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


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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle... Clear amber ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Excellent, creamy retention. The aroma is of bicuity malts, vanilla and mild orange. Honey-sweet, vanilla flavor; not all that fruity. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Sweet finish. Overall, too sweet for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Dark amber and moderate head. The aroma and flavour have notes of candy sugar, fruit, apple peel, and the flavour also has sweetness and citrus. Rather boring, when you think of the 2002 vintage. It had distinct notes of orange and Christmas Spice, that gave that little extra, that made it worth remembering IMO

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle@Home. Sweet ginger aroma. Amber color, off-white head, good lace. Sugary, ginger, herbal bitter, dry mouthfeel. Spices are out of balance with the sugary sweetness. Not a good beer from Jelain.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TET (2669) - Kaarina, FINLAND - APR 18, 2008
Beautiful, red-brown beer with quite big blond head. Aroma is lager-like, metalllic and little spicy. Flavour is bitter, spicy and some fruits is also found. Aftertaste is long and there is something unpleasant bitter. Easy to drink, carbonation is quite high but still this is quite smooth to drink. Aroma and unpleasant bitter thing in the aftertaste is not temptate and also there is nothing special in the Bière de Noël so which situation I should be use this? Probably nothing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11939) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joergen (26145) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (23678) - 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.

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