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De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
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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

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Ratings:
446
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 446
Photo of Beginner2
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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 dcotom
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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 thebeers
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expires 23/07/17. Hazy orange color with three fingers of lush off-white head. Long lasting with decent lacing.

Sweet aroma with apple cider up front, slight Christmas spices and some yeast and subtle grassy hops behind.

The taste is much more bitter, almost aspirin-like, with the addition of some slight caramel malt and a dry aftertaste. Relatively light, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Sort of middle of the road to my taste.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dirty amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Below average lacing.

S: A fair aroma of Belgian yeast, apples, and spices.

T: Tasted of several types of fruit, including apples and a little citrus; some spices (nutmeg, pepper), a good amount of Belgian yeast, light malt notes, more hops than I expected, a aspirin / medicinal quality in the finish, and a tinge of licorice. Not a bad flavor, but it's uneven; the spices should have been more apparent, and the medicinal quality should not have been included at all. Uneven, but not bad.

F: A well-carbonated beer with an overly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, but it definitely has its good attributes. Worth a look.

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Photo of donspublic
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into wine glass(all I had) nice 1 finger head, recedes but never goes away, Nice lacing. Dark golden amber in the glass, yeast in suspension. Mild Belgian yeast esters on the nose with some spice on the nose. Taste different than the smell, getting some muted fruit, slight spiciness, missing the standard Belgian yeast taste, but has a nice spicy dry finish, good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Gold in color with a large white billowing head
Aroma: Cracker malt with a small cheesy note
Taste: The taste follows the nose with less isovalerlic character and with more depth of the malt character along with an interesting melange of minerality, oxidation, and a grassy/floral note on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel with high carbonation
Overall: This beer is past its expiration date and the degradation of the flavors show that quite clearly and seems to be lost between a pale ale and a Christams ale

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange-gold with fairly heavy haze. Large cream colored head is dense and long lasting. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Nutmeg, earth, and cut grass. Some hops which I think contribute to the earth and cut grass. Green apple and pear towards the end.

More caramel malt on the tongue to go with a weird licorice flavor. Pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Grassy, earthy hops with something floral as well. Belgian yeast throughout along with a soapy undertone.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Fairly dry with some metallic notes. Licorice seems to linger, bitter and unpleasant.

A weird beer that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Is it a Belgian Pale? a Christmas beer?, a hoppy Belgian? It really doesn't quite get it right for any of those categories. Nothing seems to blend well or complement.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber colored beer with white head, 3/5" in depth. Actually comes off unexpectedly hoppy. But the yeast phenols are no slouch in this one and they still beat out the hops in the aroma, although they gave it quite the go. More phenolic than spice rack.

Taste was a big flavor beer, those hops and phenols are still duking it out. It doesn't really taste like anything that makes me think of Christmas. I thought I was getting into a belgian winter warmer. Instead I got a belgian tripel ipa or something.

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

750 mL capped bottle wrapped in paper, came in the Rare Beer Club shipment. Poured into a stemmed glass.
Golden color and nice, white head on the beer.
Belgian yeast and spices on the smell and taste.
A bit hoppier for a Belgian ale, but still get the distinct Belgian yeast and spices coming through as mentioned for the smell and taste.
Nice overall feel and enjoyable beer.

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

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x08.Very bitter at the beginning. Then its bitterness fades away and leaves its place to an also delicious sweetness. No trace of liquorice

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Photo of MrDell
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

20.12.2015

De Ranke Père Noël
Belgian Ale - 7% - 75cl bottle - Best before 09.09.17


Appearance: Cloudy golden ale with a beautiful big creamy white head. Tiny slow moving carbonation moving up centre of glass. Lots of lacing courtesy of the creaminess.

Aroma: Beautiful sweet yeast, hops and malt. Fantastically balanced on the nose.

Taste: Yeast upfront, then a hint of honey and liquorice followed by a looooong hop finish and then, when you're not expecting it, the licquorice creeps in again.

Mouth feel: Creamy and smooth.

Overall: I don't know if I would have been able to name the licquorice had I not already known it's added during the brew but it certainly gives this beer a unique flavour. I enjoyed this one on an unusually warm day, sunny day out side in December and it was a perfect beer for the occasion. A welcome change from the usual dark spicy and sweet Christmas beers, this ones hoppy, sweet and then bitter. It's certainly a beautiful looking beer and the aroma is also fantastic. 8.5 / 10.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with a BB date of 2018.
Poured, with some sediment, into a Belgian snifter. Hazy honey colored body is topped by a decent sized and quite durable head. Splotchy lacing.

Aroma: sweet and fruity with a fair amount of alcohol.
Flavor: moderately bitter. Bready, nutty and lightly fruity.

O: An Xmas ale that is neither sweet nor spicy, this will break some expectations for some.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

.A: Pours golden-orange with a finger-width head, which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.
S: A bit tart on the nose, strangely reminiscent of sour beers. Citrus fruit, Christmas spices, light malt scent.
T: Contrary to the nose, no sourness. Slightly more bitter than expected. Carrot-like on the forefront, followed by earthiness and spice. Tastes like a boatload of herbs went into this, probably helping to contribute to the bitterness.
M: Light body, rolls through the mouth with ease.

