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Brewed by Duyck
Style: Bičre 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.


2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ChainGangGuy (4706) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
750ml bottle - $4.54 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened orange body with a bubbly, off-white head that’s soon settled out. Smell: Simple syrup and cheap bottom-shelf alcohol coating some fruits, including some dried citrus accents. Might be more to it, but I’m not sticking around longer to find out, as, instead of failing to even pull me in, it’s a beer that pushes you away with its shortcomings. Taste: Toasty malts, a bit of basic caramel, and some simple, unrefined sweetness. Then, a sip of coarse, well-level alcohol quickly scuttles the taste after the dreadful opening. Light cherries, but, with the booze, it yields a hint of cough syrup medicine. Growing dried bitter orange peel midway and into the sizzlingly crisp finish and beyond. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, with some sugary stickiness to it. Moderate level of crisp carbonation. Overall: Each sip was a bit worse than the last. Frankly, I was quite glad to be done with it and, no, I didn’t get through the entire bottle. Nothing resembling a quality Bičre de Garde here at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maverick34 (2870) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 Draught. Pours a dark reddish brown. Weird tastes and aroma. Candy? Unclear. Rather carbonated. Ok but not amazing

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
750mL at DC Elite. Pours a clear amber with not much of a head. Aroma of brandied orange, copper, metals, but the primary note is spicy, sweet brandy and orange cognac. Taste is sweet, watery, big metallic. I really want to like this beer because it has a lot of potential but ends up being very difficult to drink even in a small snifter. Copper penny character is just too much.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5637) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a clear dark amber - fizzy - moderate head - nose of dusty yeast, toasty grains, light esters, orange peel - a tad sweet up front, but the flavor is mostly snappy, toasted grains, yeast, light cherry - herbal bitterness on the tail end - lingering dustiness - nothing all that complex, but not anything I would call flawed - meh.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
tap - grainy notes, but sweet not dry. soft herbal body, citrus orange. playful tingly carbonation. tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (8685) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
750 from Monument Wine. Pours see-through amber with a thin beige head and a spicy aroma. There is a too sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of holiday spice and a peppery finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Clear dark orange brown pour. Not much going on in the nose. Some metallic and tangerine notes. Tangerine flavor with herbal, minty notes. Okay.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
17th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Amber coloured beer. Light and creamy. Malty tones backed up with a distinct orange marmaladey fruit and strawberry and red fruits. Complex and lip smacking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6974) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
750ml bottle pours a clear, bright amber. Looks like ginger ale. Creamy white head. Nose is sugary, fruit cake, cherries, apples, light spice. Flavor is sweet, light malt, cracker, cherry, fruit cake, cake icing. Medium bodied, sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (19887) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Bright amber color. Aroma of very subtle butterscotch. Taste has lots of malt. OK.


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