De Ranke Hop Harvest 2012

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Ale
Dottignies, Belgium


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
2012 edition: Père Noël base with XX Bitter hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, - NOV 20, 2012
Draught at Ørsted Ølbar. Clear yellow/golden - white head. Caramel. Light phenolic. Carrot - fresh bit in a carrot. Light hay. Light dryness. Fruitiness. Light to medium bitterness. Dry grassy. Too yeasty phenolic.

Svesse (8841) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2017
(Bottle) Golden amber colour, slightly hazy, with frothy white head. Malty, hoppy nose with notes of bread, grass, herbs, tropical fruit, some citrus and lots of fresh floral hops. Malty, hoppy taste with bread, crackers, grass, some tropical fruit, herbs, a touch of grapefruit, floral hops and a dry finish with a generous herbal bitterness. Medium body, quite dry. Tasty and well balanced with lots of fresh hops (even after 5 years of age). Nice one.

EdKing (2656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle from Dranken Geers. This has a few years on it, so on first opening I was a little disappointed but it’s overly chilled. Really opens up nicely as it warms up. Bright, cloudy amber in the glass, large white foam head. Nose was a little muted, but opening up now. Big rounded grains, barley and maybe wheat, fruity yeast, hop is giving lychee, light grapefruit and lemon citrus, guava, floral yeast. The hop is on the fade but still lots of goodness there. Taste is rich barley grains, lychee, guava, light lemon and grapefruit citrus, slight pine, floral yeast. Lovely rich grains. The balance between the malt, hop and yeast is delightful. Finish is the lychee, little pine bitter and hints of those lovely grains.

corkyrory66 (2288) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2016
La bière belge est inscrite au patrimoine culturel immatériel de l’Unesco … c’est fait, ils ont voté.
Je dois dire que je suis content, mais je préfère quand elle est bien matérielle dans mon verre …
Nous poursuivons aujourd’hui la célébration, en ce jour de Ste Barbe, grand jour de la sainte patronne des mineurs, en espérant qu’elle en ait sauvé quelques-uns quand même, et en pensant
très fort à eux et leur immense courage au travail.
Ma bière du jour est déjà elle reliée à Noël, parce que c’est une version améliorée de la Père Noël
de la brasserie avec les houblons de la XX bitter, une sorte de blend interne à la brasserie, avec une
excellente bière de départ, la Père Noël. Niveau abv de 6 %.
Mon exemplaire était âgé de 4 ans, et se trouvait encore à 1 an avant sa date, preuve que les belles
houblonnées peuvent vieillir correctement...
Couleur doré soutenu, à la clarté très brillante, pure.
Bulles moyennes, peu nombreuses mais vives.
Mousse qui est un nappage soyeux à 1 mm.
Arômes de beau malt, houblon, babeurre, pointe de glycine.
1ère bouche très souple et quasi veloutée, à la très belle entame malt/houblon.
Arrière-bouche longue, complexe.
2ème à la superbe évolution, avec une grande prégnance.
Arrière-bouche à la sublime amertume.
3ème au très beau malt, et très grands houblons.
Arrière-bouche de fantastique équilibre et harmonie.
Longueur qui n’arrête pas de progresser, avec des moments extraordinaires.
Jambes très fines, serrées, groupées.
Levure de caractère, grande ligne.
Alcool qui fait bien plus que son niveau, avec les 4 ans de bonification. Il soutient magnifiquement
la longueur dans un développement extraordinaire.
Finale de pur régal.
CONCLUSION : beaucoup de chose à dire sur cette bière !!! D’abord que c’est un autre exemple (encore) de "one shot" râlant, parce qu’on ne pourra plus le retrouver … et pourtant le brasseur pourrait le refaire sans problème .. j’espère qu’il y pensera en lisant ma note, c’est mon seul espoir …
Son idée était pourtant superbe de faire une version Père Noël en A+ … avec les houblons de la XX bitter. Elle a permis à cette bière de passer de 4,7 à 5 .. ce qui n’est déjà pas si mal !!!
Ensuite, c’est une preuve manifeste que les extra houblonnées peuvent très bien vieillir .. si elles sont bien faites, oui quand même !!
Enfin, elle aura permis de fêter Ste Barbe très dignement, c’est déjà un grand point, ce que tous les
ex-mineurs de fond méritent tous sans exception .. Bravo à eux.

Jorn69 (3373) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20130309. Bottle from Systembolaget. Grassy with citrusy notes.

Alengrin (5788) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2016
Vintage bottle of an extinct beer, derived from Père Noël, bought at Fontana Drinks Center in Sint-Niklaas. I should know better than to buy a four year old bottle emphasizing its hop character, but I hadn’t tasted this edition before, so why not give it a try and see what happened in the past time... Thick and frothy, very thickly cobweb-lacing, egg-white, dense head over an almost clear, deep ’old gold’ coloured beer, becoming more and more clouded as the 75 cl bottle is progressively emptied. Aroma, rustic as it may be, shows no overpowering signs of oxidation at all and still breathes ’noble’ hops in spite of this bottle having been cellared for four years; I get impressions of freshly cut grass, soap, lots of red apple fraîcheur, straw, wet cardboard, dried flowers, some faint rusty iron still, old and dried white bread, dried apricot, jute, white pepper, a lot of dry hay, old cookies, gin, dried thyme, bitter honey. Fruity, still vivid onset of gooseberry, green apple and unripe plum, medium carbo tingling on the tongue with a minerally effect, slick and supple body. Pale malt sweetishness (a bit grainy) ensues with a slight caramelly accent, becoming more bready in the middle and leading to a drying finish where the graininess is reinforced by an earthy, deep, leafy hop bitterness and retronasal floral and grassy aromas. Alcohol remains almost completely hidden. I am truly surprised by how well this has stood the test of time: I take the risk to buy older bottles of beer regularly, but in the case of a 6% ABV Belgian blonde I normally have low expectations. In this particular case, those low expectations are unfounded: this still tastes fresh, quenching and appetizing - guess you have to be lucky in these kind of tradings. In fact, since it has no signs of the dreaded lightstruck effect, I like this version even more than a few of the later ones - who said a hop-forward beer cannot be cellared? It all depends on circumstances and sometimes sheer luck I suppose, but I sure enjoyed this one in spite of its age; I think an experience like this only accentuates the preserving properties of hops, the one thing they were meant to do ages ago. De Ranke remains a haven of good taste in an ever-changing beer landscape.

Tide (4509) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle from Beergium. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, yeast, a bit of ripe fruits and pine. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, pine, some earthy and sour notes. Very nice belgian ale, unfortunately it’s most likely well past its prime at this point due to decomposed hopping.

Idiosynkrasie (8068) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2015
750ml bottle. Clear golden colour with huge, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, white head. Floral and grassy hoppy aroma, minimally dusty, hints of pollen, unspecific fruity background in green apple and unripe pear direction. Taste is minimally sweet pale malty, minimally biscuity, floral hoppy overtones with accumulating mildly grassy hop bitterness, fruity background with hints of green apple and pear; super soft palate, gentle though effective carbonation. Another very nice De Ranke Ale with subtle strengths.

marcus (10760) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours clear golden with a thick off-white head and a floral citrus aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor and still some hoppy bitterness after 3 years in the bottle.

bhensonb (15861) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Capped 750 from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours hazy gold with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of fruity and earthy hops. Med body or better. Lots of hop; pretty dry; fairly bitter. Tastes really good; hops seem to have avoided damage.

Brandman (2963) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
Just some attributes from the tasting notes: sweet malts, harsh hops, oxidized? sweet sour and bitter flavour.

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