Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 12: Jenlain Bière De Noël

Jenlain Bière de NoëlI decided to go with an old classic for today’s beer pick: Jenlain Bière de Noël, from Brasserie Duyck in Northern France. This 6.8% alcohol Bière de Garde is brewed stronger than their "house" beer, in true yule tradition:

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.

It’s available both in the 750ml champagne bottles and "standard" bottles (25cl, which is about 8 or 9 ounces) in sixpacks. This is another beer that I think would cellar well, so grab up a few bottles to store for Christmases to come.

BeerAdvocate score: 83/100, 89% approval. RateBeer score: 3.21/5, 62nd percentile.