Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Naerhu on 11-27-2005)
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Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750ml corked & caged bottle. The color is a redish brown with plenty of suspended yeast floaters. The head was very dissappointing, no lace, no cap. The smell is sugary raisin bread and honey. The taste is of raisin bread, carob, sugary with a bit of an alcohol burn. No hops detected, nothing that I would describe as earthy to help counter act the sweetness. The feel is flat and slicky, almost syrupy. The smell and taste aren't bad, but this sample seems to be old and flat, which brings out the sugary characteristics of the brew.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber coloring with thin head.

Smell - Malts and hops.

Taste -Malty, slightly hoppy, a little bitter. Had a slight woody and tobacco taste to it with some caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel - mild carbonation.

Drinkability - This was a good beer. And that was with a cold so I couldn't get the best experience from it.

Photo of bruachan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smells a bit oxidized. of well; its journey was a long one. aside from that, tangy european hops (styrian?). i can actually smell booze

ooh, it's sweet. and really not what what fits my criteria for "farmhouse ale". hoppy flavors, and plenty of fruitiness—the sweet, red kind. the finish boasts some more sophisticated hints: oak or vinousocity

Photo of HappyHourHero
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dense coffee froth colored head that fades slowly and left rings of lace. Sweet aroma is a mix of caramel, wheat, and lemon grass. It tastes like a mix of caramel and spring flowers with a dash of lemon zest. The don't exactly blend together, but they are complimentary. Towards the finish a mild bitterness and a dash of alcohol kick in and cut the sweetness. Averagely full body with light carbonation makes for a soft beer. An interesting beer that was well worth the 2.10 euro I paid for it in downtown Paris.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not tremendously moved by this beer. It was very mild mannered in aroma, but had an unpleasant overly malty sweet flavor I did not care for. I can't say I'd recommend this for that reason.

Its appearance was pretty good, with an amber color with a macro-looking head composed of tiny uniformly sized bubbles. It didn't smell like anything. Flavor was very malty sweet, and a bit unpleasant.

Photo of cbl2
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/2/2007 $8.99 750 mL 7.50% No best by date.


Pours a slightly hazed orange with a decent amount of carbonation that is larger in bubble size than usual. Thin film of white head drifts on top.


Fresh baked bread with a touch of peach preserves. Rather inviting.


Aromas and appearances were deceptively misleading, as this beer has the heart of a brown ale! Creamy mouthfeel is coupled with intense nutty/sweet malts indicative of the best brown ales. Finish is sweet and nutty as well, though tempered somewhat by a touch of herbaceousness to balance things out. Alcohol is masked entirely, which is surprising considering its strength. An all around enjoyable, easy to drink beer.

Photo of jwff
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass a glowing orange tinted red. Nice head retention and carbonation. Smell is sweet, lightly toasted malts but mostly under a damp and dewy musk. Light sugared fruits come through a little as it warms.

Taste is more aggressive than the smell with sweet malts taking the center stage. They get toasty towards the end with a mild biting hop character tidying things up. Sugared fruits and spicy yeast accompany this one on its way. Mouthfeel is a little slick and sweet, but is nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Fits the style. I'd get this one again as it was just shy over 4.50 for the 750ml.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a corked and caged bottle purchased at Whitesides, Corvallis after a recommendation from the clerk.

This is a delightful, soft-bodied farmhouse ale with a light fruity aroma that hints at cherry essence. There is no discernable hop presence to speak of here, just a slight backdrop of complimentary bittering. Body is clear auburn, with gentle carbonation. It leaves a very slight powdery yeast residue in the bottle.

This is a simple, refreshing, and smart beer with an understated elegance that’s easy to cozy to. You’ve heard of comfort food. This is like comfort beer; gently sweet with relaxed properties. Recommended.

Photo of acrawf6
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a rich red and brown amber with a small fizzy tan head that drops quickly.

Smell. Has a nice natural and earthy aroma. Is sweet, slightly of honey. I also get a small, but potent, oaty smell, along with some spices- cinnoman and a touch of clove.

Taste. I get a lot of yeastiness here. Spices come out as well with a dry flavor. Oats give it a dryness as well. As it warms, the alcohol gets a bit more noticable. Aftertaste sweetens up a touch.

Moutheel. has a medium, but crisp characteristic to it.

Overall, nice to have once and a while. but the flavor isnt something i would enjoy. many others within the style that i prefer.

Photo of jeffjfindley
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Boneyard Bistro in Studio City. The appearance was a muddy red, with very little head. What head there was disappeared entirely after only a couple of minutes. The aroma was non-descript, vaguely malty and a little metallic. Taste was better, offering a touch of plum. Palate was nice, smooth but unremarkable, and drinkability was in the "ahhh, what the hell" category. Not bad, but not sure if I'll be trying it again.

Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy deep amber color with gorgeous slightly off-white puffu head. Moderate retentive powers.
Smell is almost wine-like with some alcohol notes.
Taste is sweet and fruity with alcohol sensations becoming more prominent as the beer warms.
Finish is more alcohol, getting stronger and stronger as the glass empties.
An OK beer, but not one I would visit again.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - honey light brown ale, with a thin laced light tan head, moderate carbonation

S - alcohol up front, with a sweetness and wheatiness amalgamation, with some roasted malts and slight grass

T - surprisingly sweet, slight hop kick behind the sweet, and at the end a slight, faint spiciness

M&D - thinner body than i expected, but not bad mouthfeel, nice blend and balance, a nice french ale, not amazing but good

Photo of karst
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear tawny copper brown with a 1"+ light tan head with good retention and showy Belgian lace. Sweet malts and Belgium cellarlike musty, woodsy aroma that almost become caramel like with warming. Little evidence of hops. The flavors of floral spicey contentental hops are subdued by the soft water profile of this style and a dominate sweet but complex maltyness that quickly looses the sweetness and finishes med-dry with higher alcohol and a almost balance of hop IBUs. Medium body and higher carbonation yield a creamy mouthfel with some warmth from alcohols otherwise well hidden by the malts (Vienna,Munich blended with Pale and possibly some crystal type malts) An extended lagering of the artisanal farmhouse ales helps produce this fairly strong malty character as the lighter hopping fades with longer aginging. Fermented on the lower range of yeast temperatures makes this a great entry level to the higher ABV Belgian styles. IMHO more fit for winter season than Bier de Mars (a similar style)

Photo of daliandragon
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz botttle with the "French farmhouse tag" and the devil crest over the name in a brown bottle. Color is a mostly opaque copper brown with an appetising head and no lacing. Nose isn't very strong but does gain with warmth and features spicy malts and nut notes.

Taste is sweet and doused in alcohol with spices and surprising heft to the mouthfeel. Aftertaste leaves you wanting more although there isn't one thing in the flavor that really hits me as being outstanding. A solid pick up if looking for a "starter" Belgian before going in for the heavy duty stuff.

Photo of paterlodie
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of badbeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ypsifly
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of clickpush
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of bonbright7
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.