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Jenlain Bière De Noël - Brasserie Duyck

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85 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: Dantes on 04-27-2004)
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Reviews by ViveLaChouffe:
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a dense khaki head. Head dissipates to a wisp but leaves some soapy looking lacing. Smell is wonderful. Spicy and citrusy hops. Terrific aroma. Can't say that I've had much that smells like these hops. Popperings Hommelbier smells similiar but not exactly like this.

Taste is a nice biscuity malt followed by the unusual floral hops. Far less dominant in the flavor the hops. Finishes surprisingly clean with a crisp hoppy finish. Mouth is medium. Only faint hops in the aftertaste. Really good and really drinkable. I could recommend this beer for the aroma alone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Green Wine Bottle with a champagne cork. Black/red label reads: “Jenlain: Biere de Noel, Biere de Garde, Ambree. Nouven Gout A Romantisce a l’orange, 6.8%.”

Looks and tastes like kiddy champagne, like the apple or white grape stuff that you give to ten year olds at New Years, only this stuff tastes and looks like orange Jello. I will hand it bitterness. This beer definitely has some great bitterness both in nose and MF. That part of the orange tastes real. Otherwise this fits perfectly into France’s love for crappy, fruity light beers to guzzle and get tanked on. This is just candy.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged one year. This is an ever so slightly hazy beer of deep amber color with a fizzy head that disappears almost entirely. The nose is earthy and spicy with sweet malt aroma and wisps of orange. Inviting and warm. The taste is a great mixture of high-pitched sugary-sweet malt, orange juice character, cranberry notes, a deep nut tone throughout and the occasional alcohol warmth. Earthy hop flavor comes up at times and there is an extremley subtle spiciness. No real yeast characterisitics to speak of.

I saved this beer for Thanksgiving and man was that a good call on my part. This beer goes very well with everything at the traditional table from salad to pumpkin pie. In fact, I think it may have matched the pumpkin pie the best. I was really amazed at the versatility of this beer at the table. I'll definately be picking up another few bottles of this for next year. It is hard to say what the aging did for it since I never had it young, but I suspect that orange flavor might have been a tad much when fresh.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, label in languages besides English, says something about consuming before some date (I think) but I can see no dates.something about Jenlain never makes sense to me, maybe its the green bottles or the fact that the bottles allways seem to be slightly underfilled. Anyway, I digress, this one pours almond amber, cloudy, with a tan head, at first puffy, then fading to a 1/8 inch film and leaving plentiful stringy lacing. Aromatic nose of concentrated orange juice and cloves. More orange notes, soft mouthfeel, taste fades in the finish, worth a try, but nothing great, there are better and more interesting christmas brews and saisons out there

Photo of badbeer
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark reddish color with a quickly disappearing white head. Smell is of orange peel and some spice. Taste is sort of like watered down orange pop, which isn't a good thing. This could have been so much better, but it wasn't. Mouthfeel was thin, with medium carbonation. I didn't really care for this one, I would maybe try it again in a very distant future.

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in November shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich, clear reddish-copper with small, bubbly, off-white head that doesn't leave much behind.

Smell: Dry fruit and caramel malts balanced by pretty strong hop spiciness. Slight Belgian-like yeast noticeable.

Taste: Very fruity and malty (plum, banana, caramel, candied sugar) but also very spicy, with metallic bitterness, clove and pepper notes. Almost tastes like a mixture of Belgian, English and German styles. Somewhat strange but still tasty.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation, medium body, off-dry finish.

Drinkability: Interesting beer overall even if I can't really place it, as Biere de Garde doesn't seem to mean much here.

Photo of ianjsullivan
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber color that is slightly hazed but not opaque. The head is quick to show but fades as fast to a ring of thick popping bubbles. Wisps of suds move with the current of each glass swirl.

The nose is musty, kind of like an old wooden box kept in a cellar. A subtle grain alcohol smell is present followed by some sweet malts, a touch of spice and some light fruits.

The first thing I taste is a honey sweetness. Lightly toasted bread with a touch of Christmas spices. Mostly it's a subtle watery beer with nothing bold in the way of flavor. The fruitiness never fully develops but if I had to put my finger on it... oranges.

The mouthfeel is slightly chalky, like hard candy you've held in your pocket to long and it's rubbed it's outer layer into powder. Like the flavor the mouth feel is nothing impressive. This whole beer experience has a very French attitude. I can picture the brewers smoking over the wort, not really paying attention to their brew. "(Que French accent) Huh hu, if you don't like this beer then go F-yourself. Who are you to judge?"

Drinkable but very worth passing up.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jenlain Noel

A- Deep ruby red with a thick frothy white head.
S- Deep fermented fruits like cherry and plum dominate.
T- Thick syrupy fruits; cherry and plum are most obvious with pineapple appearing. Very sugary.
M- Thick sweet fruits with a mild dry bitter finish.

Overall- The deep robust fruitiness make this a good desert beer.

Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear cherrywood with a large, frothy, bleached beige crown.
Nose of black cherry, corkboard, and cedar with a lightly sulfuric hop bite. As it warms, a big, encompassing bitter orange scent gains clout.
Begins with a notion of candied maltiness that mimicks chocolate-covered cherries...the ones that burst with an oozing caramel-vanilla goo. It disolves into clementine peel, musky red apples, toasted grain and carob before drying in the midsection with loud notations of rye bread, then into an even louder, parched maple and cedar woodiness. Rosemary, orange rind, cork, and thyme hop quotient, but with an exaggerated bitterness that rides on balsam and burnt rose petals.
Moderately rotund in the mouth with a stunted carbonation. This is a fantastic biere de garde, nearing the standards and subtle greatness of the Jenlain original (in that it sacrifices jaw-dropping attributes for a round tastiness and all-togetherness), if perhaps lacking its anytime, any place drinkability.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a very good balanced taste profile beverage that worked for my friend and I for supper. Orange taste was apparent and not over the top. A nice biere de garde, moderated spicey taste overall , some citrus, not too bitter nor sweet perhaps it was aged some.

