Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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283 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 atis
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can from Nice

Pours clear deep golden/amber with large rocky off-white head and large amount of carbonation bubbles visible, light patchy lacing. Aroma is sweet malty, low esters, light caramel and nuts.

Taste is sweet caramel malty with some alcohol, low hoppy bitterness and malty rather dry finish. Light sweetish aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, slightly above average carbonation and smooth warming alcohol.

Overall, quite good.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of charlesw
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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...)

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliantly rich golden amber with ruby highlights. A voluptuous cream colored chunky head of two fingers sluggishly recedes leaving behind curtains of lace down the glass. There's a fair bit of sediment floating throughout the amber, with only a rare bubble.

sweet fruits, berries, and grass up front, receding to a rich malt body. apricot, red currants, pear, and honey. clean straw, fresh grass, and a bit of earthiness. Not sure about the "farmhouse" qualities the label extols. green, earthy and fresh, albeit a bit subtle.

rich, malty, vibrant and bright, with a definite palm sugar and honey richness. A bit sweeter than I'd anticipated. toasty with earthy spicy hops and a bit of funky malt. pepper, cardamom, clove, mace, and cinnamon. Malt and earthy hop profile are more reminiscent of England than a french farmhouse. Not as earthy funky as some bière de gardes. Malt sweetness is almost barleywine-esque.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a bit of sweet stickiness that amplifies the spices and touch of funk on the tongue. medium bodied with mild carbonation. Rich malt creaminess. I want to say it's a bit thin on the tongue, but can't quite pull the trigger.

all in all, an interesting take on a bière de garde that almost hints at an english barleywine. The earthiness is there, the french and the funk isn't quite what i was anticipating, but I'm certainly enjoying this one as I sip on it. Rich and complex flavor profile. Definitely will consider revisiting again.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Poured a bright clear red caramel color with a healthy white head.

Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, and a touch of nuttiness.

Tastes of caramel, toasted malts, light spice, and some earthiness thrown in. Very nice.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

An enjoyable beer from Jenlain. Quite sessionable for almost-8%.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured on tap at Novare Res Bier Cafe. Average-to-large sized, white head that slowly diminished to 1/4-finger. Body is dark orange with some haziness. Fair lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Interesting aroma... you get your sweetness with some fruity scents, and a tart, sour aroma as well.

T: Tastes very much like it smells... starts with a fruity sweetness, but finishes very slightly sour and dry. Overall, very smooth to drink.

M: Light-bodied, creamy texture, with average carbonation.

D: Solid across the board. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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).

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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 IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Russet colored; medium head

Aroma: Malty; spicy; fruity

Taste: Malty; spicy; tart; dry; complex finish

Remarks: One of my favorites. I'd buy it almost every time we went to Cora in Strasbourg. I missed it so much I homebrewed some.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of JAYAR1
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml that's been sitting in the cellar(hall closet) for 6 mos. or so...sweet and brown,amber maltiness...very slight booziness in the aroma and taste but it's not hot...the sweetness lingers and makes me take another taste because it is pleasant...decent head after a fast pour...subsequent pours yield a thin head with some lacing...initial taste showed standard carbonation...wanted a Euro biere de garde after drlinking Two Bros. Domaine Du Page, which isn,t too far off...overall has a taste up my alley and one that I'll revisit soon

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 Brian700
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a white head that settles to a ring around my glass with some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is slightly malty with some mild hop presence. The nose on this one doesn't really jump out at you.

The flavor is very balanced between malt and bitter hops and it has a slight amount of citrus flavor. This is a really great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I highly recommend this beer and I would say it is very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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