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

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RATINGS: 862   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2008
A hazy dark orange colored beer, with a beige rocky foamed head. The aroma of nice bitter hops, fruity sweet, and spicey. The taste is malt bitter, orange sweet with floral and notes of pepper. A long bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a murky orange color with tan edges; off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing; very nice pour. Nice dry mineral and piney bitterness in the aroma; complex yeastiness and crackers; some light saltiness; excellent nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: crisp mineral bitterness upfront; again, solid yeast character, pine, mint, and light breadiness; well carbonated and very drinkable; nice balance between a toasty / yeasty core and prominent mineral / piney bitterness. Good stuff. Lengthy finish: toasty breadiness, pine and mineral hops, and dry yeast.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1994) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2008
Very murky, golden ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Aromas were some spice and vanilla. The flavor was lemony, honey, light fruit, and coriander. The mouthfeel was light bodied and lightly carbonated. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5978) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Perfect hazy golden amber body with a reddish tint and a perfect off-white head. Aroma of fresh malt, cranberries, raisins, hops and a bit of bitter alcohol. Full-bodied; Strong malty flavoured body with a good malt backbone and an alcoholic kick that lasts quite a while. Aftertaste shows the malt and spice with a bit of coriander seed freshness and alcoholic malt. Overall, a good belgie ale with some mild malt and spice characteristics. I sampled this 33 cL bottl purchased from the Bier Tempel in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008, sampled on 26-May-2008 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5955) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009 11.2oz bottle. Glowing thick orange-tan color. A yeasty creaminess and hoppy dryness that is unusual for a Christmas beer. Delicious, complex but drinkable at 7%. Some sweet herbal tones happening as well. Great beer. I rated this lower out of the 750ml bottle later..giving it a 3.8.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6130) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty hazy beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Saaz dry hops with some light dry funky notes. Taste is dominated by dry Saaz notes with a light funky notes, some floral notes and a quite dry ending and all this being supported by a nice Belgian malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experience but maybe a tad too dry to be enjoyed on a repetitive basis.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (8270) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
330ml bottle from Hopduvel, Gent. Hazy orange with a tight, moderate white head. Aroma of yeast and spice with a touch of earthy hops. Bitter tasting with some tingly hops, subtle spice and a decent dry finish. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
Poured from 11.2oz bottle a light golden brown with creamy small white head. Aromas of tart lemon peel, yeast, and bread. The palate on this one is very dry, tart bitter. Flavors check in with some earthy bitter hops, tart yeast, and hay ending in a slight alcohol warmth. Not what I expected of a Belgian Christmas beer, but it make a for an ESB type beer instead. This beer was OK but not one I would come back to often.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Huge uncontrollable fizzy white head that mostly lasted. Excellent display of lacework. Cloudy amber color. Aroma of yeast, fruit, alcohol, citrus, grain and caramel. Over the palate came spicy notes, slightly bitter alcoholic and orange peel notes. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and light alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with hint of bitter and acidic. Fruity acidic like spicy finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3887) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before November 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on April 26 2008; eye: copper, hazy, voluminous creamy white head that disappears rather rapidly, good lacing, slight effervescence; nose: yeast, spices, caramel, light fruity, light citrusy; mouth: hops bitterness amplifies the alcohol for a not so pleasant feel but that feeling becomes more pleasant as the beer warms up, caramel is quite present, light fruity, pepper, alcohol, light orange, finale in hops with a good presence of alcohol and pepper, lightly harsh in the throat, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, medium body, slightly oily texture, rather carbonated, mild astringency; overall: disappointing FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant Novembre 2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 26 avril 2008; œil : cuivrée, voilée, mousse blanche volumineuse et crémeuse qui disparaît plutôt rapidement, bonne dentelle, très légère effervescence; nez : levure, épices, caramel, léger fruité, léger citrique; bouche : amertume du houblon amplifie l’alcool pour une sensation pas très plaisante mais qui devient moins déplaisante au fur et à mesure que la bière se réchauffe, caramel est pas mal présente, léger fruité, poivre, alcool, léger orange, finale en houblon avec une bonne présence d’alcool et de poivre, légèrement rugueuse en fond de gorge, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, corps moyen, texture légèrement huileuse, plutôt carbonatée, astringence moyenne; en résumé : déçu


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