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


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RATINGS: 234   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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Camons (12447) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, sweet fruit, spices. Taste is malt, caramel, choclate, oranges, spices. Medium body, soft carbonation. 030911

chrisv10 (17427) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Clear brown/amber with tiny off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, nutty, little fruit, hops, little sweet, bread and a little bitter.

patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Bottle and Draft with Vinnie numerous times. Pours a juicy brown with a frothy, two-finger off-white head. Aroma of fresh Juicy Fruit gum, grapefruit, bananas, plums, fresh red cherries, Belgian candied sugars, malts, toffee, and some fresh raisin hints in the finish. Medium, perhaps even full, bodied with a soft, juicy, supple, yet supportive and rich mouthfeel. Flavors of ripe cherries, vanilla, Juicy Fruit gum, sweet malts and some slight red grapes. Finishes clean, refreshing, and moist. Superb beer. Tragically underrated.

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2011
750 mL bottle. Pours a deep burnt sienna with beige head. The aroma is yeasty with some peppery spice, toffee, over-ripe peach, distant black cherry, and a bit of black currant. The flavor is a bit on the fruity side with the cherry, peach, and black currant that I picked up in the nose, as well as a sweet orange note. There are some caramel and toffee qualities behind it. There are some very subtle hops in there. Peppery spice along with slight alcohol, mint, and coriander. Not amazing, but not bad either.

glennmastrange (2868) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of grain, straw and roasted, light orange and dough for the hops and yeast, with hints of wood and faint dried fruit. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with virtually no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is clear light red/tan. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is light to medium, oily with a carbonation between lively and fizzy. A very drinkable Biere de Garde, it just could use a little more of everything.

ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
750ml bottle - $4.54 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened orange body with a bubbly, off-white head that’s soon settled out. Smell: Simple syrup and cheap bottom-shelf alcohol coating some fruits, including some dried citrus accents. Might be more to it, but I’m not sticking around longer to find out, as, instead of failing to even pull me in, it’s a beer that pushes you away with its shortcomings. Taste: Toasty malts, a bit of basic caramel, and some simple, unrefined sweetness. Then, a sip of coarse, well-level alcohol quickly scuttles the taste after the dreadful opening. Light cherries, but, with the booze, it yields a hint of cough syrup medicine. Growing dried bitter orange peel midway and into the sizzlingly crisp finish and beyond. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, with some sugary stickiness to it. Moderate level of crisp carbonation. Overall: Each sip was a bit worse than the last. Frankly, I was quite glad to be done with it and, no, I didn’t get through the entire bottle. Nothing resembling a quality Bière de Garde here at all.

Maverick34 (3239) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 Draught. Pours a dark reddish brown. Weird tastes and aroma. Candy? Unclear. Rather carbonated. Ok but not amazing

GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
750mL at DC Elite. Pours a clear amber with not much of a head. Aroma of brandied orange, copper, metals, but the primary note is spicy, sweet brandy and orange cognac. Taste is sweet, watery, big metallic. I really want to like this beer because it has a lot of potential but ends up being very difficult to drink even in a small snifter. Copper penny character is just too much.

notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a clear dark amber - fizzy - moderate head - nose of dusty yeast, toasty grains, light esters, orange peel - a tad sweet up front, but the flavor is mostly snappy, toasted grains, yeast, light cherry - herbal bitterness on the tail end - lingering dustiness - nothing all that complex, but not anything I would call flawed - meh.

zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
tap - grainy notes, but sweet not dry. soft herbal body, citrus orange. playful tingly carbonation. tasty.

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