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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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85
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
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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Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice sized crème head. Nose is nutty and woody. Flavor is smooth with a slight woody tone to it. Touch of sweetness there, but not overdone at all. It’s just a touch. Feel is good. The right level of bubble on the tongue and a smooth liquid experience. Highly drinkable and very much worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper with a nice two finger head that settles nicely,aroma is definently spicey all malt and sweet caramel with a touch of bread.Very firm malt taste to this beer lightly sweet with a vegetable flavor that lingers in the mouth,I get a light burnt note as I drink more along with some over ripe melon.a rich and tasty brew that Iam sure goes well with hearty fare.

oberon, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer of my trip to beer hell (Rural Southern France) and also my first Biere de Garde. Surprisingly this readily available treat isn’t half bad. Still its nothing to write home about. Rich amber color on the orange side. Thin white head that disappears immediately. Relatively bland. Sweetish with light caramel malts. Silky. Little to no hops are found in this. There is a faint odor of fermented fruits. Nothing particularly special going on here.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber pour with a frothy nice two finger white head on top. Hints of red coming through from the light. Nice. Sweet and sour mashed grain mixed with light fruitiness..hints of apple, pear and lemon. A bit underwhelming overall.

First sip brings a sweet and sour maltiness that has notes of fruits and some hints of figs. Quite sweet on the way down with some spiciness and lots of fruity character. An interesting farmhouse ale.

Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel....goes down smooth. A tasty brew overall...but it's not something I'd drink regularly...nice for a change of pace. The sweetness gets to be a bit much by the end of the bottle.

orbitalr0x, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sort of peachy amber beer. Cloudy with an off white form head -- slight stick, average retention. The beer clears up and drops real bright when warmed up a bit (deep amber).

Medicinal, phenolic spice (faint ginger), grassy aroma.

Smooth full-body. Meaty malt character with a pronounced sweetness and caramel malt backbone. Very sweet actually, but in a sweet tea-style way (thick-ish & sugary). Hops are soft and lend a gentle bitterness that is nearly masked by the malt character. Bit of a "gingery" flavour seems to be common throughout the tasting. Slight touch of oxidation (wet paper). Finish is rather clean, a bit dry, and has faint lingering flavours.

A classic Biére de Garde. Flavourful, refreshing, and impressive when unleashed on your non-beer drinking friends. Comes in a 750ml corked and crowned green bottle. Nice pairing for nearly any food type.

Todd, Jun 30, 2002
Photo of Doomcifer
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a small head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell is of slight caramel malts, phenolic, and some spiciness.

Taste is more pronounced than the aroma. Very sweet malts hit you right up front, very bready, slight toffee flavors, sweet sugary, ending with alcohol and hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium mouthfeel, feels creamy in the mouth, pretty carbonated.

Overall, this beer is decent. Not something I would go out of my way for.

Doomcifer, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml green champagne magnum, blurb about the beer on the right of the label … not freshness date.

Appearance: Deep and drawn out reddish amber colour with an impressive off white head that stay two fingers deep for a bit then folds slowly into a curtain of lace all the way down the glass.

Smell: Earthy aromas of grass, mineral, fresh cut rinds of citrius and apple peel with a touch of honey sweetness.

Taste: Rich medium body, crisp and smooth all over with a semi slick mouth feel. Mild pungent twangs of citrus and apple peel with suggestions of spices like cinnamon, coriander and parsley. Hop bitterness is kept to a minimum though lends some flavour which doubles up with a phenolic character for a complex herbal and lightly medicinal flavour. Metallic? Malt sticks with a good dose of sweetness in the middle and gets almost honey like, vague raisin bread taste flashes quick on the tongue. Alcohol slowly emits a spicy tingling sensation that complement and enhances the brew even more. The finish consists of a dry phenolic astringency, remnants of the citric and apple peel and the spicy alcohol.

Notes: Big and beefy French Ale, treat this one with respect and bring it along on a picnic with assorted cheeses, beer bread and fruit. More of a “treat yourself beer” or something to toast with other than champagne. Obviously complex and sophisticated to say the least.

