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Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

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Jenlain AmbréeJenlain Ambrée

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Ratings: 318 |  Reviews: 213
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a stunning amber. Like, not light or dark amber. Amber. Straight on. Perfectly clear. Medium cream-colored head that is very tight. It fades a bit quickly but there is a completely covering lace that never leaves.

I smells like a malt bomb went off. Whoa! Oh, man, I sure hope it tastes this good! Oh! Please, oh please oh please!

Ah well. It's an excellent beer - just not the malt bomb that I expected! We'll start with the body... It's on the lighter side of medium. Surely to style and all, but the aroma promised a heavy beer, darn it!

Good taste - very malty. All kinds of different flavors going on in there - caramels, raisin, maybe a teeny touch of spice. No hops detected and, heck, you wouldn't want 'em anyway!

High in drinkability due to the lightness of the body and the good flavor... (I just wish it were heavier...)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stcules
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color, clean. Decent head, cream color, quite compact. Pretty.
The smell is caramel malt, dry flowers, hay. Lightly fruity. The hay are very strong, and fresh.
The taste too, with malt and caramel in the beginning, and the a good dry cut, with hay. A light fruitiness behind. Pleasant. Then some bitterness. Pretty balanced.
The alcohol is very well hidden. Dangerously drinkable, thank to the dryness.
Average to light body.
In the aftertaste again frsh hay, with a good dry finish.

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Photo of JellyJacket
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle at the Esplanade Bier Markt in Toronto. Served in matching Jenlain glass.

Orange-tinted golden colour. Very light chill haze. The head is quite small and drops to a thin ring and covering layer. Still, it's quite appealing. Aroma hints at the flavours to come - a couple phenols, some citrus, maybe a slight mustiness. The flavours themselves - there's a sour hint to the beginning, followed by sweetness, hints of lemon, hops fade in and out. A dry finish leaving the throat crying out for more. A very respectable beer. There's pleasant flavours, nothing is out of proportion and everything is restrained in a wonderful understated harmony.

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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 putnam
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, reddish caramel color. Carb-rich, melting, cream colored mousse.
Aromas of ripe, broiled grains and crisp, detergent-toned hops. Generous mouthful of soft red fruits and spiced pie crust. Low acid. Moderately bitter -- mostly from husk and roast.
This is not far from the beer mainstream. Yet it has more character and durability than bona fide mainstream styles that saturate the market. Not cerebral. Get some to enjoy with plates of steamed sausages or liverwurst sandwiches and kraut.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Russet colored; medium head

Aroma: Malty; spicy; fruity

Taste: Malty; spicy; tart; dry; complex finish

Remarks: One of my favorites. I'd buy it almost every time we went to Cora in Strasbourg. I missed it so much I homebrewed some.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of UnionMade
1.78/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what this stuff tastes like normally, but my bottle was mega old and way past it's prime. The beer poured a greasy looking amber, with tons of particles floating in suspension. Aroma is winey stale, and the beer was just sour and old. I always have to take a sip, just to be sure it's not totally unpalatable. I imagine this stuff is pretty good when fresh, and I plan on buying it and rerating it. Just beware, because it certainly doesn't age well. I hate liquor stores that don't rotate stock.

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Photo of HabiMendes
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Shiloh
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed....colour is nice, deep golden honey with very limited head...taste tho, is lacking as it quickly departs and leaves no memories....is kinda like a full bodied water.....maybe an aquired taste.

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Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach colored with a nice full creamy light tan head, decent carbonation, and good lace. Spicy, yeasty, and fruity (prunes) aroma. Spicy malt flavors with a bit of orange fruitiness. Light-medium bodied and smotth with a dry spicy finish (anise and pepper).

Per BD website: With 7.5% alcohol by volume, this unpasteurized beer is made with 3 different types of malt produced from French barley, and 3 varieties of hops grown in Alsace. It is the torrefied malt that gives it its attractive amber glow and many-hued aroma.

Per M.J.-U.B. book: 6.5 % ABV

Per B.O.M. notes: 6% ABV

Best By: 01/2006 (lasered)
Tasted: 07/09/05

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Photo of simont1
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My beer of choice this year at Thanksgiving dinner. 750 ml bottle. Poured an unfiltered medium-to-dark amber with a large head that remained throughout most of comsumption. Musty, malty aroma. I almost wonder how long this bottle has been sitting around on the store shelf as it was the dusty sole remaining one. Very musty flavor. Reminds me of a cellar or basement. Some sweet, stale fruitiness. Malt is hard to detect. Hops are mininal at best. Spicy or peppery alcohol near the back of the throat. Not a beer I was opposed to (it went pretty well with dinner) but I think it's an acquired taste. I'd like to seek out another bottle (hopefully fresher if this one was decrepit) and give it another shot.

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Photo of parkwood
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.99! I got ripped off for like $7 for a 750ml bottle of this stuff. oh well. This Biere De Garde poured a nice, matly, dark red colour with a tan-ish head. The aromas were very malty, slightly alcoholic, and a little hoppy. The taste was similar to the aromas, malty, a little hoppy and slightly alcoholic. The mouthfeel was light and air-y and the drinkability was damn good. A very good french style biere de garde.


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Photo of NJB145
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of purplehops
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jenlain pours a cloudy honey orange that clears as it warms. Chill haze? The head is off-white and leaves a nice lace pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of apples and pears with notes of alcohol and carmel malt. The taste starts with fruit and alcohol and moves on to a sweet malt flavor. The finish is crisp with more apple and pear flavors blending with oak, malt, and the Alsacian hops to create a wonderful complexity of flavors. The aftertaste is fruity and thirst quenching. The mouthfeel is full and well carbonated.
IMHO Biere de garde is made to have with food. Especially comfort foods. So much more of the complexity of this beer is brought out by food than by drinking alone. This is meatloaf and beef or chicken stew beer.

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

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, the first time I've seen it in this format...

Clear, crimson coloring, intense carbonation, rocky, creamy, off-white head that stays a long, long time...

Aroma, sweet and rosy, fruits aplenty, the darker ones, grapes, berry, melon...

Taste: nice bit of hops up front, bold and bright, more brisk fruit shining through...refreshing and flavorful. Medium bodied, with a gentle, fruity, hoppy finish. Nice play on the mouth, this gives much and takes little, offers rewards with each new sip.

There are better biere de gardes, but once this is in my mouth, I find it hard to complain about a lack of transcendence in my glass...nice beer, 'nuff said.

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Photo of muratakinci
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Andreji
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ooooh if it were not for my cheapness I wouldnt have bought this bottle of 75cls of a medium beer. nor in terms of taste, nor looks nor actual overall desirability is this beer going on anyones top list. just because a thing has an uncommon name doesnt necessarily put it within the interest. this is a one timer. boo.

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Photo of John_Squires
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of oelergud
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged green glass bottle.
Slightly cloudy transparent copper and mahogany body. Orange tinted creamy head. Good retention and great lace.
Sweet and subdued pleasant scent. Mildly spiced and hopped. Abit of fruit and grain.
Great taste. Sweet and spiced, well balanced and just enough hops and grass. Mild aftertaste of sweet malts, some spice and hops.
Full body with a creamy feel. Good coating and abit slick as well.
This is one drinkable brew. Mild and sweet, spiced and slightly hoppy. Very good beer.


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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 318 ratings