De Ranke Pere Noel

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • 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 Review

This is an interesting entry as a holiday or Christmas ale as it doesn’t follow the usual characteristics of being big, malty and sweet and instead fairly closely follows the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style. These are sometimes also called Golden Ales, due to their appearance, but don’t be fooled; they can be powerful and alcoholic, and can often have floral and mild malty profiles or even well-hopped and muscular characteristics.

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.

Greg Zeschuk

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