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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

337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
1.98/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- A rusty apple cider amber greets my eyes. Good two finger head, ad strong bubbling. Let's you know this a highly carbonated ber.

Aroma- Soapy hops and Belgian spices. Not a good combo.

Taste- Soap!!! I poured some of this beer into a different glass to make sure there wasn't any soap residue on my end affecting the flavor of this beer. Yep, the beer just tastes soapy. Must've got a bad bottle I guess. Tatses like hoppy soap with coriander and anise

Mouthfeel- Very soapy and overly astringent. Hard to drink.

scruffwhor, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of bsuedekum
2/5  rDev -47.4%

bsuedekum, May 09, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A-dark orange gold with just a very thin white head that disappears except around the edges.

S-smells like spoiled pale belgian spices. its a strong scent. definitely smells tart...the scary thing is i didn't think this was supposed to be tart, so now i'm wondering if this beer was spoiled by accident or on purpose. definitely does not smell right.

T-comes in with a very, very off flavor of melted plastic and some pale belgian malts. this beer tastes horrible. it honestly tastes like a chemical of sort. there's no refuge in the after-taste. this is just off.

M-medium to high carbonation, difficult to even notice due to off flavor.

O-i'm usually hesitant to purchase Belgians i haven't heard of. sometimes i'm met with a great surprise, but there are times when the beer scares me. they scare me because i think about how this bottle has possibly been on the shelf forever since most people will just walk past something in a bland label that they've never heard of. this bottle though clearly states it is drinkable until mid 2013...so i'm left to believe this is just truly a terrible beer that i'll never give another chance. tastes like a science experiment, a bad science experiment.

AdamBear, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Ego
2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

super high score except for the head, the appearnace is of a great apple cider just made in front of you (of course due to non filtered/non pastuerized), the lace isnt much to comment about, so no 5 here. carbonation seems ok on looking.

citrus grain, sharpness in the back end of the smell, nothing amazing or apparent at all, a slight tinge of apple at best, no alcohol or sweetness too omnipresent, pretty underwhelming for an ABV of 7%.

rotten fruit-ish. like a pear that had been in the fridge too long. got the bottle from a good trusted source as well ($10.99 for a pint), it had a decent sharpness on reflection but nothing to write home about, subdued tones of citrus and apples. no real warmth to ring in the holidays.

good, but nothing exceptional, in between cream and bite, smooth but the taste is a detractor. carbonation seems right on the palette.

eh, 3 of us didnt care to finish our goblets after we let it sit. it isnt heavy, it just doesnt taste all that good or provide any sort of warmth in the gullet.

got this is the dark brown bottle with the tissue wrap, the cork was very dry (almost broke off into the beer when opening), very unimpressive, looks like a beautiful unfiltered gem, but doesnt back it up in the taste. Only recommended for purists looking to sample it all.

Ego, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of EPseja
2.35/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Shared a $10.99 magnum bottle of this with two beer-tasting friends of mine. Light green wrapped dark brown bottle; capped and corked. Cork was so dry that it almost disintegrated upon opening.

Appearance: Very cloudy, oxidized apple, caramel orange color. Looks much like carbonated apple cider with sediment in suspension.

Smell: Sharp, metallic Farmhouse Belgian nose with not a hint of spice (odd for a Holiday ale?), and a subtle hard-cider overtone. Aged grains, distant floral hops.

Taste: Almost nothing going on here. Weak nondescript taste. Dry, phantom hop finish that winds up being slightly unpleasant after a few gulps.

Mouthfeel: Rolls around nicely in the mouth, decent and pleasant carbonation. The only saving grace of this beer, if there were any.

Drinkability: There really isn't anything about this beer that makes me want to keep sipping it let alone finish it. This is one of the very few beers that I've actually poured down the sink due to it's lack of presence.

In conclusion, this beer was unimpressive and overpriced by about $9.99 - money better spent on something else... Such a shame for a beer with a great picture on the label.

EPseja, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of Fatehunter
2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Three fingers of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is barnyardish with some wet hay and grapefruit. Tough to really like.
The taste is a mixture with a sourness throughout. There’s some lemon bitterness.
A fairly crisp and light texture with a nice fizz.
The mixed up flavor profile really set this back.

