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Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jermar on 03-09-2002

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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 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 sneaks2210
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.26/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not tremendously moved by this beer. It was very mild mannered in aroma, but had an unpleasant overly malty sweet flavor I did not care for. I can't say I'd recommend this for that reason.

Its appearance was pretty good, with an amber color with a macro-looking head composed of tiny uniformly sized bubbles. It didn't smell like anything. Flavor was very malty sweet, and a bit unpleasant.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

25cl bottle into Weihenstephaner weissbier glass in Brussels, Belgium. 7.5%

A: Four finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and good retention, especially for the high ABV. Semitransparent gold colour.

Sm: Amber hops, caramelized malt, and fermented sugar. The barley doesn't pull through. Pretty standard fare for the style.

T: Amber hops and caramelized malt. The alcohol warms the stomach and is present in the taste, an undesirable feature. Pretty simple for the style. Built is alright. Balance is off, with a gap between the midpoint and climax.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some slight coarseness on the open, a strange feature. Doesn't really do anything special to complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: The high ABV is pretty well concealed, and she drinks easy enough. The price is good by French standards, but the quality just isn't there. A good beer for a night in with the lads, but not a good beer for a proper tasting.

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Photo of brentk56
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a modest head that fades like soda; in the end, it looks more like a cognac that a beer

Smell: Smells a bit like a sugar water solution with just a hint of sweet apple juice

Taste: Very malty, up front, with a toffee malt character that is bolstered by a bit of apple flavor; some complexity shows itself by mid-palate, with a slight herbal element but the overall profile is sweet and rather one-dimensional

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but rather flat, with just a hint of carbonation despite the significant "pop" when the cork was pulled

Overall: Way too sweet without any significant complexity; can't recommend this one

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of hardy008
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of impending
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dirty dishwater butterscotch, minor head vanished quickly, minor lacing.

Aroma is extremely sweet, honey and caramel. Broad range of esters.

Sweetness carries through the flavor, not quite kept in check by an opposing minor bitter. Most of my tongue is bored by this brew, indifferent. Medium to full bodied, lowly carbonated. Warmth helps a little.

Underneath the sugars is a dirt floor wanting to rise. A higher attenuation and a fine Bière de Garde might be revealed, as is the sugars are too far forward.

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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 DawnL
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red/amber with lacing - not much head.

Definitely smells sour.

Very light oaty/grain-like flavor with slight urea characteristic. not completely off-putting, but not a sought after characteristic. Very cold. Very crisp. One-noted character, though I think it is capable of complexity. Closed. Tried warming the glass to get more flavor profile - it's still very light, almost elusive. Hard to find a fruit nuance at the mid-palate. Metallic flavor.

I wouldn't drink too much of this. It isn't worth revisiting.

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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 DerBayer
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is deceptively pretty pouring a deep Cognac coloured amber with minimal white lacing.

The smell is faintly floral and medicinal - not unpleasant but not exactly artisinal. The taste likewise is very medicinal and floral hops dominate. The promised malt character is not very noticeable.

The beer is slightly prickly on the tongue and quite refreshing but overall fails to impress.

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Photo of simont1
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of modidia
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color in the small snifter at Root Down in north Denver.

Not much carbonation. Very sweet, unpleasantly sweet without any balance. More like a flat soft drink or fruity juice than beer. Only touch of bitterness is a tannic taste, just like sweetened ice tea, only without the crispness. I'd say it's exactly like watered down sweet vermouth.

Doesn't seem to have any off flavors or hint of spoilage, so I totally don't get this beverage.

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Photo of Hophead101
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

drank in Volo Bar in Toronto 8.28.08

good looking beer - light copper in color - good head that dissipated pretty quickly with good lacing.

smell is very alcoholic and ginger smelling. it really sneaks up on you - very strong, almost medicinal.

the taste is much less subtle than the smell. soft on the pallate, almost has a dampered taste. medicinal in the taste as well, along with a soft but potent ginger flavor.

mouthfeel ok - but the flavor is tough to drink too many of these.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unimpressed, was expecting great things from this green 0.75 litre Cork and Caged bottle. Best before 17 Nov 2011 it was drank and reviewed during one of my 'mixed tasting evenings' during March 2011.

The straw coloured beer looked a bit sad in the glasses, no sediment? I am already wearly, no head at all, what have I got here?

