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

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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.7
jvhemert (401) - 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

4
witthatsbier (580) - 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

3.8
RobBestwick (951) - 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.

3
FunkyF (1292) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2016
Flaska från SB. Ljust bärnstensfärgad med vitt skum. Doft av karamell och köttbuljong. Smak av köttsoppa och besk karamell.

3.6
jmohno (1652) - 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.

3.7
Kavu (5039) - 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.

3.5
mzaar (3596) - 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.

3.2
AndySnow (8011) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Spices, alcohol, yeast, fruit, berries, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, hops, spices, some alcohol, yeast.

3.8
CraftBeerNick (2738) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle at home, 13th February 16. Pours fairly lively, aroma is yeast, hops, slight coriander. Taste is bitter, slight sweet, hoppy, easy drinking. Good

3.5
maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Hazy amber orange pour with small creamy head. Aroma of malts, fruits, caramel, yeast, peppery spice and hops. Taste of malts, yeast, slightly sweet, faint fruit and a hint of pepper. Medium bodied, higher carbonation and a slightly dry hop finish.


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