De Ranke Père Noël | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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3.79/5
Very Good
461 Ratings
De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Belgium
deranke.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by stcules on 12-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,695
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
461
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
8
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37
Trade:
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Photo of BenBreeg
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_B
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epiktetos
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Houborg1
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Bujon
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of emincems
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandonld23
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zac16125
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of Giangio
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Total Wine; sale $1.49. 11.2 oz.

This beer was surprisingly good.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of syaoran_kun
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 461 ratings