Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck
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3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-31-2004 18:04:24 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a golden copper with a nice white head and some good lace. Nose is fairly tame, but has nice characteristics of light fruit, toffee, nuts, and a dash of earthiness. Taste is mildly sweet and fruity. A bit of soil in there. Feel is light and rewarding. A mellow, well integrated beer that is one of the better Biere de Gardes that I have tried.
10-18-2010 22:36:26 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +9%
A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma isn't very strong but is rather earthy and has notes of apples and caramel.
T: The overall taste is relatively sweet and has flavors of apples with notes of caramel.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Any traces of alcohol are completely hidden from the smell and taste. I would definitely try this again and pair it with food such as pork chops.
11-28-2010 18:50:49 | More by metter98
2.88/5 rDev -23.4%
My bottle reads 'French Farmhouse Ale' beneath the brewery name rather than 'Biere de garde' and is an 11.2 ouncer rather than a 750, but I'm fairly certain that I'm reviewing this in the correct place.
What sort of biere de garde has no visible yeast? I'm suspect already and I've only just poured it into the glass. Bold coppery orange with brighter orange trim. Atop the beer is a good looking head of golden ecru foam that displays a bubbly surface and leaves plenty of generously pocked lace in its wake. Forgetting the lack of yeasties for a moment, it's a good look.
The nose could be more forthcoming. It's toasted malty and mildly spicy, but lacks any sort of depth or any hint of farmhouse character. I can't believe that Brasserie Duyck did anything so stupid as to filter the yeast--the very thing that defines the style--right out of the beer. I would question whether or not it's meant to be a true farmhouse ale, but it says so right on the label.
There's something about beer from this brewery that doesn't appeal to me. It's nothing consistent, nothing that applies to each one of their offerings, just a general sense of 'eh'. Like the nose, the flavor is toasted malty with very little complexity. The hops taste earthy to me, as if they were British born. Where the hell is the spiciness and the yeasty breadiness? Biere de garde? Hardly.
The body/mouthfeel would have benefitted mightily from actually having been carbonated. While it isn't dead, it is on life support and is fading fast. The lack of bubbles give the beer a lethargic feel that makes it even harder to enjoy.
I don't have a whole lot else to say about Jenlain French Farmhouse Ale. It isn't true to the stated style and isn't even that good regardless of style. I know that the French are capable of brewing great saisons and bieres de garde because I've tasted them. This one isn't anywhere close to proving that statement correct.
10-06-2006 13:54:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.5/5 rDev -33.5%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a modest head that fades like soda; in the end, it looks more like a cognac that a beer
Smell: Smells a bit like a sugar water solution with just a hint of sweet apple juice
Taste: Very malty, up front, with a toffee malt character that is bolstered by a bit of apple flavor; some complexity shows itself by mid-palate, with a slight herbal element but the overall profile is sweet and rather one-dimensional
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but rather flat, with just a hint of carbonation despite the significant "pop" when the cork was pulled
Overall: Way too sweet without any significant complexity; can't recommend this one
04-15-2011 23:36:58 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
Another great Belgian / French beer. Its got a dark yellow - golden color, a bit hazed with a champaign like head and carbonation. Aromas of wine, musk, grapes, pears, apples and earthyness. Mild sweetness of honey combined with tart lactic acids create crispness and complexity. Not as musky, earthy, or pungent as some other Biere de Gardes. Lighter notes make this beer a better drinker. Finishes dry, tart, and crisp. Light alcohol is woven into the tartness and fades nicely.
08-26-2005 19:30:01 | More by BEERchitect
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber body with a thin, finely bubbled off-white head.
Smell: Light aroma of toasted grains with vaguely fruity notes and a bit of cinnamon in the nose.
Taste: Toasted grains with a light sweetness. Fruitiness comes across as a white wine flavor. Again, there's that very light cinnamon spice undertone. The finish is a bit watery, which allows some of that alcohol to creep in.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation. Somewhat watery.
Drinkability: I could be blunt and caustic here, but hey, it's Friday!
09-07-2007 22:23:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
This poured out as a very nice clear orange color with a thin white head on top. The head fades quickly, no retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet smelling with some grain aromas. Maybe a hint of honey on the nose too. The taste is sweet, caramel and honey-like flavors with minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light, a little watery, some moderate carbonation and drinkable. Overall is starts out sweet with a dry finish, it's a. Good brew but nothing something I would rave about.
11-04-2012 21:01:08 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
07-23-2004 20:18:23 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, soapy, off-white colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.
S - It smelled slightly funky with a sweet caramel aroma. There were pear and apple notes, too.
T - Fruity with just enough spicy yeast notes, it had a nice sweet caramel maltiness.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a clean finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a nice Belgian style ale. It has a nice balance of spice and sweet.
11-04-2009 02:47:14 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
10-02-2010 23:08:45 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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. Its 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.
12-30-2007 23:03:39 | More by RblWthACoz
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
02-24-2003 20:57:45 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
11.2 oz. bottle, the first time I've seen it in this format...
