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


on tap


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RATINGS: 232   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2006
[Bottle from Peckhams] aroma, caramel, spice, lots of fruit slightly artificial strawberrys and cherryade, some yeast. medium body, sugary sweetess. Malt character too weak, felt a little thin and unsatisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1101) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Copper color; small disapating head. Slight aroma of amber malt, caramel and toffee. Flavor also has notes of ginger, orange liquor, mixed spices and flowers like a light saison but this is a Winter brew, Brazil nuts, medium toasted malts, and honey. I’ve had this beer many times over the years and am always happy to see it again, though it’s not as big and bold as many of the Belgian holiday brews. This one I’m having is fresh but I’ve aged it and find it’s good at least two years old.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rane (1037) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber with huge brown head. Aroma sweet malts, spices. Taste dry, malty and some spices, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (998) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle at home. caramel, spruce, red, clear, aminimal head, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, average carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (992) - Delaware, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Nice amber brown color. Malty sweet aroma. Taste of slight spice, sweet malt, hay. Its OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
annunz123 (948) - 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.

   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)!

   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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