De Ranke Père Noël - Brouwerij De Ranke

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-04-2001

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Reviews by Chincino:
Photo of Chincino
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at a bar in Philadelphia. I also bought a bottle of it to go from the Foodery beer store in Philly.

I had wanted to try it because I've enjoyed other De Ranke beers and I figured I'd try it during the holiday season. The beer poured to be orange/golden color with an inch of white lacing.

It smelled strong of citrusy hops. The beer was light and smooth to the taste. You could definitely drink more than one in a sitting. A good holiday brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mwilbur
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Paper wrapper says best before end of 08 20 18. Bottle cap says expires 10/08/18.
A: Pours a murky golden-orange hue with a massive 4 inch rocky white head. Excellent retention and decent lacing.
S: Orange zest, spicy and grassy hops, mild grapefruit, melon, pear, honey, and white pepper. Quite deep and complex.
T: Strong white pepper followed by herbal and grassy hops (more bitter than I was expecting). Fruit hits later with delicate pear, light citrus, and a hint of melon.
M: Quite bitter, especially for style. Light body. Mildly sweet.
D: A decent brew. Quite bitter, which takes this down a notch in my book...clashes too much with the style.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : fruity and malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet-sour and malt flavors with a long aftertaste.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice a rich gold with real pech colored hure a tight formed 1/2 finger white head atop,slight medicinal hop aromas along with some earthiness and light overripe pineapple.As in the nose slight medicinal notes intertwined with citrus fruits give it a pretty good hop profile all along a pretty big dryer earthiness is there a hint of mustiness shows thru as well.A Belgian pale I like not overly yeasty with a nice hop profile,I would buy again for sure a nice treat on tap.

Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Deep, dark, orange in color with a nice, beautiful yellowish-white head that showed terrific retention.

Smell – The rich, beautiful Belgian hops grab your attention straight away. They are big with wonderful floral notes and have a bit of an herbal character to them.

The malts are lighter but add structure to the bouquet. The sweetness is like a dull, raw sugar but very light. It all adds up to a wonderful aroma with smells that play harmoniously together.

Taste – The hops show surprising depth at the taste. The greenish herbs are outstanding and the ample brownish malt is professionally sweetened with just the right amount of sugar.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and incredibly smooth in the mouth. It is very creamy and fluffy in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is amazingly smooth in the mouth with an incredible balance. It is so easy in the mouth yet so big on flavors it’s hard to believe.

Comments – I got a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Gotta love it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with best by 9/2012 on the label. Poured into a tulip glas, it was an orange color, nicely carbonated. A fairly thick head that quickly dissipated. It had a sweet, honey-like aroma, with a bit of clove spiciness. Initially sweet to the taste, with a fairly big hops presence soon following. Some clove. There was a lingering bitterness to the taste. I was very ambiguous about this beer, The bitterness really persisted and, while not unpleasant, it wasn't exactly pleasant. One of these was enough for me.

Photo of Kraken
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Best before 9/2013. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Upon cracking the cap, beer started to foam. Quick transfer to the drinking vessel yielded a surprisingly scant head that falls fairly quickly. Color is a wonderful copper tinged amber. Very nice lace.

Nose- Citric hops, lemon zest, orange rind. Some notes of ginger, slight alcohol.

Palate- Hops are not intense as the nose would suggest. Citrus fruits, lemon and orange come through, some biscuit and bread. Extremely active carbonation. Lots of wonderful finishing hops, and a syrupy sweetness from the candi sugar comes through. Exceedingly dry in the finish. Booze is well hidden. Very Good.

Mouthfeel- Dry, bitter, and lovely.

Drinkability- Great, however price is prohibitive.

Seek out this is another great offering from De Ranke.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy yellow, very hazy, pretty much straight up new white head. One of the bigger hop aromas I've come across from a belgian, and it would loom even larger had it not been up against a pungent belgian yeast strain, this was big.

