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De Ranke Père Noël - Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël

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very good

325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke visit their website

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 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 21:06:57 | More by Arithmeticus
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:30:54 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 17:35:22 | More by Rifugium
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:34:00 | More by cdizinno
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really cheap ($2) bottle at my local Total Wine. I like De Ranke, so why not? Dumped into my usual TK small goblet. There is a date bar on the bottle, but it's not notched. Alas.

Fine separation between frothy head and state here. Dense, creamy cap atop a fizzy, rich dull golden beer. Very soapy nose initially, eventually giving way to a dry, Noble-hopped Belgian with grassy, mildly earthy / floral scents. Flavor remains dry, Pils-malt flavored Belgian with a little pine and hay. Just a touch of orange peel. Reminds me strongly of Poperings Hommel Ale, just not as good. It's... okay.

Medium bodied mouthfeel here, with smooth, pleasing carbonation and a dry, grassy-light bitter hop finish that sticks to your tongue and lingers.

I finished this, and it was worth the $2 and decent. Not sure how fresh / unfresh this was, so a bit annoyed at that, but still. De Ranke makes great beers; this is maybe the weakest offering from them I've tried. Would try again, but nearer to the source.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:01:15 | More by kkipple
Photo of Durge


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very murky cloud of amber brown colored brew with a modest white cover and great lacing. The aroma brings a polite but definitive evergreen yeast and subtle citrus hop and some mild cinnamon nutmeg. Nice. The flavor makes a mark with lots more yeasty lemon hop with a clove hint on the tongue. It's medium-light in body with plenty of lively carbonation and a crisp feel. It seems pretty drinkable if you enjoy this Belgian IPA idea. This is a bit grassy which detracts for me but it's a nice blend with some subtle ideas floating around including some banana and corriander but it's mostly a polite but edgey Belgian hop brew and I have no idea why this is billed as a Christmas brew. No complaints though. Worth a try though maybe not the price this bomber typically goes for.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:24:35 | More by Durge
Photo of DPFRD


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange to amber hue, nice 1 finger head, alive with carbonation.

S- Hops come out strong on this... some lemon, a bit of, and some yeast in there too.

T- Hops out the gate first and prominent across the profile, with some mild grain presence. Hints of spice, some phenol and a faint yeasty undertone.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, slightly biting from the hops.

D- Very nice easy drinker.

O- Well balanced, interesting, not too heavy and impressivey hoppy for a Belgian. De Ranke has my respect.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 05:45:58 | More by DPFRD
Photo of nanertak


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

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers head, somewhat hazy amber. Darker than I had anticipated. Long, long head retention.

Smell - Slight funk and earthiness mingled with some honey. Spices(mostly just coriander), some wheat in there, hint of solvent.

Taste - Slight sweetness fades quickly to a tartness and black pepper zip. Very dry finish, lingering bitterness. Complex. Very well done.

Mouthfeel - Zippy. Medium body and a lot of carbonation. Very dry finish.

Drinkability - Very interesting. Good beer. Complex and interesting. Great holiday beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:48:30 | More by nanertak
Photo of Thorpe429


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up at West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a golden color with a creamy, dense head that reaches several fingers high. Lots and lots of lacing though not necessarily the best retention. The nose is pretty plain with some mild spicing--maybe a spruce-like character. The taste is a bit astringent and harsh, really. There is an odd bitterness in the finish. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Really dry finish. This is pretty odd overall and I'm not quite sure what they were going for.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 12:04:57 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of mynie


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Ranke. These here sonsofbitches know how to take a Belgian beer and making it all hoppy like.

Pours like an APA. Medium fizzy, medium amber, with a nice fluffy white head.

Smells earthy and hoppy. Not much by way of Belgian yeast, but there's enough hop/must/soil complexities to keep a weirdo like myself happy. I mean, seriously, what's wrong with me, where I'm excited to drink something like smells like dirt and a basement? But it smells like a really appetizing dirty basement, like if your mom kept an herb garden downstairs and some of your fondest memories were of helping her water the oregano (please don't read anything weird into that last sentence--it's amazing how fine a line there is between stretching an explanation and being cryptically metaphoric.)

