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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14044) - 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 (10796) - 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 (10349) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Sampled on 12/27/2008. This Biere de Garde pours a medium amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice retention and decent lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, bready and some green apples. A medium bodied Biere de Garde. The malts are caramel and sweet. Somewhat bready with a good dose of ice tea and some green apples. The hops are fairly mild and mostly earthy. It gets a little sweeter and the hint of orange intensifies as the beer warms. Nice beer, very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Havent had a Biere de garde in a while, it was nice trying this one. Pours a bright reddish copper colour with a huge off white head. Slightly bready on the palate, rich caramel malts. Mouthfeel is pleasent, soft and spritzy on the tongue. Aroma is soft, sort of tart,lemony notes with green apple and watermelon.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2008
The label looks like a title card from an old movie, so I couldnt resist trying this at Papago. Pours a warm amber color with an off white head. Smells and tastes almost like a sweet pale ale. Flavors of hops, orange peel, faint peach, and skunky yeast. Yawn.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 Bottle. Very interesting beer. This is the beer version of a Grand Marnier. It has aromas of orange and caramel. The flavor profile has a very distinct orange characteristic with some alcohol hotness, that really reminds me of Grand Marnier. It is also a bit sweet and hence a tad cloying when it warms up. But a very intriguing beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. High and long lasting creamy off-white head leaving nice curtains. Beautifyl clear copper body. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and a good deal of oranges. Mild and sweet caramel with no other special charecteristics. For a christmas beer my expectations are higher and I consider this beer relatively boring with a low carbonation, a short aftertaste, no spices, nothing special.


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