Around 1930, Germain Noffels started a beer-bottling and lemonade-manufacturing facility in Wevelgem, Belgium. His grandson Nino started brewing beer as part of the family business in 1981 and named the brewery after himself. The brewery was renamed Brewery De Ranke in 1996, when XX Bitter was launched and the current brewery was built in 2005, still a family business.
Despite Simplex being an ale, it has all the characteristics of an old-style pils. It is a blond, unfiltered, unpasteurized, hoppy and bitter that is in low alcohol. A straw blond, highly drinkable beer with plenty of flavor and character. Not like the American Blonde, with a light character and low ABV. Belgians like their Blonds much bolder, although this one comes in at only 4.5%. This golden ale finishes clean and dry, almost like a lager.