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

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4240) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2009
750 ml. Reddish-copper with an eight-inch of creamy, lasting foam. Grainy caramel and light lemon on the nose. Flavor is grilled corn, caramel, citrus, wood and hay. Nice combination, but a bit too much tortilla flavor. Near-medium body is watery and dry.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts and oranges. Poured orange/amber in color with a medium-sized, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of oranges, malts, and cardboard. Light to medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt and orange finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5594) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Copper, big loose beige head. Very malty, yeasty aroma, with maybe a hint of sour. Flavor is very toasty, bready, with a very mellow sourness. Maybe a hint of smoke and molassess in there, as well. Tasty and surprisingly quaffable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeanF (1891) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - OCT 31, 2009
Huge big cork pop, it’s good to be on a fourth floor balcony to watch it fly away! Decent amber colour and okay head. Nice bready aroma with some soft spices. Tastes like dark malts, grains, with nutmeg and warming hops in there. A good Noël brew for sure.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenrikSoegaard (11760) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle at Jydske Øldage 2009. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice fresh aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (15000) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2009
Sample at Esbjerg beerfestival. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, malt and caramel. Some xmas spices as well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Brewed in France..... Courtesy of AFI96, thanks Waylo. Pours amber color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, warm bread and spices. Taste is also of caramel, spices, fruits and earth. Mouthfeel was dry and finished a bit on the sweet side. Not bad overall, and one of the better ones from France.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
(Small bottle at Ambleteuse, France) Amber-colored beer with a thick head. Taste was very abrussive bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11552) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2009
bottle 75cl, thanks faroeviking. this bottle best before 05.10.2007, tasted 10.01.2009. pours a cloudy red amber with a large yellow/brown head that lasts but is fluffy. collapses after a minute or so. aroma of aged beer, well balanced flavors, christmas spices, caramel, slight fruityness. flavor is spicy, caramelly, sweet, sawdust, honey. i can taste the aging has done some damage, but mainly to the palate, and it has added some cellary notes.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2008
Clear dark deep amber with a medium off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with malty notes. Sweet flavour with peach and malty notes. Finished sweet.


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