In this winter beer blog, we are going to sample out a Christmas Ale from Belgium. De Ranke was founded in 1994 by Nino Bacelle. They brew several different Belgian Beer Styles all year-long. There is not too much information on this brewery on the web. Let us get into the beer.
It has a hazel golden color with a big white head on this Belgian ale. The smell is a heavy spices. The taste is sweet carbonation spices. The aftertaste has a hint of caramel. It is a kind of drinkable beer. There is a ton going on in the beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.deranke.be):
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.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter: No Twitter address
In closing, this beer is just like all the rest of the Belgian Strong Ales on the market. I am not saying it is a bad beer. I rather spend my money on Duvel and get more liquid. It will give the beer drinker more of a value. I did enjoy this beer and it was great on New Year’s Eve. I am glad I try it once. I recommend you trying it and maybe you will find something in that I did not find in it. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser