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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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Yorker (1091) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2012
75 cl corked bottle @ home. Pours clear slightly dark amber with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is sugar, yeast, caramel, spices, and some dark fruits. Flavour is caramel, suger, and dark fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an orange amber color with thin white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and earthiness. Sweet fruit taste with slight bitters. Smooth. Tasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a one finger short lived white head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma of malt, citrus, and light caramel. Taste is citrus and malt with a hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin. A good beer but a little boring.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1040) - SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
Slightly hazy amber in colour, the thick white head sinks fast to leave a thin patchy covering.The nose is a pleasant mix of malt & hops, quite toffeed really. the caramel notes appear on the palate too, quite sweet and fruity, but has to be said, overall a bit cloying. Peckhams, £1.65 for a tiny 25cl bottle.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Clear red color. Small head. Aroma of spices and sweet sugar. A little chocolate malt aroma as well. Taste is a little caramel and sugar. Some iron taste in there too. Finish is a bit harsh as this burned a bit.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2002
(Dark) amber colour with a nice off-white head (many small bubbles). Wonderfully fruity, lightly sweet aroma which practically makes your mouth water. Initial flavour is sweet (drops) and quite flowery!?! Well balanced by a fairly long, pleasantly bitter finish. My no. 1 French beer (so far anyway)!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rane (868) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber with huge brown head. Aroma sweet malts, spices. Taste dry, malty and some spices, caramel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ken1 (858) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
Sweet and flavor of spices, slight bitterness. Hints of caramel. Dark golden in color with a white head.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
annunz123 (846) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Spice, flower, and a little funk in the aroma. Flavor is dull and metallic, with a thin mouthfeel. I’ve liked other beers by Jenlain, but this is a pass.

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.


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