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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%
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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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3.3
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Starts out nice, with a fresh saison-like hoppy bouquet and amber color with nice foamy head. Some fruity, yeasty elements as well. Hops dominate throughout (Hallertau/Goldings) and create a bitter profile overall, finishing with an almost astringent bitterness but, thank God, not in the league with some of the more vulgar Cascade-laced tonics. The problem is a lack of fullness and body in the middle - not alot of fruitiness, understated malt, and no spiciness. Funky, earthy qualities noted and are appealing to me, just not a big enough beer.

2.8
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2002
Amber coloured beer with a spicy and yeasty taste. Rather bitter............

3.8
joet (2646) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Because I've had many extreme West Coast holiday beers, this one seems wee small for the season. Mild pine, touch of vanilla, round toasty biscuit flavors and a touch of acetic acid all very well integrated, smooth easy feel and ultimately drinkable. Good and I'd try it again but it's soft nature disallows a wow.

3.4
TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 Lot no. 00009; Exp. 10-06: Huge creamy head. Floral hops, grass, copper, and hay line the nose. Soft, filmy, creamy mouthfeel. Elegant and light on its feet, but sports a fluffy fullness. Apricot and grass are evident alongside a clean, minty alcohol coolness. Nice stuff, though not on par with the rest of their line.

2.9
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2002
Hazy gold colour with medium fish flake sediment. Large medium lasting creamy head with nice ring and random lace. Gueuzey sour, spices, rawish bitter, and cured meat yeasty aroma. Medium-strong sour and medium alcoholic and bitter start. Bitter middle and finish and slightly sweeter aftertaste. It reminds me of De Dollen Oeral. I'm not into these sour/bitter style of Belgians and find it difficult to get excited about this one as much as as others have. Maybe I need to try this one again.

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fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Grassy cinnamon malt flavor, hoppy and well-balanced. Different than anything I have ever tasted. Innovative and enjoyable...I have a feeling this one grows on you with time. Alas, I may not have access to it for a while...

3.6
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Not at all what i expected. Cloudy tan color. Not much head. Cinnamon/ginger flavor. Very hoppy, dry finish.

2.9
jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2001
Bitter, but not as much as their XX.........................................


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