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

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RATINGS: 229   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
Gentle copper-orange shade comprising a sticky white foam. From the original nose emanate all kinds of unusual flavours, highly earthy and humid, sea air, corky and strongly tannic. Malts unveil definite nutty character while diplomatic infusions offer orangey and ginger nuances. Deep tea character in mouth constrasts with the rather dark malts, but somehow fits the wet wood aspects. Light-medium bodied, fitting carbonation. In the absolute, this was not a favourite, feeling a bit superficial and metallic at times, but there are some idiosyncratic elements in there that make it a must try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5787) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5693) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Shared 750 ml green corked "champagne" bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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 (5570) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - 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.

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Copper, big loose beige head. Very malty, yeasty aroma, with maybe a hint of sour. Flavor is very toasty, bready, with a very mellow sourness. Maybe a hint of smoke and molassess in there, as well. Tasty and surprisingly quaffable.

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.


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