Tastes like a fabulous combination between an American and Belgian PA. You got the fruity barley of a Belgian, starting things off, moving into a rusty, earthy middle, then into dry and citrusy hops, and then a finish that smacks of coriander, white pepper, and grass.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 06:35:57 | More by mynie
Photo of pioppo


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A limpid orange-coloured beer.. A the end it's more hazy because the yeasts is in the bottom of the bottle. A very fine and very persistent white foam!!

S - Apricot and peach.. Very spicy and hot flavour!! Also plums and figs. Then come the ethylic and medicinal. Good and interesting smells!!

T - The spicy return widely in the mouth, helped by the high level of alcohol. Probably this beer isn't at his best maturation.

M - Poor body and smoothness but very dry beer. Good to finish the day and the holiday with the right spirit!!

D - Engaging drinking, I surely want it another but at a good level of maturation..

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:14:10 | More by pioppo
Photo of dstc


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

Pours a murky, orange-brown color with a cream head. Head falls to a very small one. Thin, airy head.

Very interesting nose. Some sweet malts mixed with Belgian yeast. Dark fruits and a bit of funk. Smells like every style of Belgian mixed together. Deep down it smells like a fruity Rochefort 10.

Interesting taste too. I can taste the strong dark Belgian like a Rochefort or St. Bernardus followed by a tart berry flavor, cherries and a bit of farmhouse funk. Hops are very noticeable.

Medium to full bodied and rather smooth. Low carbonation.

Can't say I've ever tasted anything like this. Very different Belgian flavors mixed together but with plenty of hops. Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 12:52:03 | More by dstc
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that quickly dissipated and left some lacy patterns in the center and a ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass. A slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Aromas of spices prominently stand out in the nose along with some hints of alcohol and yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite spicy and has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked and makes this beer relatively easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:57:35 | More by metter98
Photo of Chincino


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at a bar in Philadelphia. I also bought a bottle of it to go from the Foodery beer store in Philly.

I had wanted to try it because I've enjoyed other De Ranke beers and I figured I'd try it during the holiday season. The beer poured to be orange/golden color with an inch of white lacing.

It smelled strong of citrusy hops. The beer was light and smooth to the taste. You could definitely drink more than one in a sitting. A good holiday brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 02:03:29 | More by Chincino
Photo of ArrogantB


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a best by date of 2014 so this must be a 2009, darn. No wonder it was discounted. Hazy orange color and smells like citrus and spices, just ok though. The taste is more citrus and Belgian yeast. This is good as far as the style is concerned but it still wasn't worth the $10 I spent on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 23:01:27 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of BennyL1


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium glass from a 11.2 oz bottle.

A - A nice fingers worth of foamy white head forms from a fairly aggressive pour. The brew is a very cloudy peach color. A fair amount of lacing as well.

S - First thing in the nose is a smell citrusy hops. Followed by a yeasty bread aroma and maybe even some banana. Not picking up many spices however. I expected a little more from the nose.

T - Some light fruits such as pears and banana. Floral hops come through in the taste and is balanced out pretty well with the malt backbone. Nothing overly wild but a solid tasting brew.

M - Light in body with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol isn't very noticeable.

D - High drinkability. Not to heavy and with the 7% not noticeable one wouldn't have to much of a problem drinking a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:04:24 | More by BennyL1
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tap and Table. Got a very full tulip glass for $8 with very little head. The beer was tasty enough, however, that I was happy to have the headspace filled. The was a spicy, almost herbal cherry aroma (probably from the licorice) and flavor with a little apricot and pear before a peppery, borderline grassy finish. It was fairly drinkable for the strength, but it was also complex enough to leave me satisfied to slowly sip. This is one of the better Belgians I've had lately and completely worth checking out. The character is like that of a cleaned up farmhouse ale, not a standard spiced-up Christmas beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 03:41:50 | More by tempest
Photo of Idler

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I had some of this beer on draught, in a pub called the Waggon And Horses in Halesowen, West Midlands, in England's "Black Country".

