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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
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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Photo of acrawf6
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

acrawf6, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

jeffjfindley, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

tgbljb, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
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

sinstaineddemon, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of karst
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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)

karst, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

daliandragon, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

paterlodie, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Hautacam, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of badbeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ypsifly
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

ypsifly, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Dukeofearl, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

clickpush, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

wedge, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Erdinger2003, May 29, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

bonbright7, May 23, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

ommegangpbr, May 11, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

scooter231, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of stcules
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

stcules, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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!

DrJay, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

VoodooBrew, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of WetCoaster
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

WetCoaster, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Sigmund, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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 !!

mdagnew, Feb 27, 2006
Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.