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


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RATINGS: 233   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (19373) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 281011

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
harrisoni (18052) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
2005 75cl bottle from Auchan. Red chestnut colour with thin beige head. Almost like a nuttly, spicey malty shandy. Overly carbonated with spice/citrus finish. Bit of tea and candy sugar too. Not that nice. Lemon flavours and the spice are a bit artifial and it doesn’t all sit together very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (17970) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2009
Sample at Esbjerg beerfestival. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, malt and caramel. Some xmas spices as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (17085) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2005
Bottled, 0,75 ltr (vintage 2005)
Color is typical to style: reddish amber-copper brown with quickly fading off-white head. Aroma is quite caramellish and suprisingly a bit alcoholic. Some fruits too there (orange is mentioned in the label). Palate is quite thin for 6,8% beer. In the start grassy hops are dominating together with chocolaty (!) notes, then fruity and metallic. In the finish there is some alcohol and light fruity hops. Typical bière de garde, not very Christmas-like, maybe plum flavors can be counted for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (17002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2000
Softly malty, spicy, apple and nutmeg. Bigger flavours than the regular Jenlain, and more complex in its spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16889) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (16588) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16399) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
The pour is amber in color with a tall off-white head. Sweet caramel and toffee with a little bit of sugar. Lots of dark fruits on the nose, too. There is a touch of spice and maybe some apples. The flavor is fairly sweet. Mostly sugar with some caramel. A decent amount of dark fruits, especially raisins and plums. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15920) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
75cl bottle. Thank you MissDolle:-) Amber with a creamy lasting head & lacings. Spicy & malty aroma and taste. A lot of sweet caramel. Smooth mouthfeel. Very pleasant!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15454) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle, 6.8%. Clear dark copper colour. Small tan head. Citric, spicy aroma. The flavour has a nice, subtle spiciness that makes it very drinkable. Citric notes, orangy. By no means overpowering, but very pleasant and well-balanced.

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