Jason, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a new style for me, and it took a couple of bottles to get a handle on its character.
The pour is a clear, actively carbonated, copperish gold body with a two finger, bone ivory head that is tightly knit, retains well, and leaves some small chains of lace.
Aroma is restrained, with a perfume hop character and mild, swwetish caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, with a soft, medium body.
The floral and herbal hops produce a mildly bitter and perfumey taste, akin to sipping a carbonated, lilac tea that is carbonated. Alcohol is a minor player.
I like the style. It's refreshingly different. Light and mild, overall, and the floral hopping combines with the malt presence very well.

merlin48, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of badbeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent amber color, white head, trace amounts of lacing. Slightly sour, green apples, cherries, and maybe even some strawberry. Taste is of nice sweet caramel, with some very subtle fruit undertones. Higher carbonation, heavier side of medium bodied. Pretty good beer, I don't know that I'd get this often but I'm sure there are plenty of occasions in which it would work quite well.

badbeer, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Janeinma, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JoshJ
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small 11.2 oz bottle from a four pack...clear light brown with an orangey-red caste to it, bright and luminous. Whitish head rises above 1/4 of an inch and has average staying power. Simple lacing but a nice spread across the glass. Aroma is spicey, verging on metallic and with ample citrus qualities. Medium body, less carbonation than in some Biere de Gardes. Begins malty, biscuity and sugary lemon bars with powdered sugar frosting, some sweet apple pie. Makes a nod toward drying mid mouth and finishes with some yeasty tones and a very subtle hop. Could tighten up even more for me, the aroma had me thinking a dryer finish was in store. Still, this is a creamy and quaffable brew.

ADR, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 11.2 fl.oz. bottle. The label doesn't match the picture exactly. It claims to be a 'French Farmhous Ale' and doesn't mention its Biere de Garde status. Nonetheless, I'm fairly certain we're talking about the same animal here.

Pours a billowing white head over a deep amber body that is slightly orange around the edges. The head rapidly fades, but leaves a nice coating of lace on the sides of the glass. Aromas of ripe fruit, sweet malt, a touch of pepper and a bit of alcohol. More sweet and citric ripe fruit up front in the taste, with a mild yet complex profile of sweet and caramel malt. Not as much of the spice in the taste, but there is a definite warming alcohol presence, especially noticeable at the end of a sip. Rather lean mouthfeel, but the complexity of flavor carries it. Substantial carbonation makes it crisp and refreshing in the mouth.

This beer should be commended on its combination of lean body with an abundance of complexity and flavor—not an easy feat. This is a bit leaner bodied and less sweet than some of the other biere de garde I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. While I my own malt cravings would prefer a bit more malty sweetness in this one, it’s leaner body makes it refreshing and an excellent accompaniment to a meal.

Shovelbum, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable biere de garde, not as complex as say, 3 monts, but very pleasurable drink, spicy, light to medium body, hints of caramel, but maybe a bit sweet at the start, decent.

rastaman, May 21, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer has a warm light orangish-golden body that is crystal clear with a strong champagne carbonation. There is a thick creamy head that keeps growing and last and last.

S- There is a soft honey malt note and some nice spicy hops in the finish. There is a note of toast that mellows out the sweetness in the smell.

T- The taste of crisp dry lightly toasted malt balances with a nice German noble hop finish. There is a hint of fusel alcohol at the finish. The malt has a very faint caramel note as it warms and it is a nice compliment to the toasted malt. In the finish there is a faint sulfur note to the dryness and the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture in the finish. There is no note of the fusel alcohol in the mouthfeel.

D- This beer has interesting qualities that remind me of a really good fresh kolsch but it also has some more depth and complexity in the malt. I guess there is a faint "cellar" taste that sets it off but it is not really a distinct flavor.

rhoadsrage, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +6.1%

LXIXME, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blew some dust off of this at a coffee shop in Missoula, MT, and brought it to a good home...

