Monday, December 19, 2016

De Ranke Père Noël

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20ChadPolenz (1735) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 24B Belgian Pale Ale

AROMA: Mild malt aroma; slightly sweet notes and a hint of fruit. Not especially estery. Slight cardboard presence. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty copper hue; very hazy body. Small, off-white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Sweet caramel and honey maltiness with minor toasty flavor underneath. Finishes with a harsh astringency and musty character. Bottle is old and probably heat damaged. There is some orange and banana character from the Belgian yeast as well as peppery phenolics (the good kind). The off-flavors are difficult to overlook, but can be ignored with a discerning palate. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Smooth texture. Subtle alcohol warmth is pleasant. Leaves a musty/drying aftertaste, though. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I can tell this is a great brew when fresh. Though flawed, this old bottle is still decent. 6/10