De Ranke Père Noël
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #145
Ranked #25,874
3.81 | pDev: 12.07%
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Very Good
De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
Notes: Père Noël is a Christmas ale, though very different from any other Christmas ales you might know. While most Christmas ales are rich & sweet, this one is amber-coloured, 7% vol. Alc. strong and tastes quite bitter. The complex taste is completed with the addition of liquorice. In the recipe we can also find pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt, Brewers Gold hops and Hallertau hops.
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Dark amber, quite hazy, pours with 3mm ultra-fine white head.
S- Quite fruity, almost over towards the citrus side.
T- Ooh dry, pungent but dry. The latter builds. Into a sort of conifer/resinous/deeply aromatic theme.
F- Overall it's quite dry, in a pungent resinous way.
O- It's different. If anything it tastes materially higher than 7% due to it's deep pungency. It's like a pale ale, turbo'd on the hops, given the richness-profile of an Xmas beer, whilst 'only' being 7%. Interesting but a bit OTT on the hops for me, perhaps an Xmas treat for major hop-heads?
330ml bottle. BB: 14/08/2020 (printed in black on base of dark green margin of lable).

Nov 26, 2019
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KonigObHops from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased from a craft beer store. It poured a light copper color with a fluffy white head that was two finger widths thick. The was ample Belgian Lacing.

The aroma was of yeast and malt with a hint of clove and a little banana scent.

The initial taste was light and hoppy with a bit of nutmeg that faded quickly. The middle was mellow hops and some pine. The finish had a bit of spice including cloves.

The mouthfeel was crisp with a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent light Belgian Christmas Ale. This is my favorite style of beer, and I would put this one way down on the list, but it was a very drinkable brew.

Dec 02, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2022 (bottled Sept 2017). Acquired recently from a webshop. Not sure what makes this a Christmas beer but the ingredient list includes liquorice.

A: Poured into a large snifter. Bottle conditioned. A rich orange-amber hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of banana, figs, subtle dried fruit, earthiness, light spice, a twinge of liquorice, grainy malt, faint leafiness and a touch of booze in the background. Understated but well-rounded.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with notes of banana, mild dried fruit, pepper, subtle spice, earthiness, light grainy malt, leafiness, faint liquorice and a hint of alcoholic heat on the finish. Very dry, followed by a distinct bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and great body. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of crisp bitterness, fruity yeast, earthiness and subtle spice.

O: Unusual yet surprisingly good. Looks alright; shame about the head retention. The aroma and flavour are a decidedly Belgian blend of yeast esters, spice, subtle malt and bitterness. Lovely body - smooth and textured. Nicely rounded with just a hint of liquorice. Balanced and very drinkable; well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Feb 14, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in chimay chalice.

Looks are definitely this brew's strong point, a glorious hazy body, full of creamy sediment topped with a decent head.
The retention of which is a little below par, benefit of the doubt, I should have selected a tulip shaped delivery system.....luckily I bought two of these beers :-)

Aroma is subtle, almost a light malt mixed with sherbet.....weird I know, but until you stick your snowzer in the glass, it is a bit hard to describe.

Taste is a grower, first hit is very bitter, second and third quaffs and hints of malt and smokey tobacco come through....I am a none smoker, but it definitely gets better as you drink.

Feel is a touch sharp on the tongue, but leaves a wanting aftertaste sensation in the trap.

Overall, you'll either think this is a belter, or else sub standard....given it is Belgian, it can never be sub standard, and it is unlike anything I have ever tasted prior.

I may tweak this review on the second bottle.

.....should add I served this at about 10 degrees.

This beer is the first that has me thinking the BA weighting is slightly out....I think this is a 4/5 beer every day of the week, but because the look and aroma are slightly higher than the taste, that has dragged the score down.....perhaps if taste and overall are the important factors, then 0.10 score could be given? Just an idea, would have given this 3.9 for taste, but psychologically didn't want to give it a 4.

...edit, 2nd beer sampled...utilised a la trappe glass which retains the head much better, lacing is suddenly brought to life. So too is the aroma,, not quite as sherbety this tome round, and worthy of an extra 0.25.
.....all other ratings remain

Dec 04, 2017
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Ranke Pete Noel
330mL bottle into a chalice
Best before: 08/08/18

A: Pours slightly hazy, dark golden almost Amber, 1 finger if white head dissipates slowly but leaves almost no lacing. 3.5

S: Aroma is sweet fruity esters, Belgian candies sugar, bubble gum. Subtle white pepper spice. Super subtle booze. 3.75

T: Taste remains sweet but is more balanced as the spice is bigger. Lots of bubble gum, some fruits esters, black and white pepper. 3.5

M/D: Full bodied, a bit syrupy, carbonation quite low, drinkability is ok. 3.5

O: It's ok but I don't love it. Worth drinking but I likely wouldn't purchase again. 3.5

Mar 12, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A creative rendition of Christmas ales.
When stacked against the bruin competition, the blondes have an advantage... at least of differentiation.
This one has nice suds, to boot.
As for Aroma, difficult to describe; but great to enjoy. It's all blended by great yeast, with intrigue to boot.
Taste. The hops come through, but the yeast intrigue and the malt are allowed to do their boot.
Feel. Most intriguing is how the hops don't interfere with excellence and aren't used as a boot.
I will have Pere Noel again, if I do the boot-work to find it.

