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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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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 albern
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice hazy orange amber color with a pretty efforvescent head. The beer was pouring out of the bottle and left a nice head once it hit the glass. The aroma is candied sugared Belgian fermentation and a typical Belgian yeastiness. Add some coriander and sweet malts and spices, and there is the nose on this beer.

The taste is quite tart and biting, with much of the sweetness subdued behind a biting hoppiness and maybe a roughish tart malt. The beer sweetens as it settles and some of the harshness fades into the backround. The ABV is hidden quite well, the mouthfeel is pretty mild. This is a pretty carbonated brew. It is the tartness and hop bite that make this a slightly diminished Belgian pale. Not bad, but far from my favorite.

albern, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy bronze color with a huge thick cream colored head. "Great tight lace pattern!"

Smell- Beany with some herbal earth tones and spice.

Taste- Fig and fruit tones with some seasonings. Some good bitterness for a beer of this style. A little bit of a burnt sour aftertaste though.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied to start but it seems like it lightens up.

Drinkability- A think it is a great seasonal a little different for this style.

MTNboy, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden/light brown color, decent head with no lacing.

Smell is rather hoppy for a Christmas beer, as it says on the label, slight piny aroma with some subtle spice.

Taste is slightly hoppy and bitter at the beginning, then melds into a subtle spiciness with some banana and clove.

An interesting holiday beer, at least one that doesn't go over board on the spice and actually has some hop backbone.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty hazy beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Saaz dry hops with some light dry funky notes. Taste is dominated by dry Saaz notes with a light funky notes, some floral notes and a quite dry ending and all this being supported by a nice Belgian malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experience but maybe a tad too dry to be enjoyed on a repetitive basis.

Phyl21ca, May 06, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one right after the holidays, mainly because I thought the wrapping looked cool, if I am being honest. Nice green paper wrapped 750ml bottle that had some nice Xmas themed looks to it. A hoppy Belgian Xmas ale, sounds about right for me.

Appearance - The pour was very nice with a good hazy amber color to it. Some nice hints at a more reddish colored hue to it, around the sides. Very nice carbonation was evident with tons of bubbles streaming up toward the top of the glass throughout the session. A good sized three finger high head of white foam came over the top of the glass and hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down to a thin layer across the top, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Very nice cloudiness, with some sedimentation evident on the bottom of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was a touch off. I picked up a little bit of hops, but not as much as I would have thought. Tons of grainy yeast aroma coming off of this, with hints of grass, and spices. Does not smell like a Belgian Noel at all so far. Light aroma of banana and fig, but not much else, not very complex and not much depth to it.

Taste - The flavor was a utter disappointment for me to be honest. I was expecting a good deal more from this one, but was left hanging for the most part. The initial flavor was very light, with some banana and spice coming through. A touch of earthy hops on the end, but nothing like what I was thinking. The flavor was a bit musty if that makes sense, and very light. Not the kind of Noel I was expecting and definitely not a hoppy one. The finish was quick, with only the lingering taste of cereal grains left to go on. Pretty much uninspiring.

Mouthfeel - Decent enough light body in this one. Lots of carbonation, and it never really did let up, which is pretty much what you can expect from the style. Nice overall feel, not slick, with a smooth finish, albeit a quick one.

Drinkability - It was pretty session able I have to admit. Very light body, and light flavor profile, lended it to really be easy to throw down, however it was just not exciting enough to really do so. Just fell dull and boring to me, with nothing really interesting coming out of it.

Overall I was rather disappointed by this one. It was just too bland for me and really never did get off the ground. It is not really terrible in any way, it's just not really exciting either. I wished there could have been a little more depth to it, some more complexity. It's not a bad call, but for the price I would look elsewhere.

mikesgroove, Apr 29, 2008
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Wrapped

Best By: 10 2010

Been sitting on this one for way over a year.

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, basically no sticky lacing. The nose is malty, grapes, spices, slight caramel. The taste is slightly tangy, malty, nice little spice thing, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little winter ale.

Wasatch, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy darker orange color with a thin but attractive off-white head. A little cherry, berry fruit in the nose with some yeasty dashes. Flavor is slightly acidic, sour and a little more hop bitterness than usual. Sharp bubbles in me mouth and the feel was a bit on the thin side. Nothin very winter holiday like for me here. Maybe this should be an Easter beer.

dedrinker, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, burnt copper-orange with a huge, lustrous, creamy off white head that was sticky, tight and mostly lasting leaving a nice thick lacing. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: The nose was extremely soft with only trace amounts of hops and light sweet caramel.

