De Ranke Père Noël
Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
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Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #126
Ranked #21,042
3.79 | pDev: 12.14%
Apr 06, 2022
Dec 04, 2001
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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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

Rerate. 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Cloudy deep golden colour, large white head. Has a more pronounced hoppiness than your average Belgian Christmas beer. Very nice, score unchanged.

Original rating: Bottles, shared at Holmen Nanobryggeri’s annual Christmas/Yule beer tasting. ABV 7.0%. Cloudy deep golden to orange colour, moderate white head. Spicy attractive aroma. Spicy flavour with decent hops throughout. An enjoyable brew!

Apr 06, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by oyecomova from District of Columbia

Really nice overall. Hoppy and spicy. You can taste the alcohol but it's not out of place. Slight hints of banana but the Xmas spices are a bit more subtle with the hoppi ness taking the front flavors. Pretty mellow on the back, but I wouldn't say really smooth. Would drink again.

Dec 12, 2021
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Nov 24, 2021
3.84 by Dazka from Italy on Dec 20, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Jack_14 from Italy

Creamy, soft and abundant foam.
2020 Version (EXP 03/09/2025)
Color, as usual, amber orange.
Soft body in the mouth.
Caramel and sweetish hints, slightly toasted, before the arrival of a rather bitter hint that after drinking brings out spicy notes of licorice, gooseberry and green pepper (more flagrant than last year, in my memory)
However characterized by a good bitterness.
Christmas beer always "sui generis" where the candied and panettone aspects are definitely set aside by a strong bitterness and spicy hints that enhance the drink due to having swallowed the sip.

Dec 18, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by mactrail from Washington

Lovely clear amber brew topped with floating islands of foam in Bellegems Bruin glass. Slushy mothfeel with a dose of acidity. Aroma is butter and apples. It really tastes like apples, sweet and cider.

Pleasantly sweet and fruity. sort of a mild spice cake taste with a lemony touch. The Belgian yeast seeps its way into the aftertaste and adds a modest bitter edge. Very scratchy, though, after alf a glass. From the 750 ml bottle purchased on the West Coast.

Dec 14, 2020
3.75 by prototypic from Ohio on Jan 05, 2020
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2019
3.77 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Dec 24, 2019
3.2 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine on Dec 21, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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
3 by AreSoms from Sweden on Jul 29, 2019
3.74 by Beersilio from Massachusetts on Dec 31, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Musty apple aroma, bruised bananas, dried apricots, caramel malts, herbal hops, licorice, phenolic spice

Dec 25, 2018
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3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by KonigObHops from Ohio

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
4.03 by HopBelT from Belgium on Apr 28, 2018
3.59 by B_B from California on Apr 13, 2018
4.12 by Antyk from Belgium on Feb 21, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jazzyjeff13 from England

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
4.17 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Dec 31, 2017
4.21 by Kurmaraja from California on Dec 28, 2017
3.71 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic on Dec 17, 2017
3.32 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Dec 15, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by The_Bujon from Ireland

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
3.84 by emincems from Turkey on Oct 18, 2017
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Oct 07, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Sep 10, 2017
3.65 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts on Apr 05, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by zac16125 from South Carolina

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
3.95 by Giangio from Italy on Mar 09, 2017
3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Feb 22, 2017
3.58 by RBorsato from Virginia on Feb 19, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

Total Wine; sale $1.49. 11.2 oz.

This beer was surprisingly good.

Feb 05, 2017
3.67 by andrenaline from Canada (ON) on Jan 15, 2017
3.5 by syaoran_kun from Italy on Jan 10, 2017
3.52 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jan 07, 2017
2.72 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jan 04, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dcotom from Iowa

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
4.09 by 2GOOFY from California on Dec 27, 2016
De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke
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