Feb 07, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

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

Pours a hazy light caramel sauce color with a fluffy snow-white head that gushes to a full four fingers. Aromas and flavors of Belgian yeast, with lots of spice (coriander, clove) and banana up front. Alcohol is assertive on the nose and palate. Quite bitter, with a dry and slightly astringent finish. Not your grandfather's Christmas ale, but very nice nonetheless.

Dec 31, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expires 23/07/17. Hazy orange color with three fingers of lush off-white head. Long lasting with decent lacing.

Sweet aroma with apple cider up front, slight Christmas spices and some yeast and subtle grassy hops behind.

The taste is much more bitter, almost aspirin-like, with the addition of some slight caramel malt and a dry aftertaste. Relatively light, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Sort of middle of the road to my taste.

Dec 06, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dirty amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A fair aroma of Belgian yeast, apples, and spices.

T: Tasted of several types of fruit, including apples and a little citrus; some spices (nutmeg, pepper), a good amount of Belgian yeast, light malt notes, more hops than I expected, a aspirin / medicinal quality in the finish, and a tinge of licorice. Not a bad flavor, but it's uneven; the spices should have been more apparent, and the medicinal quality should not have been included at all. Uneven, but not bad.

F: A well-carbonated beer with an overly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, but it definitely has its good attributes. Worth a look.

Sep 30, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into wine glass(all I had) nice 1 finger head, recedes but never goes away, Nice lacing. Dark golden amber in the glass, yeast in suspension. Mild Belgian yeast esters on the nose with some spice on the nose. Taste different than the smell, getting some muted fruit, slight spiciness, missing the standard Belgian yeast taste, but has a nice spicy dry finish, good mouthfeel.

Sep 11, 2016
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Dunkelganger4 from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Gold in color with a large white billowing head
Aroma: Cracker malt with a small cheesy note
Taste: The taste follows the nose with less isovalerlic character and with more depth of the malt character along with an interesting melange of minerality, oxidation, and a grassy/floral note on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel with high carbonation
Overall: This beer is past its expiration date and the degradation of the flavors show that quite clearly and seems to be lost between a pale ale and a Christams ale

Feb 04, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange-gold with fairly heavy haze. Large cream colored head is dense and long lasting. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Nutmeg, earth, and cut grass. Some hops which I think contribute to the earth and cut grass. Green apple and pear towards the end.

More caramel malt on the tongue to go with a weird licorice flavor. Pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Grassy, earthy hops with something floral as well. Belgian yeast throughout along with a soapy undertone.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Fairly dry with some metallic notes. Licorice seems to linger, bitter and unpleasant.

A weird beer that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Is it a Belgian Pale? a Christmas beer?, a hoppy Belgian? It really doesn't quite get it right for any of those categories. Nothing seems to blend well or complement.

Jan 28, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber colored beer with white head, 3/5" in depth. Actually comes off unexpectedly hoppy. But the yeast phenols are no slouch in this one and they still beat out the hops in the aroma, although they gave it quite the go. More phenolic than spice rack.

Taste was a big flavor beer, those hops and phenols are still duking it out. It doesn't really taste like anything that makes me think of Christmas. I thought I was getting into a belgian winter warmer. Instead I got a belgian tripel ipa or something.

Jan 28, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL capped bottle wrapped in paper, came in the Rare Beer Club shipment. Poured into a stemmed glass.
Golden color and nice, white head on the beer.
Belgian yeast and spices on the smell and taste.
A bit hoppier for a Belgian ale, but still get the distinct Belgian yeast and spices coming through as mentioned for the smell and taste.
Nice overall feel and enjoyable beer.

Jan 03, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

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

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x08.Very bitter at the beginning. Then its bitterness fades away and leaves its place to an also delicious sweetness. No trace of liquorice

Dec 24, 2015
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MrDell from Switzerland

4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


De Ranke Père Noël
Belgian Ale - 7% - 75cl bottle - Best before 09.09.17

Appearance: Cloudy golden ale with a beautiful big creamy white head. Tiny slow moving carbonation moving up centre of glass. Lots of lacing courtesy of the creaminess.

Aroma: Beautiful sweet yeast, hops and malt. Fantastically balanced on the nose.

Taste: Yeast upfront, then a hint of honey and liquorice followed by a looooong hop finish and then, when you're not expecting it, the licquorice creeps in again.

Mouth feel: Creamy and smooth.