T: For flavor a thick, sweet, syrupy flavor first coats the tongue with some alcohol fusels and spicing (cinnamon). There were some sweet caramel and apples as well. A spicy caramel and big alcohol warming soon follow. The beer finishs with a big dry floral hopping and a hot, dry, spicy alcohol fade (warm apple cider, ginger bread).

M: thick, syrupy, and softly carbonated with a noticeable alcohol warming and hopping.

D: Overall I enjoyed drinking this beer. It was a hot, spicy and hoppy Belgian that really warmed the soul and drank much bigger then its advertised 7.0%abv. a 750ml would be more then enough.

beerthulhu, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1-finger head that dissipates slowly, leaving a thin ring of foam. Cloudy amber. Smells of volatile esters, bananas and papayas and hints of tobacco and brown sugar. Mainly taste the bitter hops down the center and tip of the tongue with ripe bananas and a hint of butterscotch ending with a little clove and a metalic aftertaste. Got this in the Shelton Bros. X-mas bundle, it is a nice bitter ale. I think it is a little darker and just a little fruitier and a bit more complex than De Ranke's XX bitter, but I don't see what is so X-mas-y about this one. It would be very drinkable on a hot summer evening. Good choice for an X-mas in July party, if you save it until then.

Beerenauslese, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 350 ml bottle this poured a cloudy orange with medium and light lacing. Nose of ripe fruits and grassy hops. Light mouth-feel, and flavors of light malts, oranges, grapefruit, and what I assume is Belgian yeasts. Long bitter finish. Good brew.

rkuhnel, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent head that retreats to a rocky froth; great lace too. The color is an orange-light amber with an acceptable amount of cloudiness.

Traditional Belgian ale aromas: some alcohol warmth and sourness from the malts. Some light grapefruit.

Strong spiciness, very dry, generous amount of hop bitterness. It's surprisingly thin with too much carbonation. The aftertaste is peppery.

This is a pleasant enough Belgian Pale Ale, but not exceptional.

smcolw, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown in color, more than amber. Clear. Nice head, moderate retention and lacing.

Smell: complex aroma of spicy hops, toasted malts, Belgian yeast, and interesting assortment of Christmas spices in the background that fortunately remain in the background and nondescript.

Taste: Solid bitterness, which I was expecting from de Ranke. sweet toasty malts, Belgian yeast flavor and caramel are balanced nicely by the bitterness. More complex and balanced than the XX Bitter, but I think I prefer that one in the end, precisely because it is less balanced.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light-medium body, appropriate carbonation. Perhaps drinkability would have been improved by dropping the spices. Otherwise, XX bitter + more malt is a good description. Good.

hunteraw, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with best by 9/2012 on the label. Poured into a tulip glas, it was an orange color, nicely carbonated. A fairly thick head that quickly dissipated. It had a sweet, honey-like aroma, with a bit of clove spiciness. Initially sweet to the taste, with a fairly big hops presence soon following. Some clove. There was a lingering bitterness to the taste. I was very ambiguous about this beer, The bitterness really persisted and, while not unpleasant, it wasn't exactly pleasant. One of these was enough for me.

lordofthewiens, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden in color and a bit murky. Head is pillowy anf long lasting. moderate lacing

smells spicy, cloves and a bit peppery. Tinge of spicy hops and defintiely yeast.

Tastes sikilar to the aroma, I was suprised by the amount of spicy hops that comes through on the fairly long moderately bitter finish.

Has a medium body with a smooth carbonation.

Overall not bad but I would have just one. I might try it again if I saw it on tap though.

jackorain, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden with a thick creamy head – big bubbles, but quickly falling. The aroma is cereal, earthy, grainy and definitely spicy. The taste is also spicy earthy and cereal – quite well balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and seems very appropriate for this beer. Overall this is a smooth, spicy and easy to drink beer.

barefootbrewer, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours aslightly cloudy yellowish orange color, with a thin, but fluffy off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It smells slightly of cloves, and coriander. It smells somewhat grainy, with some yeasty notes. A slight citrus hop aroma mixes in as well.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells, with one exception. It has a solid malty backbone that is hard to detect in the aroma.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy and malty aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, fitting the style.

This beer may not make the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and it may become overbearing after a time.

Overall: This was a good beer. It didnt do anything for me though. I thought it was rather middle of the road. I did like the malty surprise in the flavor.

OStrungT, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden with a pretty white head that fades quickly.

S: belgainy, but slightly fruity too.

T: taste is much more American than I would have thought. The Belgian earthiness comes in a lot more at the end, but initially its hoppy and bitter. The flavor is mostly earthy and light malt all the way through. I feel like the earthiness is not only contributed by the yeast but by the hops also.

Overall not bad, but seems too simplistic to enjoy that often. Seems like not so much flavor other than light malt and hop bitterness.

