Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

309 Ratings
Jenlain AmbréeJenlain Ambrée

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 vancurly
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 14/4/2009 - perhaps a little too close

a) Clear amber, no bubbling at all, 1 cm off-white head

s) Funky, malty, perfumy, fruity notes. Warms to marmalade.

f) Nice malt complexity, slight brambly hop note, and faint molasses

m) Fairly medium to light.

d) Ends up more EPA in flavour profile from my angle. Malty characters in the forefront. Quite drinkable, but nothing particularly outstanding.

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Photo of Rayek
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper with mild carbonation from small bubbles. Soapy orange tinged head has average retention and leaves patches of lace.

S: Rather sour, with aromas of orange, grass and anise.

T: The interesting sweet and sour combination was a new experience for me. Flavors of orange, tangerine, lemon and green grapes make up the sweetness. A mild bitterness keeps the sweetness in check with a pepper and anise seed bite. A mild alcohol presence adds to the beer's complexity. Finishes dry, with a lemon and sourdough twang.

M: The medium body feels a bit oily. Carbonation level is about right.

D: Definitely different. Seems a nice take on a style I'd never had before. Worth a revisit when the mood is right.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/23/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, spices, and light fruits. Flavor of light raisin, dark fruits, honey. Reminded me of Bink Bloesem without the pear. Light-bodied, decent.
6/4/7/4/12 (3.3/5)

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. There is a light nuttiness as well as a subtle cellarlike aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet malty flavor that boasts mostly of crystal malts. It goes down real easy even at 7.5%. There is a slight hop presence, but nothing to pronounced. It's clean in the finish with no esters to speak of. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great example of the style. I just read Farmhouse Ales and they said this is one of the original Biere de Garde beers. I really enjoyed it. Recommended!

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Photo of Spikester
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a good size head and plentiful lacings. Sweet aroma. Taste is like an amber with lots of alcohol. Sweet malts with a minor amount of hops. Mouthfeel is good for the style. Sessionable? Too much alcohol to be sessionable. If you like powerfull beers and are O.K. with a sweet brew give this a try.

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Photo of Hophead101
2.85/5  rDev -24%
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 Halcyondays
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, review #675,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, with average head retention, quite opaque.

S: Musty banyard character, grass, honey, caramel malt.

T: Strong malt comes on first, very sweet, hint of molasses cookies. Barnyard comes to balance it, with some mint jelly, earthy hops, and possibly light Brett.

M: Quite easy to drink, yeasty, dries out the tongue.

D: A classic biere de garde, I liked this one a lot, definitely has a raw, rustic feel to it, and it is endlessely drinkable until you get pissed, will buy this one again and again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-caged bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours caramel copper with a thin white head that eventually becomes a swirling patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is earthy, barnyardy hay-like with caramel.

The taste is earthy/a bit musty/barnyardy with caramel, nuts and a bit of vanilla. Caramel sweetness stays just ahead of a bit of sourish orange marmelade and herbal bitterness - nicely balanced. Soft, subtley complex. It has a soft, almost woody, finish.

The feel is light to medium with effervescent carbonation.

Alcohol is very well covered.

A nice, very drinkable, well-balanced, classic interpretation of a Biere de Garde.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice creamy off-white thick creamy head, with some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is slightly malty, very slight yeast, with some caramel and spices. The taste is malty, slightly yeasty, woody, with some nice caramel notes. Light-medium body, very tasty, subtle, the alochol is very well hidden. Very drinkable, very different kind of Biere de Garde, very tasty though.

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Photo of stulowitz
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper gold with thick, bubbly head.

Sm - Lavender, must, horse, lemon

T - Toffy, anise, fennel, orange blossom.

M - Lots of carbonation, prickly, medium-full body.

D - Great drinkability, especially if paired with rustic fare or french wash-rind cheese.

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Photo of malcontent
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Transparent, honey-colored body mounted by a statuesque two and a half fingers of head trailed by copious lacing.

