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

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RATINGS: 866   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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3.4
Reid (2527) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2017
11.2 oz bottle from Lifesource in Salem OR. $2.79 Pours a hazy amber colour with a medium sized bubbly light tan head. Honey, spicy, yeast aromas. Hints of butter rum and bananas. Cloves. Spicy, fruity Christmas pudding taste, very phenolic and clove centered..some alcohol. Mouth feel is fine..gets sticky after a while though. Not as good as i had imagined.

2.8
ozzatoadisback (165) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2017
Dark amber colour, bit hazy (more hazy on second pour). Average white head, modest retention, some lacing. Smells of candied fruit with some background herbal/grassy notes and slight spiciness. Taste has sweetish caramel malts base, candied fruit, maybe a hint of spiciness and a quite bitter per style ending, though more a earthy/muddy bitterness than a refreshing one. Bottle is 4 months old so it’s still fresh enough. It’s not overpowering but sure not pleasant. Medium body with medium to high carbonation, again quite chewy/muddy. Decent, but not particularly rich or clean. Perphaps not a lucky bottle

3.2
Beertobealive (576) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - JAN 3, 2017
Pours a light white head with Iight old hops aromas. Amber colored body. Relatively low sugar and malts for a Christmas ale. Hence hops dominance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Marduk (7583) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Slightly hazy dark amber color. Medium size, white head, stays. Fruity, cinnamon, spices, some clove in aroma. Plastic, sweet, fruity, spicy hops, malty and Belgian yeast in taste. Fruity and sweet and caramel in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Perfectly drinkable brew.

3.3
martjoobolut (4224) - 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
Maakun (5370) - 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
Johnstledger8 (1140) - 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
JuanFlk80 (244) - 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
Renobob (2064) - 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
simontomlinson (329) - 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!


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