Photo of dgallina
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml green bottle without dating. Bottle looks quite new and the ale is only brewed once a year, so it's likely the Christmas 2006 release.

Pours clear dark amber with half-inch of thin off-white head. Recedes rapidly to a blanket of foam, excellent lacing. The aroma is peculiar and not very appealing. Musty white pepper notes are dominant, with tinges of metallic hop lurking in the background. Flavor is much like the nose. Lots of musty white pepper all the way through with unpleasant metallic hop notes bringing up the rear. Body is light with plenty of carbonation; somewhat acerbic in the finish. Not good at all.

Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter, bubblier Christmas ale. Brilliantly clear ruddy copper with an off white head that disappears with little traces on the glass. Smell is quite different. Ginger and citrus with a sweet light caramel and a bit of malt. Taste is sweet and orangey. Spiced chai tea with ginger and sugary sweet malt. Light, well carbonated feel is crisp on the tongue. As it warms the the sugary caramel mellows and blends into the malt structure. Dry clean finish. Hops are subdued to say the least. Refreshing and quite drinkable. Like a sweet lager. Not in the usual holiday mold but then again it is French. Vive le difference!

Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a pretty copper body with a steady stream of carbonation coming from the center of the chalice. Not much of a head. Starts with a punch of orange juice in the nose with aromas of vanilla, toasted malty bread, and some alcohol. Again, with the flavors, I get a creamsicle like flavor up front which is followed by loads of toasted malt, dried fruit, and a little alcohol. I get noble hops in the finish and a lingering flavor of raisin bread. Too much orange, though. Mouthfeel is moderate to slightly thick and has a soft carbonation made up of tiny bubbles. Tasty beer, but the orange presence can be a bit much to make this something I'd want a lot of. I got tired of the orange real quick.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying the Jenlain Blonde and pouring out half of it, I was skeptical of this at first. Fortunately I had the chance to try it at a tasting, and it was memorable enough to pick up later.

Pours a pleasing deep amber tone, that glows when backlit. Ample foam, that settles to a ring and skim later on.

Smells like orange candy and subtle malt.

Taste is balanced and even, orange candy kind of floats in and isn't too sweet or cloying. Nice malty backbone, even mouthfeel. A butterscotch/diacetyl taste rides through in the aftertaste. A bitter/metal note is the only element out of place, otherwise it's a great seasonal quaffer.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the regular Jenlain Farmhouse Ale- great slightly sweet malty flavor, honey, a hint of spice, and ultimately drinkable, while a great price value.

So I bought this one with great interest. Very similar to its sister (brother?) beer. And it definitely is a tasty beer, but to me, the added spices, the higher alcohol content (and associated roughness to the mouthfeel and drinkability) take this down a notch. I like this, it's enjoyable, but not as good.

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.

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).

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The appearance starts out very nice the lacing is slightly apparant and the head doesn't completely dissapear for some time. The color is a good crisp ruby color.

The smell has orange and a smell that reminds me of a lager.

The taste is crisp and leaves a bitter aftertaste. It's slightly fruity, but very light on taste.

Body is light with good carbonation, although it is a bit watery.

It was worth a try, but probably not worth another try for a while.

Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer upon its pour from the 750ml green caged and corked bottle sets in my glass a luminous dark copper color with the head mastodonic in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a nice light tan, after its destruction, a velum like sheet of lace surrounds the glass. Nose has a hint of chocolate and over ripe black cherries, also a touch of mushrooms, pleasant and appealing with the start sweet and the grain profile adequate with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a disturbing acidity with the hops prickly in their spiciness, somewhat vinous, dry as a bleached desert bone, and a nice change of pace for me.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Obtained from a huge French Hypermarket in Calais in Dec 2010, this brown 25cl bottle was one of many in a multi-pack.

Best before 25 Nov 2011, this last bottle of the pack was opened and reviewed during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings' in April 2011.

Poured into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip shaped goblet: clear toffee apple red body, with an off-white head on top. A great pity that the head goes completely before you get a real chance to appreciate it.

I found hints of malts and cloves in the nose, so fairly Christmassy.

The taste was of sweet malts which faded quickly to a nasty metallic feel, this dried the mouth out and combind with the thin, weak body depth left me very disappointed.

Years ago I thought the Jenlain (Duyck) beers were the best in France, either I've changed my taste, or they've changed their beers!

Photo of JBIII
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

notes od candied sugar, victory malt and complex hop finish. Subtle residual caramel flavoring and impressive belgian lacing. Beer appears to be dry hopped with multiple hops. Light and creamy on the toungue with a distinct after taste. Definitely worth a try, but not worth seeking out

Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a dark copper color, a very thin bubbly head that didn't last long at all. Constant streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Aroma was very slightly sweet, with earthiness. A touch of malty, with evident alcohol aromas. Taste was very mellow, slightly sweet, small amounts of citrus flavors. Tad of olives and hops flavors. Felt strange in the mouth. Coated well, but left an awkward texture in the mouth. Definitely a beer to sit and sip. Lingering makes it ok to drink, but need to savor.

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
2.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm going to forgo the usual detailed review, because I only took a few sips of this beer before dumping the rest (and that's hard for such an expensive beer). The caramel sweetness was overpowering. Unbearably cloying. Seems like an unsuccessful homebrew that hasn't finished attenuation. Consider yourself warned.

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Jenlain Bière De Noël from Brasserie Duyck
80 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.