De Ranke Pere Noel
Reviewed by Greg Zeschuk on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide
- Brewery: Brewery De Ranke
- Origin: Belgium
- Rated On: N/A
- Best Before: 09/2017
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool
- Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
The Pere Noel is clearly a very effervescent beer that pours a robust, cloudy golden beer with a fluffy two-finger head. On the nose it’s fairly subtle with slight grassy hops, floral notes and toasted malts. One can’t help but expect a mild beer based on the nose.
The flavors are lovely and direct; it’s got a clean simple taste without excessive bitterness, some ripe fruit in the mid-palate and a finish with pepper and biscuity malt. It’s nicely balanced and very easy drinking. Its body is light with moderate carbonation that imparts a slightly creamy character. In spite of the 7% ABV there’s practically no alcohol warming.
As noted at the outset this beer is slightly unusual for a holiday release as it doesn’t follow the usual rich flavor characteristics but instead is a subtle Golden Ale in every sense; it’s balanced and tasty. This would be great to drink practically any time of the year.