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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

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website

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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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-25-2011 20:57:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 23:50:11 | More by beergeek279
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4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 22:24:38 | More by Hunter


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

09-11-2012 19:15:12 | More by NOLANDMAN
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

05-23-2013 22:58:10 | More by bdardenne
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 20:52:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

11-07-2013 22:19:33 | More by rheimbro
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4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 01:59:32 | More by moulefrite
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 21:15:27 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2004 04:01:41 | More by kmpitz2
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4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:02:54 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.65/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 10:08:49 | More by RoyalT
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4.65/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 06:16:25 | More by crookedhalo
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4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 09:21:04 | More by cokes
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4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 23:50:42 | More by philipquarles
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4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 19:20:48 | More by Bighuge
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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 00:48:37 | More by Crotor
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4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 01:11:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 16:26:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-25-2013 21:33:32 | More by slainte35
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-28-2011 11:12:09 | More by Josiah2729
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-27-2011 02:18:26 | More by kaelingirl
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-27-2011 01:50:29 | More by educorgan
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-10-2012 03:40:53 | More by rudy0908
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-24-2011 02:25:02 | More by SummitVA
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De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.