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


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RATINGS: 235   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.

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PhillyCraft (8186) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2017
Backlog, Multiple bottles with Pat over the years, there was a time when this was tasting really proper but mostly inconsistent the last few times I tried. Brown pour with a medium sized head. Notes of malt, raisin, brown sugar, dark fruit, apples, and banana. Really nice bier de garde when its on.

gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2017
From old tasting notes. Hazy orange copper color. creamy beige head. Assertive yeasty toasted malt nose. Sweet fruity malt flavor is complex and spicy. Delicious and flavorful.

erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2016
Light brown, small head. Quite filtered but okay caramel malts. Not so rich, quite simple. Disappointing. (75cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 19, 2016
28-Nov-11 (750-ml corked-and-caged bottle: Purchased 23-Dec-07 for $7.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA)
So, when I drank this beer back in 2005, I proudly proclaimed it a very complex and unusual beer. Hmm, not so sure about all that anymore, but the fact remains that I still really enjoy this beer, even if it’s actually a pretty simple offering. Sweet and malty, with flavors of caramel candy, toffee, and brown sugar, the beer is like good pop music (almost an oxymoron, I know): simple, easy, not challenging, yet somehow for something that is candy-like, it’s still satisfying and fun. Aromas of sweet caramel candy, toast, toffee, and milk chocolate. Medium in weight with light-medium carbonation. Hazy to cloudy in appearance, the brown body is capped by a small, light-tan head that settles to a thin ring. Enjoyable!

26-Jan-05 (750-ml bottle: $10 at O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA)
I can safely say this is absolutely one of the most unusual and complex beers I’ve ever tasted. The aroma tells you that right off. It smells somewhat like a sweet malt liquor, but with a fairly strong orange scent. In the flavor, I get orange peel, bubble gum, a sugary sweetness, gummy bears, spices, and light bitterness. However, as the beer warms, I think the beer’s character really comes out. And I mean warming to room temperature. It’s a big bottle, so I have plenty of time to actually finish it. At this point, a really nice English fruitiness and caramely maltiness emerges in both the flavor and nose, and adds a degree of familiarity. The palate is sweet, but the light bitterness keeps it from becoming cloying. Dark amber or light brown color, it’s hard to tell because I’m outside the bar and my only real source of light is from the car lot across the street. Clear in appearance. Off-white head is somewhat bubbly and gradually fades to a dimpled sheen. No lace. I think this beer takes some getting used to as it’s just so odd, but with an open mind and a little patience to let the beer open up, you’re rewarded with a pretty nice beer with a flavor that will stick in your mind for a long time. (7, 3, 7, 3, 14 = 3.4)

olio (10668) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2016
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 16.10.2008.
Pours clear mahogany color with a very small head. Sweet malty aroma, mild cardboard-y notes, hay and some toffee, mild caramel. Sweet caramel flavor, toffee notes, malts, somewhat nutty. Soft carbonation, a bit too sweet for my taste.

rosenbergh (11925) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2016
750 ml bottle. BB 16/10/2008. Merci Timo A! Reddish brown color with a small tan head. Raisins, dark fruits, sweetness, some cardboard and mild malt in the aroma. The flavor is dark fruits, sweetness, brown sugar and some musty notes. Soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

nybol (2439) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2016
Appelsin, lime og lidt andre frugter. Ikke så meget humle en fin juleøl, der nok skal drikkes til mad.

BBHansen (1058) - Køge, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle @ DØE. Appearance: Pours clear golden with short lived white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste notes: bread, a bit of caramel, anis and orange. palette: medium aroma, average carbonation, thin to medium body, average to notable caramel sweetness, low to medium bitterness, medium duration and a watery texture. Overall: a bit thin and not quite fond of the spice mix in this one.

jrodooo5 (1748) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Hmm, quite different but I don’t think it works! Pours dark copper w/ a tan head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is rather soft w/ some subtle hints of caramel. The flavor resembles ice tea. There is no hop presence whatsoever & it doesn’t really feel like a beer at all. I’m no expert on the style but this isn’t my cup of tea. Lol

Bricks (1160) - Delaware, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Nice amber brown color. Malty sweet aroma. Taste of slight spice, sweet malt, hay. Its OK.

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