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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
750ml bottle. Rich, deep amber color with a medium off white head. Pleasant aroma of oranges, toffee, light caramel, and a touch of farmhouse. Flavor is malty up front, touch of spice, a bit fruity. Medium full body, very drinkable. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13284) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2006
750ml bottle poured a clear orange copper with a small amber head. Aromas of orange, toffee and just a hint of carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of orange, carmel and some floral notes with a crisp sweet finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5903) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2007
750 ml bottle. Golden red body with dense white head. Malty, spicy and hoppy aroma, a bit vague. Complex flavor of malt, citrus, candy sugar, hops and spices. This beers also gives me some association of an old and moldy basement. A characteristic I have learned to appreciate a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16506) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2007
Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. The fourth french beer this night, all proving better than what most people would expect from France. This is surely the best one, and pours a clear, copper body topped off by a beige head. The nose is a bit sweetish, with orange and a pronounced touch of cellar. It has a nice flavor, with caramel, oranges and sweetness. The oranges and sweetness goes all the way to the finish. It could use more body, as it is a bit thin, but overall it is a nice beer. (061229)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2007
750mL bottle, 2002 I believe. Poured medium orange with a lovely initial cap of creamy off-white head that receded to a fine film. Right out of the bottle, this had a dry, dusty aroma without much other character... opened up to reveal spiked oranges (screwdrivers come to mind), sweet candy, and caramel... floral accents. Flavor had a thick, dusty caramel base with orange candy sweetness emanating outward.. floral notes and alcohol inter-laced through there.. tasty and sweet.. a tad cloying, though. Rather thick on the palate with a decent flow.. just gets caught up a bit at the finish. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2007
250 ml bottle at home ... Nice ruby colour ... odd woody hop nose ... sweet floral caramel tones, quite rich good body with little citric acidity and a little white wine in the finish. not bad though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12081) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
[Vintage 2006]
Pours a rather clear coppery with a nice, but small creamy white head that rather quickly turns to a staying thin film. Aroma is a little mouldy, lidt biscuity maltiness and a good dose of spicy hoppiness. Dry mouthfeel, perhaps a touch on the thin side. Flavour is dominated by lightly roasted caramel, some oakiness and a well-balanced spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours golden and clear orange with a slowly diminishing, creamy and light tan head. Light metallic and malt aroma. Flavour is sweet caramel malt. Light spice note, mainly from malt flavours. Sweet caramel malt and almost fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 Bottle. Very interesting beer. This is the beer version of a Grand Marnier. It has aromas of orange and caramel. The flavor profile has a very distinct orange characteristic with some alcohol hotness, that really reminds me of Grand Marnier. It is also a bit sweet and hence a tad cloying when it warms up. But a very intriguing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (5034) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear darkish copper brown and ruby with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of fruit and malt with notes of caramel and spices. Sweet, fruity flavour with notes of malt, touches of flowers, notes of hops. Sparse metallic notes. Slightly vinous and fruity finish. OK. Rather Christmas-like for a Biere de Garde, though.

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