De Ranke Père Noël | Brouwerij Brasserie De Ranke

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Brouwerij Brasserie 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.

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Reviews: 235 | Ratings: 464
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
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 WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Photo of crookedhalo
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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 moulefrite
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
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 beergeek279
4.8/5  rDev +26%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled during the BA Social held at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena on Saturday 12th October, 2003. The last in a trilogy of De Ranke beers, which we all shared.

It arrives in an unlabelled green glass bottle, the 750ml curved sided affair with the dimpled bottom, so typically used by Cantillon, Fantôme, etc. The whole bottle is wrapped in an inviting paper wrap. The De Ranke Père Noël wrapper was white, with light green decoration & red colored writing. Has a very Xmas Present look - Corked. Unfiltered & Unpasteurized.

Experiences of both clear & sedimented samples form this Review.

Appearance: A heavily sedimented orange-rusty brown color, murky from the start, but I had the last pour from 750ml as it was shared around the Table. The yeast turbidity looked unappealing. I tried some of fellow BA Seagoats; a clear pour that had a radiant amber color with copper hints. Off-white head, that left some nice lacing. Looked great.

Nose: Fruity nose, reminded me of English Boiled Candy called ‘Yorkshire Mixtures’. The strong yeast odors appear towards the end of the pour. In both cases, spicy hops are in the back-end.

Taste: A Xmas beer, Seasonally released once a year. As such, I expected much more alcohol. I was surprised at the low (for Belgium) alcohol level. I am not sure if it was the heavy sediment, or just the thick yeasty character that suppressed all but a bitter character in this offering from my sample. Seagoats sample was much more appealing. Fruity, spicy hops, herbs & other fauna, grainy malts & some yeast tinges. Light pear drop tastes at the back of the throat. Dry bitter hops in the ending – short lived but welcomed.

Mouthfeel: A creamy mouthfeel, smooth alcohol. Once the yeast enters the fray, the mouthfeel is chalk and the grainy malts break through. Above average body for a 7.0% Xmas Beer.

Drinkability: I got to try two samples; Seagoats – a very moor-ish warming drink. Mine was sedimented and much less appealing in the long term. I prefer this without the heavy sediment.

Overall: After the XX Bitter & Guldenberg, both of which I have tried before, the Père Noël was a new beer for me. After the quality of De Ranke’s other beers, I found this to be better without the sediment. With the sediment it is a rather average tasting offering. Nevertheless, if I see this one (& it’s on my list of try to find whilst in Belgium next Easter) I will most certainly give it a whirl again for sure.
Another sample is needed I feel to improve this Review.

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

Another beautifully paper-wrapped bottle from de Ranke. It's copper with a nice white head. Fruity tartness dominates the smell, but the hops are more pronounced than they are in most Belgians. Granny Smith apples and grapefruit flavors make for a nice slightly mouth-puckering taste. Alcohol smell and taste did seem fairly pronounced for a 7% abv beer.

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Photo of rastaman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice murky orange stuff. kind of like a cross between an IPA and a belgian, it works well. Slightly residual mouthfeel, with some earthy orangey notes, finish is bitter, citric and hoppy, has a nice spicyness aswell. De ranke have done it again!!!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition: Paper-wrapped bottle pours a beer which is clear bronze in color, topped by a medium-thick white head which quickly settles. Aroma is mild in its maltiness and hops, though accented by a lightly tart fruitiness – green apple, perhaps, or hints of grape. The flavor is led by a full, toffee-like maltiness, which yields gently to a floral, spicy dry finish. The aftertaste is of brown sugar. A really surprising beer for me, and a nice example of a Belgian Holiday ale!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
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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