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


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RATINGS: 229   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8704) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: Like nothing I ever tasted before. Not very Christmasy tasting, but a very nice Christmas gift. Not the greatest beer I’ve ever had, but a very unique beer and after try over 800 beers that’s saying something. I wasn’t used to grassy hops being matched with the very malty, nutty, toasted flavors and aromas. It made for a very different profile. TECHNICAL: Bottle. When it poured it looked clear, reddish, brown (chestnut), but when held to the light it was mored of a dark orange to light brown. It had a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and didn’t leave much lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy toasted, nutty and caramel malts; light to moderate grassy hops; peach, cherry, apricot, and toffee. The initial flavor was rather sweet; while the finish was very sweet, lightly bitter and ever so slightly sour with an average duration. There was caramel malt, toast, nuts, champagne, red wine, grassy malts, cherry and a little citrus. The light to medium body was very easy to drink and was a bit syrupy and then ever so slightly dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (5019) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Pours deep amber into a snifter. White head quickly recedes to hug rim. Sour pit fruit aromas. Sweet and fruity upfront turning slightly sour in the lasting yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a thin off white head. Smell is orange citrus and spices with some caramel candy sweetness in the background. Tastes of toasted grains and candied sugar, light caramel, musty, herbal flavor along with a little clove, orange peel, some spiciness. Very champagne like mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Bottle. Deep amber pour. The nose is sweet and a bit honeyish with an unusual dark candi sweetness. A fairly odd kiss of clover honey and a bit of strange herbal character. There is some bitter orange on the back. It’s hard to put my finger on why I don’t like this, but I really don’t Tap at Ginger Man. Clear pale amber pour with no head. The nose has very little aroma actually. A touch of light candy sweetness and a little bit of soft toasted sweetness as well. It is strangely clear with little contribution of either yeast or malt. There is just a touch of orange peel and some cotton candy. Very, very strange brew. A touch of citrus on the back. Peppery 6 3 6 2 11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2010
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2009, Esbjerg. Pours a clear dark amber beer with a weak offwhite head. The aroma is weak with malt. The flavor is sweet. The palate is sweet. Overall a beer just above average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2301) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle. The beer pours an amber colour with a thin off white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma has a dry and slightly fruity scent as well as a mild crystal malt aroma. The taste is average. It has a thin and watery crystal malt flavor that does have some light nuttiness in the finish, but overall is dry and boring. It’s a bit fruity with some light musty character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (7371) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Draft. Pours amber gold with a thin head. Light aroma with a sweet malty hint. The flavor has a sweet malty base with some fruity and toasty notes and some light toffee notes as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Clear copper kettle color/ fleeting head. Strong chestnut, grassy earthy aromas. light/medium body. Earthy malty chestnut flavors with mild grass, lightly sweet caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (2242) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Taste sample at Whole Foods Bowery. Amber with ring. Malty toasted brown sugar aroma. Malty toasty caramel very nutty bready with very mild bitter finish. Ok, strangely sweet and nutty. Takes some getting used to.

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