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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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very good

219 Reviews
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Reviews: 219
Hads: 391
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: stcules on 12-04-2001

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Photo of beergeek279
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color was copper, with a nice, foamy white head. The smell is of hops. The taste was remarkably hoppy, a rare treat in a Belgian, especially in a Christmas ale, and was complimented by just the faintest hint of cherry. Mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have as many of these as I could afford!

The surprise of the holiday season so far, and probably will be for the whole season! Simply fantastic, and an excellent use of hops, and certainly one I will have again, if I ever find it again! Thanks to WVbeergeek for splitting this one with me....a pleasure to share a fine beer with a fine BA! (647 characters)

Photo of Hunter
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Red-gold color, somewhat cloudy, and a thick head of foam with lovely tracing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, notes of light spice and alcohol.

Taste: Complex - The malt and hops come through, along with the sweetness of that sugar Belgian brewers love. Spicy fruit in the back notes.

Mouthfeel: Suitably chewy for the style, scouring notes on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Overall, I like this very much. $12.50 for a large bottle is a little prohibitive, but it's a lovely splurge. As well done as any fine Belgian ale. That country truly has a lock on fine beer. (571 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color. It is highly carbonated and creates a dense off white head. As I pour I get immediate notes of cider in the aroma. As I put my nose further in I get musty as well as fruity aromas.

It tastes like a lively funky Saison with a deeper rich caramel note to it. Lightly sweet, lightly tart. Has a slight peppery finish, as well as some dry slightly astringent notes. There are definite flavors of apple cider here. This beer also has a sweet spice type note as well (perhaps a bit of cinnamon).

This beer is damn good. So far De Ranke has really impressed me. This is a really good mix of flavors, very well balanced. Walks a wonderful line between sweet on the one hand and dry on the other. (721 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this is good!! Awesome deep honeyed/tan color with plenty of mouthwatering sticky beige head to welcome one, and very adequate lace that leaves a patch of web throughout. On the nose malty sweetness meets beeswax scented hop. The smell of the candy sugar is also evident, as is a very inviting while subtle fruitiness. In the mouth the beer hits all the buds! sweetness can be found on the roof of the mouth, while bitter teases the tip of the tongue and literally attacks the sides of the tongue. This is a great strong pale ale, and reminds me of a saison on roids! This is a big, hoppy brew that is oh so refreshing and clean! The finish with its bitter hop, and grapefruit zest like burn goes on, and on, and on! This is one of my favorite winter seasonals this year no question. Get as much as you can of this beaut!! (826 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the tulip glass (Duvel glass actually) a hazy golden amber with a very frothy and white long lasting head that coated the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was a belgian farmhouse aroma like that of a musty cellar. The aroma permeated through the dense head and eventually a light spice and fruitiness emerged. With that came earthy hop aroma and more fruit as the head continued to fall. Later as the beer warmed a citrus note emerged.

The flavor was initially bitterness with a intense farmhouse flavor and a well executed balance that was fiercely complex and extremely interesting. The flavors further melded as the beer warmed and gave a distinct caramel impression with slight spice and a fruity character with some resinouse tendancies.

The finish was dry with a lasting complex hop bitterness. The body was medium and creamy from the carbonation.

750 ml bottle opened on 12-25-04. One of the most complex beers I have had in awhile, an excellent treat for Christmas night. (1,021 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled in September of '08. Pours a cloudy dark copper with a huge, rocky, off-white head that lasts. A bit of sediment. The rush of floral hops aromas is fantastic. Grassy and grainy with some citrus and other light fruit, as well as a bit of must. Really complex. The taste is equally nice, with all of the hop presence suggested by the nose and then some. The perfect amount of bitterness is countered by nice, slightly roasty, earthy malt. Interesting mineral yeast notes. Dark fruits. Medium-full body. Another exceptional beer from De Ranke. (554 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my reason for going to Rich-O's today. It poured a nice hazy golden color with one finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is sweet fruity strawberry and caramel with a nice peppery background. The flavor is great. Wonderful sweet caramel balanced with a spicey pepper and a great spicey hop on the finish that sits on my tongue. Good good beer. The feel was moderatly thick and velvety smooth. Drinkability is awesome. So easy drinking, sweet and balanced. I really liked it a lot. (504 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Golden, slightly cloudy and effervescent with a creamy white head, and foamy retention.

