De Ranke Père Noël | Brouwerij De Ranke

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De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 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
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449
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of beergeek279
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color was copper, with a nice, foamy white head. The smell is of hops. The taste was remarkably hoppy, a rare treat in a Belgian, especially in a Christmas ale, and was complimented by just the faintest hint of cherry. Mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have as many of these as I could afford!

The surprise of the holiday season so far, and probably will be for the whole season! Simply fantastic, and an excellent use of hops, and certainly one I will have again, if I ever find it again! Thanks to WVbeergeek for splitting this one with me....a pleasure to share a fine beer with a fine BA!

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Photo of Hunter
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Red-gold color, somewhat cloudy, and a thick head of foam with lovely tracing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, notes of light spice and alcohol.

Taste: Complex - The malt and hops come through, along with the sweetness of that sugar Belgian brewers love. Spicy fruit in the back notes.

Mouthfeel: Suitably chewy for the style, scouring notes on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Overall, I like this very much. $12.50 for a large bottle is a little prohibitive, but it's a lovely splurge. As well done as any fine Belgian ale. That country truly has a lock on fine beer.

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Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color. It is highly carbonated and creates a dense off white head. As I pour I get immediate notes of cider in the aroma. As I put my nose further in I get musty as well as fruity aromas.

It tastes like a lively funky Saison with a deeper rich caramel note to it. Lightly sweet, lightly tart. Has a slight peppery finish, as well as some dry slightly astringent notes. There are definite flavors of apple cider here. This beer also has a sweet spice type note as well (perhaps a bit of cinnamon).

This beer is damn good. So far De Ranke has really impressed me. This is a really good mix of flavors, very well balanced. Walks a wonderful line between sweet on the one hand and dry on the other.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this is good!! Awesome deep honeyed/tan color with plenty of mouthwatering sticky beige head to welcome one, and very adequate lace that leaves a patch of web throughout. On the nose malty sweetness meets beeswax scented hop. The smell of the candy sugar is also evident, as is a very inviting while subtle fruitiness. In the mouth the beer hits all the buds! sweetness can be found on the roof of the mouth, while bitter teases the tip of the tongue and literally attacks the sides of the tongue. This is a great strong pale ale, and reminds me of a saison on roids! This is a big, hoppy brew that is oh so refreshing and clean! The finish with its bitter hop, and grapefruit zest like burn goes on, and on, and on! This is one of my favorite winter seasonals this year no question. Get as much as you can of this beaut!!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the tulip glass (Duvel glass actually) a hazy golden amber with a very frothy and white long lasting head that coated the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was a belgian farmhouse aroma like that of a musty cellar. The aroma permeated through the dense head and eventually a light spice and fruitiness emerged. With that came earthy hop aroma and more fruit as the head continued to fall. Later as the beer warmed a citrus note emerged.

The flavor was initially bitterness with a intense farmhouse flavor and a well executed balance that was fiercely complex and extremely interesting. The flavors further melded as the beer warmed and gave a distinct caramel impression with slight spice and a fruity character with some resinouse tendancies.

The finish was dry with a lasting complex hop bitterness. The body was medium and creamy from the carbonation.

750 ml bottle opened on 12-25-04. One of the most complex beers I have had in awhile, an excellent treat for Christmas night.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Deep, dark, orange in color with a nice, beautiful yellowish-white head that showed terrific retention.

Smell – The rich, beautiful Belgian hops grab your attention straight away. They are big with wonderful floral notes and have a bit of an herbal character to them.

The malts are lighter but add structure to the bouquet. The sweetness is like a dull, raw sugar but very light. It all adds up to a wonderful aroma with smells that play harmoniously together.

Taste – The hops show surprising depth at the taste. The greenish herbs are outstanding and the ample brownish malt is professionally sweetened with just the right amount of sugar.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and incredibly smooth in the mouth. It is very creamy and fluffy in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is amazingly smooth in the mouth with an incredible balance. It is so easy in the mouth yet so big on flavors it’s hard to believe.

Comments – I got a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Gotta love it.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled in September of '08. Pours a cloudy dark copper with a huge, rocky, off-white head that lasts. A bit of sediment. The rush of floral hops aromas is fantastic. Grassy and grainy with some citrus and other light fruit, as well as a bit of must. Really complex. The taste is equally nice, with all of the hop presence suggested by the nose and then some. The perfect amount of bitterness is countered by nice, slightly roasty, earthy malt. Interesting mineral yeast notes. Dark fruits. Medium-full body. Another exceptional beer from De Ranke.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my reason for going to Rich-O's today. It poured a nice hazy golden color with one finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is sweet fruity strawberry and caramel with a nice peppery background. The flavor is great. Wonderful sweet caramel balanced with a spicey pepper and a great spicey hop on the finish that sits on my tongue. Good good beer. The feel was moderatly thick and velvety smooth. Drinkability is awesome. So easy drinking, sweet and balanced. I really liked it a lot.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Golden, slightly cloudy and effervescent with a creamy white head, and foamy retention.

S – The aroma is of pears and apples and great hop spiciness. Just a very pleasant, well-rounded aroma.