Decent, but not the best of the style. Worth trying for the intense herb lovers.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This interesting little brew was enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. Ale pours a hazy deep amber golden with a effervescent white head that dissipates quickly to a very thin ring with little lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, citrus fruits of lemon and orange zest, spicy peppery hops, and sweet Belgian yeast. Flavors, with a good little rest in the glass give rise to sweet candy malts to the front and sides, sweet tart like citrus flavors to the sides as well, and a white pepper and bittering hops bite in the back as well as on the aftertaste. Smooth, wet, well carbonated mouth feel. Would love to have a bigger bottle of this to lay down for a number of years and try again. Very deep intense flavors that improve with warmth. Cold it is just a lightly sweet bitter beast, warmed it is a complex multi-layered delicious brew that keeps me going back and changing my numbers.

Happy New Year----Cheers!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beatiful orange, hazy beer with a two finger high, white headthat leaves lacing on the glass when it slowly sinks down to a thin top on the beer.

Nose: Belian yeast, citrus, orange, grass, honey, pear and melon.
Taste: Grassy hops, herbs, orange zest, citrus, white pepper and grapefruit.
Mouth: Medium body. High carbonation. Crisp. High bitterness that stays in the mouth and ends with some sour-sweet tickling feeling at the back of my tongue.

A beatiful Belgian Christmas beer from De Ranke (of course). De Ranke still hasn't disappoint me - They always produce great beer!

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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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Photo of mwilbur
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)

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Photo of thierrynantes
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.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangish-brownish colour. Huge fruit and booze notes on the nose with hints of herbs. Taste offers apricot and stone fruits, some nutty/marzipan notes and a big bitter finish to cut through the sweetness. Bottle-conditioned, so big carbonation.

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Photo of rdickey
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark gold, almost bordering on brown, body is topped by a fine, off-white head that lingers a reasonable period and leaves narrow strips of lacing.

S: The expected pepperiness is complemented by a nice grassy hoppiness, along with a hint of citrus.

T: The hops hit my tongue first, and although the grassy element remains, it is now complemented with an herbal element that adds an appealing depth. There's a slight hint of anise, an expansion of the citrus, and the classic Belgian white pepper rounds it out.

M: Moderate to high zippiness works well here; it almost floats in my mouth.

D: I will be the first to acknowledge that this isn't the most Christmasy beer, at least in the traditional sense of dark, spiced and generally heavy ales. Nevertheless, it's a very nice beer and, given that I love Belgian pales, I'll pick one up around the holidays whenever I have the opportunity.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was fortunate enough to taste both 2010 and 2013 vintages side by side at the bull and bush holiday event last night, and my take on this beer is that time does not flatter it at all. it pours a dark honey color with rusty orange hues and a robust whitish head with excellent retention. the nose is strange, juicy, rotting fruit, and Belgian yeast, an odd combination. it smells like compost when its half ready, less earthy, but equally sort of sweet and vinegary, not fully appetizing. the flavor is fresher, but still with a juicy fruity element that doesn't really fit what I thought knew about holiday beer. not overly spiced, but some herbal flavors hit, as does some bitter citrus in the finish. Belgian yeast seems out of place for the flavor profile too, this is all over the place. the 2013 vintage had a decent mouthfeel, bubbly and cleaner than the messy taste, but the 2010 had lost its vigorous carbonation and came across particularly thin as a result. I didn't really care for either one, as they lacked that winter warming property that I love about holiday beer. I would pass this up if I encounter is again.

edit: as with many belgian beers, especially lighter ones, the draft version of this was far superior to any bottle experience i have had. the hop profile remains in tact, very much a belgian pale, with nice bitterness from the hops to balance the fruity yeast in the finish.carbonation was also bright and active. way better in this format, bumping up a few scores to reflect that!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De Ranke Père Noël has a very thick, creamy, off-white head, an initially clear, quite bubbly, amber appearance, with little tan grit suspended throughout, and some moderate lacing left behind on the glass. The beer clouds up when the bottom contents are swished and poured in. Aroma is of spices (white pepper?), some citrus peel, malt, grain husk, and sweetness. Taste is of white pepper, other spices, white bread, malt, fairly strong bitterness, citrus, sugar, but no licorice. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, to an extent, and De Ranke Père Noël finishes semi-dry, spicy, and drinkable. Overall, this is really tasty.

RJT

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Photo of Chico1985
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour is dark copper-ish orange with some haziness. Thick off-white head retains well as a patchy cap that leaves good lace.

Scents of sugar cookies, big herbal and earthy hops, Belgian farm, yeast, citrus.

Taste is quite farmy, hoppy, and sweet. Lots of herbal hop, spices, citrus, grass, sweet caramel malts, honey, some bread, etc.

Quite carbonated, seems overly foamy. Feels bigger than 7% with some alcohol heat there.

Strong flavors in every area (hops, spice, farm, sweetness) make this seem a little all over the place, but it's good overall. Complex and somewhat intense flavors for 7%.

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Photo of bump8628
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classy packaging, typical of De Ranke. Light amber, mostly clear, with a thick clumpy white head that sticks to the tulip. Just a nice spicy Belgian ale, big black and white pepper notes, along with a wallop of grassy hops. A hint of liquorice adds some intrigue but isn't obvious or overwhelming. Very dry and digestible. A snappy, almost chalky, hop bitterness lingers on the finish. This doesn't scream of the holiday season, but certainly screams of a quality, enjoyable Belgian ale. De Ranke makes good beer, I wish we got more of their range around these parts.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel on this one isn't too good.

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