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
Ratings:
449
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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8
Gots:
39
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Photo of ninaturner
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMESSER88
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChipChaight
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dunkelganger4
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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 TBStout
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MShloss
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -14.2%
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 smi69
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 JohnSnowNW
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobAM
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but I've had better Belgium beers.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Korbynlehr
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrDell
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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 desint
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slongie
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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