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


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4991) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 22, 2007
0.25l bottle courtesy of ozujsko (thanks!)
Reddish colour, small creamy beige head that went away slowly. Nice sweetish malty aroma... hints of caramel/toffee and some agrumes... a bit spicy too... cardamom ? Hmm... a pleasant sweet earthy taste, somewhat coffee like... jaffa cakes, some lemony hopiness shows up from time to time, but only in traces. Pleasant, subtle taste that I dig a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours copper w/ a tall, spattered froth. Head retention is good slowly dissipating to a fluffy spattered ring that lingers. Mild aromas of orange and bitter malt. Light to medium nectar w/ ample residual effers creating a soft texture. This beer really grows on me. The delicate flavor profile yields just enough keeping this brew on the refreshing side of the spectrum never overpowering. Bittering my palate precisely upon arrival then pushing orange meat and rind into view. It reminds me of a Saison w/ orange pulp and rind spice added. Other tropical nuances w/ apricot, cherry, and apple skins. The finish is bittered nicely w/ a touch of alcohol seeping through. A nice little beer packig a punch w/ it’s sturdy 6.8 abv. Interesting, refreshing, and well recieved.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4113) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
750ml bottle from mcbackus! Nose of light tartness, yeast, a toffee note, and some spices; nothing really potent, but all there making an interesting configuration of aromas; clear amber brown with a big off-white head; flavor has toffee, mild sweetness, a bit of tart, a tiny hop note, and some spices in the background. I could drink this stuff all evening as a great session beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
17th November 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Amber coloured beer. Light and creamy. Malty tones backed up with a distinct orange marmaladey fruit and strawberry and red fruits. Complex and lip smacking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an orange amber color with thin white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and earthiness. Sweet fruit taste with slight bitters. Smooth. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2002
Nice amber biere de garde. Spicy, fullbodied. The aftertaste has some kind of orange-like bitternes, which I do not like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2005
The beer upon its pour from the 750ml green caged and corked bottle sets in my glass a luminous dark copper color with the head mastodonic in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a nice light tan, after its destruction, a velum like sheet of lace surrounds the glass. Nose has a hint of chocolate and over ripe black cherries, also a touch of mushrooms, pleasant and appealing with the start sweet and the grain profile adequate with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a disturbing acidity with the hops prickly in their spiciness, somewhat vinous, dry as a bleached desert bone, and a nice change of pace for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
just a very good balanced taste profile beverage that worked for my friend and I for supper. Orange taste was apparent and not over the top. A nice biere de garde, moderated spicey taste overall , some citrus, not too bitter nor sweet perhaps it was aged some.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
From a caged corked green 750 ml. bottle, H-5 on the cork, but I have no idea if that is a lot/batch number, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a chalice. Poured a cloudy reddish orangey brown with a fluffy, foamy head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing. Aromas of toasted grain, candied sugar and orange, a light musty herbal and a soft spiciness. Good carbonation and a crisp, velvety smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant seasonal taste, toasted grains and candied sugar, a light caramel, a soft musty, herbal flavor along with a little clove, orange peel, some spiciness, a flash of alcohol towards the end, and a dry yeasty, malty finish. A nice and balanced seasonal ale from Jenlain, well worth trying.

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