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

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RATINGS: 224   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, 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 (16098) - , 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 (5186) - 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 (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Bright amber color. Aroma of very subtle butterscotch. Taste has lots of malt. OK.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Sweet and malty nose with dark fruit and a touch of flowers. Taste is moderately sweet with lots of raisins, cookie dough and roses.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
On Tap @ Rattle N Hum. Clear yellow/straw, bit of white head. Aroma is faint, similar to a pilsener, some bready notes and caramel. Some sweetness on the palate, with some caramel, herbs, and spice, along with a light hop bitterness. Clean malty finish. Not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - DEC 7, 2010
nose is some spice, sweet malt, cane sugar, weak alcohol, late rotten fruit, feel is light, carb is lively with small bubbles, taste is cake, sweet malt, later weak berries

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
I did not like this very much at all. Part of Winter Warmer tasting. Exceedingly sweet and not adept at masking the little alcohol at all. Almost pilsner like at the end.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaghana (4127) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle 75 cla at Auchan la Defence. An amber beer with medium head. This beer is very basic, low complexity, just alcohol and spices, no aroma, no body just fruity orange taste and spice. Very disapointing, very common.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bomber from the Bayou. Pours a ruddy brown color with a medium white head. The aroma is rich fruit cake and spices. The flavor is similar; very sweet caramel and candied cherries, malty, lots of spices, smooth and quite drinkable. I liked it. Smooth.


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