The beer was cloudy, amber-orange. Not a good look. But the beer tasted exquisite, spicy, with citric hops, and a great long bitter-sweet finish. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 19:05:08 | More by Idler
Photo of emmasdad


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one last night at a Christmas party, and enjoyed it. Poured a nice dark golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, citrus and spices. Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated and drinkable, with a light sweetness, a hint of spice and a mild bit of tartness.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:50:08 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in an 11-ounce De Ranke glass goblet at the Publick House in Boston, Mass.

A: Deep golden, orange tinged, amber in color with a frothy, one-finger head of white foam. Retention was decent and the brew left some lacing.

S: Very fruity, floral and spicy, with citrus and herbal notes. A slight alcohol aroma along with some graininess and candied fruits.

T: Specialty malt sweetness up front with caramelized brown sugar and toasted wheat. A very fruity, floral and alcoholic flavor comes through mid-palate, washing to a spicy, full, bitter finish with some cloying sweetness.

M: Full-bodied and quite effervescent, this brew was a bit more filling than I had hoped for, possibly due to the carbonation levels.

D: A decent Belgian pale, possibly regarded as a winter brew because of the ABV elevation, clocking in at 7%, and the darker, fruity, sweeter flavors generated as opposed to other Belgian pales.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 00:09:53 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

De Ranke Père Noël | 750 ml. | 7.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

It's a hearty tangerine orange. Frothy head, great lacing.

Minty aroma, with herbs, yeast, hay and a pine coney smell. Unusual and quite nice.

Herbs dominate; white pepper, Belgian yeast, and a very bitter, grassy finish.

Powdery and desiccating, surprisingly enough. The body is medium, and carbonation is about right.

It's all the way on the bitter, herbal side of the spectrum. The aroma is interesting, but I find the taste too harsh.

Would I get it again?:

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:14:51 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of muttyd


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy/cloudy orange body. Thin head that fades away into a faint ring that coats the glass as I swirl it around. Aroma is similar to that of a saison - hay, lemon, earthy hops; also has aroma of biscuit and Belgian yeast. Flavor follows the nose with sweet honey/caramel malt backbone. Also getting some pepper/spice. Rather dry finish. Bubbly on the tongue.

Overall an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 00:05:40 | More by muttyd
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Pere Noel...

330ml into Orval chalice at 45 degrees.

Forgot about potential sediment (it's a wee little bottle, after all) and dumped the whole thing in. Cloudy golden body with just a faint off-white head, that hangs out as a film forever.

Very minty aroma, with really nice accompanyments of herbs, earth, yeast, lemon, and hay - WOW, what an unexpected combo.... esp for a 'holiday' ale. My wife commented on its uniqueness from 4 feet away (although she did not like the aromas).

Very powdery on the palate ... flavors are very herbal - the most I've experienced since Saison du Buff. Lots of white pepper - almost too much of that quality. Some lemon zest, Belgian yeast, and grass. This one would've been awesome mid-Summer. Mouthfeel is crazy dry and clean, but there's a slightly bitter film left on the palate due to a surprising lack of carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, but just not my style. Speaking of style, this one is about as odd of a Belgian Strong Pale as you'll find... it seemed much more like a Saison, or Herbed/Spiced beer.

This is one of those really delicious, and complex beers that I simply can't score highly in the BSPA category.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:28:49 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Neffbeer


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Lots of lacing left behind. The smell is of noble hops and light malt/bread. Exceptional taste. Noble hops up front, followed by malt and a dry crisp finish. Mouthfeel is bubbly and delicious. I just can't get enough of this beer. Give me more!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:23:45 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of phishgator


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl into a tulip glass. Big head with a deep golden, hazy hue. Mild carbonation. The aroma is of an old farmhouse, grassy and earthy. The flavor is a drying bitter bite all the way through to finish. There is touch of spicy hops, but the drying effect is dominant. The body is full for 7% and I find myself thinking that this is a great hopped ale from Beligum.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 13:52:13 | More by phishgator
De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
86 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.