De Ranke Père Noël | Brouwerij De Ranke

De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
BA SCORE
3.79/5
451 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#16,163
Reviews:
232
Ratings:
451
pDev:
12.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy cloudy.Lots of lace, two samples and the colder bottle, newly opened, with strong carbonation was more tasty. The warmer one with sediment at the bottom, was fine but not as tasty. Noticeably fruity and spicy Belgian more than anything, and would like even better in the cold wnter. Sampled at Cole's Belgianfest.
Had a bottle a year later at cellar temperature and observed a nicely cellared spicey yeast melange, good drinking.A year and a half later, just as good.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the be beer was pretty nice, it doesn't have any aromas of a christmas beer, I was really surprised by that. The taste of the beer has some fresh sweet grains in there along with some hop bitterness in there too. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had a solid amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good, I wouldn't ever say that this is a Christmas brew though.

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Photo of nmann08
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that quickly dissipated and left some lacy patterns in the center and a ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass. A slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Aromas of spices prominently stand out in the nose along with some hints of alcohol and yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite spicy and has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked and makes this beer relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With massive hop bitterness and otherwise strong Belgiany character of dry fruit flavors, spicy balance, and vinous note, this Christmas Ale foregoes the common holiday spices for the spices of hops and well brewed Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

The pour brings a mildly hazy, strong golden color with a froathy coat of foam with fair staying power- only reducing to an intermitten sheet mid way through the session.

Aromas don't show the breath of hops, but rather display a balanced blend of bready/sugary malts, fruity esters, and spicy pepper and alcohol. A fairly standard scent from Belgian Strong Golden Ales.

Flavors start out similarly with a soft powdered sugar sweetness that seemingly disolves in the mouth, along with esters of green apples, pears, and under rippened berries. As the beer progresses, it gives the impressions of orange zest, corriander, white pepper, and mint. Eventually the beer intensifies toward sharp grassy flavors, lemon grass, peppermint, and resiny bitterness.

Creamy, rich, and full early, the beer shows a quick transition towards dryness, crispness, and a hoppy-sharp astringency. Alcohol warmth gives more of a spicy note than heat.

Overall, the beer has the same progression and intensity as Achouffe Houblon Dobblet IPA but with slightly different flavors throughout. Still this beer is on par with the better hoppy Belgian Ales from that region.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, green tissue paper wrapped bottle. I am moderately enamoured with the cartoon Santa trying to prop up the (relatively, possibly?) big-ass chalice.

This beer pours a murky, roiling, dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of very finely foamy sateen off-white head, which leaves a few well-wrought instances of bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, earthy, musty Belgian yeast, a twinge of dry caramel, and dank leafy, forest floor hops. The taste is more bready cereal grain malt, a growing spiciness that I can only really depict as a multiple personality imbued peppercorn essence, some subdued zingy yeast, a hint of citrus pith, and softly soused leafy hops.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, but generally on the level, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt still holding court, the white pepper bowing slightly, and the yeast getting out before last call.

One of the better BSPAs that I have yet encountered, but also one that has little to do with anything remotely Christmas-like. Ok, maybe I grind pepper onto my potatoes and turkey, but that isn't quite the idea here. A good tipple, just maybe not one to that directly complements all those endemic holiday baked goods.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle gushed a little once it was opened, i'm guessing due to handling. It poured an opaque rusty orange, with an initial fluffy head that dwindled down to a thin collar.

Bubblegum is the primary aroma, supported by light banana and apricot, soft herbal hops, backed up by a little earthy nutmeg.

Hops are subdued in the taste but definitely present. Light bitterness in the background, with a soft, cheesy hop character. Orange peel and fruit esters are also present. Yeast gives a certain level of smoothness. Carbonation is soft. The 750 was split two ways, which is probably the ideal serving. The hops seemed to build up and numb the palate a little bit. Last year I remember this being more earthy and spicy without much of hop character, maybe this is a fresher bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of long lasting foam. It left sticky, thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange zest, dried fruit and Christmas spices.

T - It tasted spicy with a touch of candy sugar. It had a bitter hop bite over some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This a really hoppy Belgian ale. It almost tasted like a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty hazy beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of Saaz dry hops with some light dry funky notes. Taste is dominated by dry Saaz notes with a light funky notes, some floral notes and a quite dry ending and all this being supported by a nice Belgian malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experience but maybe a tad too dry to be enjoyed on a repetitive basis.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating but assumed to be from last year. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple, grape, caramel, pepper, pear, clove, earth, toast, grass, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, bread, toast, pepper, clove, apple, raisin, herbal, earth, grass, pear, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness. Good amount of tart earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, pepper, bread, clove, herbal, grass, candi sugar, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor complexity with decent balance; a light amount of astringent earthy bitterness is present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian ale. Solid flavor complexity and balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice a rich gold with real pech colored hure a tight formed 1/2 finger white head atop,slight medicinal hop aromas along with some earthiness and light overripe pineapple.As in the nose slight medicinal notes intertwined with citrus fruits give it a pretty good hop profile all along a pretty big dryer earthiness is there a hint of mustiness shows thru as well.A Belgian pale I like not overly yeasty with a nice hop profile,I would buy again for sure a nice treat on tap.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up at West Lakeview in Chicago. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a golden color with a creamy, dense head that reaches several fingers high. Lots and lots of lacing though not necessarily the best retention. The nose is pretty plain with some mild spicing--maybe a spruce-like character. The taste is a bit astringent and harsh, really. There is an odd bitterness in the finish. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Really dry finish. This is pretty odd overall and I'm not quite sure what they were going for.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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