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Jenlain Bière De Noël - Brasserie Duyck

Jenlain Bière De NoëlJenlain Bière De Noël

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 17.43%

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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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Photo of metter98

New York

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).

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:21:34 | More by metter98
Photo of womencantsail


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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 17:35:23 | More by womencantsail
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 02:18:02 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of spdyfire83


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 18:48:35 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of Meerkey


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:11:22 | More by Meerkey
Photo of AgentMunky


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:36:21 | More by AgentMunky
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:42:18 | More by Nerudamann
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:22:39 | More by theopholis
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 23:26:32 | More by Zraly
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 19:28:51 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.05/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:15:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for a whopping $1.99 on clearance at Total Wine.

Pours a murky semi-opaque dark iced tea color with a tiny 1/2 tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. A few stands of random lace on the drink down. Smells of muted caramel, malt, and some citrus juices. Taste is of caramels, biscuity malt, and some light grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is no bitterness whatsoever with this beer. Very light but lively carbonation. Somewhat sticky and coating in the mouth. Overall, a good holiday offering that is still very tasty months after its release.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:54:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Not what I'd usually consider a Christmas beer, I'd actually prefer something like this in the summer, with its zingy citron and lemon notes married to a bit of brown sugar and bitter orange. Whenever, I'd enjoy this. It pours an orangey amber with a fairly short head that fades to a thin cap. The aroma is pure orange juice with a bit of spice at the end. The taste reminds me of an English lemon barley water. A bit soupy with grain, but in a light sort of way and with a nice citrus overlay that is quite refreshing. It starts out lemony, but as it opens up it tastes more of tangerine and orange with hint of spice. Quite nice. Perhaps a tad too light and seltzery in the mouthfeel, but ovarall this is a nice refresher- but not what I'd be looking for in a winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:43:23 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of mdfb79

New York

2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:06:00 | More by mdfb79
Photo of scootny

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:26:40 | More by scootny
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 06:04:44 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 purchased at total wine roseville.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy light amvber with about 1.5 fingers of head. Dissipates moderately, leaves some nice lacing.

S/T - Light breadiness, followed by hints of mint, clove, peppermint, and light belgian funk. Hoppy bitterness is minimal to non-existant.

M - Very light in body and well balanced between malt and spices (70-30). Carbonation is moderate to high, which adds a little more body to the flavor.

D - Fantastic. This is one of the best balanced spice beers I've had in a while. I also appreciate the use of a lager yeast that adds lightness to the body. Great job on this one jenlain!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 18:04:59 | More by MisterClean
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 23:07:09 | More by mountdew1
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper amber with a good amount of head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring of foam leaving some lacing.

Smells malty, musty, and a little metallic.

Sweet malty taste, lightly spiced with cola notes, and subtle hop bitterness in the finish.

Thin in body with light carbonation, it has a rather flat mouthfeel.

While it is in the Bière de Garde style, it seems to lack holiday spirit. Drinkable enough to finish the bottle, but would not seek another.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 23:57:15 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt mostly little stinky

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt thats a little fruity

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - A pretty good beer overall definitely not like most Christmas beers but not in a bad way worth checking out if you want a different Christmas beer

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 03:18:06 | More by armock
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Oaky medium brown with something of an amber tone. Pours about a 2 finger bubbly white head which quickly settles leaving a smattering of bubbly carbonation. Light spotty lacing remains.

S: Nose is sweet iced tea with a little lemon citrus, and some lightly bitter malt.

T: Tastes like it smells. Not as sweet as the nose gives off, and a little more bitter than it does. Not complex, but nice balance.

M: A really carbonated brew. Light and sweet. A little dry in the aftertaste.

D: Decent combination of sweet and bitter. The syrupy sweet does get a little noxious through time.

Pretty solid atmosphere on this one. Appearance is better than average, and the nose is really pleasing although I could see how you could get too much of it quick. Good thing this is only a Christmas brew. Flavor is pretty basic, nothing overwhelming, but nice combination of flavors it does sport. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:32:50 | More by bmwats
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 18:03:42 | More by bsp77
Photo of ZAP


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 05:37:06 | More by ZAP
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:38:56 | More by almychristopher
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:21:11 | More by WesWes
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Jenlain Bière De Noël from Brasserie Duyck
80 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.