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


on tap


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14868) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
750 ml bottle, corked and caged, from John’s Marketplace in Portland, OR. Label seems to indicate production in 2006. Excellent light mahogany color with a decent off-white head. Medium+ body with creamy carbonation. Aroma is sweetly bready with a touch of orange. Flavor is mild caramel with citrus zest in a mild way. It’s all very smooth. The finish is slightly sweet, but there is some bitter (could be orange zest). As time goes on, I imagine floral notes - could be orange florality. It’s a very nice ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14641) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is cellar-notes, roasted, caramel. Flavour is cellar-notes, alcohol, roasted, caramel, hop, sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14356) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2006
750ml bottle poured a clear orange copper with a small amber head. Aromas of orange, toffee and just a hint of carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of orange, carmel and some floral notes with a crisp sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (14010) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2005
(75cl bottle) Clear copper body with medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange liqueur. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some spice, plum. Finishes with light alcohol astringency. Watery medium body, somewhat undercarbonated. Definitely not at all what I think of from a BdG.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenrikSoegaard (13803) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle at Jydske Øldage 2009. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice fresh aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (13336) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Amber with a lasting white head. Bready malt dominates the aroma. Sweet and malty flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a darkamber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, florals, and apples. Flavor of malt, mild hops, and spices with a dry, carbonated finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12829) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange to brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, pear esters, peppery alcohol, nutmeg notes and spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, spicy and peppery alcohol with light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (12530) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 5, 2000
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 from supermarket Carrefour, Morteau, France - pours a clear amber colour under a solid foamy pale beige head; some toasted malts, dust and fresh cut apples; medium-bodied and sweet, juicy and with a very low bitterness; slightly dry fruity and malty finish - inoffensive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
[Vintage 2006]
Pours a rather clear coppery with a nice, but small creamy white head that rather quickly turns to a staying thin film. Aroma is a little mouldy, lidt biscuity maltiness and a good dose of spicy hoppiness. Dry mouthfeel, perhaps a touch on the thin side. Flavour is dominated by lightly roasted caramel, some oakiness and a well-balanced spiciness.

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