kleur met goede luchtige schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus is kruidig, gistig, karamel, citrus, smaak is volmoutig, kruidig, dropachtige van de zoethout, redelijk bittertje Conclusie: geen verkeerd kerstbiertje, zoethout maakt het wel aangenaam

2.9
jredmond (9916) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2019 Bottle shared with Paul, Brendan and Andrew. Pours a golden body with thick white head and lace. Lots of spice, old malt, clove, puckery yeast and fruit.

3.5
jalleduc (163) - - APR 27, 2019
UPDATED: APR 27, 2019 A l'ouverture, arômes de levures et de malts. Dans le verre, arômes de malts torréfiés et d'alcool. Robe ambrée trouble sans mousse persistante. Attaque sur du caramel et miel qui reste en bouche avec une pointe de réglisse en arrière bouche. Pas mal.

3.3
Alex60 (541) - - APR 16, 2019
UPDATED: APR 16, 2019 Bouteille 33 cl couleur ambrée, mousse blanche onctueuse, odeur camomille, miel, attaque en bouche très amère, miel, malt

3.6
budedou (1365) - Montargis, FRANCE - FEB 14, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2019 Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before November 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on April 26 2008; eye: copper, hazy, voluminous creamy white head that disappears rather rapidly, good lacing, slight effervescence; nose: yeast, spices, caramel, light fruity, light citrusy;

3.4
Almogabar (297) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - JAN 17, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2019 Botella de 33 cl adquirida en Cervezas Especiales online shop. Color ámbar oscuro, turbia. Espuma color crema abundante y con buena retención. En nariz se aprecian cereales, cítricos y notas florales. En boca es bastante amarga, muy diferentes a las típicas cervezas navideñas belgas. Notas afrutadas, ciertas especias y con final amargo y seco. Interesante.

3.7
Niko100 (3100) - New York City, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2019 Hazy straw/amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of yeast, some caramel, floral, & herbs/spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, citrus rind, fruit, some hops, and clove/spice; Finish is dry & slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Enjoyable Belgium ale.

3.3
Giacomo1908 (10) - - JAN 10, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2019 Colore ambrato, leggermente velata. Schiuma grana medio/fine non troppo persistente. Profumo non troppo intenso si sente frutta secca, canditi, miele e legnoso/resinoso del luppolo. Carbonazione bassa, corpo medio alto. L'alcool si sente ma senza essere troppo invadente nonostante i gradi, molto bilanciata. Birra spostata sul malto, l'amaro del luppolo arriva sul finale insieme ad una bella secchezza. Leggermente astringente, si ripresentano i sapori di frutta candita, miele e mela caramellata.


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