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

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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1.6
Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal), with notes of DMS, vegetation, detergent, and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Ugh...man oh man, what a shitty sample this was. Smells like someone dumped a can of Miller into an already bland French beer. Will get a second crack at this at BJ’s Winter Beer tasting, so we’ll see if this was a bad bottle...sure hope so, but frankly this just seemed like a poorly made beer.

3.1
blankboy (7860) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a dark orange with a spare white head. Aroma of orange Kool-Aid, yeast and spices -- smells alright but not like any beer I’ve ever smelt. Sweet and odd flavour of citrus, sugar, malt and spices (and other stuff I can’t place) is somewhat cloying. Thin bodied. This is definitely unique but in the end it’s too sweet for me.

3.5
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2007
750mL bottle, 2002 I believe. Poured medium orange with a lovely initial cap of creamy off-white head that receded to a fine film. Right out of the bottle, this had a dry, dusty aroma without much other character... opened up to reveal spiked oranges (screwdrivers come to mind), sweet candy, and caramel... floral accents. Flavor had a thick, dusty caramel base with orange candy sweetness emanating outward.. floral notes and alcohol inter-laced through there.. tasty and sweet.. a tad cloying, though. Rather thick on the palate with a decent flow.. just gets caught up a bit at the finish. Enjoyed it.

3.1
mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Whole Foods, Bowery 750ml ($6): (bottled as Jenlain Winter... abv is the same, so I assume that I make no mistake) Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is yeast, sugar, fruit, and caramel. Taste is a bit sweet, and it leaves a lingering sugary aftertaste. Carbonation is somewhere is the middle. Body is nice and full. I had an off-taste in a couple of swigs that tasted like cheapness. Overall, this is not bad though.

3
HogTownHarry (7084) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - my bottle. Poured clear ruby with an average diminishing head. What a weird aroma! Exactly like tangerine Koolaid with mild seasonal spices, dead wildflowers and yeast - incredibly sweet, dusty and somewhat appealing in an odd way, but not really beer-like. Taste of bitter cloves, sweet fake grapefruit, candied fruits, mild spices; floral - it’s sneaky-strong, I realy really felt this one. Mouthfeel very lively but watery - almost sickly, syrup-sweet. Too sugary for me, glad I tried it ... just don’t seem to "get" bière de garde.

3.4
AmEricanbrew (7080) - 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.

3.5
Beer5000 (6819) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2007
750 ml bottle. Golden red body with dense white head. Malty, spicy and hoppy aroma, a bit vague. Complex flavor of malt, citrus, candy sugar, hops and spices. This beers also gives me some association of an old and moldy basement. A characteristic I have learned to appreciate a lot.

3.9
Holmen1 (6626) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2013
Flaske hos Ole Anders juni-13: mm, kveldens åttende og den første virkelige højdare. Bare godlyder rundt bordet. Kan fort bli et bedre menneske av dette.

4
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2006
I had a nicely worded commentary about this beer but the server logged me off and I lost it. WTF it was only a few minutes since I brought up this screen. I am pissed off right now.

Anyway, this bottle is over a year old and was a complete surprise. It was soft and smooth, yet kept me interested till the last drop. Sadly this review does not do the experiance justice and I am too angry to rewrite it since the beer is now gone.

Oh it posted now, damn it!

3.2
sonnycheeba (6539) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber with thin, creamy off-white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is cereal malt, light caramel, herbs, dates, pears, light dates, and some faint spice. Flavor is dry, bready malts forward with some supporting herbs, light spicy and grassy hops, some dark fruit esters, and faint caramel; dry finish. Light/medium body and low carbonation.


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