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


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RATINGS: 874   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.

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MetalNHopHead (2223) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 2, 2016
De Ranke’s Pere Noel takes a lighter touch with its Christmas-y spices and tastes quite a bit like a traditional Belgian Ale. That works just fine for me, although it won’t work for everyone. Gold pour with a bit of haze. Yeasty, fruity nose. Flavor follows suit with some touches of spiciness and sourness. Just a bit of hops. I’m a sucker for Belgian Christmas beers and this one was extremely pleasant.

matzou (188) - SPAIN - NOV 27, 2016
pere Noel
amber body with little white head
nice suave and dry body
little spice in the aftertaste.

charmarita (66) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2016
Pours from bottle cloudy peach coloured with minimal foam head. Basement aromas with a hint of resin. Taste medium bitter, lightly sour. Palate medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. Doesn’t appeal to me at all. And I love tart beers and sours. So can’t understand the rave from so many about this one. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

ebone1988 (2163) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Aroma is dusty, clove, banana, dry, barnyard, fruity but mostly dusty. Appearance is amber, hazy, light light brown head. Taste is bitter, dry, really really dusty, booze, not fruity, little yeast, incredibly bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, incredibly dry and bitter aftertaste. Overall, not what I expected at all, harsh but decent. Certainly not as smooth as Orval.

Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle: yellow sparkling colour, with a big creamy head. Aroma is dominated of sweet maltynes, citric, belgian yeastynes, fruits. Flavor had a werry nice mouthfeeling of dry bitternes, mixed with sweet maltynes, caramelly, fruity and citrus like a orange. Medium body , nice fruity belgian yeasty finish.

Bewnhur (14) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2016
A tasty and sweet beer with hints of christmas spices such as korriander. The drawback is hat it’s pretty bland compared to other christmas styled beers.

AnG_BrgNor (814) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle. Clear golden to orange with nice foam. Aroma is malt, yeast, spices and bred. Taste is much of the same, but includes more fruits and also has a bitter touch. Alcohol also present. A good beer, but abv isnt very well hidded.

hawanna (3375) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2016
0,33 l bottle BB 08. Oct 2021
amber, hazy, rocky head, white foam, cereal, caramel, bread, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, lively, long finish,

Lawger (275) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2016
Pours a very cloudy copper with fluffy, off-white head. Yeasty, bready, slightly vinous nose with some fresh gooseberries and just a hint of piney hops, becoming fruitier with mango puré after a while. Medium bodied palate, rather fresh. Medium finish with low bitterness.

nutjes (1290) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2016
33cl-fles op de kerstbierentasting bij Mario. Merci! U: Licht troebel amber met een licht beige schuimkraag. G: Karamel, fruitig, overrijp fruit en wat kruiden. S: Bitterzoet, karamel, moutbitterheid, kruiden, witte kandij en drop. Ook wat alcoholwarmte. M: Semi-volmondig met medium carbonatie.

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