De Ranke Père Noël | Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
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De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke

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

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Photo of bsuedekum
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
2.02/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- A rusty apple cider amber greets my eyes. Good two finger head, ad strong bubbling. Let's you know this a highly carbonated ber.

Aroma- Soapy hops and Belgian spices. Not a good combo.

Taste- Soap!!! I poured some of this beer into a different glass to make sure there wasn't any soap residue on my end affecting the flavor of this beer. Yep, the beer just tastes soapy. Must've got a bad bottle I guess. Tatses like hoppy soap with coriander and anise

Mouthfeel- Very soapy and overly astringent. Hard to drink.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.06/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of AdamBear
2.08/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A-dark orange gold with just a very thin white head that disappears except around the edges.

S-smells like spoiled pale belgian spices. its a strong scent. definitely smells tart...the scary thing is i didn't think this was supposed to be tart, so now i'm wondering if this beer was spoiled by accident or on purpose. definitely does not smell right.

T-comes in with a very, very off flavor of melted plastic and some pale belgian malts. this beer tastes horrible. it honestly tastes like a chemical of sort. there's no refuge in the after-taste. this is just off.

M-medium to high carbonation, difficult to even notice due to off flavor.

O-i'm usually hesitant to purchase Belgians i haven't heard of. sometimes i'm met with a great surprise, but there are times when the beer scares me. they scare me because i think about how this bottle has possibly been on the shelf forever since most people will just walk past something in a bland label that they've never heard of. this bottle though clearly states it is drinkable until mid i'm left to believe this is just truly a terrible beer that i'll never give another chance. tastes like a science experiment, a bad science experiment.

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Photo of Ego
2.22/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

super high score except for the head, the appearnace is of a great apple cider just made in front of you (of course due to non filtered/non pastuerized), the lace isnt much to comment about, so no 5 here. carbonation seems ok on looking.

citrus grain, sharpness in the back end of the smell, nothing amazing or apparent at all, a slight tinge of apple at best, no alcohol or sweetness too omnipresent, pretty underwhelming for an ABV of 7%.

rotten fruit-ish. like a pear that had been in the fridge too long. got the bottle from a good trusted source as well ($10.99 for a pint), it had a decent sharpness on reflection but nothing to write home about, subdued tones of citrus and apples. no real warmth to ring in the holidays.

good, but nothing exceptional, in between cream and bite, smooth but the taste is a detractor. carbonation seems right on the palette.

eh, 3 of us didnt care to finish our goblets after we let it sit. it isnt heavy, it just doesnt taste all that good or provide any sort of warmth in the gullet.

got this is the dark brown bottle with the tissue wrap, the cork was very dry (almost broke off into the beer when opening), very unimpressive, looks like a beautiful unfiltered gem, but doesnt back it up in the taste. Only recommended for purists looking to sample it all.

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Photo of Amsterdallas
2.36/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of EPseja
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Shared a $10.99 magnum bottle of this with two beer-tasting friends of mine. Light green wrapped dark brown bottle; capped and corked. Cork was so dry that it almost disintegrated upon opening.

Appearance: Very cloudy, oxidized apple, caramel orange color. Looks much like carbonated apple cider with sediment in suspension.

Smell: Sharp, metallic Farmhouse Belgian nose with not a hint of spice (odd for a Holiday ale?), and a subtle hard-cider overtone. Aged grains, distant floral hops.

Taste: Almost nothing going on here. Weak nondescript taste. Dry, phantom hop finish that winds up being slightly unpleasant after a few gulps.

Mouthfeel: Rolls around nicely in the mouth, decent and pleasant carbonation. The only saving grace of this beer, if there were any.

Drinkability: There really isn't anything about this beer that makes me want to keep sipping it let alone finish it. This is one of the very few beers that I've actually poured down the sink due to it's lack of presence.

In conclusion, this beer was unimpressive and overpriced by about $9.99 - money better spent on something else... Such a shame for a beer with a great picture on the label.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bigd84
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Alex5
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Three fingers of head on a cloudy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is barnyardish with some wet hay and grapefruit. Tough to really like.
The taste is a mixture with a sourness throughout. There’s some lemon bitterness.
A fairly crisp and light texture with a nice fizz.
The mixed up flavor profile really set this back.

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Photo of Chambic
2.59/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.23.09 at City Beer Store, served in a tulip.

A: golden, hazy, big-hole lacing

S: mild, understated, maybe citrus and some unspecified spice

T: a bit of a metallic finish

M: fizzy, a bit crunchy

D: not my favorite style of Christmas beer, but wouldn't turn it down

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

Photo of taez555
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml, best by 2010 on the wrapper.

This beer poured a hazy orange/yellowish body with a big thick off-white head.

Nose was a mix of malt, subtle spices and peppers.

Medium to full bodied. There's a bizarre hop taste. Very present and very bitter with a strong woodsy, natural root, pepper, green pepper, jalepeno pepper and black pepper taste. Malt balance isn't overly distinct, basic run of the mill Belgian. Seems more like a saison, but it's really the hop that dominates and makes this beer very unique.

$15.45 for a 750ml, don't get me wrong, I've paid 3 times as much for much less interesting beers. But interesting doesn't make good. The hops are distracting and give it an almost undrinkable natural earth flavor. I'll pass next time, even if it's on-sale for $1.50.

12/26/05, update.

My brother picked up a bottle of this for X-Mas as well. At first maybe I thought I had a bad bottle, but nope. Tasted exactly the same. He couldn't even drink it and he's just as much a beer nerd as me. Again, I could maybe undersand it, but... thought the flavors just didn't meld.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pere Noel had some nice champagne-like qualities in its flavor and mouthfeel, and an interesting aroma, but there wasn't really enough flavor to it to really peak my interest.

This beer poured an opaque orange-pink with lots of fine head. Aroma contained lots of earthiness, isoamyl acetate (banana/circus peanuts), and ethyl butyrate (bubble gum). There was a champagne flavor and mouthfeel, but not much in the way of flavor. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I wouldn't recommend this beer.

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Photo of MrMonkey
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber with golden highlights around the edges and a 1/4" off white head that fades to a ring and a small floating cap. No lacing.

Smells of grassy, floral hops, Belgian yeast, a hint of candied sugar, doughy malts, and an underlying spiciness.

Something seems off right after the first sip, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's kind of sour, acidic, funky...yeast gone bad? I don't know what it is. It's grainy and watered down like a massed produced US lager. The finish is nice and dry though, and the hops really try to come out in the end, but don't quite pull it all together.

Thin and watery mouthfeel with light carbonation.

Despite the nice look and pretty good nose, the taste just isn't balanced. Maybe it was a bad bottle, maybe not, but it's not one I'm itching to try again.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Bellonc
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of planbee
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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!

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De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
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