Spicy hops (Saaz? Hallertau?) backed by black pepper, honey-like yet saccharine sweet aroma. Moderately musty, grain chaff and hay cap off a loaded nose.

Again, honey sweetness comes on strong without much support. None of the hop character from the nose really comes though although for sporting this level of sweetness the finish is admirably dry.

Mouthfeel is just fine although I'm a bit let down by the brew. I love a good Biere de Mars yet this doesn't say "winter's end" to me. Finishing dryness helps the drinkability but not by much.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this brew is pretty decent. The head is in ample amounts, and is a light tan color. The body is very clear and is a brownish copper color.

The aroma is very faint and malt dominant.

The taste is a little masked from the coarse presence of the carbonation. It has a hint of sweetness up front, but finishes up with an odd vegetable like characteristic.

With the moderately hight ABV, there is a slight warming effect that comes through. There is also a lot of carbonation that masks some of the taste characteristics.

Overall this is okay, but not the ultimate Belgian beer I've been searching for.

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

S: 750ml bottle into Goblet glass.

A: Copper red base, admirable frothy two finger big bubbled head that laced well.

S: Earthy tone or "Hay" as DRPERM described, I like the way sweet accents

T: Tangy spice and medium hoppyness. Overall smooth aftertast.

M: Rich smooth texture on top of rather heavy carbonated spicy bite returning afterwards.

D: Bit too spicy for my pallet but a good creation.

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Photo of timbro81
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork off a 25oz. champagne bottle with a bottling date of 20/09/2008. A nice pop greeted my ears. Pours a nice clear copper color with some serious carbonation. A nice head that settles to a decent ring. Smells of a very slight skunkiness(thank you green bottle!), nutty caramel malts, and subtle spicey hops. Light mouthfeel. Nutty malts mingle well with a multi layered hop spiciness. A very well balanced beer. The best French beer I've had to date. Worth checking out.

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Photo of ledemie
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Transparent rusty copper color, very clean, ivory head.

S - Malty with a refreshing background.

T - a citrus/raisin combination a nice maltiness, dry, slightly bitter. .

M - the beer has a mild carbonation.bitterness and lightly sweet caramel flavor.

D - This is a great beer, thanks to importation, a well crafted beer for the Belgium and Biere de garde lovers.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an, essentially, still orangey-amber body with a thinnish head that reduces quickly. Leaves some here-and-there lacing. Smells of big caramel, toffee, sweet malts, toasted malts, and a touch of herbal and earthy hops. The intense caramel/toffee doesn't come off AS much in the flavor, but it is there. There is also more of a nuttiness and a toasty punch toward the finish, accompanied by some more pungent herbal hop. I get also a tad of orange in the aftertaste. Little bit of alcohol is perceived, but works well to balance some of this sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a sticky feel. Bubbles could relax a little more for my taste. Solid drinker and a solid overall biere de garde.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very clear cranberry orange color with a slight light tan head.

S: some fresh apples, very orchid like aroma, fruitiness, and a sweet caramel malt presence.

T: Flavor is very rich and deep caramel malt, an oktoberfest style body and sweetness with some honey and tart apples. A really big flavor and alcohol presence per style. On the finish is some spicy alcohol and fruitiness with a nice warming alcohol presence in the chest for a 7.5%. Very dry palate overall with some warm cider notes lingering after the finish.

M: creamy and slick with sweet spicings

D: A good solid brew, with a warm fruity character, big caramel palate and very dry finish with a velvety finish. Malty and very enjoyable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a nice sized crème head. Nose is nutty and woody. Flavor is smooth with a slight woody tone to it. Touch of sweetness there, but not overdone at all. It’s just a touch. Feel is good. The right level of bubble on the tongue and a smooth liquid experience. Highly drinkable and very much worth trying.

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

I was originally planning to bring the Castelian St. Amand Ale for this year's Thanksgiving feast, but ended up grabbing a bottle of the Jenlain Ambree (yet another notable French Biere de Garde) instead. It was definitely worth doing.

