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Jenlain Bière De Noël - Brasserie Duyck

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Jenlain Bière De NoëlJenlain Bière De Noël

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BA SCORE
80
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dantes on 04-27-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

oriolesfan4, Jun 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

EGreen, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with notes of earthly yeast and hints of sweet malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of dark fruits along with notes of earthy yeast and sweet malts. Among the fruity flavors, plums seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. As the beer warms up, some smoothness is noticeable.
O: This is an interesting Bière de Garde and seems to share some properties that you would expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (except for the higher alcohol content).

metter98, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

morebeergood, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at j. ryans downtown syracuse. the pour is clear amber to cranberry juice in color, with the red hues really glowing. there is only a finger or two of lacey tan head, but it fades out in a few minutes. the nose is really remarkable, entirely unfamiliar. i smell some purple grape juice or must, the essence of fresh cherries, but nothiing sweet at all. theres also a rich caramel malt sweetness and something curious with the yeast as well, mildly but uniquely spiced. the flavors are really fruity up front, again with what seems to be grape being the most obvious. some spice in there as well, it isnt clove or allspice, but has a peculiarly holiday vibe to it. i appreciate this beers strange but comforting flavor profile, much apart from anything ive ever tasted. mouthfeel is a little odd for me. i would like either more body or more bubbles in this beer. without the body, it feels thin and watery, and without the bubbles, it lacks the pep needed to make a thinner beer feel good going down. that is definitely the weakness here. overall though i am so glad i got one of these, because while it is certainly a christmas beer, there is something unlike any other christmas beer about it, and that originality really makes its something to behold.

StonedTrippin, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

t0rin0, Sep 23, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is amber in color with a tall off-white head. Sweet caramel and toffee with a little bit of sugar. Lots of dark fruits on the nose, too. There is a touch of spice and maybe some apples. The flavor is fairly sweet. Mostly sugar with some caramel. A decent amount of dark fruits, especially raisins and plums. Not bad at all.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 05, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a chalice.

A: Reddish brown with a thick half-a-finger white fluffy head.

S: Malt, sour fruit, and dry earth.

T: Sour fruit, a touch of bread, with some earthy wine like flavors.

M: Medium and very smooth.

O: Pleasant to drink, but it does not knock my socks off.

ianjsullivan, Apr 15, 2012
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2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

156th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Enjoyed with some local beer geeks in Denver way back when. Thanks Bryan for this treat! I didn't get the vintage, but it was definitely a few years old from what I recall of the pre-pour/"presentation" discussion.

A: Medium brown. 0.75 (dull khaki) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Black berry and currants with pronounced spice profile (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice) and hint of malt.

T: Quite boring here - just dried berries with a pronounced all-spice flavor. Not much else. Dull, but a bit sweet.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Too me there was a lot missing here, but maybe that's what they were going for. Not sure, but can't say I'd come back to this again. Another possibility is that it might just need to be enjoyed fresh.

spdyfire83, Feb 02, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of foamy head. Clear, lots of bubbles. Reddish amber. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Oh man. So terrible. Must be skunked. Some hops and spices.

T: Pretty tasty. Lots of malts and some sugary fruits.

M: Pretty thin. Not exceptional. Just a little carbonation.

O: It's alright. Pretty drinkable, not exceptional. Might as well try it if you find one.

Meerkey, Feb 01, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Stamped L1257 07:15. I am assuming this is the Christmas 2011 vintage, though I have no real reason to think so. The bottle uncorks easily with a satisfying pop.

A: Gorgeous! Two fingers of firm head with good retention. A clear, red-amber colour with lots of bubbles within. Scattered lacing.

S: Smells quite skunky (and yes, it's in a green bottle). Spicy, earthy, grassy hops are not unpleasant.

T: Tasty! A heavy malt base is full of fruit and caramelised sugar. Bright and lightly sweet, with a European hop character striving for balance.

M: It's acceptable, if not exceptional. Bready-fruity malts and slight carbonation. Average mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an enjoyable, drinkable, pleasant (if mediocre) beer. The sticker price is the kicker -- $3.99 for this bottle is a steal. Highly recommended if you can find it for a comparable price (I got mine at a Total Wine & More). I might buy another one next season.

AgentMunky, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – ruby-colored body with about a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – it does indeed seem to be brewed with any additions. It gives a somewhat dry aroma. Interesting smell.

Taste – Immediately an interesting taste as well, but one that I can’t quite pin down. It doesn’t have this kind of texture, but it almost tastes like an animal oil (what actually comes to mind is duck for some reason). Not quite as dry as the aroma, but bitter in the late middle/finish.

Mouthfeel – it’s pretty well balanced, but leans just a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – very interesting brew, more intriguing than I thought it would be. Not a bad taste either.

Nerudamann, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of theopholis
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a crustal clear, dark amber color. Very little head retention or lacing.

Smell: Interesting honey sweet, with a very interesting malt sweetness, with a bit of honey. Quite subdued.

Taste: Very roasty. The taste follows through on the sweetness with a remarkable malt presence; a bit of the sting from the bitterness of hops. A fair amount of spiciness. Has a Biere-de-garde feel to it.

Overall: Not great. Not awful. Worth trying.

theopholis, Jan 18, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia.

Pours a dark golden amber color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with soapy lacing.

Slightly spicy aroma with a nice balance of dark fruit and biscuity malt.  Hints of pepper and cinnamon along with some cherry and dark berries followed by biscuity caramel malt.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice balance of zesty spice, funky yeast, earthy hops, dark fruit and sweet malt.  A touch of bitterness up front followed by peppery spice that lingers over a slight medicinal character into a dry finish.  Hints of dark cherry with a nice malt backbone coutering the fruit/sweetness.  Hints of caramel malt and biscuit toward the finish.  Complex and much more flavorful than expected.

corby112, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Zraly
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pretty off-white head atop of a clear amber brew. Bubbles are pretty in the glass.

Metallic powder and yeast upfront -- a bit weird. However, the malt is nicely sweet and mellow. Carbonation is lush enough to make this dry and light on the palate. Subtle spice in the finish and a bit phenolic as it warms. I find the alcohol to be mild. In sum, although it has a light metallic taste, this semi-funky Biere de Garde drinks decently.

A nice salad beer.

Zraly, Dec 17, 2011
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Jenlain Bière De Noël from Brasserie Duyck
80 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.