The smell wasn't helping the situation, an off malty, injected roguish, sweet aroma seemed to come from my glass.

Taste wise it was semi-sweet, yet with a sour, bitter aftertatste arriving too late to save it. The sweetness seeming to kill anything else that might have wanted to get involved.

Watery and weak for the style. I'll not be getting this again.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle with cork served in a flute/tulip. No indication of freshness date.

A: Perfectly clear with a ton of carbonation evident. Little to no head with out a vigorous pour, and even then it fades really quickly. Peachy-amber in color.

S: Grainy malt. Coppery.

T: Highly metallic at first. Deep fruit, tawny port, and malt. Honey finish. Sour. Very metallic. Like drinking mead out of a galvanized bucket filled with pennies. After breathing a little it picks up some clovey banana.

M: Highly carbonated but holds a decent viscosity. Very dry.

D: Way too much iron-copper metal flavor. Maybe a bad bottle.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - honey light brown ale, with a thin laced light tan head, moderate carbonation

S - alcohol up front, with a sweetness and wheatiness amalgamation, with some roasted malts and slight grass

T - surprisingly sweet, slight hop kick behind the sweet, and at the end a slight, faint spiciness

M&D - thinner body than i expected, but not bad mouthfeel, nice blend and balance, a nice french ale, not amazing but good

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Photo of stevoj
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Initial musty aroma of malt and hay. Dark clear amber with thick airy head. From there it starts to go downhill. Taste is weak and bland. Mouth feel is thin and watery with no lingering tastes on the palate. Expected better from this brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My bottle reads 'French Farmhouse Ale' beneath the brewery name rather than 'Biere de garde' and is an 11.2 ouncer rather than a 750, but I'm fairly certain that I'm reviewing this in the correct place.

What sort of biere de garde has no visible yeast? I'm suspect already and I've only just poured it into the glass. Bold coppery orange with brighter orange trim. Atop the beer is a good looking head of golden ecru foam that displays a bubbly surface and leaves plenty of generously pocked lace in its wake. Forgetting the lack of yeasties for a moment, it's a good look.

The nose could be more forthcoming. It's toasted malty and mildly spicy, but lacks any sort of depth or any hint of farmhouse character. I can't believe that Brasserie Duyck did anything so stupid as to filter the yeast--the very thing that defines the style--right out of the beer. I would question whether or not it's meant to be a true farmhouse ale, but it says so right on the label.

There's something about beer from this brewery that doesn't appeal to me. It's nothing consistent, nothing that applies to each one of their offerings, just a general sense of 'eh'. Like the nose, the flavor is toasted malty with very little complexity. The hops taste earthy to me, as if they were British born. Where the hell is the spiciness and the yeasty breadiness? Biere de garde? Hardly.

The body/mouthfeel would have benefitted mightily from actually having been carbonated. While it isn't dead, it is on life support and is fading fast. The lack of bubbles give the beer a lethargic feel that makes it even harder to enjoy.

I don't have a whole lot else to say about Jenlain French Farmhouse Ale. It isn't true to the stated style and isn't even that good regardless of style. I know that the French are capable of brewing great saisons and bieres de garde because I've tasted them. This one isn't anywhere close to proving that statement correct.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a small head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell is of slight caramel malts, phenolic, and some spiciness.

Taste is more pronounced than the aroma. Very sweet malts hit you right up front, very bready, slight toffee flavors, sweet sugary, ending with alcohol and hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium mouthfeel, feels creamy in the mouth, pretty carbonated.

Overall, this beer is decent. Not something I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found a bottle of this in Moscow's premiere foreign supermarket, which does produce some odd beer products occasionally. Interesting 33cl aluminum bottle with grey and silver color and a big red J above the name. Ingredients include absinthe, a fact emphasized on the front label. Otherwise, the beer is purity law compliant. Best before January 2006, I opened it on 5/22/05.

Pours a clear but quite bubbly gold under a one finger snow white head that lingers for a bit before settling to film and collar. Only a couple drops of lace cling to the glass. Sweet fruity nose, very strong of spice and raspberry. The mouth is very light, with subdued carbonation. Very sweet taste, with light fruit dominating. The spice is also sweet, adding to the natural sweetness of the wheat. No noticeable hops. The finish is sugary, while the aftertaste reminds a bit of a raspberry frozen popsicle. Not for me, thanks.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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