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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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BA SCORE
85
very good

275 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 11-27-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Sellen, Sep 04, 2014
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Bob2503, Aug 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

TheBigBoy, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

LeahM, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

vhmf1978, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SkyWolf, Jul 02, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

750ml corked bottle. Poured into a tulip. I've now had 6 of these as many weekends and it's firming up as my go to regular because the balance of elements lends itself to a very enjoyable, slowly sipped amber.

Personally I like strong ambers and almost sweet tasting notes and this is the perfect blend for me.

Glad I found this beauty, we don't a lot of variety in this space in Australia. Dan Murphys has started stocking it alongside the regulars like La Chouffe and Chimay. It's replaced La Chouffe for me if presented the choice ( and I LOVE La Chouffe )

JoshJ, Jun 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

hardy008, Jun 14, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

750 ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pour a clear amber color forming a medium bubbled white head. Medium retention and lots of lingering, spotty and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet grains, toffee and honey. Strong notes of roasted and caramel malts. Bit fruity. Good flowery and citrus hops notes

T: Sweet malts upfront with strong notes of caramel. Notes of toffee, caramel malts and flowery hops. Moderate bitterness. Good bittersweet balance

M: Medium body. Molasses. Medium carbonation. Caramel malts aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good beer

eduardolinhalis, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

safaricook, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle: a tall and very solid green 750mL bottle with a stylish label.

Appearance: pours a crystal clear, light orange-amber with champagne-style fine carbonation. A thick and creamy off-white head rises and lasts for quite a time. Slowly drops to a rocky cap. Looks great.

Aroma: a fairly complex nose of flora and earth, with a toasted malt and sweet honey,

Taste: some orchard fruits join the floral and earthen characteristics, with the toast and honey. Some spice behind also.

Mouth feel: the honey character becomes somewhat bitter on the finish, quite smooth too with spice and orchard fruit.

Overall: a very nicely put together beer - orchard fruits and spice, toasted malt and the honey is a very nice touch. Not a terrible price either, at AU$105 for 12 x 750mL.

SmashPants, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

John_Squires, May 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +33%

bhawk1, May 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Zetcha7x, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BrazilianAussie, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

I must admit I'm harbouring a soft spot for Jenlain after the Or, which was a Belgian-topping French brew. The big question mark this time is amber coloured, and in a delightfully cheap (by cork bottle standards) 750ml bottle that lured me from the shelf where it sat prominently next to Chimay Blue and Duvel, giants in their own rights... will it compete with the best of Belgium like its brother?

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Ambrée in name, amber in colour. The body is a nice clear amber with large champagne bubbles present within and a ring of white lace around the glass.

S: Farmhouse characters abound; hay bales, apple peel and musty yeast all dominate the nose with added notes of burnt caramel providing a sweet/malty back bone. It's a different take on a Bière de Garde with that added burnt caramel, and it no doubt provides the "amber" in the Ambrée name.

T: Tasty, damn tasty brew! Above barnyard characters; hay bales, apple peel and musty yeast are all present, as is the caramel malt which really makes its presence known in the palate with a chunky-yummy-sticky caramel goodness. It is sweet, as expected, but not too sweet. There is a hint of medicinal hop bitterness in the finish, the balance is quite simply: spot on. A touch of metal is also detected but it doesn't distract too much.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a bit of malt stickiness thrown in. Jenlain Ambrée is no palate cleanser and it knows it.

D: Two for two Jenlain, I am officially impressed. This and the Or really do show that France can play with the big boys, a country heretofore known for its world-class wine and cheese is now (in my books) known for its world-class beer as well... actually another country that is known for its wine and cheese is also bringing out high quality craft beer much to my amazement: Italy. It's great to see this craft beer renaissance happening in other parts of the world; all for the greater beer [insert spooky voice: "All for the greater beer"].

Food match: Blanquette de Veau with lyonnaise potatoes, or Pavés du Mail would be a nice pairing, the creaminess of their sauces countering the cloying sweetness whilst keeping with the French theme of this brew.

doktorhops, Apr 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

BJSmit, Apr 02, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +11.4%

I saw this 750ml corked bottle wedged between some Chimay Blue and La Chouffe at the bottleshop - with such esteemed neighbours, this beer must be worth a go....

a - as the name suggests, amber in colour, pours a thin white head with lacing.

s - subtle, sweet smells - honey, caramel with a slight malt, papaya and coffee when agitated

t - sweet flavours at the start - butterscotch, burnt brown sugar, with a slight malt tartiness and red grape flavour at the end.

m - moderate carbonation, dry texture with thin to medium body, slightly astringent alcohol finish, almost as much as you would expect from a 10-12%ABV.

Not too bad, I really enjoyed the sweetness but it may be too much for some. I might feel a bit different once I get towards the end of the bottle...

chogm54, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

blameo, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

LXIXME, Mar 13, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

A - Pours a clear amber colour with frothy white head that retains fairly well

S - Caramel, toffee apple, sweet malts on the nose. More like a sweet dessert.

T - Very sweet caramel, candy, a hint of some dark fruit, figs, cherries with a slight boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied with Medium carbonation

O- Not a bad beer but a little too sweet for my liking. Could only just finish the one. Gets rather sickly after a while.

PolarBear3, Mar 07, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

Pretty amber copper color, but with a thin head with short retention.
Surprisingly malty and hay aroma with earthy notes and caramels.
Sweet caramel malty flavor with herbal notes, tutti fruit, though mostly plums and oxidized apples, and candied sugar. No aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is well hidden.
Overly sweet beer with low complexity, not really pleasant after warming up. I kept lowering its grade. Definitely overrated.

FLima, Mar 01, 2014
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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.