MiScusi, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with decent head that receeds at a quicker pace. If you pour the sediment in, it is a dark golden brown. Nose is slightly yeasty with the same level (or less) of citrus and overall that Belgian beer nose you come to expect. What an...odd...flavor. Lots of things going on here, but nothing that stands alone. Sweet like honey at first, and then a strike of spices comes over your tongue. Then there is an almost metallic tone that hits the roof of your mouth and takes over- but I think it is from spices, not any metallic influence on the bottle. If you pour the sediment in, it seems to be smoother with a more balanced profile. Feel is standard and heavy with carbonation, but not overdone. Very drinkable, though not highly so because it is such an enigma on the palate.

Overall worth trying I would say. But not because of any particular thing. It is just a very mysterious beer. Here, there, but nowhere. I suggest trying to mix up the sediment in the beer as it seemed to provide a more even and smooth experience.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, with Santa Claus on it, drinking a tulip of ale,

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy, yeasty orange, with a sporadic white head, which dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film of white lacing.

S: Yeast predominately, kind of a chalky, thick mix of hops - lawn clippings and earth, malt, and a bit of banana.

T: Get a big blast of hops in the beginning, very earthy, dry grass and hay, with a slight bit of sugary sweetness if held in the tongue a while, a bit of toffee, very upfront flavours, not very complex, but tasty.

M: Smooth, very dry, spritzy, high in carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: A nice surprise after liking, but not being that impressed with the De Ranke XX Bitter. The flavours here work better, and are less astringent than the former. A hopped up BSPA is not what you'd expect from a Christmas beer in Belgium, but it works pretty well.

Halcyondays, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml as a Christmas gift from Brenda .. poured into a Kasteel tulip.

Nice long lasting head and thick lacing for the entire glass... hazy orange brew.

Aroma is candy sugar and pale malts ... good mix of spicy hops and spicy yeast notes.. more complex than I can pick out... toasted bread... alot more funky as it warms up.

Palate is spicy ... earthy.. fruity.. complex.. Pale malts and yeasty esters.. spicy hops and peppery finish... lite/medium body and prickly carbonation helps tie the flavors together.. Interesting enough to make me want to pick up another bottle if I could. Very much like XX Bitter but without the palate bombing bitterness. Definately from the same brewery. Could use a bit more malt complexity.

JohnGalt1, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Bobikel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - A hazy copper color with a small white head. Little chunks of yeast swirl about lazily. Retention is less than stellar reducing to a thin whisp in just a few seconds.

Smell - Deep malt and caramel, with a touch of peppery funk, bready yeasts, and dirty earthen hops.

Taste - A taste that is very different from its smell. A very dry and unusual hopping is the primary flavor. Not overly bitter, but what I would guess to be aged hops. Slightly funky with an even malt backbone throughout. Good winter warmer.

Mouthfeel - Very light and almost watery. A thin sparkling carbonation livens things up along the tongue.

Drinkability - Overall a very easy drinker, but I'm taking points off a little for the unique flavors that I think might put some people off a bit.

Bobikel, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL purchased in Columbus for $12.99. The bottle itself had no label, but was wrapped in green paper the way Brouwerij De Ranke does it, and was both corked and capped. I chose Delirium glasses for this Christmas beer.

The beer is very hazy and unfiltered, pale golden color, with a very thick frothy head. There is so much foam that it slowly gushed out of the bottle after popping the cork. The aroma is of a hopped Belgian beer with some spices, kind of La Chouffe-ish or maybe Urthel Hop-It-ish. The taste is more of a bitterer version of Duvel. Nice and easy drinking, but not an everyday beer. I prefer the bitterness of American Pale Ales or IPA's to this.

TurdFurgison, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a crystal wine glass - Best Before Aug. 12th...of next year? - Served at cellar temperature

Appearance: Sort of hazy (unfiltered beer) golden color with orange highlights. the head is off white and bubbly, like a champagne. Cakey top part of the head and lots of sticky lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fragrant with hops, belgian yeast, spices and orange peel. A freshness that lends itself to fresh herbs, but not so chloryphyl smelling. Very good.

Taste: Hop oil and a balanced malt flavor are main players. Bitterness is lingering and readily there. Spices are nutmeg and allspice. Black pepper is a flavor that is there as well. Not sure what makes all of these Belgian Christmas beers so Christmas-like.

Mouthfeel: Markedly Belgian in all areas, including this one. Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied and has lots of spice. alcohol makes a presence and this one also has a lot of lingering bitterness.

Drinkability:Great. I liked this one a lot, although the Christmas theme throws me off a little bit. I always can appreciate a hopped up Belgian beer. The best "holiday" beer of the season for me. Get some. I have a year old 750ml that I might crack soon.

Risser09, Dec 22, 2007
De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
86 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.