Taste was big as well, packed a lot of hoppiness in there with lots of the yeast phenols, very dry, slightly bready. Every sip was big time, there wasn't much in the way of nuance, the yeast flavor didn't impart any banana or fruityness. Can't really tell what makes this a xmas beer, its pretty much just hops and standard belgian yeast. Its enjoyable and all, its just kinda puzzling why they put Santa on the label, but then again, there's nothing xmasy about Lagunitas Sucks. . .

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber orange cloudy with an effervescent bubbly carbonation, this one was done in small batches reminscient of some hard to find farmhouse ales lacing is excellent fine Belgian webbed patterns. Aroma: A bouquet of floral Hallertau blended with a piney honey tinged tone with a streak of spicing to bring holiday cheers. Taste: I absolutely fell in love with this Belgian rarity, possibly up there on my all time favorite Belgian ales as well as Christmas beers I've tasted. Fruity tones accented and surrounded by the rush of pine cone like hops, so excellent this kind of hopping with the lucious malt backbone this is the Ruination of Belgian bier just a step below Properings Hommel in my opinion. Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a champagne like carbonation this one is hard to beat. Drinkability: My lord I indulged in this beer at the Sharp Edge on a Thursday by Saturday this beer was sold out there they moved two cases like nothing. Found it at D's Sixpack and picked up their last two bottles just excellent for a dinner brew or just if chilling around and the snow's coming down crack one of these babies it will put a smile on your face.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with a BB date of 2018.
Poured, with some sediment, into a Belgian snifter. Hazy honey colored body is topped by a decent sized and quite durable head. Splotchy lacing.

Aroma: sweet and fruity with a fair amount of alcohol.
Flavor: moderately bitter. Bready, nutty and lightly fruity.

O: An Xmas ale that is neither sweet nor spicy, this will break some expectations for some.

Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours aslightly cloudy yellowish orange color, with a thin, but fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It smells slightly of cloves, and coriander. It smells somewhat grainy, with some yeasty notes. A slight citrus hop aroma mixes in as well.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells, with one exception. It has a solid malty backbone that is hard to detect in the aroma.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy and malty aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, fitting the style.

This beer may not make the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and it may become overbearing after a time.

Overall: This was a good beer. It didnt do anything for me though. I thought it was rather middle of the road. I did like the malty surprise in the flavor.

Photo of glid02
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy orange-red color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of earthy malts with very light spices and medium fruits that smell slightly akin to unsweetened carbonated fruit punch.

Tastes good. Earthy medium malt flavors up front with good amounts of leafy hops. Very slight fruit flavors make an appearance midway through the sip and are overtaken quickly by a solid bitterness that carries through to the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a unique beer and was surprisingly bitter however I didn't find it completely out of place. Worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice murky orange stuff. kind of like a cross between an IPA and a belgian, it works well. Slightly residual mouthfeel, with some earthy orangey notes, finish is bitter, citric and hoppy, has a nice spicyness aswell. De ranke have done it again!!!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin wisp of white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The note of brett cheese quality has a hint of barnyard character to it with a pear ester note in the finish. The aroma was pretty clean.

T- The soft brett note is followed by some dry ester hints and a yeasty character that blends with some grapefruit bitterness in the finish that is both brett and hop flavored.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz finish with no alcohol noticed.

O- The nice brett character is a bit clean and the fizz hides some of the character but the grapefruit flavor really grows as the beer warms.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium 'almost clear' orange with a nice frothy white head of an inch and a half.
Head melts at a pretty 'normal' rate to leave nice lacing in it's wake.

Aromas are typical Belgium yeasts and candied sugars, a little amber malt, and surprisingly corn....I think it is made up of the combination of spices but it comes across to my nose as corn.

Flavors again are pretty typical for a Belguim but finish with lots of bitter citrus hops not normally found in one.
Interesting, yes. Memorable....no.
A bit of a disappointment in what I would hope to be the brewers best effort at a festive ale.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, green tissue paper wrapped bottle. I am moderately enamoured with the cartoon Santa trying to prop up the (relatively, possibly?) big-ass chalice.

