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Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

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3.74/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck
France
duyck.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jermar on 03-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,791
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
315
pDev:
13.64%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McWooze
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of howardnss
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Saveur Biere. Can. In Teku glass. With pok cheese. Watching Broken Mirror 3x01. Caramel, a bit metallic, and some -yet not excessive- alcohol. Nothing specially memorable for the good nor the bad.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy light brown color with a small white head. The aroma is overly sweet malt. The taste is sweet malt with a syrupy feel.

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Photo of YvesB
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of imbibehour
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. Best before April 20 2018.

Chestnut amber, golden with deep bronze and copper character body color. Vibrant orange, with an off white fleeting head but thin simple topped puck. Unique and lovely looking like amber.

Nose gives toasty grains and minimal caramel. Chewy sensing wheat like body and a punch of bread dough.

Palate gives up the solid goods. Deep bodied and full mouthfeel, thick and rich malted but controlled. Chewy body of light caramel but stays away from sweet flavors. Sticky almost lager like yeast pasty quality but is far more fruit like in flavor. Dry nutty finish with a mild but and nearly creamy flavored. Tangy very faint twinge of hay and barnyard character.

Great tasting solid brew.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoohMooh
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The best thing about this beer is how it looks : it pours a nice amber color with little head, and some pretty lacing. When you dive in however, there's not much to like. It smells malty and somewhat bready, but alcohol tends to mask everything; the result is pretty flat and not really mouth-watering. Taste isn't much better, with malts dominating again, and just a touch of banana. It's somewhat sweet, but with a disagreeable sour aftertaste. Carbonation is medium to light, with a relatively rich body, but there's not much complexity to be found there either.

I didn't read reviews beforehand, so I can't say I'm disappointed, but it's not the first time I find mediocre a beer everyone is gushing over (at least here on BA)... Though once again, it's a style I'm not familiar with. I might try this again down the line, but I'll try some other bières de garde first.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light to medium amber color, with a kind glow to it.

The aroma offers sugary and candy sweetness, chewy sweet malts, preserved apricots, cooked apples, hints of cork and musty qualities.

The flavor moves on with a wonderful balance of apple skin and sweet apple, white sugar, medium minus caramel sweetness, some earthy and spicy hop quality and a medium plus drying to cut the sweetness offered up front. Hint of metallic on the finish.

The musty and cork qualities are not too evident in this beer, but instead offering a wonderful dry quality towards the finish to cut the fruity and malty sweetness up front.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Jenlain glass at Pates et Traditions. Bastille Day.
4.25/3/3.25/3.75/3.25
A luscious ruby amber with lightest head.
It smells vaguely lagery-sulfuric/metallic. Touch of malty sweetness.
Full-bodied with a dose of the nosed minerals. The endtaste is murky malty sweetish. Kind of a mess, but no real off notes. Not clean, but with an elusive crisp acidity, like biting into a fresh red apple.
Pleasant enough, and interesting. Tastes more like a golden ale than an amber. Recommended once.

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Photo of Shanex
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Bière de garde if you dig the style and are able to find it

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AntoineTheS
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Julienberbery
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This ale, by either legend or fact, is credited with having saved its style; a product of that narrow ecological band between where grapes can no longer grow and where Belgium starts. It also serves as a transition zone between cultures. Curiously, this band held some of the horrible western front in World War 1 and Dunkirk. But, let's not read too much into a beer.

Looks are great, a modest head, nice lace and a very pretty amber (a compliment since men prefer blondes.)
Smell tells me a full malt flavor, but has modest spicing. (I like modest spices.)
Taste initially talks malts, but then the spice sort of asserts itself... which gives me a semi-dry finish.
With a modest low-bubble feel, Ambree' is a great ale to have with most foods. You might expect this for the French/Belgium table ... and you won't be disappointed. Cleanse the palate and eat more.
I am liking this style more and more. And I will have Jenlain often.

Reviewed at-length in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die" this ale deserves to be there for helping save this food-friendly style... which, frankly, American crafters should make more of.

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Photo of drmeto
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear amber with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,spicy,marzipan,biscuity
T:
-caramel,toffee,spicy,biscuity,nutty,brown sugar,plums
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
I found this similar to Einbecker's Urbock Dunkel.
Good .

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Photo of M-Jez84
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chrisroarshack
1.75/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 315 ratings
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