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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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very good

287 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jermar on 03-09-2002

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of craigdb
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of stcules
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this brew is pretty decent. The head is in ample amounts, and is a light tan color. The body is very clear and is a brownish copper color.

The aroma is very faint and malt dominant.

The taste is a little masked from the coarse presence of the carbonation. It has a hint of sweetness up front, but finishes up with an odd vegetable like characteristic.

With the moderately hight ABV, there is a slight warming effect that comes through. There is also a lot of carbonation that masks some of the taste characteristics.

Overall this is okay, but not the ultimate Belgian beer I've been searching for.

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.

Photo of FLima
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty amber copper color, but with a thin head with short retention.
Surprisingly malty and hay aroma with earthy notes and caramels.
Sweet caramel malty flavor with herbal notes, tutti fruit, though mostly plums and oxidized apples, and candied sugar. No aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is well hidden.
Overly sweet beer with low complexity, not really pleasant after warming up. I kept lowering its grade. Definitely overrated.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meh. What an odd little beer. If someone were to hand me a glass of this without any hints regarding style or origin, i swear i'd think they'd given me an English barleywine. That's right: WTF?

A bit cloying. Some nice floral notes. But it has no yeasty character. No mustiness. No earthy or cellar flavor. No funk. No spice. Nothing that might characterize a "farmhouse" ale. More or less run of the mill English barleywine character, including a slight alcoholic hotness. More than i'd expect at 6.5%.

No idea how old this one is. It came from Wine World in Penascola several months ago.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The jerk at the beer store put this botte in the box upside down and next to another bottle, so when I removed this one, the top was pryed open. So, it is served in a frozen pint glass to get the temp down. This review may not be quite as accurate as I would have hoped.

Poured from a 12oz or whatever bottle. Pours hazy amber color with a stiff white head of pretty decent size. Aroma is yeasty, musty, earthy, slightly funky. A large amount of bubblegum seems to be present as well. Taste is of bubblegum, banana, yeast, alcohol, and a bit of chocolate and caramel malts. Pretty sweet but not quite syrupy or cloying. Mouthfeel was thin and not quite carbonated enough. I guess this one was okay, but the asshole at the beer store may have ruined this reveiw. I will try to obtain another bottle soon.

Edit: after reading some other reveiws, it seems as though my opinions were not that far off from the lower end of the spectrum. Perhaps the beer is just an overall failure. The guy at the store is still a jerk, though.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber body with a thin, finely bubbled off-white head.

Smell: Light aroma of toasted grains with vaguely fruity notes and a bit of cinnamon in the nose.

Taste: Toasted grains with a light sweetness. Fruitiness comes across as a white wine flavor. Again, there's that very light cinnamon spice undertone. The finish is a bit watery, which allows some of that alcohol to creep in.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: I could be blunt and caustic here, but hey, it's Friday!

Photo of paterlodie
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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 TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a finger of bubbly head. Nose is subtle grassy tones with hints of apple skin. Taste continues with light grassy and overripe apple juice notes above a caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is clean amd crisp, but overall lacking. This beer reminded me of Viking's Honey Moon braggot, which I couldn't finish. I was able to finish this one, but it didn't quite sit well with me. It was refreshing, but not tasty enough for me to want another. I'd like to see what some other biere de gardes taste like before I write the style off however.

Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of jmtpi
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Niklas
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of WetCoaster
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of pipinmalikonj
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of bonbright7
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Beautiful French body, this is like the Carla Bruni of Biere De Gardes, with a deep russet copper hue that just shines near light. Soft periodic bubbles rise up to complete the portrait. Head was a finger and a half of white foam that died quickly and didn't lace, which was the only downside to the appearance.

S--This smells so malty as to almost be a barleywine. Weird. The caramel and toffee and significant alcohol whiff are all fine, but crowd out any fruit, funk, herbal, or earthy notes. Meh. Just an onslaught of malt, which is fine but not very funkay.

T--Same deal as the nose for the most part. There is a faint apple and pear thing going on toward the back of the flavor profile, but mostly there is so much molasses and toffee and caramel that this tastes like a werther's original that's been macerating in bacardi 151 for about six hours. There's a bit of damp earth in there, in the way way background, but not much. No hop presence--all malt all the time here. Again, very barleywine-like.

M&D--Both are fine. Carbonation is medium and soft, giving it a champagne feel. Drinkability is not real high because it's so dang sweet.

If you like barlewines, go for it, but this misses the mark in terms of earthiness and must and dank and all that cobwebby crap that I love in the style.

Photo of tjd25
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head was thin but dense and creamy on an orange mahogany color body. The smell was mostly malty but overall kind of weak. The taste was more interesting, although not exceptional. Some fruity notes of citrus and of red fruits are combined with a deep malty character.The mouthfeel is quite round but not overly complex or thick. Not sure I want to drink that again. I just had a cookie and I liked the cookie better.

Photo of jermar
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.