Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

BA SCORE
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308 Ratings
Jenlain AmbréeJenlain Ambrée
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jermar on 03-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
308
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.6%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoohMooh
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
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 -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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 -12%
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 JakeScully
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AntoineTheS
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Julienberbery
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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 flavor, but has spicing that borders on the medicinal.
Taste initially talks malts, but then the medicine tries to asset itself... which causes a semi-dry finish which makes this a great ale to have with most foods you might expect on the French and Belgium table. Cleanse the palate and eat more.

Reviewed 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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chrisroarshack
1.75/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bruno74200
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great smell but the taste is not as good. It's a typical bière de garde.

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Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #335

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Photo of NJB145
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kingjohnh
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of insanidade
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ShawnL
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with medium-low clarity. Off white head that forms lacing on the glass

Aroma is very malt forward, some slight oxidation, little to no hop presence, perhaps some slight mustyness

Sweet maltyness mainly from yeast strain, little hop character, some musty notes.

Medium-low carbonation, slight lingering bitterness from the hops but pleasant aftertaste.

Overall a very fine, traditional example of a hard to fine style.

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
3.75 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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