De Ranke Père Noël | Brouwerij De Ranke

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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 smithmd4
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RickS95
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Different look than I expected for a holiday beer, but after finding out it's a pale ale, it's quite the looker for the style. A golden copper color, quite thick, that you can't see through. The head is a couple fingers thick of HUGE bubbles with good retention. As the head dies, the lacing is quite the sight.

Great smells of grape, pepper, funky Belgian yeast, and spices like coriander, cinnamon and orange peel.

Tastes more like a pale ale, which it is, than a holiday seasonal. I'm not exactly sure why this is considered a holiday beer, because it's just an any day of the week pale ale. Regardless, it tastes of pilsner malts, straw, pine, and earthy flowers.

Not quite as sweet as other Belgian pale ales, focusing instead of a hoppy bitter feeling with a spicy dry finish. The bitter really lasts too, pretty much til the next sip.

Somewhat disappointing in that it's not like other holiday offerings. The taste is run of the mill BPA, with only moderate ABV. Not a bad beer, just a bit disappointing.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TheEvilGenius
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jharkins07
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Santa hugs a tulip glass on this 750 ml bottle, shared by my wife and I. The beer is a pale amber color with lots of haze and a mammoth brilliant head. A fine looking beer. The aroma is just average. I expected more from a Belgian Christmas Ale. It's a bit fruity, some earthy hops, and has a malt character underneath. Some yeast, but overall, a very restrained aroma. The flavor, though, is strong and good. Great balance between initial sweetness and hop flavor and bitterness. Some peppery spice qualities and a nice dollop of yeast. Good. The mouthfeel is substantial and the beer is a touch warming. This is a fine beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

My third 12 Beers of Christmas beer. It pours a cloudy sunrise amber topped by a half-finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises clove, wheat, light lemon zest, light coriander, grapefruit zest, banana peel, light-ish toffee, and black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with more black pepper, some nutmeg, and plenty of dark greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a generally nice beer, but one that doesn't really impress in any meaningful way. It's tasty and solid, but nothing special.

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy yellow, very hazy, pretty much straight up new white head. One of the bigger hop aromas I've come across from a belgian, and it would loom even larger had it not been up against a pungent belgian yeast strain, this was big.

Taste was big as well, packed a lot of hoppiness in there with lots of the yeast phenols, very dry, slightly bready. Every sip was big time, there wasn't much in the way of nuance, the yeast flavor didn't impart any banana or fruityness. Can't really tell what makes this a xmas beer, its pretty much just hops and standard belgian yeast. Its enjoyable and all, its just kinda puzzling why they put Santa on the label, but then again, there's nothing xmasy about Lagunitas Sucks. . .

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle (wrapped in holiday green paper) into a Piraat tulip-snifter type glass. Body is cloudy orangey-amber with a half-finger white head. Leaves behind nice lace.

S: First I note the Belgian yeasty notes: some cloves, some generic spice. Then I get ripe apple skins, even some apple cider.

T: Interesting - bready malt up front, with a touch of caramel malt for sweetness. Then spice - clove, cinnamon and a bit of pepper at the finish. Some peach or nectarine skins. Earthy, grassy hop bitterness towards the end. Also a bit of funk. Bitterness borders on soury tartness at times; almost lemony at other times. Heat from the alcohol is felt in the belly as a nice warming sensation. Like I said - interesting. Not your typical wintery-spice Belgian Christmas Ale.

M: Call it medium in heft. Carbonation is modestly fizzy, but relatively soft.

O: Good stuff. This beer is all over the place, but in a good way. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Grand Cru Winter Reserve.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a while. Good lacing.

S: Spicy with some hop notes. A bit of fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Spice and Belgian yeast. I think the bitterness overpowers the other Belgian characteristics.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky and smooth. Slightly dry and alcoholic.

O: This ale had a great head and lacing, but the nose was a bit off to me, and I thought the bitterness was a bit overpowering. I liked the Grand Cru Winter Reserve slightly better.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer a few weeks ago at the Dutch-Belgium border. The shop is called Bierparadijs, situated in Meer.

Christmas is coming so this is the time to drink this one. Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks ok. Not spectacular...Tealike coulour with a one finger head. No lacing and some carbonation.

A kind of a dry-ish smell with some caramel/candysugar.

In the taste there is the same caramel touch, not much though. Taste is a bit too thin and i worder why this is called a Christmas beer.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of beaufreka
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mosley1212
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - a murky, but bright, golden pour with a refreshingly clean white head

s - spices, some nice fruit notes in the back....Slight earthy tone with a good dose of yeast and a twist of funk

t - Some funkiness thrown in the middle of a blend of fruitiness/yeastybread/earth.... Christmas that only Belgium can bring

m - A medium bodied, clean drinking beer that sort of wakes up one's mouth

o - I love Belgian Beers and Enjoy the Christmas seasonals...This was a good blend of both...

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Photo of seasonsix
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is all over the place. Pretty sure I had an off-pour, but here goes:

A - super murky. Maybe it was the bottom of the keg and I got a yeast/sediment blast - this was light brown mud.

S - belgian bouquet, light pine

T - just what I expected - floral sweetness yet undeniably strong alcohol heat, prickly herbal/piney characteristics. nice.

M - just a little fizz to assist the piney tastes, nothing over the top here.

O - overall gets the job done as far as belgian xmas goes - nothing too robust. Again, pretty sure something was wrong with this pour.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

De Ranke Père Noël from Brouwerij De Ranke
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