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 #26,633
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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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with best by 9/2012 on the label. Poured into a tulip glas, it was an orange color, nicely carbonated. A fairly thick head that quickly dissipated. It had a sweet, honey-like aroma, with a bit of clove spiciness. Initially sweet to the taste, with a fairly big hops presence soon following. Some clove. There was a lingering bitterness to the taste. I was very ambiguous about this beer, The bitterness really persisted and, while not unpleasant, it wasn't exactly pleasant. One of these was enough for me.

Jan 26, 2008
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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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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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barefootbrewer from Mississippi

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden with a thick creamy head – big bubbles, but quickly falling. The aroma is cereal, earthy, grainy and definitely spicy. The taste is also spicy earthy and cereal – quite well balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and seems very appropriate for this beer. Overall this is a smooth, spicy and easy to drink beer.

Jan 26, 2008
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Quafftastic from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 27, 2014
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Albinoh from Mexico

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the bottle presentation, a plain bottle covered with a piece of paper stating the beer name and style. The appearance looks... homemade, which for me completed the picture quite good, very very turbid, with a good fruity and yeasty aroma, good foamy head. The smell had some hints of fruits (apple, pear?) and a good sweet yeastyness. The beer is bitter, after a couple of sips you will have a dry mouth.

Very good... I'm glad I picked this one up.

Apr 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5%

Feb 25, 2012
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kkipple from 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.

Mar 28, 2011
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Danobold from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 04, 2014
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IntriqKen from California

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium 'almost clear' orange with a nice frothy white head of an inch and a half.
Head melts at a pretty 'normal' rate to leave nice lacing in it's wake.

Aromas are typical Belgium yeasts and candied sugars, a little amber malt, and surprisingly corn....I think it is made up of the combination of spices but it comes across to my nose as corn.

Flavors again are pretty typical for a Belguim but finish with lots of bitter citrus hops not normally found in one.
Interesting, yes.
A bit of a disappointment in what I would hope to be the brewers best effort at a festive ale.

Nov 26, 2007
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Ted from Texas

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

Dec 24, 2014
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Cuervo_PCB from Florida

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

Dec 24, 2019
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hunteraw from China

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

Appearance: light brown in color, more than amber. Clear. Nice head, moderate retention and lacing.

Smell: complex aroma of spicy hops, toasted malts, Belgian yeast, and interesting assortment of Christmas spices in the background that fortunately remain in the background and nondescript.

Taste: Solid bitterness, which I was expecting from de Ranke. sweet toasty malts, Belgian yeast flavor and caramel are balanced nicely by the bitterness. More complex and balanced than the XX Bitter, but I think I prefer that one in the end, precisely because it is less balanced.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light-medium body, appropriate carbonation. Perhaps drinkability would have been improved by dropping the spices. Otherwise, XX bitter + more malt is a good description. Good.

Jan 26, 2008
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Alex5 from South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Dec 10, 2013
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organicbrewer from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Full gold. fairly clear. Huge eggshell head.


T-Firmly bitter. More Saaz (or at least they taste like saaz) hops. Sweet bready malt. Sweetness takes over as the carbonation drops away.

M-Medium bodied, medium carbonation. No alcohol heat.

D-Nice beer. The sweetness starts to take over as the beer warms and the carbonation blows off. But still a good beer.

Mar 09, 2010
NOLANDMAN from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Sep 11, 2012
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml as a Christmas gift from Brenda .. poured into a Kasteel tulip.

Nice long lasting head and thick lacing for the entire glass... hazy orange brew.

Aroma is candy sugar and pale malts ... good mix of spicy hops and spicy yeast notes.. more complex than I can pick out... toasted bread... alot more funky as it warms up.

Palate is spicy ... earthy.. fruity.. complex.. Pale malts and yeasty esters.. spicy hops and peppery finish... lite/medium body and prickly carbonation helps tie the flavors together.. Interesting enough to make me want to pick up another bottle if I could. Very much like XX Bitter but without the palate bombing bitterness. Definately from the same brewery. Could use a bit more malt complexity.

Dec 26, 2007
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aztraz from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 12, 2015
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brownish gold with a somewhat small head. Smell is citrusy hops- lemons with some yeasty earthiness. Taste has very little sweetness. Big citrusy hops with a particularly strong grapefruit note. Finishes dry with a slight lingering bitterness. Crisp and well carbonated. Nice overall, reminds me of some belgian IPA's I've had but maybe a bit one dimensional.

Dec 23, 2008
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JohnBender from Texas

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

Dec 18, 2016
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albern from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice hazy orange amber color with a pretty efforvescent head. The beer was pouring out of the bottle and left a nice head once it hit the glass. The aroma is candied sugared Belgian fermentation and a typical Belgian yeastiness. Add some coriander and sweet malts and spices, and there is the nose on this beer.

The taste is quite tart and biting, with much of the sweetness subdued behind a biting hoppiness and maybe a roughish tart malt. The beer sweetens as it settles and some of the harshness fades into the backround. The ABV is hidden quite well, the mouthfeel is pretty mild. This is a pretty carbonated brew. It is the tartness and hop bite that make this a slightly diminished Belgian pale. Not bad, but far from my favorite.

Nov 23, 2008
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beernads from Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Apr 11, 2013
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

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

Antique brass garlanded in a bubbly wreath of white. The last ounce or so poured - which was done so carefully, I might add - did contain a minor trace of sediment. Cloudiness eclipsed the glass gradually, initially only at the top where the yeast nebula was plainly visible but then slowly the thick haze expanded, like frost on a car's windshield.

And a hoppy Christmas to you, De Ranke! By golly it's taken me one year to unwrap the contents of this bottle but sure enough these lupullin-loving brewers packed in enough of the little green cones that I'm still smelling them a full 12 months later! It is a gritty, pungent hoppiness, replete with grassy and herbal tones, not unlike this brewery's XX Bitter.

The taste is surprisingly full as well - a sweetish, honey-nut type flavour is swept over by a tsunami of pungent, piny bitterness. What ensues is a forceful showing from both malts and hops; the former developing into a biscuity, golden honeycomb-type sponginess and the latter lending a very drying, practically pithy texture.

Flavour specifics can't be all that specific because there really isn't much about the beer that makes it overly distinguishing. My guess is the malt bill is made up of little more than pale/pilsner malt and the yeast seems awfully restricted. I count zero spicy nuances and the (only minimally stocked) fruit platter includes apples, and maybe pear.

Although unambitious, its flavour is definitely not unappealing. My 33cl bottle is running low already and I'm wishing I had another. Warmth seems to have done well and unfastened notes of table nuts, macadamia and chestnut in particular. The hops, too, seem to have benefited - increasingly I'm sensing the tropical zest of orange peel.

Santa Claus is a simple man: he likes to eat cookies, be jolly, pose for photographs at the mall, and, once a year or so, he likes to deliver toys to all the world's boys and girls. A simple life for a simple man. It's only according, therefore, that De Ranke's Père Noël be a simple beer - just a modest, unornamented, simple and satisfying pale ale.

Nov 25, 2009
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cyrushire from Florida

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Feb 16, 2015
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 26, 2019
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 473 ratings