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

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RATINGS: 832   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Dark amber color with a nice cloudy white head. Slight dark fruity aroma, the hops are nicley presented. Slight yeast flavor. Lightly sweet a little tangy. Hoppy and a little spicey. Medium bodied, has a zesty aftertaste somewhat dry. Yes, it needs to sit a little while.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2009
In the ridculously paper wrapped bottle from Beertopia. Pours cloudy golden with a huge ivory colored head. Very carbonated. Has a mild orange aroma. A fairly hoppy aroma. The flavor hops are big. Due to the strong bitterness, this does not taste very Belgian. This could just as easily be an American pale ale. At room temperature, this seems so harshly bitter that you really can’t drink it.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Part of 3 sampler, 10 cl poured into white wine glass at Birra Artigianale di Qualita in Milan. Egg/pennies aroma. 2 finger head disappears quickly after the pour. Some minimal lace. Good bite on the tongue, very smooth and crisp not what I expected from a Christmas ale but still interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2392) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber/orange with a small, firm head, which stays. Nice lacing. Aroma has oranges in the vicinity of the glass. In the glass it’s hops and yeast. As it warms, it becomes spicy with a heavy alcoholic fruitiness. Flavour has a bit of plastic first, then hops, yeast and alcohol. Slight tartness as it warms. Bitter alcoholic finish mixed with apple notes and remote hops. Notes of salmiac as it warms. Lingering bitterness. Although not a fantastic flavour (but decent), it’s a good, robust one, and not too alcoholic, although the alcohol’s there. 04-02-09.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to dchmela. Best before September 2013. Pours with a foamy, off-white head and a murky orange body. Aroma of spicy and citrus hops with white grapes, pears and dryness with an ever so slightly funky yeast. Taste is very dry with a touch of earth and, dirt and pine hops. Quite a bitter finish which sort of marred drinkability in this beer. Lively carbonation and dry mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2009
33ml bottle poured into a shaker. DRPN pours murky and tangerine-colored with a large fluffy head that persists nicely. The aroma is dusty and mild and generally undistinguished. The body is fleeting; it speeds through the mouth and down your throat and is gone before you know it. The flavor is alcoholic with heavy elements of lima bean. The overall body and finish is exceptionally dry.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle. A light malty smell, a little bit of alcohol, quite mild. A normal large white creamy head with a normal duration. The body is brown-red and clear. Reminds me a little bit of medicine, strange kind of bitterness. The texture is silky with not much carbonation and a light to medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. Pere Noel is another beer from De Ranke that I very much enjoyed. Interesting spicy flavor with a bit of grapefruits and citrus. There’s an earthiness to the whole beer with it’s heavier malt profile. Still lighter than the winters from other countries this is a very good winter brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3571) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pours cloudy amber with off white head. Floral hop aroma with Belgian yeast. Mildly sweet flavor with some breadiness and spiciness with a bitter finish. Medium body with lively carbonation. Different than the usual Christmas beers, but a great brew. Reminds me of Chouffe Houblon but not quite on the same level.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1587) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2009
750mL bottle. Best before end of: 09 2012. Pours a murky copper with a huge and fluffy light-tan head. Floral, dusty aroma with some lemons, caramel, honey, and hints of yeasty funkiness. Medium-bodied. Very sweet tastes upfront with some light caramel flavors. Creamy chai tea and vanilla transition. Finishes with some lemony bitterness. Subtle herbal qualities throughout. Not too shabby.


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