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


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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PlutonowyMan (695) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (1540) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (4425) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2016
750ml bottle. Cloudy orange pour, with a large white head. Aroma is bright, lots of lemon, with alot of grass, and wet hay. Sharp green hop cones, sharp very bitter cereals. Subtle sweetness, dry, very bitter finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3135) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Deep golden with a tall head. Full of spicy yeast notes, sweet caramalized malts, bright earthy hops the powerful spice carries this one from start to finish. Quite nice in a chilly evening in front of the fire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ContemplateBeer (2077) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2016
Draft from Louisville Beer Store. Aroma: Noble type hops are herbal and lightly spicy; malts toe the line between caramel and toast. Appearance: Hazy copper body with a creamy tan head that settles into a cap. Flavor: Caramel/toast malts meet with some spicy elements/lighter citrus; noble hops take on a more drying, lightly bitter role to the finish, which has a lingering, pleasant bitterness. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: The kind of Christmas beer more breweries need to make; feels like the holidays without the overwhelming feeling of swallowing a can of spices. A winner all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FBoekman (241) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2016
Orange, grumlig. Skum som försvinner. Luktar lite jäst. Ganska balanserad, bara lite alkohol som slår igenom. Ok för att vara julöl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (4054) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2016
@ Akkurat 16-12-19: en ganska ok öl med tydliga belgiska kryddor och en trevlig hetta. Ok men lnget mer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diabobale (493) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - DEC 19, 2016
Color ambrato opalescente con cappello di schiuma bianco a grana media, dalla discreta tenuta. Al naso scorza d’arancia amara e crosta di pane, lieve sentore di miele. In bocca entra dolce con note di confettura di albicocche, poi subito un attacco di amaro erbaceo-terroso. La base maltata di esprime in dolci note di miele. Tono funky sempre presente. Alla fine chiude la bevuta con una nota di liquirizia quasi a paralizzare il palato.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 24B Belgian Pale Ale

AROMA: Mild malt aroma; slightly sweet notes and a hint of fruit. Not especially estery. Slight cardboard presence. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty copper hue; very hazy body. Small, off-white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Sweet caramel and honey maltiness with minor toasty flavor underneath. Finishes with a harsh astringency and musty character. Bottle is old and probably heat damaged. There is some orange and banana character from the Belgian yeast as well as peppery phenolics (the good kind). The off-flavors are difficult to overlook, but can be ignored with a discerning palate. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Smooth texture. Subtle alcohol warmth is pleasant. Leaves a musty/drying aftertaste, though. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I can tell this is a great brew when fresh. Though flawed, this old bottle is still decent. 6/10


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Myonlyvice (266) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2016
Hazy golden with a white foamy head. Citrus caramel and yeast aroma. Sweet and a little sour taste. medium bitter aftertaste

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