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Brewed by Duyck
Style: Bière 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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The festive season just wouldn’t 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 Ambrée (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 8°C, 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
From a caged corked green 750 ml. bottle, H-5 on the cork, but I have no idea if that is a lot/batch number, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a chalice. Poured a cloudy reddish orangey brown with a fluffy, foamy head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing. Aromas of toasted grain, candied sugar and orange, a light musty herbal and a soft spiciness. Good carbonation and a crisp, velvety smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant seasonal taste, toasted grains and candied sugar, a light caramel, a soft musty, herbal flavor along with a little clove, orange peel, some spiciness, a flash of alcohol towards the end, and a dry yeasty, malty finish. A nice and balanced seasonal ale from Jenlain, well worth trying.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 17, 2006
In the 750 mL bottle from Beertopia. pours a ruby deep amber with a medium off white to ivory head. Green bottle made this slightly skunked. Very slight orange blossom aroma peeks out of the skunk’s ass. Over powering first flavor is sweetness. A Texas Red grapefruit sweetness, without the concomitant citrus. Interesting brewed tea flavors as well. Slight amount of tannin-like wine flavors. Medium carbonation and medium body. Long finish of orange flavor without the citrus or sweetness- an orange oil bitterness. This is different stuff for sure.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 10, 2006
clear amber with a medium sized creamy off-white head. boring malty aroma. malty nutty flavor with metallic, and alcohol notes. hints of hops. not very interesing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
Bottle. Brown / red color with a tanned head. Sweet an very parfumed. Aromas of lots of orange, spices, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Dry finish very fresh and fruity..

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1851) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Pours a light brown with a small, quickly receding head. A friend and I were unable to put our finger on what the aroma actually reminded us of. Lime, quinine (tonic water), and elderberries were all possibilities, but none quite fit the bill. The label described floral notes, but I did not get any of those. I fel the flavor was slightly citric with a berry-like overtone. The label also indicated that no flavors or spices were added. I wonder if fruit counts. Interesting, and unlike any other beer I’ve tried.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (3143) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Quite a different taste to what I am used to. The taste has a Grand Marnier taste, a bit thin in the beginning but has a definitive sugary taste, with an orange presence. Would go great with Thanksgiving dinner

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2006
The aroma has yeast, orange, caramel malt, and flowers. The appearance is amber/orange with a nice foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. I like this one it’s really nice in every way but not not great in any way.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2006
[Bottle from Peckhams] aroma, caramel, spice, lots of fruit slightly artificial strawberrys and cherryade, some yeast. medium body, sugary sweetess. Malt character too weak, felt a little thin and unsatisfying.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
Aroma is malty with some burnt malts a bit of heather and pine needles. Taste is similar quite sweet but more balanced than thier other beers, again the burtness but not such a bitterness off it at the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2006
pours a lightly hazy amber with a fizzy off-white head. A floral and citrus nose really kinda expands as it warms, when this thing warms a bit a really wonderful aroma emits reminding me of orange lollypops and some holiday spice that I can’t place. Flavor has a lot of orange hard candy taste, followed by a shot of caramel and finishing with a mineral lightly spiced end. Interesting brew that really kicks in the orange candy taste as it warms, still very nice, but the body feels thin.


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