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


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RATINGS: 895   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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heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Slight funk and lots of yeast in the aroma, nice hops too. Incredible fresh and full tasting. Quite yeasty, but very pleasantly so. Good bitterness and good hop flavor. Sweetish but satisfying long finish. De Ranke is quickly becoming ne of my favorite breweries--anywhere.

Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2004
SLightly funky malt/yeast nose. Honeyed apricot hue. White mostly lasting head. Sweet candied light fruit, honey, winey, subtle spice, honey-dew, carmelized pears, apple must, medium bodied, finishing with herbal piney peppery hops, and a great yeastiness that is oh so satisfying. Good stuff for the holidays.

amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Medium amber in color. Light tan, fluffy head. Salty / spicey aroma. Medium fruity flavor, smooth taste, light spice finish.

JPDIPSO (6318) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Amber color with a foamy white head. Light malt and yeast aromas. Light malt flavors with no standout features. Quite boring actually.

iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2004
750 ml bottle [lot no. 000010; drink before 10/06; drank 1/04]: crystal clear rose with bronze hues. White patchy head is small and grows like moss over the top. Aroma is full with strawberries, basil, tart green apples, floral and purfumey hops; all blanketed with a delightful mustiness. Unique and interesting flavours that include bitter honeyed hops, chalky malts, grass, pine, and mint. Increasing dry through the bottle. The subtleness and complexity of this beer has put me in awe, fabulous. De Ranke has quickly become one of my favourite breweries, these guys really have there stuff together!

BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Very floral smell. The beer had a crisp taste to it. Very light body. Good color.

Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Floral, perfumy, light fruity aroma. Hazy. Flavor is sweet at first, fruity. Finishes dry and bitter, a kind of harsh hop bitterness.

ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
On tap. Pours a hazy orange much like other Belgains. Aroma is hoppy with fuit. Taste is very good, and I love Belgians, but it's nothing too special.

JorisPPattyn (10163) - BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2003
Orange with reddish shine, hazy; white-pinkish head, dense, not stable. Very fruity nose, in descending order citrus, strawberry, Japanese pear, lactic acid,Brett, estery. Fruity and bitter taste, at the edge of tart. Bitter melon (faint), arbutus fruit (I'm searching it)), and quite some piney hops (obvious). Medium to full bodied. Tartness to dry-out effect. Remarkable beer, astride on several styles. This brewery deserves a lot more recognition. And God, I was up to some decent Belgian ale.

mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Very fruity beer. Malty and Hoppy. Well balanced. Pours cloudy yellow. Very nice beer.

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