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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4124) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1911) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3910) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16890) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1090) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8247) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Ruby/dark copper pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg. The flavor is sweet and caramel malty up front, with emerging cinnamon, figs, and cacao beans. It gets sweeter and spicier as it warms, and is a good representation of this style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Rich, clear reddish-copper with small, bubbly, off-white head that doesn’t leave much behind. Aroma: Dry fruit and caramel malts balanced by pretty strong hop spiciness. Slight Belgian-like yeast noticeable. Taste: Very fruity and malty (plum, banana, caramel, candied sugar) but also very spicy, with metallic bitterness, clove and pepper notes. Almost tastes like a mixture of Belgian, English and German styles. Somewhat strange but still tasty. Palate: Relatively high carbonation, medium body, off-dry finish. Overall: Interesting beer overall even if I can’t really place it, as Biere de Garde doesn’t seem to mean much here.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (8341) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2011
0.75l bottle from jaghana - cheers! Brown colour, large beige head. Vinous aroma with herbs and roasetd malts, also fresh peaches in the aroma. Interesting combination of sweet and malty flavours/caramel, vinous character and a shy touch of fruit (peach, red grapes). Smooth palate. Very nice indeed, I enjoyed it very much.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - JUL 26, 2012
color is rusted deep red. Aroma reminded me of kids medacine with the yeast, light sweetness and odd fruit mix of grape and pit fruit. Taste was robust malt but a little different. Good experience to have but not amazeing.


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