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Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

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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 wedge
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz.

Pours an attractive auburn color - clear with a white head that subsides to a bubbly ring and broken film. Aroma is very malty - sweet and toasty with woody fruit esters and a hint of spice. Flavor follows the smell but is richer in all aspects. Toasted malts, earthy hops, wood, warm spiced fruits, and herbal phenols. Sweetness is solid and seems to support everything without ever getting in the way. Smooth and dry with fine carbonation.

Funny, I had this on Thanksgiving and I don't remember it being anything like this. Malty, dry, and earthy. Easy drinking though the notion of alcohol finishes each sip. Definately something to pair with a meal.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head dissapates not quite entirely and leaves behind a slight lacing. The color is slightly cloudy gold to brown.

The smell is sweet with a little bit of nuttiness.

The taste comes through with the smell of the farm very well, kind of comforting if you've ever been on a farm. It has a sweet nuttiness to it that is apparant at first, but then turns to a nice sour at the end.

Mouthfeel has slight carbonation and a bit of watery feel to it.

It's good enough to try later, but not enough to freak out and look for the freshest bottle possible, but if by chance I find it it may be mine.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the strangest ones for me as the beer came to life with a little air, much in the way a good bordeaux or rhone does when it's decanted. My first taste of the reddish amber ale made me think of apples mixed with beer and a sweet watery taste afterwards. So I let it sit...

I came back to it 15 minutes later with a baked chicken breast topped with mustard and the French farm ale came on with different tastes of caramel, peppers, and hops. The clear cider apple taste lingered in the background and then long afterward.

This would be a good summer ale with a picnic...and some air.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Whole Foods in Chelsea.
Colors are appropriate for the style. A deep, dark saison this is.
Smells mild, clean and malty. The taste has some candy ginger and nutmeg in there, along with some cola notes and citrus notes. As far as mouthfeel goes I'd like it to be a bit more bubbly to counteract some of the syrupy sweetness. The sweet and watery attributes takes down some of the drinkability for me.
This is probably one that is much better whenst paired with food. As a stand alone beer this doesn't work too well for me.

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Photo of scooter231
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep ruby color, no head, no lacing. Smells earthy, ginger. Tastes earthy as well, hoppy, gingery. Interesting. Mouthfeel is slick, oily, wet. Fairly drinkable, but seems more alcoholic than it actually is. I'm on the fence on this guy- I like it but I don't. Worth a try.

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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 DrJay
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a short cap of off-white head. Bit of lace and fair retention. The aroma starts with sulfury hops, but these quickly dissipated. What remained was a grainy malt sweetness that was just short of caramel and mild floral/spicy hops. Mild flavour with some caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Floral/spicy hop flavour and bitterness follow through into the finish. Medium/high carbonation with a lightish body and slight slickness. Not bad, though I much preferred the flavour to the aroma, though it did improve with a bit of time out of the bottle. Thanks Wintermute!

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

My oh my here's a good one...

Tropical fruit and a hint of chocolate appear on the lose of this medium gold-copper brew. There's raisin and clean, fruity notes on the palate along with sweet malt. The proper bitterness imparts a near perfect balance! This marvelously easy drinker is crisp, clean, and refreshing! Superb!

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At last! In food-and-drink-crazed San Fran, biere de garde is surprisingly hard to find. But it looks like someone found a distributer, because the Jenlain has arrived in force.

Appearance: A clear amber with a great caramel head. Frosty, rocky with decent, though not stellar, retention. Moderately carbonated.

Smell: Malty. I suppose I should go on, but really, there's not much more to say. Caramel, toffee, honey wheat bread and perhaps a bit vinous.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite nice and a surprise to boot; crisp, light and quite champagne-like; it essentially dissolves on your tongue. The flavor is also a surprise, but not such a good one. This beer is surprisngly one-dimensional. I always imagined BdGs as a cousin of saison, but they're not at all similar. This tastes a bit like a toffee-heavy British brown ale, but really more like carbonated wort -- there just ain't much goin' on. It's got a slight port/muscat vinous thing happening, but slight is the operative term here.

