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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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85
very good

275 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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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
France

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 Boto
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can: This one is an amber color. The beer is a bit fizzy with a slightly off white head, but it dies down quickly. The aroma is mild, but somewhat caramel malty sweet. The taste is better than the aroma. There is a medium bodied caramel sweetness to the taste, but also a fairl amount of complexity. Some nuttiness, fruitiness, with a hint of spices and hops. Flavor could be a bit stronger. Really excellent for a can beer!

Boto, May 18, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky looking brown with an orangish tint to it. Thin but bubbly off-white head. Retetion is adequate. The bubbly collar leaves some sporadic lace. Aroma is spicy, herbal, hoppy and earthy. Awesome. Nice earthy and herbal characteristics. Great farmhouse brew. There's a nice sweetness, but also a nice dry, hoppiness on the finish. Fruit nuances of pear and apple check in to add depth. Nice medium-full body. Perfect amount of prickly carbonation. Very refreshing. A 750 for $4?? Yeah, I'd be buying a hell of a lot more of this if it was available in this area.

Bighuge, May 09, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not something that I could drink all the time, but it does go well with some stinky French cheeses and a nice crusty baguette. It is a cloudy amber and a decent sized head. The aroma has some orange and prune notes. The oily body finishes slight spicy with notes of anise.

ark57, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of jed
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. À consommer de préférence avant 12/2004.

Appearance: Pours a warm, caramel amber color. Nice amount of carbonation, big one finger head with a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Nicely complex. Apple, honey, and hay (?).

Taste: In a word, excellent. Lemon and apple play off each other, with a hint of cinnamon or allspice. Lots of malt, mild hop bitterness. Nice dry, astringent finish, with growing alcohol and another hint of Breton cider.

Mouthfeel: A little bit heavy on the carbonation, which detracts.

Drinkability: Obviously not a session beer, but one or two of these with friends would make for a nice lunch. Full taste but not too heavy, and not overpowering at 6.5%.

The best beer I've had in France so far, and I was beginning to give up hope. Looking forward to trying Brasserie Duyck's Blonde also. A fine introduction to the Bière de Garde style.

jed, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottle, corked & caged, 750 ml size.

Medium amber, glowing & clear. Racy carbonation. A thin white head quickly recedes to a halo, leaving some spotty lace behind.

Nose is shart & somewhat spicy. Notes of orange, apple, & rustic herbs.

Simple biscuit & caramel flavours give way to oranges, apple peel, and an earthy herbal character. The earthiness last long into the finish.

Big, soft, round & juicy on the tongue. Prickly carbonation.

xgrigorix, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My beer of choice this year at Thanksgiving dinner. 750 ml bottle. Poured an unfiltered medium-to-dark amber with a large head that remained throughout most of comsumption. Musty, malty aroma. I almost wonder how long this bottle has been sitting around on the store shelf as it was the dusty sole remaining one. Very musty flavor. Reminds me of a cellar or basement. Some sweet, stale fruitiness. Malt is hard to detect. Hops are mininal at best. Spicy or peppery alcohol near the back of the throat. Not a beer I was opposed to (it went pretty well with dinner) but I think it's an acquired taste. I'd like to seek out another bottle (hopefully fresher if this one was decrepit) and give it another shot.

Winter, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of ALEBOY
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely rich amber colour with a small off-white head. Very fruity aroma with hints of cinnamon. Absolutely incredible tasting beer, very fruity with hints of peaches and other stone fruit. Very soft in the mouth( a party for the palate! ). A beatifull beer to reserve for special occasions, But i could probably only drink one or two at a time. Would go great with fruit or strong cheese.

ALEBOY, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer appeared years ago in B.C. in 750ml bottles with corks and was
never seen again until now when it reappeared in small capped bottles and
I for one am glad to see it back.

This beer is both fruity and malty with a nice autumn colour and smart
head. What impresses me is the drinkability with meat and poultry. The
balance is never lost even with rich sauces. Biere de Garde is a style
that should more often be attempted by North American brewers as it
very food friendly.

canucklehead, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of marcobrau
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber colored ale that pours with a flourish of a foam that settles to thin veneer of bubbles. The aroma of toffee, nuts, fruit and sugar combined with a faint mustiness bursts from the glass and then fades, but is still noticeable after a few minutes. This beer is soft, malty, then fruity, with sugary notes. Finishes slightly dry, yet a bit slippery, with a tartness that tickles the side of the mouth. A medium bodied ale with a soft mouthfeel but slighty rough carbonation. There's some unsual fruity flavors towards the finish that are very interesting. I like this beer, especially at $2.99 a 750ml bottle. A very enjoyable, peculiar beer. Based on what I know about the style, this a very good Biere de Garde.

marcobrau, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ooooh if it were not for my cheapness I wouldnt have bought this bottle of 75cls of a medium beer. nor in terms of taste, nor looks nor actual overall desirability is this beer going on anyones top list. just because a thing has an uncommon name doesnt necessarily put it within the interest. this is a one timer. boo.

Andreji, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium head, leaving some lace. Nice amber color. Malty, citrus orange nose. Starts sweet and fruity and finishes with some tartness and underlying hops. Medium bodied. Very different for a French beer. Served at Passports in Glouster, MA ($4.75).

jdhilt, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have no idea now long this bottle sat on the shelf at the liquor store, but for $4 it was worth the chance.

Poured a cloudy light brown with a small head that was gone before I knew it. The smell is grassy and earthy but not overpowering. Taste is similar but more malty. I also pick up some straw and hay notes coming through. Some citrus in the form of apples? Nutty. Aftertaste is a bit warming, not sure why I am getting that? Very different, but good.