S – The aroma is of pears and apples and great hop spiciness. Just a very pleasant, well-rounded aroma.

T – It tastes lively and funky; it has a pristine malt character punctuated by ripe fruit, both sweet and tart, discriminate spicing, and hop bitterness. There is also a bit of astringency akin to that found in the finish of Orval or Duvel. This is a great beer, exceptionally delicious and yet widely palatable.

M – Nice effervescence, on the refreshing side of medium-bodied, a solid feel.

D – This is exceptionally drinkable. (658 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid looking brown tone with orange highlights. A nice beige head recedes to a thin fillm that sticks around nicely. Lace is clingy and sporadic. Nose is perfumey, floral and spicy alltogether. Also fruity and orange-like. Even a little candyish. Very nice. The palate tells my this is one tasty beverage. Nice hop traits: dryness, hebalness, a recognizable, but understated bitterness, spiciness. Pretty cool. Some bready yeast undertones. Orange comes into play midway through. Some slight grainy malt tones surface every now and then. Slight musty/farmyard character adds even more depth to this complex brew. A light-medium body with just the right amount of spritzy carbonation makes this one drinkable (and enjoyable) beer. (731 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a magnificent cloudy burnt sienna-orange color with a fluffy off white head. Strange aroma, can discern some hops and a bit of peppermint, malt and possibly some other spices, but subdued. Taste is most unique, unlike anything else I've tried. I recommend that if you find a bottle, buy it; can't miss the pale green wrapper on it. Mouthfeel is most excellent, effervescent and crisp. A lingering astringent aftertaste of lightly zesty hops and dull peppermint leaves. Totally unique for a Christmas beer. Floored by it. (526 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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! (2,005 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy peach-like orange-ish hue with a lovely creamy head of off-white bubbles. The aromas are of melon, different fruits, spicy alcohol, yeast, belgian candi sugar, and fresh floral, just cut hops! The flavor is very similar to the aromas and follows thorugh wonderfully. As Loren said, this stuff is a hop heads version of Duvel, that is definately a good way to sum this beer up. It tastes of candy coated hops, honey, different spices and flowers, belgian candy sugar, and yeast. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and light on the tongue and the drinkability is excellent as well. Another grand-slam-home-run from De Ranke! (628 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with a big off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus, corriander and quite yeasty. In the taste, spicey corriander and a big yeasty flavor. A smooth and yeasty mouthfeel, with a yeasty and small corriander aftertaste. Fantastic beer, smooth and yeasty, nice big spiciness. A great flavor and good balance. (345 characters)

Photo of Crotor
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly, hazy, orange-tinged gold. There are some floaties and three fingers of pillowy, dimpled head with substantial staying power.

The aroma is not unpleasant, just incongrruous with this otherwise majestic beer. The slight hint of sourness, faint but sharp esters, and touch of oak do not even begin to hint at the massive flavor explosion that awaist the drinker.

In no way did I expect a belgian to feel like this. Or taste like this. Not that it seems "un-Belgian." No, this is the beer I was waiting for, the beer I have been dreaming of. Assertively bitter (for a Belgian) and only slightly spicy. There is an impression of dryness that is characteristic of Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but there really is an assertive malt backbone and an underlying fruitiness. Nay, the malt and the fruit are one. Whereas before I have encountered caramel malt flavors in beer, and toffee flavors, and coffee flavors, and grain flavors, and cookie dough flavors, never before have I encountered such a fusion of fruit and malt. Simple incredible.

