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De Ranke Père NoëlDe Ranke Père Noël
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Belgium | website

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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226
Ratings:
427
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +14.2%
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 SolipsismalCat
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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 vande
4/5  rDev +5%
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 -8.7%
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 Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber color, a little murky, with about two and a half or three fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – somewhat hoppy smell, but otherwise I’m not pulling much out of the smell, except that there’s a bit of a muskiness.

Taste – hoppiness in the taste as well, as well as a muskiness. The bitterness of the hops doesn’t hit until toward the middle of the taste.

Mouthfeel – fairly well balanced, not leaning more toward wateriness or creaminess.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but at the same time not extremely intriguing either.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep broze color with one finger of wispy beige head.

This one had a light aroma of ripe fruit, fresh earth, caramel malts and alcohol.

The taste was much like the aroma with ripe fruit, caramel malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of earthiness. A bit on the boozy side.

Medium bodied and sticky with a light carbonation.

A solid Belgian Strong Ale from the folks at Brouwerj De Ranke.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a thin wisp of white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The note of brett cheese quality has a hint of barnyard character to it with a pear ester note in the finish. The aroma was pretty clean.

T- The soft brett note is followed by some dry ester hints and a yeasty character that blends with some grapefruit bitterness in the finish that is both brett and hop flavored.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz finish with no alcohol noticed.

O- The nice brett character is a bit clean and the fizz hides some of the character but the grapefruit flavor really grows as the beer warms.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a chilled ale glass, courtesy Calvano

A: golden orange; good head (dissipates quickly)
S: sweet citrus smell, very inviting
T: orangey bitter ale—fantastic flavor, one of the best syntheses I've had of a belgian and an IPA-style; the spice and fruit flavor does the trick, I think

Overall, a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head and some nice lacing and head retention.

Père Noël has the earthy yeast notes so typical of Belgian breweries. There is an overall earthy hop quality, but I also notice some citrusy hop aromas, as well. The overall scent of the brew is slightly hoppy, a bit dusty with a sweet malt backbone.

The taste greatly reflects the scent. Earthy overtones with sweet malts, and a gentle hop bitterness. Tastes of tart citrus fruits, as well.

Medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel; this brew is easy-drinking if a little underwhelming.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

The name implies a holiday ale of some kind, but it isn't really. It's a strong, yet smooth, ale. Poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head. Pleasantly hoppy, and somewhat yeasty, in the nose and to the tongue, with just a tinge of spice. Smoother than a witbier; not to heavy or bloating. Nice all-around selection.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, amber brown with a fairly thin white film and slightly moderate lacing.

S: Mild pine, yeast and citrus hop. Some spiciness.

T&M: Tasty, hopped up belgian ale. Medium-light bodied with a slightly rough carbonation. Crisp and mildly dry on the finish.

Very good ale. Would definitely like to try it fresher as I just purchased on the close-out rack at the local Total Wine & More.

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Photo of kkipple
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really cheap ($2) bottle at my local Total Wine. I like De Ranke, so why not? Dumped into my usual TK small goblet. There is a date bar on the bottle, but it's not notched. Alas.

Fine separation between frothy head and state here. Dense, creamy cap atop a fizzy, rich dull golden beer. Very soapy nose initially, eventually giving way to a dry, Noble-hopped Belgian with grassy, mildly earthy / floral scents. Flavor remains dry, Pils-malt flavored Belgian with a little pine and hay. Just a touch of orange peel. Reminds me strongly of Poperings Hommel Ale, just not as good. It's... okay.

Medium bodied mouthfeel here, with smooth, pleasing carbonation and a dry, grassy-light bitter hop finish that sticks to your tongue and lingers.

