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

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RATINGS: 862   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 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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (9250) - Québec, Quebec, - JAN 29, 2013
pours slghtly hazy bright and light golden with a very nice frothy white head, good retention and lacing. spicy and breadied malts, spices - grassy licorice, peppery and very spicy yeast, light to medium hopping - bittering grassy-resinous hops, warming alcohol. lively and soft carbonation, light to medium body - oily, nice citrusy-grassy-spicy finish. nice offering.


3.2
Piepenhenrich (594) - Steinbach, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2017
Pours hazy amber-golden with a medium head. Aroma of fruit and hops. Taste is pure hoppy bitterness. Not bad, if you like bitter Ales, but I was expecting a fruity note or other, more complex elements.

3.4
tapefuzz (710) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2017
750mL bottle. Pours darkish gold with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is bread, citrus, spice, toffee, and yeast. Taste is sweet and bitter; bread, toffee, spice, resin, some earthiness, and a light fruitiness. Moderately drying. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Fluffy, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

3.3
Handypaul (575) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours brown with a beige, small, quickly diminishing head that leaves poor lacing. Aroma of burnt sugar. Light body, average carbo, light bitter, flavors of clove, butter rum, alcohol leading to a brief, medium sweet, sticky finish. Not that exciting.

3.1
Stuu666 (14185) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange, nose is bready, yeasty, light spices, taste is dry, toffee, bready, little musty.

3.4
90 (614) - BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2017
In de commercial descriptie staat: his 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. Maar dat betekent ook dat het noch het een noch het ander is. Het bier is dus vrij flauw vergeleken met twee voorgenoemde bieren. Smaakt nogal ’commercieel’ middle of the road. In de smaak moutig en leuk gist. Maar veel heb ik er niet over te melden.

3
alteregoo (1623) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAR 2, 2017
Piana obfita, drobna, trwała. Barwa ciemnozłota, opalizująca. W aromacie triplowo, estrowo, fenolowo - brzoskwinia, zioła, biszkopty, trochę starego chmielu. W smaku dość słodko, herbatnikowa, biszkoptowa podstawa podbita jest chyba nieco tą lukrecją, której jednak jako takiej nie czuję, do tego znów brzoskwinie, morele, zioła. Niska, przyprawowa goryczka, średnie nagazowanie, lekka szorstkość na języku. Nieźle schowany alkohol.
Trudno określić, co twórca miał na myśli warząc to piwo, po mojemu na Tripla zbyt słodkie, na Belgian Ale za ciężkie, na Belgian Strong Ale za słabe, zbyt nijakie jako piwo świątecznie... Piwo po prostu "nijakie".

3.3
john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle. BBE date Oct 2013; Drank May 2009 - Hazy Orangey Gold in colour. Very hoppy; earthy, spicy, peppery hops. Yeasty; lots of sediment, leathery. Fruity; citrus-fruity, lemon and grapefruit. Extremely bitter hoppy and sharp. Very dry bitter finish. Rather too sharp. (2009-05)

3.8
jookos (6908) - FINLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle, sb. Copper amber colour, unfiltered, not particularly hazy though. Malty nose, dry cookies, some dry cake, light herby, belgy yeasty spices. Med bodied, good flavour, nice intensity, and real light easy drinkability. Malty, balanced. Good. Light licorice/anis finish.

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3.8
Hermod (8123) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2017
33cl bottle. Bbe 010921. Pours deep golden color with a thick dense white head. Belgian hoppy nose, floral and grassy notes. Some dark fruity notes. Sweet fruity, yeasty, hoppy flavor, peppery notes. Mouthdrying finish. Excellent.

3.3
arsol (1230) - NORWAY - JAN 21, 2017
Mørk orange farge med hvitt skum. Lukter av frukter, krydder og gjær. Medium med kullsyre.Smaker syrlig og litt besk. Grape. Noe kort men bitter avslutning.


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