T – It tastes lively and funky; it has a pristine malt character punctuated by ripe fruit, both sweet and tart, discriminate spicing, and hop bitterness. There is also a bit of astringency akin to that found in the finish of Orval or Duvel. This is a great beer, exceptionally delicious and yet widely palatable.

M – Nice effervescence, on the refreshing side of medium-bodied, a solid feel.

D – This is exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazed apricot with an explosive bundle of beige head.
Nose of baked apples, vanilla cream, chalkboards, and twiggy herbs.
Begins broad and sweet-leaning, full of sugar cookie dough and vanilla wafers. An interval of caramel nougat and grain follow. Then generally fruity with apple sauce and pear. Yeast adds white peppercorns and sage. Rock-like later on, full of granite, slate, and limestone mustiness. Tempered flashes of spiced rum. Ends with a dessicated flower and stem hop exclaimation.
This sets itself apart in its feel, full of both sparkle and substance, as this clocks in pushing full with a levitating carbonation.
As drinkable as it gets, guzzleable throughout as it twists and turns with each additional sip. This is a true miracle give how huge it is in every direction.
Holiday brew? This is liquid Jesus.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid looking brown tone with orange highlights. A nice beige head recedes to a thin fillm that sticks around nicely. Lace is clingy and sporadic. Nose is perfumey, floral and spicy alltogether. Also fruity and orange-like. Even a little candyish. Very nice. The palate tells my this is one tasty beverage. Nice hop traits: dryness, hebalness, a recognizable, but understated bitterness, spiciness. Pretty cool. Some bready yeast undertones. Orange comes into play midway through. Some slight grainy malt tones surface every now and then. Slight musty/farmyard character adds even more depth to this complex brew. A light-medium body with just the right amount of spritzy carbonation makes this one drinkable (and enjoyable) beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a magnificent cloudy burnt sienna-orange color with a fluffy off white head. Strange aroma, can discern some hops and a bit of peppermint, malt and possibly some other spices, but subdued. Taste is most unique, unlike anything else I've tried. I recommend that if you find a bottle, buy it; can't miss the pale green wrapper on it. Mouthfeel is most excellent, effervescent and crisp. A lingering astringent aftertaste of lightly zesty hops and dull peppermint leaves. Totally unique for a Christmas beer. Floored by it.

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Photo of ZachT
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, wrapped in paper without a label on the bottle. The first pour from a long-standing 750ml bottle is surprisingly clear, and its amber body displays orange and gold highlights beneath a magnificent pillow of soft and creamy white foam. The second glass becomes murky with the lees, but the brilliant head remains and it holds exceptionally well, leaving some very nice rings of lace about the goblet. The nose is fresh, exciting, and enticing with a combination of lightly fruity, earthy, and mildly musty yeast; delicately sweet malt; and bright, grassy hops. In the mouth it's very fine-bubbled carbonation is not as effervescent as might be expected, but rather median; and it's medium body combines with it to leave it just lightly tingly and then velvety smooth across the palate. The flavor is not overwhelming... to the contrary, it slowly draws you in, bit by bit. Some light, juicy and subtly tart fruit appears up-front, immediately backed by a soft, delicately candyish malt that wraps it like a blanket as a pillow of grassy, lightly floral, and somewhat spicy hops appear. Or are they spicy? Bolder peppery notes appear almost at the same moment. And a flick of alcohol is present as well; so is the peppery spiciness coming from the alcohol, spices, hops or a combination of all three? Who knows? Who cares? It finishes dry with some lingering pepper and a combination of citrusy and dried-apricot-like fruitiness that leaves you only partially satiated and wanting more. Raspy, pine-like notes and a bolder bitterness develop at the back of the throat as you progress through the glass, almost begging you to go back to the supple, juciy and citrusy fruit found at the start. Wow! What an enticing beer! It's certainly not what one might expect of a holiday ale (think bolder & spicier), as it's so much more the seductress. Refined... elegant... regal, perhaps. A brilliant pale ale that should be available year-round, and welcome on the dinner table at any time. Very nicely done!

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4.52/5  rDev +18.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber orange cloudy with an effervescent bubbly carbonation, this one was done in small batches reminscient of some hard to find farmhouse ales lacing is excellent fine Belgian webbed patterns. Aroma: A bouquet of floral Hallertau blended with a piney honey tinged tone with a streak of spicing to bring holiday cheers. Taste: I absolutely fell in love with this Belgian rarity, possibly up there on my all time favorite Belgian ales as well as Christmas beers I've tasted. Fruity tones accented and surrounded by the rush of pine cone like hops, so excellent this kind of hopping with the lucious malt backbone this is the Ruination of Belgian bier just a step below Properings Hommel in my opinion. Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a champagne like carbonation this one is hard to beat. Drinkability: My lord I indulged in this beer at the Sharp Edge on a Thursday by Saturday this beer was sold out there they moved two cases like nothing. Found it at D's Sixpack and picked up their last two bottles just excellent for a dinner brew or just if chilling around and the snow's coming down crack one of these babies it will put a smile on your face.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of rudy0908
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
3.8 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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