Jenlain Bière De Noël - Brasserie Duyck

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Dantes on 04-27-2004

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Photo of Crosling
1.91/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Copper, with ample foam. Unpleasant aroma of corn, strawberry, lemon, orange gummy bears, caramel and dying flowers. Upon tasting, sickly sweet and only bareable in tiny baby sips. Tastes of melting plastic, orange seasoning, spice and toasted malts. Yikes. (257 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle - $4.54 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened orange body with a bubbly, off-white head that's soon settled out.

Smell: Simple syrup and cheap bottom-shelf alcohol coating some fruits, including some dried citrus accents. Might be more to it, but I'm not sticking around longer to find out, as, instead of failing to even pull me in, it's a beer that pushes you away with its shortcomings.

Taste: Toasty malts, a bit of basic caramel, and some simple, unrefined sweetness. Then, a sip of coarse, well-level alcohol quickly scuttles the taste after the dreadful opening. Light cherries, but, with the booze, it yields a hint of cough syrup medicine. Growing dried bitter orange peel midway and into the sizzlingly crisp finish and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, with some sugary stickiness to it. Moderate level of crisp carbonation.

Overall: Each sip was a bit worse than the last. Frankly, I was quite glad to be done with it and, no, I didn't get through the entire bottle. Nothing resembling a quality Bière de Garde here at all. (1,103 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
2.26/5  rDev -36%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The vintage is a mystery, but my bottle looks just like the bottle on the Brasserie Duyck website. My guess is that it might be the Holiday 2007 release. 2006 at the earliest.

After a loud POP! and a lingering wisp of gunsmoke, Noel pours a coppery shade of orange that isn't dark enough to be burnt. The pale orange-ecru crown has a cottage cheese-like texture and is beginning to lay down swaths of Swiss cheese-like lace. No more cheese references... I promise.

The nose is a wide range of things that don't add up to anything good. It's herbal, earthy, musky and very slightly spicy. The (minimal) spiciness has to be emanating from the hops since nothing other than the four basic ingredients are used. If the aroma is an accurate guide, some Christmas spices would have been welcome.

I'm not sure what's up with this brewery, but they can't seem to do anything right. Three of the four Brasserie Duyck ales that I drank prior to this one were close to unacceptable. Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) was the only one good enough (barely so) to be considered average. My slightly higher hopes for Noel have been dashed with the first disappointing sip. Let's plow ahead.

The beer tastes like a slightly lower-ABV Euro strong ale that uses more caramel malt than usual. I have no earthly idea how this beer got tagged with the 'biere de garde' label. The flavor profile is so embarrassingly simple that describing it accurately is going be tough sledding.

Let's go with... untoasted brown bread, sugar syrup, tree bark, moldy oranges, cold tea and a shot of watered-down lower-shelf vodka. I've said it before in reference to several other breweries: how in the world do these guys stay in business? I have to believe that France has access to most of the good Belgian ales. If so, why a Frenchman (or a Frenchwoman) would buy a Brasserie Duyck product twice is a mystery.

The mouthfeel is crap city. It's both light and slick (yes, that is possible) and is so poorly bubbled that it beggars belief. Here's the rundown: too jumpy early, passes through the sweet spot in one mouthful, nearly flat from then on. Whooeee! We're havin' some fun now.

I'm not sure what else to say. The fact that I spent $7.99 on this '750' makes me want to cry. If you see Jenlain Noel on the shelves, run screaming in the other direction as fast as your legs will carry you. You're welcome. (2,389 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of dgallina
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of badbeer
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a clearish amber mahogany color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bready malts, bicuit, and metal.

t - Tastes same as the nose, bready, biscuit, dough, and slight metal. Not great.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A below average beer with a slight metal smell and taste. Wouldn't seek out again. (417 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
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! (841 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i can't seem to find an expiration date on the bottle but tasted fresh enough.

a: very minimal head sits atop of deep amber brown body

s: light malts with hints of oranges and spice

t: caramely and malty sweet w/ sices; finishes up with hint of hops

m: a little cloying but lightly carbonated and overall enjoyable

d: overall a pretty enjoyable beer with nice spice present but perhaps not the most festive beer on the ,arket in terms of taste. an overall good brew. (471 characters)

Photo of benito
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a corked 750 mL bottle.

