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


on tap

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (40503) - 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..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1715) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (3096) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4322) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1110) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is cellar-notes, roasted, caramel. Flavour is cellar-notes, alcohol, roasted, caramel, hop, sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle. Tastes like regular Jenlain, but with a slightly more citric/orangey characters. Some caramel sweetness, and some light herbal grassyness. This was very pleasant without being outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
just a very good balanced taste profile beverage that worked for my friend and I for supper. Orange taste was apparent and not over the top. A nice biere de garde, moderated spicey taste overall , some citrus, not too bitter nor sweet perhaps it was aged some.

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