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Jenlain Bière De Noël | Brasserie Duyck

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3.52/5
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88 Ratings
Jenlain Bière De NoëlJenlain Bière De Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck
France
duyck.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dantes on 04-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,087
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
88
pDev:
16.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
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3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.79/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C'est La Nouvelle Bière d'Hiver Dimanche et je suis dans ma tasses! I bought this 330-ml./11.2-fl oz. bottle over at Hunger 'n' Thirst a while back, but today is the day.

From the bottle: "Brassee a Jenlain"; "Brasseurs Depuis 1922"; "Brasseurs Depuis Quatre Generations Duyck"; "Brasserie Duyck"; "Each year, to celebrate the holiday season, Brasserie Duyck brews a single batch of this very special ale as a gift to its loyal customers. Slightly different than the classic Ambree, Jenlain Noël is produced with three French barley malts and three varieties of the most aromatic malts from Alsace."; "This fine, unpasteurized ale has a rich, amber glow, a classic head, and a delicious floral nose, with suggestions of caramel and citrus fruit in the palate, but unlike many holiday ales, Jenlain Noel is brewed without the addition of any flavorings or spices. Enjoy and best wishes for the holidays!"

No spices?!? Sans epices? Tres bien! If you have been following today's reviews, you may have realized that my palate is beginning to flag after all of the spiced holiday ales. This is a welcome relief.

I Pop!ped the cap & performed one of the gentlest pours of my recent memory. Once in the glass, a swirl raised a ginger of foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with filament brightness. Nose smelled like a Christmas cookie! Anise, molasses and dark bread all were present. Mmmmm. I loved being a pastry chef-in-training as a high school student & this was reminiscent of the holidays. Mouthfeel was full, thick & dense, like a hunk of dough on my tongue. Swoon! The taste was very doughy, initially, but then a sweet, dried fruit taste began to kick in, followed by a light smokiness. I felt like putting this in a greased pan and throwing it in the oven to bake! It was like a loaf of Christmas bread in liquid form. I almost fell to my knees in thanks for a reprieve from the onslaught of spiced ales today. This just made me happy. Finish was semi-sweet, very bready, slightly fruity and absolutely yummy. The fact that it can be enjoyed in a 330-ml. bottle makes it all the more attractive.

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3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a ice tea color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is malts, dark fruits, a touch of spice, some sweetness. As it warms, a bit of wine like grapes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a unique beer worth trying.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with notes of earthly yeast and hints of sweet malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger flavors of dark fruits along with notes of earthy yeast and sweet malts. Among the fruity flavors, plums seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. As the beer warms up, some smoothness is noticeable.
O: This is an interesting Bière de Garde and seems to share some properties that you would expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (except for the higher alcohol content).

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at j. ryans downtown syracuse. the pour is clear amber to cranberry juice in color, with the red hues really glowing. there is only a finger or two of lacey tan head, but it fades out in a few minutes. the nose is really remarkable, entirely unfamiliar. i smell some purple grape juice or must, the essence of fresh cherries, but nothiing sweet at all. theres also a rich caramel malt sweetness and something curious with the yeast as well, mildly but uniquely spiced. the flavors are really fruity up front, again with what seems to be grape being the most obvious. some spice in there as well, it isnt clove or allspice, but has a peculiarly holiday vibe to it. i appreciate this beers strange but comforting flavor profile, much apart from anything ive ever tasted. mouthfeel is a little odd for me. i would like either more body or more bubbles in this beer. without the body, it feels thin and watery, and without the bubbles, it lacks the pep needed to make a thinner beer feel good going down. that is definitely the weakness here. overall though i am so glad i got one of these, because while it is certainly a christmas beer, there is something unlike any other christmas beer about it, and that originality really makes its something to behold.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is amber in color with a tall off-white head. Sweet caramel and toffee with a little bit of sugar. Lots of dark fruits on the nose, too. There is a touch of spice and maybe some apples. The flavor is fairly sweet. Mostly sugar with some caramel. A decent amount of dark fruits, especially raisins and plums. Not bad at all.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a chalice.

A: Reddish brown with a thick half-a-finger white fluffy head.

S: Malt, sour fruit, and dry earth.

T: Sour fruit, a touch of bread, with some earthy wine like flavors.

M: Medium and very smooth.

O: Pleasant to drink, but it does not knock my socks off.

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2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

156th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Enjoyed with some local beer geeks in Denver way back when. Thanks Bryan for this treat! I didn't get the vintage, but it was definitely a few years old from what I recall of the pre-pour/"presentation" discussion.

A: Medium brown. 0.75 (dull khaki) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Black berry and currants with pronounced spice profile (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice) and hint of malt.

T: Quite boring here - just dried berries with a pronounced all-spice flavor. Not much else. Dull, but a bit sweet.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Too me there was a lot missing here, but maybe that's what they were going for. Not sure, but can't say I'd come back to this again. Another possibility is that it might just need to be enjoyed fresh.

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3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of foamy head. Clear, lots of bubbles. Reddish amber. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Oh man. So terrible. Must be skunked. Some hops and spices.

T: Pretty tasty. Lots of malts and some sugary fruits.

M: Pretty thin. Not exceptional. Just a little carbonation.

O: It's alright. Pretty drinkable, not exceptional. Might as well try it if you find one.

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3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Stamped L1257 07:15. I am assuming this is the Christmas 2011 vintage, though I have no real reason to think so. The bottle uncorks easily with a satisfying pop.

A: Gorgeous! Two fingers of firm head with good retention. A clear, red-amber colour with lots of bubbles within. Scattered lacing.

S: Smells quite skunky (and yes, it's in a green bottle). Spicy, earthy, grassy hops are not unpleasant.

T: Tasty! A heavy malt base is full of fruit and caramelised sugar. Bright and lightly sweet, with a European hop character striving for balance.

M: It's acceptable, if not exceptional. Bready-fruity malts and slight carbonation. Average mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an enjoyable, drinkable, pleasant (if mediocre) beer. The sticker price is the kicker -- $3.99 for this bottle is a steal. Highly recommended if you can find it for a comparable price (I got mine at a Total Wine & More). I might buy another one next season.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – ruby-colored body with about a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – it does indeed seem to be brewed with any additions. It gives a somewhat dry aroma. Interesting smell.

Taste – Immediately an interesting taste as well, but one that I can’t quite pin down. It doesn’t have this kind of texture, but it almost tastes like an animal oil (what actually comes to mind is duck for some reason). Not quite as dry as the aroma, but bitter in the late middle/finish.

Mouthfeel – it’s pretty well balanced, but leans just a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – very interesting brew, more intriguing than I thought it would be. Not a bad taste either.

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Jenlain Bière De Noël from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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