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

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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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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3.9
Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottled August 2007. A luminescent pour of marigold and a firm, but thin cap of white, slowly to recede. Aroma of cinnamon and pear flesh; herbal, sweet, and dark. An adhesive-like spicy-tart character that suggests the interplay of mature yeasts with still-fresh hops. Lightly papery with whispers of phenols, and abundant herbs and flowers; I can almost feel the bees gathering on this aroma. Still, it’s hidden in the basement; musty, dingy and damp; the best quality of the aroma is certainly the playfulness of the yeasts with the sparkly sharp edged hops. It seems at a pretty ideal point of age for that reason.

Flavor is a dried out apple, dusted in dandelion petals, autumn leaves, and jasmine flowers. A bright mineral glint, but it’s soft, and hazy. Coriander seeds. A bit of lemon. Flavors seem to pop up suddenly and all with great subtlety; none there to steal the show but for cameo only; this is a perfect approach for a beer of this style and exemplifies what’s so lovable about it. A creamy calm of wildflower honey in the middle, tempered in a plain wooden bitterness; at times seeming somewhat empty, but righting itself quickly, into a pleasant white fruit flavor toward the finish.

Palate is brisk and bright, while somewhat autumnal in feel; medium body, slightly sharp, and long in the end; bitterness of dandelion and herb character that gets quite papery. Good yeast and hop character throughout, with enough firmness underneath for it to seem fulsome despite its general light-heartedness. Another fine offering from one of my favorite breweries.

3.3
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Hoppy smell. Golden orange appearance with big head. Spicy and hoppy taste. Smooth feel.

3.2
GarrettB (1580) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Here comes another Christmas beer which, like television specials, seem to come in every shape and form once December rolls around. I found the bottle charming with the pint sized Santa gnome attempting to tackle an equally tall glass, as this is how I often feel tackling a heavy 750mL bottle of beer sometimes, but I didn’t fear anything from this, the Pere Noel from De Ranke. The pour produces a thick and honey-esque liquid, covering a wide breadth of oranges and reds, and capped with 1 centimeter of plain, white foam. Flecks and specks float around the glass, indicating the raw, unfiltered creation of the beer. I find the smell is relatively faint, with a certain slightly hoppy dryness and a good wheat flavor, opposite a shade of pale ale astringency. The beginning of the sip has a low-key fruity touch, exhibiting lemon and orange, with some coriander spiciness added to the mix. The aforementioned hops pipes up a bit near the aftertaste until the beer is sent onto the esophagus, leaving behind only a pale ale sweetness. Really, an elegant, low n’ slow grapefruit bitter kind of beer with a Christmas touch. I’ll drink it, but I much prefer the Belgian "cheese and wood" approach to Christmas.

3.3
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2008
33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, easy to drink X-Mas brew, but not complex, cloudy, good head, nice brew

3.8
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
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
Stefano (2004) - 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
jgb9348 (6187) - 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
nuplastikk (6206) - 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
Boutip (6312) - 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.


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