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De Ranke Père Noël - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël

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BA SCORE
86
very good

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 12-04-2001)
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Lupin

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm interested in trying this one out because I loved Guldenberg and seemingly went against the tide of love for the XX Bitter, which I detested. Maybe I just had an oxidized bottle or something, but it was nearly undrinkable.

Cork was a little bit dry and took some coercing to begin to properly accept my corkscrew. Had to clean out the top and some of the inside of the neck before pouring what ended up being a lively-headed amber. Head is about an inch, and dies down to a nice coating around 3/16" thick. Ommegang 10th anniversary flute on hand.

Apparently (according to the label), De Ranke loves to use Hallertau and Brewer's gold hops in their beers. My problem with XX bitter was that I could taste nothing else when I drank it, and the hops didn't taste refreshing, just bitter. I've had hop-bombs before and this one just didn't cut it for me.

This beer seems to lie in between the two I've tried. The smell is deliciously fresh-hoppy, if a tiny bit antiseptic/ethery. I smell some ground pepper in there for some reason.

Taste is a little thin up front--bright and a little american golden ale-ish; this one's all about the finish, especially when cold. Harsh hop tones abound.

As it warms, it gets a little more interesting up front. Thick, bready malt flavors abound--reminds me a little bit of 3 monts in this regard. The last few ounces will be very yeasty, so keep that in mind.

Definitely an interesting brew, I have to give de ranke credit for one thing---they always make something I can form an opinion on, but this is harder to do so than the others... I like it, but there's something about that peppery hop character that is a double edged sword, IMO. I imagine this could be paired very well with certain sweet foods, glazed meats and such.. On its own, the peppery hops just kinda bug me, though. If you like bitter, non-oily hops that don't have that profound tart character, check this one out. If youlike anything from De Ranke, this is definitely required drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 06:29:15 | More by Lupin
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De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.