Jenlain Bière De Noël | Brasserie Duyck

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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:
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Added by Dantes on 04-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a very good balanced taste profile beverage that worked for my friend and I for supper. Orange taste was apparent and not over the top. A nice biere de garde, moderated spicey taste overall , some citrus, not too bitter nor sweet perhaps it was aged some.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for a whopping $1.99 on clearance at Total Wine.

Pours a murky semi-opaque dark iced tea color with a tiny 1/2 tan head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. A few stands of random lace on the drink down. Smells of muted caramel, malt, and some citrus juices. Taste is of caramels, biscuity malt, and some light grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is no bitterness whatsoever with this beer. Very light but lively carbonation. Somewhat sticky and coating in the mouth. Overall, a good holiday offering that is still very tasty months after its release.

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Photo of spycow
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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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of metter98
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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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying the Jenlain Blonde and pouring out half of it, I was skeptical of this at first. Fortunately I had the chance to try it at a tasting, and it was memorable enough to pick up later.

Pours a pleasing deep amber tone, that glows when backlit. Ample foam, that settles to a ring and skim later on.

Smells like orange candy and subtle malt.

Taste is balanced and even, orange candy kind of floats in and isn't too sweet or cloying. Nice malty backbone, even mouthfeel. A butterscotch/diacetyl taste rides through in the aftertaste. A bitter/metal note is the only element out of place, otherwise it's a great seasonal quaffer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: After an explosion upon removal of the cage, the beer pours a cloudy amber color with a brobdignagian head with tremendous stickage

Smell: Rather fruity indeed, with plum and cherry esters and a biscuity undertone; Christmas pie, anyone

Taste: Sweet, but not cloying, up front, with caramel, plum and cherry flavors joined, at mid-palate, by a tart, zesty aspect; after the swallow, the sweet and tart flavors balance each other out nicely; slightly metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual beer that, while both sweet and tart, is nicely understated; other than the aftertaste, this is quite nice

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle - $4.54 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened orange body with a bubbly, off-white head that's soon settled out.

Smell: Simple syrup and cheap bottom-shelf alcohol coating some fruits, including some dried citrus accents. Might be more to it, but I'm not sticking around longer to find out, as, instead of failing to even pull me in, it's a beer that pushes you away with its shortcomings.

Taste: Toasty malts, a bit of basic caramel, and some simple, unrefined sweetness. Then, a sip of coarse, well-level alcohol quickly scuttles the taste after the dreadful opening. Light cherries, but, with the booze, it yields a hint of cough syrup medicine. Growing dried bitter orange peel midway and into the sizzlingly crisp finish and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, with some sugary stickiness to it. Moderate level of crisp carbonation.

Overall: Each sip was a bit worse than the last. Frankly, I was quite glad to be done with it and, no, I didn't get through the entire bottle. Nothing resembling a quality Bière de Garde here at all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The vintage is a mystery, but my bottle looks just like the bottle on the Brasserie Duyck website. My guess is that it might be the Holiday 2007 release. 2006 at the earliest.

After a loud POP! and a lingering wisp of gunsmoke, Noel pours a coppery shade of orange that isn't dark enough to be burnt. The pale orange-ecru crown has a cottage cheese-like texture and is beginning to lay down swaths of Swiss cheese-like lace. No more cheese references... I promise.

The nose is a wide range of things that don't add up to anything good. It's herbal, earthy, musky and very slightly spicy. The (minimal) spiciness has to be emanating from the hops since nothing other than the four basic ingredients are used. If the aroma is an accurate guide, some Christmas spices would have been welcome.

I'm not sure what's up with this brewery, but they can't seem to do anything right. Three of the four Brasserie Duyck ales that I drank prior to this one were close to unacceptable. Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) was the only one good enough (barely so) to be considered average. My slightly higher hopes for Noel have been dashed with the first disappointing sip. Let's plow ahead.

The beer tastes like a slightly lower-ABV Euro strong ale that uses more caramel malt than usual. I have no earthly idea how this beer got tagged with the 'biere de garde' label. The flavor profile is so embarrassingly simple that describing it accurately is going be tough sledding.

