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


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RATINGS: 874   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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Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
11 and 1/5 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small pinkish head. Aroma has a good citrus hoppiness followed by gentle malts. Flavor is initially of dirty old nickels, then come pleasant grapefruity hops to wash that away and install themselves as the predominant, bittler, hoppy flavor. Maltiness is a little timid beneath the hops, but it works out. Thicker viscosity, soft mouthfeel. Pleasant. better than I expected. Overall, good to very good.

hallinghansen (3430) - Odense SV, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle. Hazy yellow body, with a large off-white head. Aroma is malt, hops and a light sourness. Flavor is light hoppy, fruit and malt.

KyotoLefty (10721) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2009
75 cl bottle from Ohtsuki.
Another gusher from De Ranke! I need a plastic table cloth whenever I open their beers. Light copper colored beer with a tall, rocky head. Aroma of dry, citrus hops, pine, green apples, golden malts and honey. There is a bit of barnyard funk in there too, but just a bit. Controlled sweetness, dry, with a touch of caramel. Hoppy flavor with subdued caramel malt. Citrus, pine, honey, minerals. Very earthy, with a subdued fruity sweetness and big noble hops. Elegant, dry, and wonderfully balanced. Can’t tell what spices are in there. Love it.

dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Cloudy and thin looking. Thin and a bit watery, but some alcohol. A bit of wheat tang. Finishes clean.

Plovmand (8630) - Grindsted, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Clear orange body with a medium off white head. Malty, fruity and light acidic aroma. Light sour flavour with notes of fruit, spices, caramel and citrus. Light cellar like but nice.

pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2009
Orange-blond in colour with nice off white head. Aroma is slight hoppy, with a soft edge of sourness, some malts and some nuts. Taste is slight spicy, hot with hints of pepper, cereals and some fruits. aftertaste is hoppy, bitterish and slight fruity with dry note of honey.

kassner (1701) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2009
My son brought a bottle for the Holidays. Amber color, slightly hazy, modest head. Very nice balance with some fruity belgian yeast background. Nice level of spices

Pinball (12401) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2009
clear orange, smooth offwhite head.
dusty aroma, bitterhoppy, fruity.
flavor is very bitter, slightly bretty, nutty, caramel. surprisingly bretty and dry, the balance is sweet malts but also a lot of spices. too spicy bitter, and totally lacking any yellow fruit. not at all cloying, so it might be so that you could get accustomed to the bitterness and actually like the beer very much

Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
750 ml bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a cloudy murky gold. The nose is very earthy and musky, with a little bit of foot odor. Also hints of bright fruit and spices. The flavor is very nice. Good bitter hop/malt balance. Definite notes of grain and yeast. Hints of bitter cocoa in the finish. Some citrus comes through as it warms. Not your typical Christmas ale, but very good.

sebletitje (10421) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2009
bottle, pours light hazy golden, white head.
aroma, not a hop bomb, but plenty of citrus hops and yeast.
flavor, mostly grassy, citrus hops covering what would otherwise be a regular blond ale. Keeps a distinguished Belgian yeast palate with a mild bitter finish.

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