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


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RATINGS: 229   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a small, beige head. Metallic spicy aroma with a hint of caramel and some yeasty notes. Slightly sweet with flavors of yeast, spices, caramel and metal. Slightly bitter finish with straw, spice and yes metallic notes. Strange metallic flavor throughout I didn’t enjoy.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
This is a good Biere de Garde especially if you like orange flavors. Nutmeg and spicy flavors too. Finishes clean crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Pours a deep clear amber with a dense khaki head. Head dissipates to a wisp but leaves some soapy looking lacing. Smell is wonderful. Spicy and citrusy hops. Terrific aroma. Can’t say that I’ve had much that smells like these hops. Popperings Hommelbier smells similiar but not exactly like this. Taste is a nice biscuity malt followed by the unusual floral hops. Far less dominant in the flavor the hops. Finishes surprisingly clean with a crisp hoppy finish. Mouth is medium. Only faint hops in the aftertaste. Really good and really drinkable. I could recommend this beer for the aroma alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Rich, clear reddish-copper with small, bubbly, off-white head that doesn’t leave much behind. Aroma: Dry fruit and caramel malts balanced by pretty strong hop spiciness. Slight Belgian-like yeast noticeable. Taste: Very fruity and malty (plum, banana, caramel, candied sugar) but also very spicy, with metallic bitterness, clove and pepper notes. Almost tastes like a mixture of Belgian, English and German styles. Somewhat strange but still tasty. Palate: Relatively high carbonation, medium body, off-dry finish. Overall: Interesting beer overall even if I can’t really place it, as Biere de Garde doesn’t seem to mean much here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
High light brown head on a dark ruby body. Enticing aroma, and the promises are delivered when time has come to taste : a well-balanced christmas beer, not very malty, with fruity (orange, nuts) and choclate hints, and a nice aftertaste. A very well made christmas beer indeed

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
a 12ox bottle into a stemmed bulb. color is rusted deep red. Aroma reminded me of kids medacine with the yeast, light sweetness and odd fruit mix of grape and pit fruit. Taste was robust malt but a little different. Good experience to have but not amazeing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brix (647) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Tasted 2010-03-13. Bottle from 2009. Pours golden / amber with off-white head. Sweet ’n’ spicey - christmas style. A little cloying, and with a slight metallic aftertaste, but overall a decent, drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Fresh bottle 2 mos old.The first couple whiffs of this were pretty good. Mandarin oranges,some spice and candy like fruitiness. The first couple sips were the same. Within 10 mins or so everything good about this beer just faded out and it ended up tasting like a slightly sweet amber beer with some of those St. Joseph orange aspirin tossed in and a too dryish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
psilosophy (592) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2012
Bouteille de 25cl. Une couleur franchement ambrée, une mousse honnète qui tient correctement. Elle ressemble clairement à son illustre soeur : la Jenlain ambrée, le malt torréfié, le caramel et le bouquet automnal. Toutefois, malgrè un degré d’alcool légèrement inférieur, elle semble un peu plus corsée et accessoirement, un peu moins bonne! Trouvée à 8 à 8 - Vitry en Artois

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