The mouthfeel on this thing is creamy, magical, caressing. Simply amazing. Overall, the beer is insanely drinkable. Now I can only thank God that there are still 6 ounces or so left in the bottle for me to enjoy. (1,271 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by: 10/06

The first pour produced a liquid that is very clear; there is just a suggestion of haze. (The second pour produced a much hazier beer. The third pour was murky.) The color is gorgeous, amber-gold in hue with a tawny highlight. Lazy animation was found dancing to the head. The foam was off-white in color, almost two fingers in height. It faded fairly quickly to a bubbly cap. Subsequent lacing was minimal, very disappointing for a Belgian Ale.

The nose had a whiff of cork, green apples, and Sprite-like zestiness (lemon-lime). It was spicy like candy. Spicy like hops. Earthy. The malt offered a bready note with the occasional cracker hint. It was musty like a basket of ripe fruit sitting in an old barn. Airy (there must be a draft in the barn). Champagne-like at times. This is lovely stuff I have here. The potency is moderate but I can smell every individual detail and that is all I can ask for. Inviting.

The palate is amazing. It is Duvel with extra hops and more fruit. Damn this beer is devilish! Dry, hoppy, alcoholic! Mellow fruit comes in many shapes, melons, citrus (limes and lemons), peaches, pears, and apples. It becomes spicy towards the finish, candied sugar, leafy too (like I randomly plucked some herbs from a garden), piney, peppery. The alcohol heat is moderate but so fantastically appropriate. Yet another layer of flavor is added. The finish is so soft, like dried apricots sprinkled with a thoughtful blend of spice. The warmer it got the juicer it became. This beer didn’t slap me in the face; it gracefully spoke its mind. I listened intently. This beverage is quite hoppy, quite flavorful, and quite delicious. However the best part of this beer is the delicate hand it wields. I am impressed. The aftertaste is melons, grass, pepper, and pear juice. Fucking awesome. Could an American brewery produce a beer like this? I wonder if they’d have the balls. Damn good stuff. The next time I quaff this I will have a fruit/cheese/cracker plate handy.

Medium/medium-full in body, lively, creamy carbonation helps produce a lovely mouthfeel. Relaxing. Carefree. The softness is pillow-like. I’d snuggle up with a bottle any day.

Drinkable? I’d say! God I love Belgian Strong Pale Ales, this offering isn’t as forceful as most. In this case that is a good thing. Liquid gold. Amazing. I purchased a 750ml in Burnsville, MN. One bottle was not enough. (2,418 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The 3rd beer on my 2008-9 Belgian Winter Ale tasting "panel". BB August 2012, served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a lightly murky, dark reddish amber hue, coming with pretty moderate carbonation and a 1.5cm thick beige creamy froth lasting pretty well.
S: aromatic and hoppy, reminiscent of the same brewery's XX Bitter actually - the juicy citric/flowery/pomelo-grapefruit/lychee-ish hop aroma comes at an equal level as fruit esters and candy-ish sweetness, against a solid caramelised-sugary malt bedrock, where a faint touch of honey gets intertwined with the other aromatic elements. Hoppy and just lightly yeasty overall - my cup of tea!
T: a lightly effervescent foretaste of aromatic hops and chewy herbal bitterness of yeasts flows freely, underlined by lightly stinky yeastiness like overripe banana (only just), spicy esters (a bit of ginger and other ground Chinese root-herbs) and really light-bodied malts... The citric, lychee-shell-ish and flowery hop flavour comes in abundance, then the bitter level gears up to result in an utterly bitter and incredibly chewy undertone, with a bitter-sweet herbal-fruity touch (like dried & powdered licorice-prune) lingering forever... there's no end to the joy on the bitter side of the hop story, I take it!
M&D: refreshing on the carbonation, medium-bodied, reasonably yeasty and marvellous hoppy, against a balanced performance b/w yeastiness and sour-fruity touch... All in all, this is not a bit less pleasant than the sister product XX Bitter, which is always one of my favourite Belgian ales. Although I fail to find this ale in line with the idea behind any other Belgian X'mas ale that tends to be highly malty, spicy, fruity, estery, or heavey-weight, I personally think this is a lovely tasty brew that should be enjoyed all year round, on any occasion, including the special season of X'mas of course! (1,891 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, peachy honey color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is interesting, consisting mostly of honey, spice and peach. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet, but this is De Ranke after all, and I should have guessed what that means. On the palate, the beer starts off with some moderate sweetness, consisting of honey and stone fruit.... but then the hops come on strong. This beer has considerable hoppy bitterness, and before you know it, you encounter a long, drawn out, dry finish. Mouthfeel is actually fairly light for the style, and the lovely hoppy bitterness makes drinking this beer an absolute joy.