Overall: I don't know if I would have been able to name the licquorice had I not already known it's added during the brew but it certainly gives this beer a unique flavour. I enjoyed this one on an unusually warm day, sunny day out side in December and it was a perfect beer for the occasion. A welcome change from the usual dark spicy and sweet Christmas beers, this ones hoppy, sweet and then bitter. It's certainly a beautiful looking beer and the aroma is also fantastic. 8.5 / 10.

Dec 20, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with a BB date of 2018. (revisited in January 2019).
Poured, with some sediment, into a Belgian snifter. Hazy honey colored body is topped by a decent sized and quite durable head. Splotchy lacing.

Aroma: roasted nuts and yeast; subtle fruits and bread; a suggestion of sweetness with a fair amount of alcohol.
Flavor: moderately bitter. Bready, quite nutty and lightly fruity. Well hidden ABV.

O: An Xmas ale that is neither sweet nor spicy, this will break some expectations for some.

Jun 05, 2015
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Meganomiidae from Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.A: Pours golden-orange with a finger-width head, which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.
S: A bit tart on the nose, strangely reminiscent of sour beers. Citrus fruit, Christmas spices, light malt scent.
T: Contrary to the nose, no sourness. Slightly more bitter than expected. Carrot-like on the forefront, followed by earthiness and spice. Tastes like a boatload of herbs went into this, probably helping to contribute to the bitterness.
M: Light body, rolls through the mouth with ease.

Decent, but not the best of the style. Worth trying for the intense herb lovers.

Mar 24, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This interesting little brew was enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. Ale pours a hazy deep amber golden with a effervescent white head that dissipates quickly to a very thin ring with little lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, citrus fruits of lemon and orange zest, spicy peppery hops, and sweet Belgian yeast. Flavors, with a good little rest in the glass give rise to sweet candy malts to the front and sides, sweet tart like citrus flavors to the sides as well, and a white pepper and bittering hops bite in the back as well as on the aftertaste. Smooth, wet, well carbonated mouth feel. Would love to have a bigger bottle of this to lay down for a number of years and try again. Very deep intense flavors that improve with warmth. Cold it is just a lightly sweet bitter beast, warmed it is a complex multi-layered delicious brew that keeps me going back and changing my numbers.

Happy New Year----Cheers!

Dec 31, 2014
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beatiful orange, hazy beer with a two finger high, white headthat leaves lacing on the glass when it slowly sinks down to a thin top on the beer.

Nose: Belian yeast, citrus, orange, grass, honey, pear and melon.
Taste: Grassy hops, herbs, orange zest, citrus, white pepper and grapefruit.
Mouth: Medium body. High carbonation. Crisp. High bitterness that stays in the mouth and ends with some sour-sweet tickling feeling at the back of my tongue.

A beatiful Belgian Christmas beer from De Ranke (of course). De Ranke still hasn't disappoint me - They always produce great beer!

Dec 26, 2014
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seedyone from New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12/19/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. On tap. Not sure what I have here. No distinct aroma, good lacing, some hops, but not much, nice body but no distinguishing character. In the spirit of the season one might expect some warm spiciness. Not here. So what's left? Meh!

Sep 28, 2014
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Paper wrapper says best before end of 08 20 18. Bottle cap says expires 10/08/18.
A: Pours a murky golden-orange hue with a massive 4 inch rocky white head. Excellent retention and decent lacing.
S: Orange zest, spicy and grassy hops, mild grapefruit, melon, pear, honey, and white pepper. Quite deep and complex.
T: Strong white pepper followed by herbal and grassy hops (more bitter than I was expecting). Fruit hits later with delicate pear, light citrus, and a hint of melon.
M: Quite bitter, especially for style. Light body. Mildly sweet.
D: A decent brew. Quite bitter, which takes this down a notch in my book...clashes too much with the style.

2015 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottled 11 Jul 15. Best by 13/07/20.
A: Pours a clear dark orange amber with highly active carbonation jets producing an overly large 4-5 inch frothy white head. Excellent retention. Some lacing. (3.75)
S: Mint, grassy and herbal hop notes, white pepper, soft clove and vanilla. (4.25)
T: Follows aroma fairly closely with mint and the herbal hop notes hitting first. These are closely followed by the white pepper and subtle spice notes (clove, vanilla, and almond). Some dry cracker. With warming, the vanilla and almond notes become stronger...very nice. (3.75)
M: Light-medium body. Bitter and dry, which (again) is a bit much for the style. Subtle spicy sweetness. (3.75)
D: End result: I basically agree with my previous review. One thing that can be said is that this has very good consistency. (3.75)

Feb 21, 2014
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thierrynantes from France

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : fruity and malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet-sour and malt flavors with a long aftertaste.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Feb 07, 2014
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CookstLiquor from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish-brownish colour. Huge fruit and booze notes on the nose with hints of herbs. Taste offers apricot and stone fruits, some nutty/marzipan notes and a big bitter finish to cut through the sweetness. Bottle-conditioned, so big carbonation.

Jan 08, 2014
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RWD1 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Dec 21, 2013
De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 470 ratings