In the years following the Second World War, many northern European breweries would brew and sell a richer and stronger beer at the same price as their year-round beers. This was their annual gift to their customers. The Duyck brewing family has perpetuated this custom by creating a special beer which they sell at the price of their flagship beers. Produced with more malt than Jenlain Ambrée, their hallmark Bière de Garde, this beer has three different types of malt made from French-grown barley and three varieties of aromatic, deeply earthy hops from Alsace. Like all the Jenlain beers, Jenlain Noël is highly drinkable and presents a clean, crisp, herbal, hoppy profile. The Jenlain beers are known for their very earthy hop characteristics—and despite the additional spice notes in this beer, it remains grounded by this trademark quality. Look for notes of fruit (think black cherries), floral aromatics, hints of orange, some musty yeastiness and of course, earthy hops. The flavor profile presents oranges, cherries, a Grand Marnier-like note, an undercurrent of black tea, and a minor note of biscuity grains. The peppery, spicy, hoppy profile provides bite in the flavor and finish, freshening up the palate for another sip by adroitly drying things out. This is quite a versatile beer when it comes to the dinner table. The sweeter notes and spiciness marry well with honeyed, brown-sugar-glazed, clove-covered, holiday ham. Alternatively, you can capitalize on the earthiness from the hops by pairing with a mushroom salad.