As a side note, the cork appears to have some mold on it. Stored upright and I don't think it affected the taste.

CharlesRiver, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what this stuff tastes like normally, but my bottle was mega old and way past it's prime. The beer poured a greasy looking amber, with tons of particles floating in suspension. Aroma is winey stale, and the beer was just sour and old. I always have to take a sip, just to be sure it's not totally unpalatable. I imagine this stuff is pretty good when fresh, and I plan on buying it and rerating it. Just beware, because it certainly doesn't age well. I hate liquor stores that don't rotate stock.

UnionMade, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of TerryW
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured up a big noisy head that fizzled and crackled and spit before it disappeared to a thin film. No real lacing. Burnt orange in colour.

Lots of apple up front in the nose, along with some honey. As it starts to warm up and the head disappears it becomes somewhat medicinal as the smell of alcohol starts to dominate.

Sweet, a little malty, precious little in the way of hops. Nicely dry finish, but nothing that lingers overlong.

Fine if you like some sweetness in your beer.

TerryW, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99! I got ripped off for like $7 for a 750ml bottle of this stuff. oh well. This Biere De Garde poured a nice, matly, dark red colour with a tan-ish head. The aromas were very malty, slightly alcoholic, and a little hoppy. The taste was similar to the aromas, malty, a little hoppy and slightly alcoholic. The mouthfeel was light and air-y and the drinkability was damn good. A very good french style biere de garde.

Cheers!
-F

francisweizen, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. It's brilliant amber/orange/peach blends...and the head is a solid inch of fluff. Very sweet malty aroma, as well as peppery if you really sniff it. It's all about the malts here, caramel as the background, spicy alcohol, creamy then crisp in the finish, medium bodied. I enjoyed the hell out of this. I didn't know what to expect from France, but I was very pleased with the offering.

AudioGilz, May 21, 2003
Photo of brakspear
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 750 ml green champagne bottle with a striking black, gold, and scarlet label: Jenlain Biere de garde under the brewery crest -- a trident wielding gargoyle.

The beer pours a hazy deep orange with a limited head rising and falling rather quickly, moderate carbonation is very evident.

The aroma is limited if the biere is cold, but upon warming the phenolic and earthy character becomes much more apparent. I also detect the spicy notes from the Alsatian hops (most likely Strisslespalt) as the beer warms. The earthiness is present but not as dominant as in some Belgian ales.

"Le Gout de Terrior" (the taste of the land) is well-represented in the taste of this moderately complex beer. Sweet malty flavors blend with mild fruity, caramel, and earthy tastes at various points. There is a very mild estery quality in the finish. This is a very rich beer with a full body.

I enjoyed this French biere de garde very much. It is distinct from its Belgian cousins but very drinkable.

brakspear, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle at the Esplanade Bier Markt in Toronto. Served in matching Jenlain glass.

Orange-tinted golden colour. Very light chill haze. The head is quite small and drops to a thin ring and covering layer. Still, it's quite appealing. Aroma hints at the flavours to come - a couple phenols, some citrus, maybe a slight mustiness. The flavours themselves - there's a sour hint to the beginning, followed by sweetness, hints of lemon, hops fade in and out. A dry finish leaving the throat crying out for more. A very respectable beer. There's pleasant flavours, nothing is out of proportion and everything is restrained in a wonderful understated harmony.

the42ndtourist, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle, Jenlain has a very attractive orangey-copper color. It is very clear throughout, save for the few bubbles of carbonation rising through the nectar. Initial head was about 1/2", yet receded rapidly to a thin, fine lasting layer. Lacing was adequate at best; nothing to write home about. Aroma was laden with lots of bready, biscuity malt notes, and with a subtle peppery aspect to it as well . Body was middle-of-the-road; no more, no less. The carbonation produced a bubbly/creamy prickliness on the tongue, which is nice in a bier like this and some Belgian pales. The peppery part picked up in the nose is more pronounced in the flavor, making the malt play the role of background player here. The finish is slightly on the dry side. Not having had many Biere De Gardes, I was pleasantly surprised by this. Nice change of pace brew! Skol!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Bierman9, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of purplehops
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jenlain pours a cloudy honey orange that clears as it warms. Chill haze? The head is off-white and leaves a nice lace pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of apples and pears with notes of alcohol and carmel malt. The taste starts with fruit and alcohol and moves on to a sweet malt flavor. The finish is crisp with more apple and pear flavors blending with oak, malt, and the Alsacian hops to create a wonderful complexity of flavors. The aftertaste is fruity and thirst quenching. The mouthfeel is full and well carbonated.
IMHO Biere de garde is made to have with food. Especially comfort foods. So much more of the complexity of this beer is brought out by food than by drinking alone. This is meatloaf and beef or chicken stew beer.

purplehops, Dec 22, 2002
Photo of Shiloh
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed....colour is nice, deep golden honey with very limited head...taste tho, is lacking as it quickly departs and leaves no memories....is kinda like a full bodied water.....maybe an aquired taste.

Shiloh, Dec 19, 2002
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.

Todd, Jun 30, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable biere de garde, not as complex as say, 3 monts, but very pleasurable drink, spicy, light to medium body, hints of caramel, but maybe a bit sweet at the start, decent.

rastaman, May 21, 2002
Photo of jermar
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I agree with Jason's review but found it a little too sweet tasting for my liking. Had this in a 11.2 oz bottle.

jermar, Mar 09, 2002
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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
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