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

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RATINGS: 226   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5679) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
Aroma is malty with some burnt malts a bit of heather and pine needles. Taste is similar quite sweet but more balanced than thier other beers, again the burtness but not such a bitterness off it at the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2005
This pours clear copper with a fizzy tan head. The aroma is grainy with caramel, orange, and floral scents. It has a spicy taste, hot malt with orange peel, white pepper, and a bit of nuttiness. It’s got a crisp, hop bitter finish. Tasty stuff.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2008
Bottle from super saver. Pretty sure this was not a fresh release. Hazy amber body with a 2 finger tan head. Overripe fruit, spices, honey. Very thin mouthfeel. I didnt finish this one or my notes. I kept tasting moth in it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle. Tastes like regular Jenlain, but with a slightly more citric/orangey characters. Some caramel sweetness, and some light herbal grassyness. This was very pleasant without being outstanding.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle: Clear caramel amber color, big head and nice lacing. Nose of bright herb and fruit, some yeast, alcohol and night malt. The flavor is fruity, lots of cherry and fig, some light malt and a hop/alcohol note. Thin but good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2012
From Andreas. Bottled, 091212. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Flavour with yeast and spices

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5342) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Ruddy amber with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is dusty yeast, straw, subtle spice, dried flowers and caramel. Taste is also dusty yeast, caramel, mild spices, light toffee, straw notes, and soft earthiness. Body is medium with a mild, bubbly carbonation. Ends a touch sweeter with stronger caramel, sweet malt, spices, big yeast notes, straw, light flowery notes, and toffee.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5319) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Shared 750 ml green corked "champagne" bottle, from Voldby Křbmandsgaard. Reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Moderate but nice aroma, malts, herbal hops and a hint of caramel. Harmonious flavour, not very sweet, herbal hops, highly drinkable. Better suited to accompany Christmas dinner than its sweeter Belgian counterparts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Sampled on 12/27/2008. This Biere de Garde pours a medium amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice retention and decent lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, bready and some green apples. A medium bodied Biere de Garde. The malts are caramel and sweet. Somewhat bready with a good dose of ice tea and some green apples. The hops are fairly mild and mostly earthy. It gets a little sweeter and the hint of orange intensifies as the beer warms. Nice beer, very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.


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