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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%
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 Pre Nol was a bit of a departure, with a very appealing yeasty tartness that was not readily discernible in earlier years.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (3382) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Poured with a slight head and a tiny bit a lace. Color isnt copper, but a slightly hazy light to medium amber. Aroma is spicy, malty, a hint of hop, yeasty, caramel, nougat, toffee, marshmallows, and toast. Flavor is similar; add pretzels, heavier on the yeast bitterness, and a tang that I cant identify. Great carbonation and good body. Finish is fairly long and bitter. Not bad. Very slightly boozy. Not a quaffing beer, but not really a sipper either.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - DEC 15, 2009
birra ambrata con una splendita testa di schiuma bianchissima e compatta. risulta molto fresca e facile da bere,sembrerebbe quasi una saison,buonissimo al palato il retrogusto di agrumi,ma cio che mi ha colpito di pi lamaro che riempie tutta la bevuta!!!! veramante una buona birra di natale!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5485) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours a pretty clear golden with a fairly thick off-white head. Aroma is fruity and slightly malty and just a little bit sweet. Flavor is sharp, fruity, somewhat hoppy but not too bitter and slightly sweet. Texture is lively and tingly so it seems to dance on the tongue and down the pipes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Bottle shared by acrdz(mj) on 7/3/08: Pours a murky copper bronze with a frothy, well-lacing white head. Aroma of earthy citrusy spice and some biscuity pale and caramel malts. Starts fairly full and well-carbonated with a mild bready sweetness and piny earthy notes with a drier, more bitter finish. A pretty decent Belgian ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Hazy golden orange with a short lived fluffy white head. Aroma of bread, Belgian yeast, grass, and citrus. Tastes of straw/hay, bread, Belgian yeast, slight orange, and perfume-like hops with a nice crispness and a mild dryness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Hazy orange yellow pour with nice carbonation. Funky yeast aroma with hay and hops. Bitter malt flavor with grassy yeast and a bitter finish. Lots o fhops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7450) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky orange-amber color with a small tan head. The aroma was tart and bitter with moderate grapefruit. The flavor was tart and bitter grapefruit and pine with noted sugar, a yeasty undertone and a moderate sweettart candy element. The finish was long dry and tart. Medium body. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - NOV 8, 2009
Tap at C4, Odense. Pours clody golden coloured with a nice egg white and staying head. Beautiful beer. Aromas of grass, grapefruit, oranges, lemons and some brett. Dry and hoppy flavour with notes of spices, malt and a touch of brett. Delicious brew!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13285) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Cloudy orange with a big and lasting off-white head. Strong herbal hop aroma with fruity yeast notes. A touch of grapefruit and other brett qualities. Dry and hoppy flavour with a solid and lasting bitterness, and again a delicious touch of brett.

Non-brett, also 2009 on tap: More fruity and refreshing. Still a really awesome drinkable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2009
Big bottle. Cloudy orange-amber. LIght foam and lacing. Soft restrained fruit aroma. Flavour: pepper notes some Saison qualities, lemon and bursts of orange. Aftertaste leaves a cloud of soft pepper and cherry blossoms in your mouth. Like someone dressed up the XX and told it to behave.


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