Drinkability: Meh. It's certainly not offensive, but instead of straddling the fence, I'd rather drink a nice Brtish mild or a full-on saison. Maybe this is why they waited so long.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml can, bought in France. ABV is 7.5%. Deep amber colour, nearly clear. Large off-white head. Pleasant malty aroma with notes of aromatic hops, leather and oak. Malty and oaky flavour with tolerable hops, notes of toffee and caramel. Not bad at all for a canned beer!

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

750ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden copper / rusty orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite big and fades to a nice layer...

Aroma - Nice caramel / biscuity malt, nutty, burnt orange hints, light pepperiness, floral, some woodiness...

Taste – Spicy maltiness, fruity (raisins), slight toffee sweetness, caramel, nice light hop bitterness, some vanilla hints underneath...

Feel - Quite smooth and slightly oily. Medium body. Very drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer, very drinkable. Recommended !!

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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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer has a warm light orangish-golden body that is crystal clear with a strong champagne carbonation. There is a thick creamy head that keeps growing and last and last.

S- There is a soft honey malt note and some nice spicy hops in the finish. There is a note of toast that mellows out the sweetness in the smell.

T- The taste of crisp dry lightly toasted malt balances with a nice German noble hop finish. There is a hint of fusel alcohol at the finish. The malt has a very faint caramel note as it warms and it is a nice compliment to the toasted malt. In the finish there is a faint sulfur note to the dryness and the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture in the finish. There is no note of the fusel alcohol in the mouthfeel.

D- This beer has interesting qualities that remind me of a really good fresh kolsch but it also has some more depth and complexity in the malt. I guess there is a faint "cellar" taste that sets it off but it is not really a distinct flavor.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 11.2 fl.oz. bottle. The label doesn't match the picture exactly. It claims to be a 'French Farmhous Ale' and doesn't mention its Biere de Garde status. Nonetheless, I'm fairly certain we're talking about the same animal here.

Pours a billowing white head over a deep amber body that is slightly orange around the edges. The head rapidly fades, but leaves a nice coating of lace on the sides of the glass. Aromas of ripe fruit, sweet malt, a touch of pepper and a bit of alcohol. More sweet and citric ripe fruit up front in the taste, with a mild yet complex profile of sweet and caramel malt. Not as much of the spice in the taste, but there is a definite warming alcohol presence, especially noticeable at the end of a sip. Rather lean mouthfeel, but the complexity of flavor carries it. Substantial carbonation makes it crisp and refreshing in the mouth.

This beer should be commended on its combination of lean body with an abundance of complexity and flavor—not an easy feat. This is a bit leaner bodied and less sweet than some of the other biere de garde I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. While I my own malt cravings would prefer a bit more malty sweetness in this one, it’s leaner body makes it refreshing and an excellent accompaniment to a meal.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid 3.80euro for a 75cl bottle. Very pretty brew here, light amber to burnt orange depending on how much beer you're looking through. Not much head. Smell is nice, but a little off somewhere. There's a bit of smoke, bit of molasses and a faint bit of cleaning fluid. Not that noticeable though, just subtle enough to pick out for me and you'll all probably think I'm crazy. Taste is very nice, light smoke, low alcohol despite advertised as 7.5%, heavy on the toasted malt flavor.

Overall worth a shot if you can find it.

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

Poured a brilliant amber/orange hue with a foamy head that collapsed quickly. The aroma was that of sweet malt with notes of oak, chardonnay, and cider. The beer had a medium/heavy mouthfeel and the maltiness was reasonably sweet - along the lines of a Marzen. After the main malt rush comes some nuttiness with a slight alcohol warmth. The noble hops help balance things out, but definitely take a back seat to the sweet malts used. The carbonation was fine and tight. Rich in flavor, but very drinkable.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer of my trip to beer hell (Rural Southern France) and also my first Biere de Garde. Surprisingly this readily available treat isn’t half bad. Still its nothing to write home about. Rich amber color on the orange side. Thin white head that disappears immediately. Relatively bland. Sweetish with light caramel malts. Silky. Little to no hops are found in this. There is a faint odor of fermented fruits. Nothing particularly special going on here.

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Photo of Brian700
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a white head that settles to a ring around my glass with some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is slightly malty with some mild hop presence. The nose on this one doesn't really jump out at you.

