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


on tap


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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Bottle. Deep amber pour. The nose is sweet and a bit honeyish with an unusual dark candi sweetness. A fairly odd kiss of clover honey and a bit of strange herbal character. There is some bitter orange on the back. It’s hard to put my finger on why I don’t like this, but I really don’t Tap at Ginger Man. Clear pale amber pour with no head. The nose has very little aroma actually. A touch of light candy sweetness and a little bit of soft toasted sweetness as well. It is strangely clear with little contribution of either yeast or malt. There is just a touch of orange peel and some cotton candy. Very, very strange brew. A touch of citrus on the back. Peppery 6 3 6 2 11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2010
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2009, Esbjerg. Pours a clear dark amber beer with a weak offwhite head. The aroma is weak with malt. The flavor is sweet. The palate is sweet. Overall a beer just above average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2854) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle. The beer pours an amber colour with a thin off white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma has a dry and slightly fruity scent as well as a mild crystal malt aroma. The taste is average. It has a thin and watery crystal malt flavor that does have some light nuttiness in the finish, but overall is dry and boring. It’s a bit fruity with some light musty character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (9032) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Draft. Pours amber gold with a thin head. Light aroma with a sweet malty hint. The flavor has a sweet malty base with some fruity and toasty notes and some light toffee notes as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Clear copper kettle color/ fleeting head. Strong chestnut, grassy earthy aromas. light/medium body. Earthy malty chestnut flavors with mild grass, lightly sweet caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (2836) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Taste sample at Whole Foods Bowery. Amber with ring. Malty toasted brown sugar aroma. Malty toasty caramel very nutty bready with very mild bitter finish. Ok, strangely sweet and nutty. Takes some getting used to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (5304) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2009
750 ml. Reddish-copper with an eight-inch of creamy, lasting foam. Grainy caramel and light lemon on the nose. Flavor is grilled corn, caramel, citrus, wood and hay. Nice combination, but a bit too much tortilla flavor. Near-medium body is watery and dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malts and oranges. Poured orange/amber in color with a medium-sized, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of oranges, malts, and cardboard. Light to medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt and orange finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6325) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Copper, big loose beige head. Very malty, yeasty aroma, with maybe a hint of sour. Flavor is very toasty, bready, with a very mellow sourness. Maybe a hint of smoke and molassess in there, as well. Tasty and surprisingly quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeanF (2447) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2009
Huge big cork pop, it’s good to be on a fourth floor balcony to watch it fly away! Decent amber colour and okay head. Nice bready aroma with some soft spices. Tastes like dark malts, grains, with nutmeg and warming hops in there. A good Noël brew for sure.

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