Let's go with... untoasted brown bread, sugar syrup, tree bark, moldy oranges, cold tea and a shot of watered-down lower-shelf vodka. I've said it before in reference to several other breweries: how in the world do these guys stay in business? I have to believe that France has access to most of the good Belgian ales. If so, why a Frenchman (or a Frenchwoman) would buy a Brasserie Duyck product twice is a mystery.

The mouthfeel is crap city. It's both light and slick (yes, that is possible) and is so poorly bubbled that it beggars belief. Here's the rundown: too jumpy early, passes through the sweet spot in one mouthful, nearly flat from then on. Whooeee! We're havin' some fun now.

I'm not sure what else to say. The fact that I spent $7.99 on this '750' makes me want to cry. If you see Jenlain Noel on the shelves, run screaming in the other direction as fast as your legs will carry you. You're welcome.

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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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Photo of mdfb79
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a clearish amber mahogany color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, bready malts, bicuit, and metal.

t - Tastes same as the nose, bready, biscuit, dough, and slight metal. Not great.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A below average beer with a slight metal smell and taste. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of womencantsail
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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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, label in languages besides English, says something about consuming before some date (I think) but I can see no dates.something about Jenlain never makes sense to me, maybe its the green bottles or the fact that the bottles allways seem to be slightly underfilled. Anyway, I digress, this one pours almond amber, cloudy, with a tan head, at first puffy, then fading to a 1/8 inch film and leaving plentiful stringy lacing. Aromatic nose of concentrated orange juice and cloves. More orange notes, soft mouthfeel, taste fades in the finish, worth a try, but nothing great, there are better and more interesting christmas brews and saisons out there

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revist: 9 Sep 15
750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden amber color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/creamy off-white head, at first there was a very nice medium size island, once gone there's some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of floral. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, very slight citrus. Medium body, ABV barely noticeable. Very drinkable, this brew goes down very easy, highly recommended.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a nice cloudy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, there's some nice sticky/creamy lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of floral. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast, very slight citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew goes down very easy, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange copper color with a thin head that quickly falls to surface foam. Some moderate lacing developed.

Smell: orange citrus and spices were most detectable, with some caramel candy sweetness in the background.

Taste: ripe fruits, oranges, caramel, winter-type spices, and a mild bitterness. Definitely leaning towards the fruity / citrus side of things.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Very short aftertaste as the flavors leave the tongue quickly. Medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: I found this to be enjoyable and a bit different from the other xmas beers on the market. Worth giving it a try.

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Photo of tone77
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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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and slightly fruity scent as well as a mild crystal malt aroma. The taste is average. It has a thin and watery crystal malt flavor that does have some light nuttiness in the finish, but overall is dry and boring. It's a bit fruity with some light musty character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing too great, especially for a once a year offering.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Not what I'd usually consider a Christmas beer, I'd actually prefer something like this in the summer, with its zingy citron and lemon notes married to a bit of brown sugar and bitter orange. Whenever, I'd enjoy this. It pours an orangey amber with a fairly short head that fades to a thin cap. The aroma is pure orange juice with a bit of spice at the end. The taste reminds me of an English lemon barley water. A bit soupy with grain, but in a light sort of way and with a nice citrus overlay that is quite refreshing. It starts out lemony, but as it opens up it tastes more of tangerine and orange with hint of spice. Quite nice. Perhaps a tad too light and seltzery in the mouthfeel, but ovarall this is a nice refresher- but not what I'd be looking for in a winter brew.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention and lots of sticky lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light clove, light cherry and a slight sweet ice tea aroma. Flavors replicate the nose for the most part, though this beer has an interesting pilsner component (pepper and light honey) that is attractive. Otherwise, the beer delivers a fair amount of moderatly sweet flavor without coming across as heavy or tiring on the palate. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is pretty good. Alcohohl is not at all noticeable, making this a pretty easy to take X-mas biere de garde.

Nice stuff. Would likely order this again.

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Jenlain Bière De Noël from Brasserie Duyck
3.52 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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