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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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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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cburns48

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-29-2013 01:03:04 | More by cburns48
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-28-2013 16:22:15 | More by acurtis
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-27-2013 03:41:22 | More by scottwurst
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cw13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12-26-2013 20:20:13 | More by cw13
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2013beer101

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-26-2013 03:39:12 | More by 2013beer101
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-23-2013 02:19:24 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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YieldToNothing

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-22-2013 04:47:28 | More by YieldToNothing
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark gold, almost bordering on brown, body is topped by a fine, off-white head that lingers a reasonable period and leaves narrow strips of lacing.

S: The expected pepperiness is complemented by a nice grassy hoppiness, along with a hint of citrus.

T: The hops hit my tongue first, and although the grassy element remains, it is now complemented with an herbal element that adds an appealing depth. There's a slight hint of anise, an expansion of the citrus, and the classic Belgian white pepper rounds it out.

M: Moderate to high zippiness works well here; it almost floats in my mouth.

D: I will be the first to acknowledge that this isn't the most Christmasy beer, at least in the traditional sense of dark, spiced and generally heavy ales. Nevertheless, it's a very nice beer and, given that I love Belgian pales, I'll pick one up around the holidays whenever I have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:44:15 | More by rdickey
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

12-21-2013 05:05:40 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Rosquin

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5%

12-19-2013 15:05:55 | More by Rosquin
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humulusphile

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-13-2013 07:26:58 | More by humulusphile
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Bellonc

Spain

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-11-2013 20:29:26 | More by Bellonc
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was fortunate enough to taste both 2010 and 2013 vintages side by side at the bull and bush holiday event last night, and my take on this beer is that time does not flatter it at all. it pours a dark honey color with rusty orange hues and a robust whitish head with excellent retention. the nose is strange, juicy, rotting fruit, and Belgian yeast, an odd combination. it smells like compost when its half ready, less earthy, but equally sort of sweet and vinegary, not fully appetizing. the flavor is fresher, but still with a juicy fruity element that doesn't really fit what I thought knew about holiday beer. not overly spiced, but some herbal flavors hit, as does some bitter citrus in the finish. Belgian yeast seems out of place for the flavor profile too, this is all over the place. the 2013 vintage had a decent mouthfeel, bubbly and cleaner than the messy taste, but the 2010 had lost its vigorous carbonation and came across particularly thin as a result. I didn't really care for either one, as they lacked that winter warming property that I love about holiday beer. I would pass this up if I encounter is again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 16:40:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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Alex5

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

12-10-2013 03:31:39 | More by Alex5
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Ranke Père Noël has a very thick, creamy, off-white head, an initially clear, quite bubbly, amber appearance, with little tan grit suspended throughout, and some moderate lacing left behind on the glass. The beer clouds up when the bottom contents are swished and poured in. Aroma is of spices (white pepper?), some citrus peel, malt, grain husk, and sweetness. Taste is of white pepper, other spices, white bread, malt, fairly strong bitterness, citrus, sugar, but no licorice. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, to an extent, and De Ranke Père Noël finishes semi-dry, spicy, and drinkable. Overall, this is really tasty.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 14:45:26 | More by RonaldTheriot
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-08-2013 02:40:29 | More by BillRoth
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour is dark copper-ish orange with some haziness. Thick off-white head retains well as a patchy cap that leaves good lace.

Scents of sugar cookies, big herbal and earthy hops, Belgian farm, yeast, citrus.

Taste is quite farmy, hoppy, and sweet. Lots of herbal hop, spices, citrus, grass, sweet caramel malts, honey, some bread, etc.

Quite carbonated, seems overly foamy. Feels bigger than 7% with some alcohol heat there.

Strong flavors in every area (hops, spice, farm, sweetness) make this seem a little all over the place, but it's good overall. Complex and somewhat intense flavors for 7%.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:40:35 | More by Chico1985
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Anatole

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-05-2013 18:30:52 | More by Anatole
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-05-2013 02:14:09 | More by smithj4
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slainte35

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-25-2013 21:33:32 | More by slainte35
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BfloBrewHound

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-23-2013 23:13:56 | More by BfloBrewHound
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classy packaging, typical of De Ranke. Light amber, mostly clear, with a thick clumpy white head that sticks to the tulip. Just a nice spicy Belgian ale, big black and white pepper notes, along with a wallop of grassy hops. A hint of liquorice adds some intrigue but isn't obvious or overwhelming. Very dry and digestible. A snappy, almost chalky, hop bitterness lingers on the finish. This doesn't scream of the holiday season, but certainly screams of a quality, enjoyable Belgian ale. De Ranke makes good beer, I wish we got more of their range around these parts.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:27:38 | More by bump8628
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dcmchew

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-21-2013 20:13:26 | More by dcmchew
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2013 15:55:28 | More by schnarr84
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msanborn

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-09-2013 17:30:02 | More by msanborn
De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
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