Wonderful stuff and pure De Ranke. Now in my list of top Belgian IPA's. (754 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Ranke. These here sonsofbitches know how to take a Belgian beer and making it all hoppy like.

Pours like an APA. Medium fizzy, medium amber, with a nice fluffy white head.

Smells earthy and hoppy. Not much by way of Belgian yeast, but there's enough hop/must/soil complexities to keep a weirdo like myself happy. I mean, seriously, what's wrong with me, where I'm excited to drink something like smells like dirt and a basement? But it smells like a really appetizing dirty basement, like if your mom kept an herb garden downstairs and some of your fondest memories were of helping her water the oregano (please don't read anything weird into that last sentence--it's amazing how fine a line there is between stretching an explanation and being cryptically metaphoric.)

Tastes like a fabulous combination between an American and Belgian PA. You got the fruity barley of a Belgian, starting things off, moving into a rusty, earthy middle, then into dry and citrusy hops, and then a finish that smacks of coriander, white pepper, and grass. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle snagged at the sterling Sun Singer. Hazy cider orange body topped with one and one-half fingers of off-white head; undulating rings of ample lacing leave me most impressed--great BSPA look. The smell and taste, however, are a notch below the great appearance but still solid. Earthy tones dominate the nose, malty as well as hopped, somewhat musty though not offensive, and a bit sour.

The sour carries through into the taste, not quite reminiscent of a saison but not far off in the farmhouse odor. Lots of dried fruit in the taste--fig, raisin, all tart--and with a good peppery flavor. It improves as it warms near room temperature. Terrific effervescence skillfully melds the hops and malt, really tying together what is an excellent beer.

I wish this were more readily available, but will settle for it as a great quasi-warmer BSPA. Fantastic. (864 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork-caged paper-wrapped bottle - poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed orange amber with a thick off-white head that descends and stays, leaving plenty of lacing.

The smell is funky with bitter spicing. Bitter with sourdough and pepper. Like Santa is hugging the glass, so am I...

The taste is of herbal/floral bitterness with a bit of caramel holding the bittering hops together (by a thread - but enough). Puckering but smooth. Very dry finish.

It has a lovely, traditional Belgian effervescence. Spritzy enough for a winter body.

Bitter, spicy, funky, but with a malt backbone that leaves a sweet stickiness that was undetected in the taste. This is a great Belgian hoppy winter brew. (699 characters)

Photo of Kraken
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/21/05- On tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer Month

Presentation- From the tap into a standard tulip.

Appearance- Golden-rust-amber pour with a nice 1/2 inch head atop my tulip. Very nice lacing as well.

Smell- Another sniffer. Some hops come out with a spicyness as well. Maybe a bit of pepper too.

Taste- I guess De Ranke is known for their hoppy brews. This is the second one I have had where the hops really come through. A nice fruity sweetness mixes well with the hops.

Mouthfeel- Higher than moderate carbonation, leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

Drinkability- Yummy brew that makes one think of a Belgian IPA if there is such a thing. Glad I got to try it. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it again. (732 characters)

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De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
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