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

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RATINGS: 227   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a dark reddish color with a quickly disappearing white head. Smell is of orange peel and some spice. Taste is sort of like watered down orange pop, which isn’t a good thing. This could have been so much better, but it wasn’t. Mouthfeel was thin, with medium carbonation. I didn’t really care for this one, I would maybe try it again in a very distant future.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11055) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2009
bottle 75cl, thanks faroeviking. this bottle best before 05.10.2007, tasted 10.01.2009. pours a cloudy red amber with a large yellow/brown head that lasts but is fluffy. collapses after a minute or so. aroma of aged beer, well balanced flavors, christmas spices, caramel, slight fruityness. flavor is spicy, caramelly, sweet, sawdust, honey. i can taste the aging has done some damage, but mainly to the palate, and it has added some cellary notes.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
(Small bottle at Ambleteuse, France) Amber-colored beer with a thick head. Taste was very abrussive bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joergen (22447) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Golden colour with small white head. Malty aroma with notes of oranges. Flavour is dominated by oranges with notes of malt, hops and spices. The oranges is too dominating for my liking.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Rich rufous. Broken off-tan foam with some rockiness. Earthily aromatic blend of cork, hops, and toffee malt. Quite fruity. Hints of hazelnuts, candied orange peels, and spice cake. Fuzzy textured carbonation. Soft body touts an initial twang of fruitiness and medicine, which soon scampers into a lightly-toasted husk center. Subtle oxidation. Caramelized sugar-dusted malts stiffen the body and gain support from a rich fruitcake expression and rooty malt overtones. Flash of toasty nuttiness (Vienna?) eventually becomes muffled by the overt huskiness. Dryish effect from the alcohol. Zippy candied fruit notes tighten the flavor profile as they collide with herbaceous, anise-accented hops. Finishes with a dry malt edge, but wetly bodied, still, with rounded acidity fused with lovely notes of fruitcake over a Brewer’s Gold snap. The aroma is wonderfully unique, and while the rusticity is fairly evident, the artificial sweetness kills much of the flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (20567) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2008
Bottled, thanks oh6gdx! Clear brownish amber, lively creamy head. Caramelly and dusty. Sweet and lightly grassy with mushy toffeeish malt. Notes of sugar before a lightly dusty finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Clear dark orange brown pour. Not much going on in the nose. Some metallic and tangerine notes. Tangerine flavor with herbal, minty notes. Okay.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 5, 2005
GREEN bottle. Aroma is lots of DMS right away...I should have known better than to buy this green bottle situated on the top shelf...there are some roasty notes in the nose, but I dont get too much of the barnyard funk. There are citrus "clean" notes almost of a cleaning solvent present as well. Transparent light garnet color with a fluffy off-white head. Mildly sour to start with citrus orange notes. Sweet sweet candy sugars late finishing with a small roasty note. Poor on carbonation and very thin. This doesn’t really jive. Too sweet.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1076) - SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2007
Slightly hazy amber in colour, the thick white head sinks fast to leave a thin patchy covering.The nose is a pleasant mix of malt & hops, quite toffeed really. the caramel notes appear on the palate too, quite sweet and fruity, but has to be said, overall a bit cloying. Peckhams, £1.65 for a tiny 25cl bottle.

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.


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