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


on tap


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RATINGS: 232   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (1771) - 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 (2126) - 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 (1104) - 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 (17786) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9164) - 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.

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7877) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (10431) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (15501) - 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.

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