Clear, crimson coloring, intense carbonation, rocky, creamy, off-white head that stays a long, long time...
Aroma, sweet and rosy, fruits aplenty, the darker ones, grapes, berry, melon...
Taste: nice bit of hops up front, bold and bright, more brisk fruit shining through...refreshing and flavorful. Medium bodied, with a gentle, fruity, hoppy finish. Nice play on the mouth, this gives much and takes little, offers rewards with each new sip.
There are better biere de gardes, but once this is in my mouth, I find it hard to complain about a lack of transcendence in my glass...nice beer, 'nuff said.
06-18-2005 09:04:19 | More by feloniousmonk
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Ah my first Biere de Garde, served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is clear and light amber in color, absolutely no head, and therefore no lacing.
The aroma is dominated (to the point of exclusions) by malt. High malt character in this beer.
Beer is sweet, malt bomb alert. I like it. Beer is overall mild, there is some fruity character, like sweet berries or apples, in the midpalate of the beer. Drinkability is really high, mouthfeel is moderate. Beer is medium bodied, not sure what I expected, overall its a clean and simple beer. I should seek out more Biere de Garde.
11-27-2009 20:15:57 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev +9%
The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. There is a light nuttiness as well as a subtle cellarlike aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet malty flavor that boasts mostly of crystal malts. It goes down real easy even at 7.5%. There is a slight hop presence, but nothing to pronounced. It's clean in the finish with no esters to speak of. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great example of the style. I just read Farmhouse Ales and they said this is one of the original Biere de Garde beers. I really enjoyed it. Recommended!
12-20-2008 01:41:31 | More by WesWes
2.83/5 rDev -24.7%
Amber color in the small snifter at Root Down in north Denver.
Not much carbonation. Very sweet, unpleasantly sweet without any balance. More like a flat soft drink or fruity juice than beer. Only touch of bitterness is a tannic taste, just like sweetened ice tea, only without the crispness. I'd say it's exactly like watered down sweet vermouth.
Doesn't seem to have any off flavors or hint of spoilage, so I totally don't get this beverage.
05-28-2011 04:23:22 | More by mactrail
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
750 ml cork-caged bottle, poured into glass chalice:
Pours caramel copper with a thin white head that eventually becomes a swirling patch. Some lacing sticks.
The smell is earthy, barnyardy hay-like with caramel.
The taste is earthy/a bit musty/barnyardy with caramel, nuts and a bit of vanilla. Caramel sweetness stays just ahead of a bit of sourish orange marmelade and herbal bitterness - nicely balanced. Soft, subtley complex. It has a soft, almost woody, finish.
The feel is light to medium with effervescent carbonation.
Alcohol is very well covered.
A nice, very drinkable, well-balanced, classic interpretation of a Biere de Garde.
07-20-2008 14:09:57 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
The head starts off well but dissapates quickly. This is a amber-orange colored brew. It's also crystal clear. The lace is sparce but sticky.
Brown sugar and light molasses aromas featured here, almost like old fashioned candy. I suspect a sweet, crystal malt ladened flavor--not much balance here, no discernable hop.
Carmelized sugar is the featured aroma. If you've ever tried melted sugar from a sauce pan (cooled into a dark brown patty) then you'll get a sense of this flavor. I'm torn: I love unusual brews, but I don't like overly sweet ones. This is a treat, so I've given it a high taste rating, but I'm pulling back on the drinkability to reflect the coyingly sweet flavors that last throughout the aftertaste.
Obviously, this is a very rich beer. I would highly recommend this as an alternative to dessert. This could be featured as an apertif.
10-02-2004 01:01:22 | More by smcolw
4.4/5 rDev +17%
750 ml bottle, review #675,
A: Pours amber with a small white head, with average head retention, quite opaque.
S: Musty banyard character, grass, honey, caramel malt.
T: Strong malt comes on first, very sweet, hint of molasses cookies. Barnyard comes to balance it, with some mint jelly, earthy hops, and possibly light Brett.
M: Quite easy to drink, yeasty, dries out the tongue.
D: A classic biere de garde, I liked this one a lot, definitely has a raw, rustic feel to it, and it is endlessely drinkable until you get pissed, will buy this one again and again.
08-20-2008 01:02:24 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
2.88/5 rDev -23.4%
Unimpressed, was expecting great things from this green 0.75 litre Cork and Caged bottle. Best before 17 Nov 2011 it was drank and reviewed during one of my 'mixed tasting evenings' during March 2011.
The straw coloured beer looked a bit sad in the glasses, no sediment? I am already wearly, no head at all, what have I got here?
The smell wasn't helping the situation, an off malty, injected roguish, sweet aroma seemed to come from my glass.
Taste wise it was semi-sweet, yet with a sour, bitter aftertatste arriving too late to save it. The sweetness seeming to kill anything else that might have wanted to get involved.
Watery and weak for the style. I'll not be getting this again.
04-26-2011 12:11:42 | More by BlackHaddock
Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.