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

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RATINGS: 224   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1040) - 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 (10349) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Clear and ruby-red hue was nice, but the head faded away into nothing, quick. Very sweet nose with a strange, synthetic-like quality. Light and delicate body; soft and tingly carbonation; seemed a little too light and thin. Sugary-sweet malt base (much too sweet) reminded me of one of those sugar-coated orange wedges. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Dry and sugary in the aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, medium-amber color with an average-sized, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma was pretty darn off. Behind the light malty notes of sweet molasses and hoppy notes of pine, there’s an overpoweringly unclean, distracting aroma of tin can. Can’t really get past that one. The flavor is lightly acidic and lightly bitter with a short, lightly bitter finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery, the carbonation is fizzy and the finish is lightly metallic and unclean. I don’t know if this is a bad bottle—I’ll check it out again when I get a chance to make sure this wasn’t just bad luck.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Can’t discern the bottling/best buy date. Was really looking forward to this after the printemps I drank the other day, dissapointed to say the least. Transparent bright copper/amber with off-white head. Aroma is very skunky with a big dose of orange zest coming through to take over. Flavor much the same, very harsh combination of skunk and orange, while being metallic in way. Just couldn’t get into this beer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (2919) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Quite a different taste to what I am used to. The taste has a Grand Marnier taste, a bit thin in the beginning but has a definitive sugary taste, with an orange presence. Would go great with Thanksgiving dinner

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SSSteve (3724) - - DEC 10, 2006
clear amber with a medium sized creamy off-white head. boring malty aroma. malty nutty flavor with metallic, and alcohol notes. hints of hops. not very interesing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stefano (1864) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2007
Red chestnut colour with thin beige head. Aroma is quite caramellish and suprisingly a bit alcoholic. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some spice, plum. Finishes with light alcohol astringency. Watery medium body, somewhat undercarbonated.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (13217) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
2005 75cl bottle from Auchan. Red chestnut colour with thin beige head. Almost like a nuttly, spicey malty shandy. Overly carbonated with spice/citrus finish. Bit of tea and candy sugar too. Not that nice. Lemon flavours and the spice are a bit artifial and it doesn’t all sit together very well.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
I did not like this very much at all. Part of Winter Warmer tasting. Exceedingly sweet and not adept at masking the little alcohol at all. Almost pilsner like at the end.


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