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

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5796) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Shared 750 ml green corked "champagne" bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Moderate but nice aroma, malts, herbal hops and a hint of caramel. Harmonious flavour, not very sweet, herbal hops, highly drinkable. Better suited to accompany Christmas dinner than its sweeter Belgian counterparts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3623) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Flaske hos Ole Anders juni-13: mm, kveldens åttende og den første virkelige højdare. Bare godlyder rundt bordet. Kan fort bli et bedre menneske av dette.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
annunz123 (924) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Spice, flower, and a little funk in the aroma. Flavor is dull and metallic, with a thin mouthfeel. I’ve liked other beers by Jenlain, but this is a pass.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4281) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber with thin, creamy off-white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is cereal malt, light caramel, herbs, dates, pears, light dates, and some faint spice. Flavor is dry, bready malts forward with some supporting herbs, light spicy and grassy hops, some dark fruit esters, and faint caramel; dry finish. Light/medium body and low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10827) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange to brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, pear esters, peppery alcohol, nutmeg notes and spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, spicy and peppery alcohol with light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (4197) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Whole Foods, Bowery 750ml ($6): (bottled as Jenlain Winter... abv is the same, so I assume that I make no mistake) Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is yeast, sugar, fruit, and caramel. Taste is a bit sweet, and it leaves a lingering sugary aftertaste. Carbonation is somewhere is the middle. Body is nice and full. I had an off-taste in a couple of swigs that tasted like cheapness. Overall, this is not bad though.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ryanscourt (970) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Amber/copper in color, fairly clear. Metallic, malty aroma. Taste is of burnt malts with belgium like spiciness. Lively carbonation. Strange flavor profile. Didn’t do much for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rane (956) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber with huge brown head. Aroma sweet malts, spices. Taste dry, malty and some spices, caramel.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Yorker (1661) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2012
75 cl corked bottle @ home. Pours clear slightly dark amber with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is sugar, yeast, caramel, spices, and some dark fruits. Flavour is caramel, suger, and dark fruits.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2012
From Andreas. Bottled, 091212. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Flavour with yeast and spices


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