As the label claims, this is a special biere de garde "ambree" with a "new orange flavor." The citrus is most defined in the bouquet, which has a pleasant orange character. Otherwise this brew pours a light amber and has a light, spritzy body on the tongue. There are fairly pronounced citrus and biscuit flavors too, but they are never quite able to overcome the fizziness of the mouthfeel. It is then, an imbalanced mouthfeel that proved to be this beer's biggest drawback. Drinkability is average, though, I doubt that I would be interested in exploring this brew further to have more than one glass. (635 characters)

Photo of theopholis
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Paprika colored, fairly clean. Head is tan colored with an orangish tint.

S: Orange peel, cloves and subtle caramel,

T: Ever had orange tea? This beer tastes exactle like that. Like an orange candy with mulled spices, cloves and cinnamon. Really tastes a lot like it smells. Medium caramel backbone balances out the orange nicely. Finishes with a dirty hop aspect which I would consider a negative.

M: Medium body, thin across the tongue with fluffy moments.

D: Interesting beer. Becomes a bit too much after a while but fun while it lasted. (557 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$5.99 750 mL 6.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with an inch of foamy off-white head on top. Head is slow to settle leaving behind a nice lace along the glass.

Aroma:

Bottle depicts oranges, though the aroma is more a tart cherry with some hints of sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Aroma may not be orange, but initial flavor certainly is. Develops into a overripe orange flavor that is offset by a weird bitter/rotting sensation. Orange/clementine flavors dominate throughout though.

Not like any saison I've ever had. Not sure I like this one, though I don't hate it either. (629 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange color..light whisp of head

S-Musty and woody, yet somewhat fruity....also some black pepper...unique

T-Brewed in France but they must have hard water there...very minerally tasting....some light earthy dimensions...subtle toasted malts...

M-Medium bodied...higher carbonation with a little splash of alcohol....dry finish.

D-Haven't had many beers in this style and didn't know what to expect. I guess I thought it might be a little richer tasting. A nice new style of beer for me. Enjoyable. Similar a little to a saison which is not one of my favorite styles. Overall this is a solid beer and an enjoyable one to try but not one I would want again. (669 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and slightly fruity scent as well as a mild crystal malt aroma. The taste is average. It has a thin and watery crystal malt flavor that does have some light nuttiness in the finish, but overall is dry and boring. It's a bit fruity with some light musty character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing too great, especially for a once a year offering. (560 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 09 2006, Sampled December 2007
I am not totally sure of the vintage perhaps 2005, but the label is black with an ornate red trim and has a blue & red neck label with oranges on it; it is newly distributed to my local bottle shop though. Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark, cranberry red color. The head starts out almost two-fingers thick and is a frothy, somewhat large bubbled consistency with a tan color. Definite aromas of citrus (as the neck label shows), almost more like orange juice spiked with alcohol as opposed to citrus zest which is usually used in beer. Underneath the orange is a toasty malt presence with a touch of caramel and a dry, biscuit like note.

Quite sweet tasting, almost in a cider like way. Very thin bodied for a beer of this strength. Citrus flavors play a prominent role, but it mixes in with the cider-like flavors to produce a sort of washed out juice flavor. The finish has a sharp, almost astringent bitterness to it as well as some toasted, malty notes. The astringent bitterness really lingers, it is linked to the citrus almost like a bitter orange peel flavor. In some ways it tastes like a soda.

Despite the flavors, this beer has held up really well if it is a 2005 bottling. Certainly not the greatest beer, and even fresh I have a feeling it was not all that great. It is somewhat refreshing, but a bit too simplistic and a bit to sharp in the finish. (1,414 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a nice dense off white head. the aroma shows off it's farmhouse pedigree, along with a bit of fruit esters. the taste really produces on the fruit flavor, but is lacking in the spiciness that I would hope for in this sort of beer. the body is a good full body with adequate co2, but missing the alcohol bite that could've put it over the top. not a bad beer but could've been better. (432 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (973 characters)

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Jenlain Bière De Noël from Brasserie Duyck
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