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


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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 14/20
psilosophy (590) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2012
Bouteille de 25cl. Une couleur franchement ambrée, une mousse honnète qui tient correctement. Elle ressemble clairement à son illustre soeur : la Jenlain ambrée, le malt torréfié, le caramel et le bouquet automnal. Toutefois, malgrè un degré d’alcool légèrement inférieur, elle semble un peu plus corsée et accessoirement, un peu moins bonne! Trouvée à 8 à 8 - Vitry en Artois

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blairgus (3567) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
19 jan 2012, bottle. Smells like coke and lager. Med body and fizzy. Tastes of coke and lager and caramel. Ugh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a small, beige head. Metallic spicy aroma with a hint of caramel and some yeasty notes. Slightly sweet with flavors of yeast, spices, caramel and metal. Slightly bitter finish with straw, spice and yes metallic notes. Strange metallic flavor throughout I didn’t enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5686) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Ruddy amber with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is dusty yeast, straw, subtle spice, dried flowers and caramel. Taste is also dusty yeast, caramel, mild spices, light toffee, straw notes, and soft earthiness. Body is medium with a mild, bubbly carbonation. Ends a touch sweeter with stronger caramel, sweet malt, spices, big yeast notes, straw, light flowery notes, and toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
Clear dark amber color with a medium size off-white head. Sweet aroma. Good sweet flavor of peach and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Draft at the Farmers’ Cabinet in Philadelphia. Pours a dark golden amber color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with soapy lacing. Slightly spicy aroma with a nice balance of dark fruit and biscuity malt.  Hints of pepper and cinnamon along with some cherry and dark berries followed by biscuity caramel malt. Fuller bodied than expected with a nice balance of zesty spice, funky yeast, earthy hops, dark fruit and sweet malt.  A touch of bitterness up front followed by peppery spice that lingers over a slight medicinal character into a dry finish.  Hints of dark cherry with a nice malt backbone coutering the fruit/sweetness.  Hints of caramel malt and biscuit toward the finish.  Compl and much more flavorful than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1437) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
Sweet and flavor of spices, slight bitterness. Hints of caramel. Dark golden in color with a white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1945) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours amber with off white film of a head. Aroma is caramel, earthyness, dark fruit and breadyness. Taste is sweet with faint bitters on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an orange amber color with thin white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and earthiness. Sweet fruit taste with slight bitters. Smooth. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (14809) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 281011

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