Fatehunter, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of bigd84
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

bigd84, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Kahlerbock, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Alex5
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Chambic
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.23.09 at City Beer Store, served in a tulip.

A: golden, hazy, big-hole lacing

S: mild, understated, maybe citrus and some unspecified spice

T: a bit of a metallic finish

M: fizzy, a bit crunchy

D: not my favorite style of Christmas beer, but wouldn't turn it down

Chambic, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of taez555
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml, best by 2010 on the wrapper.

This beer poured a hazy orange/yellowish body with a big thick off-white head.

Nose was a mix of malt, subtle spices and peppers.

Medium to full bodied. There's a bizarre hop taste. Very present and very bitter with a strong woodsy, natural root, pepper, green pepper, jalepeno pepper and black pepper taste. Malt balance isn't overly distinct, basic run of the mill Belgian. Seems more like a saison, but it's really the hop that dominates and makes this beer very unique.

$15.45 for a 750ml, don't get me wrong, I've paid 3 times as much for much less interesting beers. But interesting doesn't make good. The hops are distracting and give it an almost undrinkable natural earth flavor. I'll pass next time, even if it's on-sale for $1.50.

12/26/05, update.

My brother picked up a bottle of this for X-Mas as well. At first maybe I thought I had a bad bottle, but nope. Tasted exactly the same. He couldn't even drink it and he's just as much a beer nerd as me. Again, I could maybe undersand it, but... thought the flavors just didn't meld.

taez555, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pere Noel had some nice champagne-like qualities in its flavor and mouthfeel, and an interesting aroma, but there wasn't really enough flavor to it to really peak my interest.

This beer poured an opaque orange-pink with lots of fine head. Aroma contained lots of earthiness, isoamyl acetate (banana/circus peanuts), and ethyl butyrate (bubble gum). There was a champagne flavor and mouthfeel, but not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I wouldn't recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of MrMonkey
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber with golden highlights around the edges and a 1/4" off white head that fades to a ring and a small floating cap. No lacing.

Smells of grassy, floral hops, Belgian yeast, a hint of candied sugar, doughy malts, and an underlying spiciness.

Something seems off right after the first sip, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's kind of sour, acidic, funky...yeast gone bad? I don't know what it is. It's grainy and watered down like a massed produced US lager. The finish is nice and dry though, and the hops really try to come out in the end, but don't quite pull it all together.

Thin and watery mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Despite the nice look and pretty good nose, the taste just isn't balanced. Maybe it was a bad bottle, maybe not, but it's not one I'm itching to try again.

MrMonkey, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of coachdonovan
3/5  rDev -21.1%

coachdonovan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

TeachChefs, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -21.1%

avaldivia, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Bellonc
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Bellonc, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of planbee
3/5  rDev -21.1%

planbee, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jenray, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -21.1%

beernads, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -21.1%

deapokid, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of thequeen711
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice Belgain Winter Ale, well balanced malts and hops. The malty flavours hit the palate initially, then ends with the bitterness of the hops. Light mouthfeel, easy to drink, not a heavy winter ale like most winter ales. Suggest this for a change to a light winter ale.

thequeen711, Feb 01, 2010
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.

IntriqKen, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy warm honey orange with a thick and creamy eggshell colored head. The foam has that hoppy look to it and there are chunks of lace stuck all over the glass.

S- nicely fruity and somewhat spicy aroma with plenty of yeast character. Melon, pear, banana, woodsy notes and peppery spice. Hops are lemony and grassy with a noble aroma. Kinda smells like a very yeasty pilsner.

T- interesting flavor. Almost chocolatey in a way so I'm wondering if there is any spice added to this beer. After a few sips, I also start to notice an odd flavor transition. The flavor isn't very fruity and it starts off with this weird sort of carob flavor, then on to some woodsy possibly grainy notes intermingled with what seems to be a combination of hop, yeast, and alcohol bitterness with some peppery spice. Finishes with a weird spice and slight tartness.

MF- feels almost watery although its not, and even thought there's plenty of carbonation it feels strangely flat and one-dimensional. Somewhat dry and clean on the palate.

D- I don't know about this one. It's not a bad beer but it seems all mixed up.

hustlesworth, Feb 24, 2013
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De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
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