De Ranke Père Noël - Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël

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376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stcules on 12-04-2001)
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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Grand Cru Winter Reserve.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a while. Good lacing.

S: Spicy with some hop notes. A bit of fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Spice and Belgian yeast. I think the bitterness overpowers the other Belgian characteristics.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky and smooth. Slightly dry and alcoholic.

O: This ale had a great head and lacing, but the nose was a bit off to me, and I thought the bitterness was a bit overpowering. I liked the Grand Cru Winter Reserve slightly better.

Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Brabander
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer a few weeks ago at the Dutch-Belgium border. The shop is called Bierparadijs, situated in Meer.

Christmas is coming so this is the time to drink this one. Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks ok. Not spectacular...Tealike coulour with a one finger head. No lacing and some carbonation.

A kind of a dry-ish smell with some caramel/candysugar.

In the taste there is the same caramel touch, not much though. Taste is a bit too thin and i worder why this is called a Christmas beer.

Photo of beaufreka
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mosley1212
4/5  rDev +5%

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

a - a murky, but bright, golden pour with a refreshingly clean white head

s - spices, some nice fruit notes in the back....Slight earthy tone with a good dose of yeast and a twist of funk

t - Some funkiness thrown in the middle of a blend of fruitiness/yeastybread/earth.... Christmas that only Belgium can bring

m - A medium bodied, clean drinking beer that sort of wakes up one's mouth

o - I love Belgian Beers and Enjoy the Christmas seasonals...This was a good blend of both...

Photo of seasonsix
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is all over the place. Pretty sure I had an off-pour, but here goes:

A - super murky. Maybe it was the bottom of the keg and I got a yeast/sediment blast - this was light brown mud.

S - belgian bouquet, light pine

T - just what I expected - floral sweetness yet undeniably strong alcohol heat, prickly herbal/piney characteristics. nice.

M - just a little fizz to assist the piney tastes, nothing over the top here.

O - overall gets the job done as far as belgian xmas goes - nothing too robust. Again, pretty sure something was wrong with this pour.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the be beer was pretty nice, it doesn't have any aromas of a christmas beer, I was really surprised by that. The taste of the beer has some fresh sweet grains in there along with some hop bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had a solid amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good, I wouldn't ever say that this is a Christmas brew though.

Photo of planbee
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber color, a little murky, with about two and a half or three fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – somewhat hoppy smell, but otherwise I’m not pulling much out of the smell, except that there’s a bit of a muskiness.

Taste – hoppiness in the taste as well, as well as a muskiness. The bitterness of the hops doesn’t hit until toward the middle of the taste.

Mouthfeel – fairly well balanced, not leaning more toward wateriness or creaminess.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but at the same time not extremely intriguing either.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep broze color with one finger of wispy beige head.

This one had a light aroma of ripe fruit, fresh earth, caramel malts and alcohol.

The taste was much like the aroma with ripe fruit, caramel malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of earthiness. A bit on the boozy side.

Medium bodied and sticky with a light carbonation.

A solid Belgian Strong Ale from the folks at Brouwerj De Ranke.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5%
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 Arithmeticus
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a chilled ale glass, courtesy Calvano

A: golden orange; good head (dissipates quickly)
S: sweet citrus smell, very inviting
T: orangey bitter ale—fantastic flavor, one of the best syntheses I've had of a belgian and an IPA-style; the spice and fruit flavor does the trick, I think

Overall, a very satisfying beer.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head and some nice lacing and head retention.

Père Noël has the earthy yeast notes so typical of Belgian breweries. There is an overall earthy hop quality, but I also notice some citrusy hop aromas, as well. The overall scent of the brew is slightly hoppy, a bit dusty with a sweet malt backbone.

The taste greatly reflects the scent. Earthy overtones with sweet malts, and a gentle hop bitterness. Tastes of tart citrus fruits, as well.

Medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel; this brew is easy-drinking if a little underwhelming.

Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

The name implies a holiday ale of some kind, but it isn't really. It's a strong, yet smooth, ale. Poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head. Pleasantly hoppy, and somewhat yeasty, in the nose and to the tongue, with just a tinge of spice. Smoother than a witbier; not to heavy or bloating. Nice all-around selection.

Photo of cdizinno
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, amber brown with a fairly thin white film and slightly moderate lacing.

S: Mild pine, yeast and citrus hop. Some spiciness.

T&M: Tasty, hopped up belgian ale. Medium-light bodied with a slightly rough carbonation. Crisp and mildly dry on the finish.

Very good ale. Would definitely like to try it fresher as I just purchased on the close-out rack at the local Total Wine & More.

De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
86 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.