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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
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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Photo of paterlodie


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 28-06-2007. Some head and clear dark amber beer. Nose is caramellic malty, fruity and some eau de cologne note. After a while an aple juice arome comes up and oxidation is more noticable. Not bad at all though but again like other Duyck beers quiet decent but low dosed, Taste is quiet alcoholic but has some caramel malts aswel as decent bitterness in aftertaste. Alcohol quiet dominant though witch is also making mouthfeel unbalanced and fuelled. Low carbonisation also not really fitting brew. Drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 18:08:16 | More by paterlodie
Photo of Hautacam


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy amber with no head...barely a collar.
Smells mostly like hard apple cider. Some yeast , some grass and some must.
Tastes sweet , yeasty , very much an apple cider flavor ..alcohol is evident...some slight sourness and some citrus. There is a hint of spice , although I can't really name any specific spices. Some butterscotch / vanilla. Finishes with a very slight bitter. All very nice ; but a little on the watery side.
Body is light / medium....very little carbonation.
Pretty tasty stuff...would like it better with a little more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 01:21:33 | More by Hautacam
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 00:31:17 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 13:54:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 05:37:36 | More by badbeer
Photo of ypsifly


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 11.2oz purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Clear copper under a finger of light, beady vanilla that falls to a veiled ring that leaves good sheets of webby lace.

The nose has a nice balance between slightly caramel malt, spices, and hop aromas. Slightly nutty with something that reminds me of rose water.

The hops are more pronounced as well as the spice flavors. The spices come off as a peppered butterscotch like flavor while the hops are sharp and grassy yet mellow halfway through. Lingering caramel and nuts with some hop dryness. Interesting and complex.

Moderate mouth with just enough carbonation. I would like to try this again and see what it pairs best with.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 03:37:08 | More by ypsifly
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA, in August 2006 for $8.99. Black and red label as shown in the picture above.

I wasn't sure about this beer (I'm unsure about French beers after a bad Fischer incident, but that's another story for another time), but I generally like Farmhouse Ales, and I hadn't heard of it, so what the heck, give it a try.

This is one of those not-so-complex-but-really-tasty beers. I really liked it. Bready, semi-sweet, with a very filling mouthfeel, flavors of light citrus, honey, and peach syrup (but not overly sweet) with just enough farmhouse funk/spiciness to keep it from being a one-note fruit-sugar bomb. My wife likes it too, so I didn't get to drink the bottle- darn!

Recommended for a time when you just want something tasty, not too complex, especially if you want a break from hop monsters.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 02:07:31 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of clickpush


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip. Orange-brown lightly cloudy body with orange-tan head. Big two finger head with lots of bubbles swimming up from the bottom of the glass. Head doesn't last very long and has an iridescent soapy shimmer to it. Despite that, nice lacings remain.

Nose: Alcohol and yeast spiciness. Caramel, candi, hay and/or dry grass, a touch of playdough.

Mouth: Cool mouthfeel with a lightly fizzy and stinging carbonation. Flavors of hay, toffee, earthy minerals. Sweet up front and more sour in the back and aftertaste, a warm alcohol exhale and no hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 20:27:11 | More by clickpush
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz.

Pours an attractive auburn color - clear with a white head that subsides to a bubbly ring and broken film. Aroma is very malty - sweet and toasty with woody fruit esters and a hint of spice. Flavor follows the smell but is richer in all aspects. Toasted malts, earthy hops, wood, warm spiced fruits, and herbal phenols. Sweetness is solid and seems to support everything without ever getting in the way. Smooth and dry with fine carbonation.

Funny, I had this on Thanksgiving and I don't remember it being anything like this. Malty, dry, and earthy. Easy drinking though the notion of alcohol finishes each sip. Definately something to pair with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 21:33:58 | More by wedge
Photo of Erdinger2003


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head dissapates not quite entirely and leaves behind a slight lacing. The color is slightly cloudy gold to brown.

The smell is sweet with a little bit of nuttiness.

The taste comes through with the smell of the farm very well, kind of comforting if you've ever been on a farm. It has a sweet nuttiness to it that is apparant at first, but then turns to a nice sour at the end.

Mouthfeel has slight carbonation and a bit of watery feel to it.

It's good enough to try later, but not enough to freak out and look for the freshest bottle possible, but if by chance I find it it may be mine.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 07:29:15 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of bonbright7


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the strangest ones for me as the beer came to life with a little air, much in the way a good bordeaux or rhone does when it's decanted. My first taste of the reddish amber ale made me think of apples mixed with beer and a sweet watery taste afterwards. So I let it sit...

I came back to it 15 minutes later with a baked chicken breast topped with mustard and the French farm ale came on with different tastes of caramel, peppers, and hops. The clear cider apple taste lingered in the background and then long afterward.

