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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%
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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Fresh bottle 2 mos old.The first couple whiffs of this were pretty good. Mandarin oranges,some spice and candy like fruitiness. The first couple sips were the same. Within 10 mins or so everything good about this beer just faded out and it ended up tasting like a slightly sweet amber beer with some of those St. Joseph orange aspirin tossed in and a too dryish finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
(750 ml bottle: $10 at O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) I can safely say this is absolutely one of the most unusual and complex beers I’ve 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 beer’s character really comes out. And I mean warming to room temperature. It’s a bit 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, it’s hard to tell because I’m 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 it’s just so odd, but with an open mind and a little patience to let the beer open up, you’re rewarded with a pretty nice beer with a flavor that will stick in your mind for a long time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
thak you to the mighty DARKELF for sharing this bottle at o’briens. Pours an amber hue with no head. Aromas of orange peel, colve, spice, and a little mint. mmmmm...this is unique. Mouthfeel is medium odied with flavors of oranges, spice, cinnamon, and hone. The finish is slightly bitterm but the sugarary sweet, and bubblegum flavor mellows it out. This is one of the most unique brews I’ve had yet.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joergen (23277) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Golden colour with small white head. Malty aroma with notes of oranges. Flavour is dominated by oranges with notes of malt, hops and spices. The oranges is too dominating for my liking.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Orange, with a smaller head. Unpleasant aroma. I certainly taste some citrus, probably orange. Kind of like a bad orange soda. Not very good.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Smells like skunk, but a nice pour. VERY interesting flavor. Taste like orange candy. I like. Crazy french people!

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6649) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal), with notes of DMS, vegetation, detergent, and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Ugh...man oh man, what a shitty sample this was. Smells like someone dumped a can of Miller into an already bland French beer. Will get a second crack at this at BJ’s Winter Beer tasting, so we’ll see if this was a bad bottle...sure hope so, but frankly this just seemed like a poorly made beer.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Clear and ruby-red hue was nice, but the head faded away into nothing, quick. Very sweet nose with a strange, synthetic-like quality. Light and delicate body; soft and tingly carbonation; seemed a little too light and thin. Sugary-sweet malt base (much too sweet) reminded me of one of those sugar-coated orange wedges. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Dry and sugary in the aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
High light brown head on a dark ruby body. Enticing aroma, and the promises are delivered when time has come to taste : a well-balanced christmas beer, not very malty, with fruity (orange, nuts) and choclate hints, and a nice aftertaste. A very well made christmas beer indeed

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Copper. Unpleasant aroma of corn, strawberry, lemon, orange gummy bears, caramel and dying flowers. Upon tasting, sickly sweet and only bareable in tiny baby sips. Tastes of melting plastic, orange seasoning, spice and toasted malts.


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