I finished this, and it was worth the $2 and decent. Not sure how fresh / unfresh this was, so a bit annoyed at that, but still. De Ranke makes great beers; this is maybe the weakest offering from them I've tried. Would try again, but nearer to the source.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very murky cloud of amber brown colored brew with a modest white cover and great lacing. The aroma brings a polite but definitive evergreen yeast and subtle citrus hop and some mild cinnamon nutmeg. Nice. The flavor makes a mark with lots more yeasty lemon hop with a clove hint on the tongue. It's medium-light in body with plenty of lively carbonation and a crisp feel. It seems pretty drinkable if you enjoy this Belgian IPA idea. This is a bit grassy which detracts for me but it's a nice blend with some subtle ideas floating around including some banana and corriander but it's mostly a polite but edgey Belgian hop brew and I have no idea why this is billed as a Christmas brew. No complaints though. Worth a try though maybe not the price this bomber typically goes for.

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

A- Orange to amber hue, nice 1 finger head, alive with carbonation.

S- Hops come out strong on this... some lemon, a bit of, and some yeast in there too.

T- Hops out the gate first and prominent across the profile, with some mild grain presence. Hints of spice, some phenol and a faint yeasty undertone.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, slightly biting from the hops.

D- Very nice easy drinker.

O- Well balanced, interesting, not too heavy and impressivey hoppy for a Belgian. De Ranke has my respect.

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Photo of nanertak
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers head, somewhat hazy amber. Darker than I had anticipated. Long, long head retention.

Smell - Slight funk and earthiness mingled with some honey. Spices(mostly just coriander), some wheat in there, hint of solvent.

Taste - Slight sweetness fades quickly to a tartness and black pepper zip. Very dry finish, lingering bitterness. Complex. Very well done.

Mouthfeel - Zippy. Medium body and a lot of carbonation. Very dry finish.

Drinkability - Very interesting. Good beer. Complex and interesting. Great holiday beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
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 mynie
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Ranke. These here sonsofbitches know how to take a Belgian beer and making it all hoppy like.

Pours like an APA. Medium fizzy, medium amber, with a nice fluffy white head.

Smells earthy and hoppy. Not much by way of Belgian yeast, but there's enough hop/must/soil complexities to keep a weirdo like myself happy. I mean, seriously, what's wrong with me, where I'm excited to drink something like smells like dirt and a basement? But it smells like a really appetizing dirty basement, like if your mom kept an herb garden downstairs and some of your fondest memories were of helping her water the oregano (please don't read anything weird into that last sentence--it's amazing how fine a line there is between stretching an explanation and being cryptically metaphoric.)

Tastes like a fabulous combination between an American and Belgian PA. You got the fruity barley of a Belgian, starting things off, moving into a rusty, earthy middle, then into dry and citrusy hops, and then a finish that smacks of coriander, white pepper, and grass.

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Photo of pioppo
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A limpid orange-coloured beer.. A the end it's more hazy because the yeasts is in the bottom of the bottle. A very fine and very persistent white foam!!

S - Apricot and peach.. Very spicy and hot flavour!! Also plums and figs. Then come the ethylic and medicinal. Good and interesting smells!!

T - The spicy return widely in the mouth, helped by the high level of alcohol. Probably this beer isn't at his best maturation.

M - Poor body and smoothness but very dry beer. Good to finish the day and the holiday with the right spirit!!

D - Engaging drinking, I surely want it another but at a good level of maturation..

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

Pours a murky, orange-brown color with a cream head. Head falls to a very small one. Thin, airy head.

Very interesting nose. Some sweet malts mixed with Belgian yeast. Dark fruits and a bit of funk. Smells like every style of Belgian mixed together. Deep down it smells like a fruity Rochefort 10.

Interesting taste too. I can taste the strong dark Belgian like a Rochefort or St. Bernardus followed by a tart berry flavor, cherries and a bit of farmhouse funk. Hops are very noticeable.

Medium to full bodied and rather smooth. Low carbonation.

Can't say I've ever tasted anything like this. Very different Belgian flavors mixed together but with plenty of hops. Interesting brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Chincino
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap at a bar in Philadelphia. I also bought a bottle of it to go from the Foodery beer store in Philly.

I had wanted to try it because I've enjoyed other De Ranke beers and I figured I'd try it during the holiday season. The beer poured to be orange/golden color with an inch of white lacing.

It smelled strong of citrusy hops. The beer was light and smooth to the taste. You could definitely drink more than one in a sitting. A good holiday brew.

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