This would be a good summer ale with a picnic...and some air.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 01:49:28 | More by bonbright7
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Whole Foods in Chelsea.
Colors are appropriate for the style. A deep, dark saison this is.
Smells mild, clean and malty. The taste has some candy ginger and nutmeg in there, along with some cola notes and citrus notes. As far as mouthfeel goes I'd like it to be a bit more bubbly to counteract some of the syrupy sweetness. The sweet and watery attributes takes down some of the drinkability for me.
This is probably one that is much better whenst paired with food. As a stand alone beer this doesn't work too well for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 01:38:31 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep ruby color, no head, no lacing. Smells earthy, ginger. Tastes earthy as well, hoppy, gingery. Interesting. Mouthfeel is slick, oily, wet. Fairly drinkable, but seems more alcoholic than it actually is. I'm on the fence on this guy- I like it but I don't. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 04:23:08 | More by scooter231
Photo of stcules


3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color, clean. Decent head, cream color, quite compact. Pretty.
The smell is caramel malt, dry flowers, hay. Lightly fruity. The hay are very strong, and fresh.
The taste too, with malt and caramel in the beginning, and the a good dry cut, with hay. A light fruitiness behind. Pleasant. Then some bitterness. Pretty balanced.
The alcohol is very well hidden. Dangerously drinkable, thank to the dryness.
Average to light body.
In the aftertaste again frsh hay, with a good dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 18:08:53 | More by stcules
Photo of DrJay


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a short cap of off-white head. Bit of lace and fair retention. The aroma starts with sulfury hops, but these quickly dissipated. What remained was a grainy malt sweetness that was just short of caramel and mild floral/spicy hops. Mild flavour with some caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Floral/spicy hop flavour and bitterness follow through into the finish. Medium/high carbonation with a lightish body and slight slickness. Not bad, though I much preferred the flavour to the aroma, though it did improve with a bit of time out of the bottle. Thanks Wintermute!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 15:18:18 | More by DrJay
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My oh my here's a good one...

Tropical fruit and a hint of chocolate appear on the lose of this medium gold-copper brew. There's raisin and clean, fruity notes on the palate along with sweet malt. The proper bitterness imparts a near perfect balance! This marvelously easy drinker is crisp, clean, and refreshing! Superb!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 04:14:47 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of WetCoaster


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At last! In food-and-drink-crazed San Fran, biere de garde is surprisingly hard to find. But it looks like someone found a distributer, because the Jenlain has arrived in force.

Appearance: A clear amber with a great caramel head. Frosty, rocky with decent, though not stellar, retention. Moderately carbonated.

Smell: Malty. I suppose I should go on, but really, there's not much more to say. Caramel, toffee, honey wheat bread and perhaps a bit vinous.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite nice and a surprise to boot; crisp, light and quite champagne-like; it essentially dissolves on your tongue. The flavor is also a surprise, but not such a good one. This beer is surprisngly one-dimensional. I always imagined BdGs as a cousin of saison, but they're not at all similar. This tastes a bit like a toffee-heavy British brown ale, but really more like carbonated wort -- there just ain't much goin' on. It's got a slight port/muscat vinous thing happening, but slight is the operative term here.

Drinkability: Meh. It's certainly not offensive, but instead of straddling the fence, I'd rather drink a nice Brtish mild or a full-on saison. Maybe this is why they waited so long.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 03:42:26 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of Sigmund


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml can, bought in France. ABV is 7.5%. Deep amber colour, nearly clear. Large off-white head. Pleasant malty aroma with notes of aromatic hops, leather and oak. Malty and oaky flavour with tolerable hops, notes of toffee and caramel. Not bad at all for a canned beer!

Serving type: can

03-11-2006 21:31:44 | More by Sigmund
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden copper / rusty orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite big and fades to a nice layer...

Aroma - Nice caramel / biscuity malt, nutty, burnt orange hints, light pepperiness, floral, some woodiness...

Taste – Spicy maltiness, fruity (raisins), slight toffee sweetness, caramel, nice light hop bitterness, some vanilla hints underneath...

Feel - Quite smooth and slightly oily. Medium body. Very drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer, very drinkable. Recommended !!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 09:53:22 | More by mdagnew
Photo of charlesw

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a stunning amber. Like, not light or dark amber. Amber. Straight on. Perfectly clear. Medium cream-colored head that is very tight. It fades a bit quickly but there is a completely covering lace that never leaves.

I smells like a malt bomb went off. Whoa! Oh, man, I sure hope it tastes this good! Oh! Please, oh please oh please!

Ah well. It's an excellent beer - just not the malt bomb that I expected! We'll start with the body... It's on the lighter side of medium. Surely to style and all, but the aroma promised a heavy beer, darn it!

Good taste - very malty. All kinds of different flavors going on in there - caramels, raisin, maybe a teeny touch of spice. No hops detected and, heck, you wouldn't want 'em anyway!

High in drinkability due to the lightness of the body and the good flavor... (I just wish it were heavier...)

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 23:10:08 | More by charlesw
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 03:53:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 01:11:26 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of benmiliron


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid 3.80euro for a 75cl bottle. Very pretty brew here, light amber to burnt orange depending on how much beer you're looking through. Not much head. Smell is nice, but a little off somewhere. There's a bit of smoke, bit of molasses and a faint bit of cleaning fluid. Not that noticeable though, just subtle enough to pick out for me and you'll all probably think I'm crazy. Taste is very nice, light smoke, low alcohol despite advertised as 7.5%, heavy on the toasted malt flavor.

Overall worth a shot if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 18:20:32 | More by benmiliron
Photo of SacoDeToro


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant amber/orange hue with a foamy head that collapsed quickly. The aroma was that of sweet malt with notes of oak, chardonnay, and cider. The beer had a medium/heavy mouthfeel and the maltiness was reasonably sweet - along the lines of a Marzen. After the main malt rush comes some nuttiness with a slight alcohol warmth. The noble hops help balance things out, but definitely take a back seat to the sweet malts used. The carbonation was fine and tight. Rich in flavor, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 02:05:13 | More by SacoDeToro
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 02:05:06 | More by DaPeculierDane
Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
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