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

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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (3673) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle (at põrgu). Pours amber with whiteish head. Aroma is spices, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, spices, malt. Finish is dry sweet bitter. Overall: ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (4645) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2016
2015 bottle at new years party. Bit hazy dark golden with big fluffy creamy head. Sweet malts with a bit of marzipan, orange peel, sweet dried apple and apricot. Lots of fresh grassy hops still, with light lime. Medium sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with quite some carbonation. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (1039) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark orange with a fading sudsy off white head. Aroma is of orange, pine, grassy, caramel, clove, caramel, yeasty, banana. Taste is of caramel, pine, yeasty, spices, pepper. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JuanFlk80 (195) - SPAIN - DEC 31, 2016
Botella 33cl Cerveceria Kraken (Oviedo) Muy similar al estilo Belga pero añadiendo regaliz y especias, menos alcoholica de lo habiual y mas especiada

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1917) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Blonde foncée, trouble. Nez houblonné, palais amer, alcool bien présent, sucre candi, houblons. Ensemble épais, sympa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simontomlinson (149) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2016
Off white frothy head soon left a cover on a very active, murky, light brown body. Christmas cake, orange & candied sweets aroma. Medium body, sticky, cloying - slightly perky on the palate. Apricot, candy, Haribos, over stewed fruit, Christmas cake, glazed cherries - There’s definitely Christmas in this bottle!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (846) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle. Tulip. Dirty, burnt orange with moderate, off-white head. Moderate lacing and poor head retention. Moderate malty aroma - caramel, some candy sugar notes-like. Also some orange-peel, grassy and peachy. Taste is moderate to heavy bitter with moderate bitterness, long, unstable. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, finish is malty, slightly peachy and sweet. Summary: Not very outstanding Christmas beer, it’s not packed with lots of spices, which is good. It’s rather sweet beer with wet hidden ABV. Podsumowanie: Średniak świąteczny, bardzo słodowy, słodki - na tyle, że przykrywa praktycznie w całości Belgijski charakter piwa. Trochę skórki pomarańczy w tle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaserov (421) - Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2016
Color ámbar, opaco, con capa de espuma blanca de dos dedos de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación presente pero mínima. Aroma a caramelo, especias variadas, frutal; levadura presente. Sabor frutal, especiado, con final amargo y seco. Estilo Tripel con menor presencia alcohólica en el paladar. Buena.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PlutonowyMan (635) - POLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Barwa miedziana, miejscami brunatna. Piana ?rednio wysoka, bia?a, drobno ziarnista, leniwie si? redukuje. W aromacie suszone owoce z delikatnymi nutami ziemistymi, pomara?cze i brzoskwinie. Kremowa konsystencja tego piwa idealnie pasuje do piany jaka si? utworzy?a. W smaku jak w aromacie s? delikatnie kwa?ne pomara?cze, s? brzoskwinie i odrobina suszonych owoców. Finisz goryczkowy, grapefruitowy, ziemisty, intensywny. Wysycenie ?rednie, sprawdza si? idealnie.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (1442) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2016
Bouteille datée du 10/08/2015, bue après 16 mois. Robe orangée trouble et brumeuse avec un mince col de mousse blanc et onctueux. Arômes de levures belges, abricot arrosé d’alcool, miel, sucre résiduel, herbes, confit d’orange et pâtisserie salée. En bouche, levures belges épicées, zeste d’orange, herbes séchées. Amertume non négligeable venant des houblons. Texture sèche et collante, corps mince. Drôle de bière de Noël.


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