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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
75cl bottle. Thank you MissDolle:-) Amber with a creamy lasting head & lacings. Spicy & malty aroma and taste. A lot of sweet caramel. Smooth mouthfeel. Very pleasant!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13513) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle, 6.8%. Clear dark copper colour. Small tan head. Citric, spicy aroma. The flavour has a nice, subtle spiciness that makes it very drinkable. Citric notes, orangy. By no means overpowering, but very pleasant and well-balanced.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (13248) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
2005 75cl bottle from Auchan. Red chestnut colour with thin beige head. Almost like a nuttly, spicey malty shandy. Overly carbonated with spice/citrus finish. Bit of tea and candy sugar too. Not that nice. Lemon flavours and the spice are a bit artifial and it doesn’t all sit together very well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13160) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2007
Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. The fourth french beer this night, all proving better than what most people would expect from France. This is surely the best one, and pours a clear, copper body topped off by a beige head. The nose is a bit sweetish, with orange and a pronounced touch of cellar. It has a nice flavor, with caramel, oranges and sweetness. The oranges and sweetness goes all the way to the finish. It could use more body, as it is a bit thin, but overall it is a nice beer. (061229)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12425) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2005
Bottled, 0,75 ltr (vintage 2005)
Color is typical to style: reddish amber-copper brown with quickly fading off-white head. Aroma is quite caramellish and suprisingly a bit alcoholic. Some fruits too there (orange is mentioned in the label). Palate is quite thin for 6,8% beer. In the start grassy hops are dominating together with chocolaty (!) notes, then fruity and metallic. In the finish there is some alcohol and light fruity hops. Typical bière de garde, not very Christmas-like, maybe plum flavors can be counted for it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2000
Softly malty, spicy, apple and nutmeg. Bigger flavours than the regular Jenlain, and more complex in its spiciness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a darkamber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, florals, and apples. Flavor of malt, mild hops, and spices with a dry, carbonated finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2005
(75cl bottle) Clear copper body with medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange liqueur. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some spice, plum. Finishes with light alcohol astringency. Watery medium body, somewhat undercarbonated. Definitely not at all what I think of from a BdG.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
[Vintage 2006]
Pours a rather clear coppery with a nice, but small creamy white head that rather quickly turns to a staying thin film. Aroma is a little mouldy, lidt biscuity maltiness and a good dose of spicy hoppiness. Dry mouthfeel, perhaps a touch on the thin side. Flavour is dominated by lightly roasted caramel, some oakiness and a well-balanced spiciness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11025) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Amber with a lasting white head. Bready malt dominates the aroma. Sweet and malty flavour.


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