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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apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Well, this beer looks pretty inviting and highly drinkable. A very dry, gueze/wheat-scented nose to it, though, which is somewhat un-endearing. But then when I tasted it, it tastes like mildew and rotten citrus fruits. It grew on me a little bit, but I'm not going to drink anymore of it.

notalush (5935) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Murky, rusty orange, with impressive lace work - highly musty aroma with hints of citrus - musty qualities in the flavor mix oddly with the hops and citrus to create a flavor that I can best describe as a mixture of mildew and cleaning products - some mild, malty sweetness comes in to try and correct this horrid mistake, but it doesn't really make up for it, as the bitterness returns to create a highly medicinal finish - what a waste of 10 bucks.

Spiesy (2337) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2003
Bottled. Rustic orange, murky and interesting. Bitter flavour with a biscuity texture. Could be smoother.

rauchbier (3940) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Amber bronze, good white head and moderate condition. Excellent spicy, pine resin hop aromas with hints of coconut. In the mouth it is sweet, the hops are more muted and fruity malt takes over briefly. A hop bitterness develops that becomes obtrusive in the finish. A confusing beer that reminded me of Pops Hommel in the nose and seemed unlike most Belgian christmas beers Ive had.

duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2003
Really nice murky orange stuff. kind of like a cross between an IPA and a belgian, it works well. Slightly residual mouthfeel, with some earthy orangey notes, finish is bitter, citric and hoppy, has a nice spicyness aswell. De ranke have done it again!!!

hembryggaren (45) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2003
Amber with a small head. Yeasty light peach and banana candy aroma, light carbonation level. Finishes bitter and acidic.

Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2003
750ML bottle, best before 10/06 drank on 3/03. Severe gushing when bottle is uncorked. Pours a cloudy orange with a small head. Yeasty light fruit aroma, light carbonation level. Finishes bitter and acidic.

Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Slightly cloudy amber orange body topped by a medium thick long lasting head with lots of lace. Slightly sweet lemony/grapefruit aroma with a slight spiciness. Slightly lemony/grapefruit hop flavor with a touch of sweetness. Woddy throughout with a woody hoppy finish. Full bodied, dry and slightly warming.

Ernest (7863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 Bottle (750mL, Aug 2014 batch). Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is cloudy dark yellow to light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum, pepper, oregano. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Quite pleasant. The aroma is soft but charming and enticing. This year’s is better balanced flavor-wise and it has a better mouthfeel as well (compared to the 2013). Hard to go wrong with De Ranke.

bierkoning (13747) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Nice aroma with citrus, raspberry and banana, but the flavor is a turn-off. Very yeasty and bitter with some raspberry and hops and some tartness. The beer is not well balanced.

2012 bottle. Pale amber color, cloudy. Malty, slightly yeasty aroma with hints of coffee milk. Citrus flavor with soft yeasty notes. Thinnish. Hint of nutmeg. Upcoming tartness.

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