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


on tap


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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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Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Orange, with a smaller head. Unpleasant aroma. I certainly taste some citrus, probably orange. Kind of like a bad orange soda. Not very good.

TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Smells like skunk, but a nice pour. VERY interesting flavor. Taste like orange candy. I like. Crazy french people!

Ernest (7888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal), with notes of DMS, vegetation, detergent, and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Ugh...man oh man, what a shitty sample this was. Smells like someone dumped a can of Miller into an already bland French beer. Will get a second crack at this at BJ’s Winter Beer tasting, so we’ll see if this was a bad bottle...sure hope so, but frankly this just seemed like a poorly made beer.

Aubrey (3516) - 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.

dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2004
High light brown head on a dark ruby body. Enticing aroma, and the promises are delivered when time has come to taste : a well-balanced christmas beer, not very malty, with fruity (orange, nuts) and choclate hints, and a nice aftertaste. A very well made christmas beer indeed

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Copper. Unpleasant aroma of corn, strawberry, lemon, orange gummy bears, caramel and dying flowers. Upon tasting, sickly sweet and only bareable in tiny baby sips. Tastes of melting plastic, orange seasoning, spice and toasted malts.

Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Strong citrus, earthy aroma that reminds me of the smell of an orange soda. Very strange. Clear golden, no head. Med. body. Very mild, but defined orange taste. Light sweetness.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Rick orange topaz color with a taller head that is quite wispy as it settles leaving webs of lace. Orange candy and dark chocolate aromas with only hints of malt. Lightly spritzy feel. Flavors start with orange zest, mild chocolate and touch of yeast (Attic) followed by spicy alcohol. Light burn in the throat. Finishes with light nutmeg spice and the linger is more malty with toasted grains and caramel. Lots of flavor in this one, not sure if they mix and balance well, but at least there are no real faults.

beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
This is a good Biere de Garde especially if you like orange flavors. Nutmeg and spicy flavors too. Finishes clean crisp, and dry.

boto (2283) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2004
25cl. bottle: This beer pours a crystal clear amber color. There was a bit of a tan head that lingers for awhile. Some spices and notes of orange to the nose. The taste is a bit spicy, with notes of the orange. A medium malty body backing it up. Not bad for a French supermarket beer.

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