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

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RATINGS: 228   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.


2.8
   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 (4463) - 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 (6927) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Tasted at a Christmas in July party with a few fellow SoFlo beer geeks. I can’t really say too much about this beer other then the fact that it carried a good amount of spice to it, along with citrus notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3794) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Copper pour with a thick white head that fades down to a little less than half an inch. Flowery and sweet aroma with a mild spice hint. Flavor begins rather spicy and bitter with a light touch of cocoa immediately behind it. Caramel and spice come in near the middle with a very light hint of nuts and bitter hops. Finishes bitter and slightly metallic.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Corked bottle.
Pours an average glassy amber with an aroma of nutty, diluted bourbon and sweet biscuit. Flavor is malty raisin sugar water and a touch of fall leaves. Watery mouthfeel. Meh.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 3, 2010
Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is light malt and light acidic. Flavour is malt, heavy orange and spices.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Tasted 2010-03-13. Bottle from 2009. Pours golden / amber with off-white head. Sweet ’n’ spicey - christmas style. A little cloying, and with a slight metallic aftertaste, but overall a decent, drinkable brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8172) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle picked up at Carrefour, Citi Europe, Calais, France 22-02-10 consumed 26-02-10 Pours dark orange with a light beige head. amber. Flavor is sweet with some honey flavours, touch of orange bit of spice, quite decent but if truth be known it wasn’t fantastically memorable. A6 A4 F6 P3 Ov12 3.1


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