Christmas Pale Ale
Brouwerij De Ryck

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3.13 | pDev: 14.06%
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Weak, flattish Belgian pale. Aroma is rich malty. Dark golden wth good white head and lace. Taste is thinnish, although the foam of the head contributes in the finish. A bit alcohol heat. OK but uninteresting. Yeast comes into it, but does not contribute much.Thanks Luc.

Nov 18, 2009
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wl0307 from England

2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, London Bridge. 6.2%abv., 33cl standard Belgian ale bottle. BB 28/10/2007. Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark copper-ish to dark ruby hue, coming with an effervescent, off-white frothy head which sustains brilliantly, supported by a constantly lively fizzy body.
S: lightly ashy yeastiness comes through the sour-sweet fruity hoppyness (dates, sweet apples, lemonade) and a typical candy-sugary and bready maltiness; the sweet edge is a bit too sharp overall, leaving an intensely sour-sugary aftertone with yogurt note, almost like that left in the bottom of a can of Yakult...
T: slightly metallic, thin-bodied and bitter-sweet maltiness with a watery tea-ish flavour upfront; a slightly spicy yeastiness gradually develops, reminiscent of clove, cinnamon and wood-chips, but only faintly. An increasingly dryish aftertaste ensues, along with a residual malty overtone (like the very last palate of tasting burned sugar) and some woody elements attached to the deep end of the tongue. Interestingly, the fruitiness is very restrained on the palate as opposed to the nose, and so is the sugary edge--which is a positive thing about this beer, I think.
M&D: given its fierce carbonation in appearance, it's no surprise that the texture is just as vibrant; too fizzy, "spongey" and loosely formed for me anyway. The overall flavour is very different from lots of other Belgian pale ales and rather understated, which I don't mind, but the body is just too thin to be enjoyable. I can't find much to enjoy in this beer, if ever it might've been past its prime or handled carelessly before I bought it?! Not my cup of tea.

Mar 12, 2006
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle picked up from the on-site Gift Shop after an interesting tour of the De Ryck Brewery on Saturday 26th March, 2005.

Presentation: Green 75cl flask which has a thick gold foil covering the neck and a simple brass colored crown cap. Colorful main label has the words ‘Christmas Pale Ale’ & ‘De Ryck’ above & below a Xmas tree bauble which sits in a perforated stamp like frame. Listed at 6.2% and Best Before Nov. 2006 and bottled 2 years prior to this date. Ingredients listed as water, malts, hops, yeast, and sucrose. Bottle-conditioned.

Appearance: Lovely tan colored tightly packed volcanic foam forms a thick head during the pour which settles quickly around the edges and leaves a floating island in the middle of the concave portion of my Duvel Glass. The main body has a ruddy red hue when backlit, with a dark orange look when sat on the desk. Fine carbonation with solid supporting conditioning.

Nose: Deep malts in the aroma. As it warms, there is an explosion of dried orange zest, freshly peeled sour baking apples and lots more Xmas spices including some nutmeg. Has a nice hoppy smell when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Bitter start, aromatic malts and yeasty spices. Hop entrance and some nutmeg covered baked pears, with a zesty orange rind middle. Cinnamon sprinkled crab apples form the finish. Malts and some yeast, the sucrose helps to add a brown sugar dimensions to the caramel laden malty finish. Lingers with a dry gingery spiciness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Sharp but smooth carbonation. Has a feel on the tongue that instantly reminded me of McVitie’s Jamaica Ginger Cake, fine and soothing with a melt in the mouth consistency that envelops the tongue with a spicy blanket.

Drinkability: Sat by me for the last hour, the 75cl saw me well into the wee hours this morning. Lovely disposition and nicely balanced.

Overall: Withstood the 6 months storage and journey back to the USA. But tonight it still took a while to grow on me this one…..but it did, and as it warmed so did I to its subtle complexities. Like the other De Ryck brews, it’s not in your face but a rather mellow and restrained low end gravity brew which takes a bit of unwrapping to get to the best part of this Xmas offering. Give it time.

Apr 19, 2005
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Todd from California

2.24/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

Deep, dark amber with ruby hues. Flat. Soft tea-like aroma with an underlying sweetness. Light-bodied with upfront husky tannins, a thin tea-like sweetness and notes of caramel. Hop leaf. Dry in the finish with tannins that won't go away. Not impressed.

Oct 12, 2003
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap from a 5L keg.

Appearance: Clear sparkling amber with a decent clinging lace.

Smell: Malty nose with some floral grassy hop in the back, esters show some character from the yeast.

Taste: Steely caramel malt, a touch buttery and sweet toasted grain are the forefront of flavours. Then comes an herbal floral hop bitterness that lays a blanket of grassy flavours far into the finish. A touch mineraly and faint yeast as well.

Mouthfeel: Excessively smooth make the body flex a little, again smooth.

Drinkability & Notes: Just ok … bland in comparison to most ales let alone of the Belgian variety.

Jan 21, 2003
Christmas Pale Ale from Brouwerij De Ryck
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 6 ratings