Brewed by Duyck
Style: Bire de Garde
Jenlain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
The festive season just wouldnt be the same without this speciality beer whose arrival is always long-awaited. The tradition of Christmas beers is particular to northern Europe. In the years following the Second World War, the breweries used to sell an original, richer and stronger beer at the same price as year-round beers: this was their gift to their customers. The Duycks have perpetuated this custom by creating a special beer sold at the usual price. Produced with more malt than Jenlain Ambre (3 different types of malt made from French grown barley and 3 varieties of the most aromatic hops from Alsace), this top fermented, unpasteurized beer, best served at between 6 and 8C, has a rich amber glow, a denser head and stronger alcohol content (6.8% alcohol by volume). Darker than the traditional amber beer, its torrefied undertones are reminiscent of flowers and caramel. And the 2002 Christmas beer had a hint of orange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 19, 2016
28-Nov-11 (750-ml corked-and-caged bottle: Purchased 23-Dec-07 for $7.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA)
So, when I drank this beer back in 2005, I proudly proclaimed it a very complex and unusual beer. Hmm, not so sure about all that anymore, but the fact remains that I still really enjoy this beer, even if its actually a pretty simple offering. Sweet and malty, with flavors of caramel candy, toffee, and brown sugar, the beer is like good pop music (almost an oxymoron, I know): simple, easy, not challenging, yet somehow for something that is candy-like, its still satisfying and fun. Aromas of sweet caramel candy, toast, toffee, and milk chocolate. Medium in weight with light-medium carbonation. Hazy to cloudy in appearance, the brown body is capped by a small, light-tan head that settles to a thin ring. Enjoyable!

26-Jan-05 (750-ml bottle: $10 at OBriens in San Diego, CA)
I can safely say this is absolutely one of the most unusual and complex beers Ive ever tasted. The aroma tells you that right off. It smells somewhat like a sweet malt liquor, but with a fairly strong orange scent. In the flavor, I get orange peel, bubble gum, a sugary sweetness, gummy bears, spices, and light bitterness. However, as the beer warms, I think the beers character really comes out. And I mean warming to room temperature. Its a big bottle, so I have plenty of time to actually finish it. At this point, a really nice English fruitiness and caramely maltiness emerges in both the flavor and nose, and adds a degree of familiarity. The palate is sweet, but the light bitterness keeps it from becoming cloying. Dark amber or light brown color, its hard to tell because Im outside the bar and my only real source of light is from the car lot across the street. Clear in appearance. Off-white head is somewhat bubbly and gradually fades to a dimpled sheen. No lace. I think this beer takes some getting used to as its just so odd, but with an open mind and a little patience to let the beer open up, youre rewarded with a pretty nice beer with a flavor that will stick in your mind for a long time. (7, 3, 7, 3, 14 = 3.4)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olio (9370) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2016
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 16.10.2008.
Pours clear mahogany color with a very small head. Sweet malty aroma, mild cardboard-y notes, hay and some toffee, mild caramel. Sweet caramel flavor, toffee notes, malts, somewhat nutty. Soft carbonation, a bit too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (10653) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2016
750 ml bottle. BB 16/10/2008. Merci Timo A! Reddish brown color with a small tan head. Raisins, dark fruits, sweetness, some cardboard and mild malt in the aroma. The flavor is dark fruits, sweetness, brown sugar and some musty notes. Soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1460) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2016
Appelsin, lime og lidt andre frugter. Ikke s meget humle en fin julel, der nok skal drikkes til mad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBHansen (738) - Kge, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle @ DE. Appearance: Pours clear golden with short lived white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste notes: bread, a bit of caramel, anis and orange. palette: medium aroma, average carbonation, thin to medium body, average to notable caramel sweetness, low to medium bitterness, medium duration and a watery texture. Overall: a bit thin and not quite fond of the spice mix in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrodooo5 (1509) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Hmm, quite different but I dont think it works! Pours dark copper w/ a tan head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is rather soft w/ some subtle hints of caramel. The flavor resembles ice tea. There is no hop presence whatsoever & it doesnt really feel like a beer at all. Im no expert on the style but this isnt my cup of tea. Lol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (991) - Delaware, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Nice amber brown color. Malty sweet aroma. Taste of slight spice, sweet malt, hay. Its OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
llkc (1578) - rhus, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
Duft appelsin lime rde. Frugt,smag appelsin lime blejuice sdme mandariner

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (3006) - Husum, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
Flaske: Ovenp bjldeklang var dette klart et skridt op, men stadig forholdsvis ligegyldig og bare drikbar. Ikke nogen stor oplevelse men i det mindste smagte den ikke som at slikke p et stlrr.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
vonpolski (32) - Borup, DENMARK - APR 15, 2014
Dark ambergolden body with a off-white head which falls like snow. An aroma of dried fruit and malt. A good note of fruit, vanilla and spices. The heavy alcohol makes the beer strong and vinous (madeira-like). OK to a good heavy Christmasdinner.

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