The flavor is very balanced between malt and bitter hops and it has a slight amount of citrus flavor. This is a really great tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I highly recommend this beer and I would say it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a finger of bubbly head. Nose is subtle grassy tones with hints of apple skin. Taste continues with light grassy and overripe apple juice notes above a caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is clean amd crisp, but overall lacking. This beer reminded me of Viking's Honey Moon braggot, which I couldn't finish. I was able to finish this one, but it didn't quite sit well with me. It was refreshing, but not tasty enough for me to want another. I'd like to see what some other biere de gardes taste like before I write the style off however.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Somewhere between gold and orange, a nice froth hanging on top.

Smell: Vinious and boozy, with lots of cork notes and a moldy kind of funk. It smells like it's been cellared for a long time, although it's reasonably fresh (under a year old).

Taste: Low carbonation that gives the malt all the room to shine, the yeast isn't the cleanest but but it's mellow, and with that subdued corky flavor (a bit more and I wouldn't have liked it), it reminds me more of an old ale, one with a little extra spice, but aged to perfection.

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Photo of lagrin
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby rust / copper in color. Poured with a lively carbonation from the bottle and formed a tight head. Both the head and the carbonation died down before I took my first sip.

There is a distinct but ubiquitous aroma that took me some time to place. Perfectly toasted marshmallows!!! After taking my first sip, I was also able to detect a mild malty aroma with a tinge or warming alcohol.

Dark fruits and malt dominate the early flavor profile. Later, flavors reminiscent of apricot brandy make a fleeting appearance. I can understand why Garret Oliver so strongly recommends this style with the Thanksgiving meal as it is easy to see that how the maltyness and caramelized flavors will complement everything from the browned turkey skin to the sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

Feels good on the tongue. Carbonation bubbles seem tighter than in other beers and provide a pleasant pin-prick sensation.

Excellent example of a style I didn’t think I liked!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Transparent rusty copper body with only the most minimal carbonation visible. Thin head and increadible lacing.
S - Malty with a fresh hoppyness.
A - Brilliantly malty, dry, slightly bitter. The initials flavors are really soft maltyness, with a woody and tobacco mid-palate and a finish that is a wonderful blend of bitterness and lightly sweet caramel flavors.
M - Super silkly and mild carbonation. GREAT!!!
D - This is a great beer!!! Great to sip after dinner while unwinding.

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Photo of nortmand
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear copper with a fluffy brown head.

Rich, earthy yeast smell. Caramel as well.

Full fruity caramel notes dominate. Ends with a light touch of acidic bitterness. Beautiful.

Full, rich mouthfeel with supple carbonation. Two bottles of Jenlain, some nice, crusty bread, brie and your secial other would make a perfect romantic spring picnic.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another chilled bottle split with Stopper. I am pouring into a snifter. The beer pours a very clear mahogany color with a small off white surface layer of head foaming up.
Aroma is some light caramel and a bit of bready yeast. Very mild nose. Also a bit of buttery toffee.
Thought it would be a little more funky as a farmhouse ale.
First sip reveals an average body with fine carbonation. Flavor is sweet with some lite fruit hits aof green apple and then caramel again. Some biscuity yeast comes through and a faint white grape presence as well. THe finish is tasty and clean. I expected a little less structure to thebeer with more funk and off beat flavors. But I still did enjoy the beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep coppery crimson color with a fair sized cap of ivory frumpy froth. Pulls a nice curtain of lace across the glass as it settles and tends to keep most of it around.

Aroma is earthy, spicy, and sweetly subdued with a backdrop of honey, apple skins, and berries. Nice little hints to grasses and musty trees.

Taste is smoothly rich and malty with good additions of spice and fruits. Calm and centered fruits of apple, apricot, pear, and tamer citruses make for a good portion of its flavor. Creeping in with little crisp hints are some lightly alcoholic esters and phenolic spices. Finishes with a bit of musty and dried grasses. Kinda like a thicker herbal/fruit tea. The malts are good to have around in this one.

Feel is pretty good; clean, fruity, and closing in on bold, the malts really help add a sophisticated thickness and smoother, creamier character to its mediumish body. Some dryness of musty grassy yeast and phenols make for a complexing little finish.

This grew on me as I went. At first it seemed just fine but added a bit more interest as it went along. Perhaps not enough to push my numbers higher, but worthy of giving it a solid rating and recommending it to myself to perhaps grab again sometime.

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 311 ratings
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