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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KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2008
Clear dark deep amber with a medium off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with malty notes. Sweet flavour with peach and malty notes. Finished sweet.

olio (10286) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2016
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 16.10.2008.
Pours clear mahogany color with a very small head. Sweet malty aroma, mild cardboard-y notes, hay and some toffee, mild caramel. Sweet caramel flavor, toffee notes, malts, somewhat nutty. Soft carbonation, a bit too sweet for my taste.

KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle in Menton, 2006. Amber beer. Lots of orange added to it. It seems like their regular amber beer, with a decent malt flavor and an earthiness there as well. Good hopping. It is nice, because it starts with a good beer, although I think the spicing and orange addition are a bit overdone. With food, it became less noticeable and much better balanced though. Interesting, but the orange is way overdone.

marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
750 from Monument Wine. Pours see-through amber with a thin beige head and a spicy aroma. There is a too sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of holiday spice and a peppery finish.

Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2007
Dark amber and moderate head. The aroma and flavour have notes of candy sugar, fruit, apple peel, and the flavour also has sweetness and citrus. Rather boring, when you think of the 2002 vintage. It had distinct notes of orange and Christmas Spice, that gave that little extra, that made it worth remembering IMO

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.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A comfy head recedes over the reddish-amber glow.
-The sweet oranges aren’t overdone in the aroma, which is also comprised of soil particles and yeast.
-The sweet fruity malt presentation offers peaches, apricots, and oranges.
-This is a well-rounded mouthfeel, with quite effervescent carbonation.

What if you dig deeper?
-Earthy yeast and dryness tickle the back end.
-Caramel fruitiness is fun but gets a little bothersome halfway through the glass.
-"Nouveau goût à l’orange"?!? That was a scary neck label. Thankfully, oranges are well-integrated.
-A sweet bière de garde novelty which can please the masses, as well as a few beer geeks.

Bottle; no date.

Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. High and long lasting creamy off-white head leaving nice curtains. Beautifyl clear copper body. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and a good deal of oranges. Mild and sweet caramel with no other special charecteristics. For a christmas beer my expectations are higher and I consider this beer relatively boring with a low carbonation, a short aftertaste, no spices, nothing special.

Quack-Duck (9484) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2011
0.75l bottle from jaghana - cheers! Brown colour, large beige head. Vinous aroma with herbs and roasetd malts, also fresh peaches in the aroma. Interesting combination of sweet and malty flavours/caramel, vinous character and a shy touch of fruit (peach, red grapes). Smooth palate. Very nice indeed, I enjoyed it very much.

JoeMcPhee (9427) - 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

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