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

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RATINGS: 230   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (15946) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9079) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2011
0.75l bottle from jaghana - cheers! Brown colour, large beige head. Vinous aroma with herbs and roasetd malts, also fresh peaches in the aroma. Interesting combination of sweet and malty flavours/caramel, vinous character and a shy touch of fruit (peach, red grapes). Smooth palate. Very nice indeed, I enjoyed it very much.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle.it pours hazy deep amber with a medium off white head...the aroma is malty aroma, spices, caramel, sugar... the flavor is malt, spices, liquorice, yeast...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7658) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy deep amber with a medium steady off white head. Heavy malty aroma, spices, light anise and sweet caramel. The flavour is ginger, spices, liquorice, malt and yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Rich, clear reddish-copper with small, bubbly, off-white head that doesn’t leave much behind. Aroma: Dry fruit and caramel malts balanced by pretty strong hop spiciness. Slight Belgian-like yeast noticeable. Taste: Very fruity and malty (plum, banana, caramel, candied sugar) but also very spicy, with metallic bitterness, clove and pepper notes. Almost tastes like a mixture of Belgian, English and German styles. Somewhat strange but still tasty. Palate: Relatively high carbonation, medium body, off-dry finish. Overall: Interesting beer overall even if I can’t really place it, as Biere de Garde doesn’t seem to mean much here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (9388) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, sweet fruit, spices. Taste is malt, caramel, choclate, oranges, spices. Medium body, soft carbonation. 030911

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (14257) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Clear brown/amber with tiny off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, nutty, little fruit, hops, little sweet, bread and a little bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Bottle and Draft with Vinnie numerous times. Pours a juicy brown with a frothy, two-finger off-white head. Aroma of fresh Juicy Fruit gum, grapefruit, bananas, plums, fresh red cherries, Belgian candied sugars, malts, toffee, and some fresh raisin hints in the finish. Medium, perhaps even full, bodied with a soft, juicy, supple, yet supportive and rich mouthfeel. Flavors of ripe cherries, vanilla, Juicy Fruit gum, sweet malts and some slight red grapes. Finishes clean, refreshing, and moist. Superb beer. Tragically underrated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2011
750 mL bottle. Pours a deep burnt sienna with beige head. The aroma is yeasty with some peppery spice, toffee, over-ripe peach, distant black cherry, and a bit of black currant. The flavor is a bit on the fruity side with the cherry, peach, and black currant that I picked up in the nose, as well as a sweet orange note. There are some caramel and toffee qualities behind it. There are some very subtle hops in there. Peppery spice along with slight alcohol, mint, and coriander. Not amazing, but not bad either.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2586) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of grain, straw and roasted, light orange and dough for the hops and yeast, with hints of wood and faint dried fruit. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with virtually no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is clear light red/tan. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, oily with a carbonation between lively and fizzy. A very drinkable Biere de Garde, it just could use a little more of everything.


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