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Jenlain Bière De Noël | Brasserie Duyck

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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:
#39,110
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
88
pDev:
16.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of theopholis
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a crustal clear, dark amber color. Very little head retention or lacing.

Smell: Interesting honey sweet, with a very interesting malt sweetness, with a bit of honey. Quite subdued.

Taste: Very roasty. The taste follows through on the sweetness with a remarkable malt presence; a bit of the sting from the bitterness of hops. A fair amount of spiciness. Has a Biere-de-garde feel to it.

Overall: Not great. Not awful. Worth trying.

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Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia.

Pours a dark golden amber color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with soapy lacing.

Slightly spicy aroma with a nice balance of dark fruit and biscuity malt.  Hints of pepper and cinnamon along with some cherry and dark berries followed by biscuity caramel malt.

Fuller bodied than expected with a nice balance of zesty spice, funky yeast, earthy hops, dark fruit and sweet malt.  A touch of bitterness up front followed by peppery spice that lingers over a slight medicinal character into a dry finish.  Hints of dark cherry with a nice malt backbone coutering the fruit/sweetness.  Hints of caramel malt and biscuit toward the finish.  Complex and much more flavorful than expected.

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Photo of Zraly
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pretty off-white head atop of a clear amber brew. Bubbles are pretty in the glass.

Metallic powder and yeast upfront -- a bit weird. However, the malt is nicely sweet and mellow. Carbonation is lush enough to make this dry and light on the palate. Subtle spice in the finish and a bit phenolic as it warms. I find the alcohol to be mild. In sum, although it has a light metallic taste, this semi-funky Biere de Garde drinks decently.

A nice salad beer.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Obtained from a huge French Hypermarket in Calais in Dec 2010, this brown 25cl bottle was one of many in a multi-pack.

Best before 25 Nov 2011, this last bottle of the pack was opened and reviewed during one of my 'random beer tasting evenings' in April 2011.

Poured into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip shaped goblet: clear toffee apple red body, with an off-white head on top. A great pity that the head goes completely before you get a real chance to appreciate it.

I found hints of malts and cloves in the nose, so fairly Christmassy.

The taste was of sweet malts which faded quickly to a nasty metallic feel, this dried the mouth out and combind with the thin, weak body depth left me very disappointed.

Years ago I thought the Jenlain (Duyck) beers were the best in France, either I've changed my taste, or they've changed their beers!

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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 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 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 JBIII
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

notes od candied sugar, victory malt and complex hop finish. Subtle residual caramel flavoring and impressive belgian lacing. Beer appears to be dry hopped with multiple hops. Light and creamy on the toungue with a distinct after taste. Definitely worth a try, but not worth seeking out

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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 scootny
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter, bubblier Christmas ale. Brilliantly clear ruddy copper with an off white head that disappears with little traces on the glass. Smell is quite different. Ginger and citrus with a sweet light caramel and a bit of malt. Taste is sweet and orangey. Spiced chai tea with ginger and sugary sweet malt. Light, well carbonated feel is crisp on the tongue. As it warms the the sugary caramel mellows and blends into the malt structure. Dry clean finish. Hops are subdued to say the least. Refreshing and quite drinkable. Like a sweet lager. Not in the usual holiday mold but then again it is French. Vive le difference!

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
2.26/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm going to forgo the usual detailed review, because I only took a few sips of this beer before dumping the rest (and that's hard for such an expensive beer). The caramel sweetness was overpowering. Unbearably cloying. Seems like an unsuccessful homebrew that hasn't finished attenuation. Consider yourself warned.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 purchased at total wine roseville.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy light amvber with about 1.5 fingers of head. Dissipates moderately, leaves some nice lacing.

S/T - Light breadiness, followed by hints of mint, clove, peppermint, and light belgian funk. Hoppy bitterness is minimal to non-existant.

M - Very light in body and well balanced between malt and spices (70-30). Carbonation is moderate to high, which adds a little more body to the flavor.

D - Fantastic. This is one of the best balanced spice beers I've had in a while. I also appreciate the use of a lager yeast that adds lightness to the body. Great job on this one jenlain!