This beer pours a murky, roiling, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of very finely foamy sateen off-white head, which leaves a few well-wrought instances of bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, earthy, musty Belgian yeast, a twinge of dry caramel, and dank leafy, forest floor hops. The taste is more bready cereal grain malt, a growing spiciness that I can only really depict as a multiple personality imbued peppercorn essence, some subdued zingy yeast, a hint of citrus pith, and softly soused leafy hops.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, but generally on the level, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt still holding court, the white pepper bowing slightly, and the yeast getting out before last call.

One of the better BSPAs that I have yet encountered, but also one that has little to do with anything remotely Christmas-like. Ok, maybe I grind pepper onto my potatoes and turkey, but that isn't quite the idea here. A good tipple, just maybe not one to that directly complements all those endemic holiday baked goods.

Photo of BennyL1
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium glass from a 11.2 oz bottle.

A - A nice fingers worth of foamy white head forms from a fairly aggressive pour. The brew is a very cloudy peach color. A fair amount of lacing as well.

S - First thing in the nose is a smell citrusy hops. Followed by a yeasty bread aroma and maybe even some banana. Not picking up many spices however. I expected a little more from the nose.

T - Some light fruits such as pears and banana. Floral hops come through in the taste and is balanced out pretty well with the malt backbone. Nothing overly wild but a solid tasting brew.

M - Light in body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol isn't very noticeable.

D - High drinkability. Not to heavy and with the 7% not noticeable one wouldn't have to much of a problem drinking a couple of these.

Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml brown bottle with a best before notch on the 2013 so this is still fresh.

Poured into my Watou glass, Pere Noel has a very hazy orange color. This beer has been left to settle for almost two months so most of the sediment was left in the bottle. The head is fizzy and short-lived with no lacing left behind.

Aroma is evident and enjoyable even from a distance. It has a very nice sour citrusy smell with some of the character of a Belgian wheat beer. Slightly funky yeast just adds to the experience.

The flavor is strangly just not that good. It has some initial sweetness but quickly makes a turn for the worse. There is a strong bitter spicy flavor that follows and it's not pleasant as all. Nothing about the spices is easily distinguished and they mix with a variety of hops with a failed result. The finish is lemon and grass which is probably the best part of the beer's flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. It's bitter/spice makes it pretty potent in flavor but the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall this beer is all over the place but mostly not that good. Aroma is the best part but everything else is average or just a bit above. So, interesting but disappointing.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangey color with a big white head that retains well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is alot of euro hops and belgian yeast, some slight spice profile as well.

Hmmm. Pretty malty, but some clear hop bitterness in here as well. A soft malt profile, but pretty clear. Wish i could try this one straight off the brewery tap at the peak of freshness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, where it oughta be.

Drinkability is decent, but it would be a little better had this been a fresh bottle.

Overall, a nice belgian pale with a pretty pronounced hop profile. A nice beer.

Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazed apricot with an explosive bundle of beige head.
Nose of baked apples, vanilla cream, chalkboards, and twiggy herbs.
Begins broad and sweet-leaning, full of sugar cookie dough and vanilla wafers. An interval of caramel nougat and grain follow. Then generally fruity with apple sauce and pear. Yeast adds white peppercorns and sage. Rock-like later on, full of granite, slate, and limestone mustiness. Tempered flashes of spiced rum. Ends with a dessicated flower and stem hop exclaimation.
This sets itself apart in its feel, full of both sparkle and substance, as this clocks in pushing full with a levitating carbonation.
As drinkable as it gets, guzzleable throughout as it twists and turns with each additional sip. This is a true miracle give how huge it is in every direction.
Holiday brew? This is liquid Jesus.

Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy cloudy.Lots of lace, two samples and the colder bottle, newly opened, with strong carbonation was more tasty. The warmer one with sediment at the bottom, was fine but not as tasty. Noticeably fruity and spicy Belgian more than anything, and would like even better in the cold wnter. Sampled at Cole's Belgianfest.
Had a bottle a year later at cellar temperature and observed a nicely cellared spicey yeast melange, good drinking.A year and a half later, just as good.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, wrapped in paper without a label on the bottle. The first pour from a long-standing 750ml bottle is surprisingly clear, and its amber body displays orange and gold highlights beneath a magnificent pillow of soft and creamy white foam. The second glass becomes murky with the lees, but the brilliant head remains and it holds exceptionally well, leaving some very nice rings of lace about the goblet. The nose is fresh, exciting, and enticing with a combination of lightly fruity, earthy, and mildly musty yeast; delicately sweet malt; and bright, grassy hops. In the mouth it's very fine-bubbled carbonation is not as effervescent as might be expected, but rather median; and it's medium body combines with it to leave it just lightly tingly and then velvety smooth across the palate. The flavor is not overwhelming... to the contrary, it slowly draws you in, bit by bit. Some light, juicy and subtly tart fruit appears up-front, immediately backed by a soft, delicately candyish malt that wraps it like a blanket as a pillow of grassy, lightly floral, and somewhat spicy hops appear. Or are they spicy? Bolder peppery notes appear almost at the same moment. And a flick of alcohol is present as well; so is the peppery spiciness coming from the alcohol, spices, hops or a combination of all three? Who knows? Who cares? It finishes dry with some lingering pepper and a combination of citrusy and dried-apricot-like fruitiness that leaves you only partially satiated and wanting more. Raspy, pine-like notes and a bolder bitterness develop at the back of the throat as you progress through the glass, almost begging you to go back to the supple, juciy and citrusy fruit found at the start. Wow! What an enticing beer! It's certainly not what one might expect of a holiday ale (think bolder & spicier), as it's so much more the seductress. Refined... elegant... regal, perhaps. A brilliant pale ale that should be available year-round, and welcome on the dinner table at any time. Very nicely done!

Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before end of: 11 2010

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz bottle wrapped in a decorative green papering. Poured into a tulip glass that produces an orangish copper color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma is dry and sweet with a fruity/floral notes that is a bit tart as well. Taste starts out somewhat sweet but finishes with a spicey bitterness that finishes bone dry. There is also a lot of must/barnyard in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is highlighted by a lively amount of carbonation. Overall, this really is a delightfully complex and unique brew that I found drawing me in more and more as the bottle emptied. It is really an intriguing beer that I would recommend trying if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Different look than I expected for a holiday beer, but after finding out it's a pale ale, it's quite the looker for the style. A golden copper color, quite thick, that you can't see through. The head is a couple fingers thick of HUGE bubbles with good retention. As the head dies, the lacing is quite the sight.

Great smells of grape, pepper, funky Belgian yeast, and spices like coriander, cinnamon and orange peel.

Tastes more like a pale ale, which it is, than a holiday seasonal. I'm not exactly sure why this is considered a holiday beer, because it's just an any day of the week pale ale. Regardless, it tastes of pilsner malts, straw, pine, and earthy flowers.

Not quite as sweet as other Belgian pale ales, focusing instead of a hoppy bitter feeling with a spicy dry finish. The bitter really lasts too, pretty much til the next sip.

Somewhat disappointing in that it's not like other holiday offerings. The taste is run of the mill BPA, with only moderate ABV. Not a bad beer, just a bit disappointing.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tap and Table. Got a very full tulip glass for $8 with very little head. The beer was tasty enough, however, that I was happy to have the headspace filled. The was a spicy, almost herbal cherry aroma (probably from the licorice) and flavor with a little apricot and pear before a peppery, borderline grassy finish. It was fairly drinkable for the strength, but it was also complex enough to leave me satisfied to slowly sip. This is one of the better Belgians I've had lately and completely worth checking out. The character is like that of a cleaned up farmhouse ale, not a standard spiced-up Christmas beer.

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De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
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