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 15/20
douglas88 (8466) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (8436) - 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
blipp (8284) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Draft. Pours amber gold with a thin head. Light aroma with a sweet malty hint. The flavor has a sweet malty base with some fruity and toasty notes and some light toffee notes as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (8031) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Aroma is spicy and malty. Taste is moderate sweet caramel, spices. Smooth mouthfeel, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7883) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy deep amber with a medium steady off white head. Heavy malty aroma, spices, light anise and sweet caramel. The flavour is ginger, spices, liquorice, malt and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
750ml bottle pours a clear, bright amber. Looks like ginger ale. Creamy white head. Nose is sugary, fruit cake, cherries, apples, light spice. Flavor is sweet, light malt, cracker, cherry, fruit cake, cake icing. Medium bodied, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2007
750mL bottle, 2002 I believe. Poured medium orange with a lovely initial cap of creamy off-white head that receded to a fine film. Right out of the bottle, this had a dry, dusty aroma without much other character... opened up to reveal spiked oranges (screwdrivers come to mind), sweet candy, and caramel... floral accents. Flavor had a thick, dusty caramel base with orange candy sweetness emanating outward.. floral notes and alcohol inter-laced through there.. tasty and sweet.. a tad cloying, though. Rather thick on the palate with a decent flow.. just gets caught up a bit at the finish. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (7376) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal), with notes of DMS, vegetation, detergent, and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Ugh...man oh man, what a shitty sample this was. Smells like someone dumped a can of Miller into an already bland French beer. Will get a second crack at this at BJ’s Winter Beer tasting, so we’ll see if this was a bad bottle...sure hope so, but frankly this just seemed like a poorly made beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a dark orange with a spare white head. Aroma of orange Kool-Aid, yeast and spices -- smells alright but not like any beer I’ve ever smelt. Sweet and odd flavour of citrus, sugar, malt and spices (and other stuff I can’t place) is somewhat cloying. Thin bodied. This is definitely unique but in the end it’s too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7254) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 19, 2007
Bottled(250ml). –Deep golden/amber coloured, medium sized pale beige head. Sweet malty aroma with notes of spice, fruit, caramel and toffee. Just a few tiny hop hints. Sweet fruity and mild alcoholic finish. Nice notes of banana and orange in the aftertaste. In comparison with other Duyck beers that I’ve tried this Noël is quite good.

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