This beer pours a very hazy, dense dark amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, creamy pale beige head, which settles to leave a small ring of lace around the glass. It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a bit of dark fruit, yeast, and earthy hops. The taste is bready, caramel malt, some more mild yeast, a bit of boozy fruit, and floral, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, smooth, and moderately creamy. It finishes mostly sweet, with the caramel and yeasty fruit carrying on.

Overall, a nicely drinkable, multi-faceted ale. Well balanced, even reserved, but solid nonetheless.

biboergosum, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Beautiful French body, this is like the Carla Bruni of Biere De Gardes, with a deep russet copper hue that just shines near light. Soft periodic bubbles rise up to complete the portrait. Head was a finger and a half of white foam that died quickly and didn't lace, which was the only downside to the appearance.

S--This smells so malty as to almost be a barleywine. Weird. The caramel and toffee and significant alcohol whiff are all fine, but crowd out any fruit, funk, herbal, or earthy notes. Meh. Just an onslaught of malt, which is fine but not very funkay.

T--Same deal as the nose for the most part. There is a faint apple and pear thing going on toward the back of the flavor profile, but mostly there is so much molasses and toffee and caramel that this tastes like a werther's original that's been macerating in bacardi 151 for about six hours. There's a bit of damp earth in there, in the way way background, but not much. No hop presence--all malt all the time here. Again, very barleywine-like.

M&D--Both are fine. Carbonation is medium and soft, giving it a champagne feel. Drinkability is not real high because it's so dang sweet.

If you like barlewines, go for it, but this misses the mark in terms of earthiness and must and dank and all that cobwebby crap that I love in the style.

TheycallmeTim, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork popped rather easily off of this 750 but thankfully there was nol rush of beer. Poured a nice coppper color with a quickly dissapating white head. Smell was delicate and floral. Taste is full of subtlities, slightly sweet and mayber pepper?? I don't know if my mind is playing tricks on me. A lot of malt is present though which grows stronger as it warms. Pretty drinkable in my book. A nice treat every once and awhile.

soper2000, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smoky orange trimmed with a bountiful and long-lasting sandy froth.
Perfumed of lilacs and rose petals, touched with a cork spiciness and dashing malt sweetness.
Begins doughy and sweet, full of sugar cookies and toast smeared with apricot preserves. Corkboard and cedar, along with a dash of thyme appear midway as this gallops towards dryness. Ends with a fully expressed, but minorly bittered, floral notation, with those same lilac and rose promises from the aroma.
Mouthfeel is divine in its nible heft. A fully creamed, effervescent skim milk.
As easy to gulp as it is to savor.
It's perhaps not the most intricate biere de garde, but it's fully realized, cohesive and delicious. Just a joy.

cokes, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a creamy, thin white head. Soft, barely detectible aroma with faint hay elements.

Crisp and very dry, leaving fuzziness on the tongue. Total hay and farmhouse in the taste with a touch of sweetness. Bubbles on the tip of the tongue, goes down easy.

Easy drinking and a nice change of pace. Really crisp.

RockyTopHeel, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A smooth easy drink. Strongly carbonated, refreshing. Like an amber with a purposeful off taste, some nuts, citrus, corriander, parsley salt,carrot, and malt. Different and it works. Good thing Volo Caffe held on to an LCBO bottle from a couple years back, although I think that took away from aroma.

Sammy, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a finger of bubbly head. Nose is subtle grassy tones with hints of apple skin. Taste continues with light grassy and overripe apple juice notes above a caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is clean amd crisp, but overall lacking. This beer reminded me of Viking's Honey Moon braggot, which I couldn't finish. I was able to finish this one, but it didn't quite sit well with me. It was refreshing, but not tasty enough for me to want another. I'd like to see what some other biere de gardes taste like before I write the style off however.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle stamped with a best-by date of 03/2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark amber hue with a nice, frothy 1-inch head. Good carbonation. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and light fruit. Mouthfeel is nice and sturdy, not too thick, not too thin. Palate is very fruity, with essence of peach and grapes, sweet malt, and light floral hops. Yeastiness comes through towards the back of the mouth, along with a bready character. Slightly bitter aftertaste is a bit unpleasant and keeps this from being a more drinkable beer.

ElGordo, Dec 10, 2004
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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.