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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

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BA SCORE
85
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
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 rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Gmann, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of brc
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 25cl bottle into tulip. Best by Jan 2010, L9012 printed on back label.

Clear medium brown liquid. Generous billowy white head settles slowly leaving some lacing.

Aroma is not strong, mostly earthy/woody.

Taste is rich and full, with the malts firmly in the driver's seat. Malt flavors are bready and toffee-like, with some plum hiding in the background. Some spiciness and alcohol in the finish.

Full coating mouthfeel, light carbonation, with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. It's not overwhelming, though, still quite drinkable.

brc, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Padron4KM
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Green bottle, no freshness date.

Pours out a dark golden honey color, with a very short lived head.
Looks barlywineish.

Aroma is fresh hay, green apples, some spices, a little yeast.

Flavor was sweet, apples, grass, honey, with a slight lingeing bitternes hiding in the background.

Interesting beer, I bought this at a liquor store in downtown Chandler, an area that pobably moves 1000 cases of old-e to one bottle of this, so who knows how long it has been on the shelf.
I'll look for it at my regular store, and sample it again.

Padron4KM, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of daliandragon
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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 ommegangpbr
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/23/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, spices, and light fruits. Flavor of light raisin, dark fruits, honey. Reminded me of Bink Bloesem without the pear. Light-bodied, decent.
6/4/7/4/12 (3.3/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Backer2004
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this in a 10 pack Beers of the World gift pack so I had no real expectations when trying this one out. Noticed a good review in Michale Jackson's beer guide and feel not too far off. Enjoy the vanilla smell and after taste. Hard to judge its appearance since I'm not sure what a Biere de Garde is but it poured a nice head and solid lacing. Color of a copper unfiltered wheat. Will not seek this out specifically but it's worth a try.

Backer2004, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wow, talk about a beer of two halves. Having had some very tasty farm ales / biere de gardes as of late I thought I'd take a flyer on this one I saw while in Portland Me. No freshness date and a green bottle but I went for it anyhow.

A - Crystal clear golden amber, amazing rush of bubbles and a half glass white head to start.
S - either a mild skunk or the skunkiest barnyard funk I've ever noted. I'm voting for skunked.
T - I decided to set aside the nose and give it a shot. Served at room temp, no chill down from the trip home from Portland. And here's the other half - nutty, toffee malty sweetness swirl with a wonderfully complimentary herbal hop spice that is utterly intoxicating.
M - medium bodied, highly carbonated, sweet and crisp finish.
D - fix the nose and this was a very enjoyable beer. As I experienced it only average.

barleywinebrewer, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 14/4/2009 - perhaps a little too close

a) Clear amber, no bubbling at all, 1 cm off-white head

s) Funky, malty, perfumy, fruity notes. Warms to marmalade.

f) Nice malt complexity, slight brambly hop note, and faint molasses

m) Fairly medium to light.

d) Ends up more EPA in flavour profile from my angle. Malty characters in the forefront. Quite drinkable, but nothing particularly outstanding.

vancurly, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of jonb5
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice. 3rd of a finger head, dark orange copper colour, clear. Smells a bit like an ESB. Can taste marzipan and malty caramel. You know the abv is there, medium mouthfull. I could drink a few but wouldn't want too many.

jonb5, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of PolarBear3
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber colour with frothy white head that retains fairly well

S - Caramel, toffee apple, sweet malts on the nose. More like a sweet dessert.

T - Very sweet caramel, candy, a hint of some dark fruit, figs, cherries with a slight boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied with Medium carbonation

O- Not a bad beer but a little too sweet for my liking. Could only just finish the one. Gets rather sickly after a while.

PolarBear3, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very nice clear orange color with a thin white head on top. The head fades quickly, no retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet smelling with some grain aromas. Maybe a hint of honey on the nose too. The taste is sweet, caramel and honey-like flavors with minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light, a little watery, some moderate carbonation and drinkable. Overall is starts out sweet with a dry finish, it's a. Good brew but nothing something I would rave about.

Knapp85, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of kevinglin
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml can into a standard pint glass. Beautiful clear copper color with orange hues, bubbles persistently rising from the bottom of the glass with a small (2-finger) off-white head that dissipated but left a slight lacing. Aroma was malty and musty. There was a 'dampness' to the smell that was hard to place; very slight hint of dried fruit, but this was very faint. Flavor was bready with biscuit notes and some yeast character. Very little to no hop presence - definitely a focus on the malt. As the beer warmed, there seemed to be some alcohol warming, somewhat revealing the beer's 7.5%. Medium-light body, effervescent to bubbly on the tongue. Overall, not my favorite style of beer, but shows as a good example of a Biere de Garde. Recommend, especially if you favor malty brews.

kevinglin, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Beerbuddha, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of bruachan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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

bruachan, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of tbeer40
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

tbeer40, May 04, 2012
Photo of John_Squires
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

John_Squires, May 11, 2014
Photo of Morningstorm
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Morningstorm, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of SkyWolf
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SkyWolf, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.