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

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RATINGS: 228   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange to brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, pear esters, peppery alcohol, nutmeg notes and spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, spicy and peppery alcohol with light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10347) - 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
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2008
75 cl. Bottle. Deep red-brown colour. Aroma of is sweet with caramel, toasted malt, some spices and bitterness. The flavour is rather sweet and malty with spices, some dark fruits and caramel. Sweet malty spice finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 5, 2000
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 from supermarket Carrefour, Morteau, France - pours a clear amber colour under a solid foamy pale beige head; some toasted malts, dust and fresh cut apples; medium-bodied and sweet, juicy and with a very low bitterness; slightly dry fruity and malty finish - inoffensive

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Dark amber and moderate head. The aroma and flavour have notes of candy sugar, fruit, apple peel, and the flavour also has sweetness and citrus. Rather boring, when you think of the 2002 vintage. It had distinct notes of orange and Christmas Spice, that gave that little extra, that made it worth remembering IMO

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle... Clear amber ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Excellent, creamy retention. The aroma is of bicuity malts, vanilla and mild orange. Honey-sweet, vanilla flavor; not all that fruity. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Sweet finish. Overall, too sweet for me.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
just a very good balanced taste profile beverage that worked for my friend and I for supper. Orange taste was apparent and not over the top. A nice biere de garde, moderated spicey taste overall , some citrus, not too bitter nor sweet perhaps it was aged some.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
750mL at DC Elite. Pours a clear amber with not much of a head. Aroma of brandied orange, copper, metals, but the primary note is spicy, sweet brandy and orange cognac. Taste is sweet, watery, big metallic. I really want to like this beer because it has a lot of potential but ends up being very difficult to drink even in a small snifter. Copper penny character is just too much.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Bottle. Deep amber pour. The nose is sweet and a bit honeyish with an unusual dark candi sweetness. A fairly odd kiss of clover honey and a bit of strange herbal character. There is some bitter orange on the back. It’s hard to put my finger on why I don’t like this, but I really don’t Tap at Ginger Man. Clear pale amber pour with no head. The nose has very little aroma actually. A touch of light candy sweetness and a little bit of soft toasted sweetness as well. It is strangely clear with little contribution of either yeast or malt. There is just a touch of orange peel and some cotton candy. Very, very strange brew. A touch of citrus on the back. Peppery 6 3 6 2 11

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8750) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle - 750ml. Light musty malt aroma. Clear amber with small head. Light musty malt flavor - very light flower notes. Nice body - a bit on the weak side but good flavor. A nice Biere de Garde on the light side.


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