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

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RATINGS: 833   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15285) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours apricot orange with white head. Nose and taste of yeast, light fruit, spicy hops and vanilla. Medium body. Finishes yeasty spicy hops.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (315) - - DEC 6, 2016
Spices, citrus, yeast, golden/orange with a good and quite persistant white head, medium body, medium carbonation, quite bitter, good spiced and hoppy profile...is so exciting drink christmas beer when outside is dark, also during the rest of the day.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flanfl (693) - Lyon, FRANCE - DEC 5, 2016
Cloudy dark golden coppery body. Huge lasting white head. Aroma of banana, Belgian yeast, pear, clove, cinamon and other Christmass spicies. Flavours of banana, caramel, Belgian yeast, pear, alcohol fusel. Long fruity yeasty dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kanaclane (373) - - DEC 5, 2016
Nez: Malté, orange, herbacé Bouche: Maltée, orange, miel, épicée, résineuse, amertume dans le final avec une sécheresse Une bière très bien faite et assez complexe

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AssKicker (275) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - DEC 3, 2016
Couleur orangée, trouble, mousse digne, nez à fond sur la poire, dingue ! En bouche c’est très fort sur les épices, genre la cannelle. Ça mousse en bouche. On sent quand même pas mal l’alcool. Une bière d’hiver qui fait le job.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1583) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 2, 2016
De Ranke’s Pere Noel takes a lighter touch with its Christmas-y spices and tastes quite a bit like a traditional Belgian Ale. That works just fine for me, although it won’t work for everyone. Gold pour with a bit of haze. Yeasty, fruity nose. Flavor follows suit with some touches of spiciness and sourness. Just a bit of hops. I’m a sucker for Belgian Christmas beers and this one was extremely pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matzou (62) - SPAIN - NOV 27, 2016
pere Noel amber body with little white head nice suave and dry body little spice in the aftertaste. Enjoyable

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
charmarita (60) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2016
Pours from bottle cloudy peach coloured with minimal foam head. Basement aromas with a hint of resin. Taste medium bitter, lightly sour. Palate medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. Doesn’t appeal to me at all. And I love tart beers and sours. So can’t understand the rave from so many about this one. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (1481) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Aroma is dusty, clove, banana, dry, barnyard, fruity but mostly dusty. Appearance is amber, hazy, light light brown head. Taste is bitter, dry, really really dusty, booze, not fruity, little yeast, incredibly bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, incredibly dry and bitter aftertaste. Overall, not what I expected at all, harsh but decent. Certainly not as smooth as Orval.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2117) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle: yellow sparkling colour, with a big creamy head. Aroma is dominated of sweet maltynes, citric, belgian yeastynes, fruits. Flavor had a werry nice mouthfeeling of dry bitternes, mixed with sweet maltynes, caramelly, fruity and citrus like a orange. Medium body , nice fruity belgian yeasty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bewnhur (9) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2016 does not count
A tasty and sweet beer with hints of christmas spices such as korriander. The drawback is hat it’s pretty bland compared to other christmas styled beers.


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