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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (8921) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2011
0.75l bottle from jaghana - cheers! Brown colour, large beige head. Vinous aroma with herbs and roasetd malts, also fresh peaches in the aroma. Interesting combination of sweet and malty flavours/caramel, vinous character and a shy touch of fruit (peach, red grapes). Smooth palate. Very nice indeed, I enjoyed it very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Ruby/dark copper pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg. The flavor is sweet and caramel malty up front, with emerging cinnamon, figs, and cacao beans. It gets sweeter and spicier as it warms, and is a good representation of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A comfy head recedes over the reddish-amber glow.
-The sweet oranges aren’t overdone in the aroma, which is also comprised of soil particles and yeast.
-The sweet fruity malt presentation offers peaches, apricots, and oranges.
-This is a well-rounded mouthfeel, with quite effervescent carbonation.

What if you dig deeper?
-Earthy yeast and dryness tickle the back end.
-Caramel fruitiness is fun but gets a little bothersome halfway through the glass.
-"Nouveau goût à l’orange"?!? That was a scary neck label. Thankfully, oranges are well-integrated.
-A sweet bière de garde novelty which can please the masses, as well as a few beer geeks.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (8699) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle picked up at Carrefour, Citi Europe, Calais, France 22-02-10 consumed 26-02-10 Pours dark orange with a light beige head. amber. Flavor is sweet with some honey flavours, touch of orange bit of spice, quite decent but if truth be known it wasn’t fantastically memorable. A6 A4 F6 P3 Ov12 3.1

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (8401) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, sweet fruit, spices. Taste is malt, caramel, choclate, oranges, spices. Medium body, soft carbonation. 030911

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8121) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle in Menton, 2006. Amber beer. Lots of orange added to it. It seems like their regular amber beer, with a decent malt flavor and an earthiness there as well. Good hopping. It is nice, because it starts with a good beer, although I think the spicing and orange addition are a bit overdone. With food, it became less noticeable and much better balanced though. Interesting, but the orange is way overdone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2007
Amber color, and a bit unclear. Off-white head, mostly lasting. Has a caramel/molasses aroma. Flavor is mainly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8070) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. High and long lasting creamy off-white head leaving nice curtains. Beautifyl clear copper body. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and a good deal of oranges. Mild and sweet caramel with no other special charecteristics. For a christmas beer my expectations are higher and I consider this beer relatively boring with a low carbonation, a short aftertaste, no spices, nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (7990) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
750 from Monument Wine. Pours see-through amber with a thin beige head and a spicy aroma. There is a too sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of holiday spice and a peppery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7582) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Bomber from the Bayou. Pours a ruddy brown color with a medium white head. The aroma is rich fruit cake and spices. The flavor is similar; very sweet caramel and candied cherries, malty, lots of spices, smooth and quite drinkable. I liked it. Smooth.

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