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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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271 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website

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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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 20:57:45 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 12:03:24 | More by Todd
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-21-2014 11:17:11 | More by mrjez
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-21-2014 01:30:24 | More by vhmf1978
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-02-2014 12:52:05 | More by SkyWolf
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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 )

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 21:25:49 | More by JoshJ
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

06-14-2014 05:48:17 | More by hardy008
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 20:16:40 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-05-2014 18:38:56 | More by safaricook
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-31-2014 00:55:06 | More by Latarnik
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-22-2014 18:49:35 | More by afsdan
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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 10:19:18 | More by SmashPants
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-11-2014 18:33:10 | More by John_Squires
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5/5  rDev +33%

05-10-2014 17:55:26 | More by bhawk1
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-27-2014 03:50:40 | More by Zetcha7x
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-19-2014 22:41:18 | More by BrazilianAussie
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 04:13:13 | More by doktorhops
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-02-2014 11:08:32 | More by BJSmit
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4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 08:23:14 | More by chogm54
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-21-2014 00:06:04 | More by blameo
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-13-2014 16:45:09 | More by LXIXME
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 11:50:34 | More by PolarBear3
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3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.