Jenlain, according to their own website (Brasserie Duyck), was the first brewery to package beers in 75 cL champagne-style bottles with wire-fastened corks. The Ambree is an unpasteurized biere de garde made from 3 different French barley malts and 3 different Alsatian hops. The 7.5% ABV is very very smooth.

Appearance: Lovely burnt caramel color with plenty of carbonation bubbles and a nice off-white head that thins out after a few seconds.
Aroma: Mild, caramelly, ever-so-slightly hoppy, faint hint of fruit -- peaches? and a whiff of hay to finish.
Flavor: Much more complex on the tongue than on the nose. A certain lagery quality reminiscent of Warsteiner (I seem to remember Castelian also exhibiting this lagery-ness), caramel/burnt sugar tones, a sharpness that says, "drink with farmhouse cheese!", and some rustic farm qualities: fresh grass, hay, nuts, herbs.
Palate: fantastically spritzy without being too champagne-like. Wonderful feel.
Overall: it’s no St Amand (still my favorite Biere de Garde, thus far) but more complex than Castelain.

The Ambree was truly excellent with Thanksgiving Dinner -- and what I especially appreciate, it was equally good with the main course and the dessert: it paired faultlessly with the turkey & dressing, gravy, veggie casseroles, and sweet potatoes, and then turned around and sang in harmony with the pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple crisp! Vive la biere francaise!

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Photo of jakon
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased for $2.39 on 12-1-7 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head that sticks around for awhile before leaving sticky lacing in its wake.

The aroma is pleasantly funky. Smells lagerish with a bit of spicy fruit coming through. Enough to make you mouth water a bit.

Wow is that sweet. This is not what I'm used to in a saison, and the aroma really didn't hint at this level of candy-like sweetness. Oddly enough, it's not cloying at all. Just unexpected. There's enough alcohol, spice and overall dry character to balance things out.

This is an enjoyable beer. Wouldn't make it a regular in the fridge, but will definitely purchase again if the occasion arises.

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Photo of oelergud
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
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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Photo of GRPunk
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a deep brown, almost like a dark cherry wood color. The tan head quickly turns to a light lace that leaves a good stick to the side of the glass. It's really a beautiful beer. I'd just hoped the head would stick around a bit longer.

S- It smelled quite fruity. It was something like plums with caramel characteristics.

T- More malt and fruit flavors. It tasted something like cooked plums/cherries/raisins and caramel with some spice in the background. It also had a hit of warming alcohol.

M- It was a little on the thick side (not in a negative fashion) with light carbonation.

D- Tastes good. Nice mouthfeel. It makes for a good drinkability.

Overall- A beer I'd have again. It has the flavor of a nightcap beer without the overwhelming alcohol effect.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (25, 33, 75 cl.), tasted in 1981.

Appearance : light brown copper color, with white foam head.
Smell : caramel and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : woodlands, dry finish, with notes of oranges and spices.
Drinkability : the Jenlain amber is the most famous French style "bière de garde" (exported to the USA, UK ...)

Review translated from french 5-27-2008.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meh. What an odd little beer. If someone were to hand me a glass of this without any hints regarding style or origin, i swear i'd think they'd given me an English barleywine. That's right: WTF?

A bit cloying. Some nice floral notes. But it has no yeasty character. No mustiness. No earthy or cellar flavor. No funk. No spice. Nothing that might characterize a "farmhouse" ale. More or less run of the mill English barleywine character, including a slight alcoholic hotness. More than i'd expect at 6.5%.

No idea how old this one is. It came from Wine World in Penascola several months ago.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber body with a thin, finely bubbled off-white head.

Smell: Light aroma of toasted grains with vaguely fruity notes and a bit of cinnamon in the nose.

Taste: Toasted grains with a light sweetness. Fruitiness comes across as a white wine flavor. Again, there's that very light cinnamon spice undertone. The finish is a bit watery, which allows some of that alcohol to creep in.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: I could be blunt and caustic here, but hey, it's Friday!

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
3.75 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
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