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Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a dark copper color, a very thin bubbly head that didn't last long at all. Constant streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Aroma was very slightly sweet, with earthiness. A touch of malty, with evident alcohol aromas. Taste was very mellow, slightly sweet, small amounts of citrus flavors. Tad of olives and hops flavors. Felt strange in the mouth. Coated well, but left an awkward texture in the mouth. Definitely a beer to sit and sip. Lingering makes it ok to drink, but need to savor.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper amber with a good amount of head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring of foam leaving some lacing.

Smells malty, musty, and a little metallic.

Sweet malty taste, lightly spiced with cola notes, and subtle hop bitterness in the finish.

Thin in body with light carbonation, it has a rather flat mouthfeel.

While it is in the Bière de Garde style, it seems to lack holiday spirit. Drinkable enough to finish the bottle, but would not seek another.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt mostly little stinky

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt thats a little fruity

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - A pretty good beer overall definitely not like most Christmas beers but not in a bad way worth checking out if you want a different Christmas beer

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Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Oaky medium brown with something of an amber tone. Pours about a 2 finger bubbly white head which quickly settles leaving a smattering of bubbly carbonation. Light spotty lacing remains.

S: Nose is sweet iced tea with a little lemon citrus, and some lightly bitter malt.

T: Tastes like it smells. Not as sweet as the nose gives off, and a little more bitter than it does. Not complex, but nice balance.

M: A really carbonated brew. Light and sweet. A little dry in the aftertaste.

D: Decent combination of sweet and bitter. The syrupy sweet does get a little noxious through time.

Pretty solid atmosphere on this one. Appearance is better than average, and the nose is really pleasing although I could see how you could get too much of it quick. Good thing this is only a Christmas brew. Flavor is pretty basic, nothing overwhelming, but nice combination of flavors it does sport. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

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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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Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in November shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich, clear reddish-copper with small, bubbly, off-white head that doesn't leave much behind.

Smell: Dry fruit and caramel malts balanced by pretty strong hop spiciness. Slight Belgian-like yeast noticeable.

Taste: Very fruity and malty (plum, banana, caramel, candied sugar) but also very spicy, with metallic bitterness, clove and pepper notes. Almost tastes like a mixture of Belgian, English and German styles. Somewhat strange but still tasty.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation, medium body, off-dry finish.

Drinkability: Interesting beer overall even if I can't really place it, as Biere de Garde doesn't seem to mean much here.

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Photo of ZAP
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Burnt orange color..light whisp of head

S-Musty and woody, yet somewhat fruity....also some black pepper...unique

T-Brewed in France but they must have hard water there...very minerally tasting....some light earthy dimensions...subtle toasted malts...

M-Medium bodied...higher carbonation with a little splash of alcohol....dry finish.

D-Haven't had many beers in this style and didn't know what to expect. I guess I thought it might be a little richer tasting. A nice new style of beer for me. Enjoyable. Similar a little to a saison which is not one of my favorite styles. Overall this is a solid beer and an enjoyable one to try but not one I would want again.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a nice dense off white head. the aroma shows off it's farmhouse pedigree, along with a bit of fruit esters. the taste really produces on the fruit flavor, but is lacking in the spiciness that I would hope for in this sort of beer. the body is a good full body with adequate co2, but missing the alcohol bite that could've put it over the top. not a bad beer but could've been better.

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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 jbphoto88
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber color that is slightly hazed but not opaque. The head is quick to show but fades as fast to a ring of thick popping bubbles. Wisps of suds move with the current of each glass swirl.

The nose is musty, kind of like an old wooden box kept in a cellar. A subtle grain alcohol smell is present followed by some sweet malts, a touch of spice and some light fruits.

The first thing I taste is a honey sweetness. Lightly toasted bread with a touch of Christmas spices. Mostly it's a subtle watery beer with nothing bold in the way of flavor. The fruitiness never fully develops but if I had to put my finger on it... oranges.

The mouthfeel is slightly chalky, like hard candy you've held in your pocket to long and it's rubbed it's outer layer into powder. Like the flavor the mouth feel is nothing impressive. This whole beer experience has a very French attitude. I can picture the brewers smoking over the wort, not really paying attention to their brew. "(Que French accent) Huh hu, if you don't like this beer then go F-yourself. Who are you to judge?"

Drinkable but very worth passing up.

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