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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Photo of chocosushi
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz->Hennepin Goblet
A ~ Poured on the dark side of hazy amber with a great looking head.

S ~ Bready malt with cider & mild earth notes (leaves & grass)

T ~ Fuji apples, grapes, crisp pears, apricot jelly, buttered wheat bread, rock candy. Splash of spices including clove & cinnamon stick.

M ~ Spicy, sweet & semi dry. Good balance.

D ~ I really enjoyed this. Having had the Jenlain Blonde an hour before, I discovered that this is the superior beer. Nose was better, feel was more cohesive, & flavors were better executed.

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Photo of impending
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
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 kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
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 ferrari29
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served from bottle into a 6oz plastic cup. Consumed at Il Divino Bacco, Bari. Glasses are no longer served with beer here.

A - Beer has a dark orange colored body, half finger white colored head formed from the pour; well carbonated; some lacing formed on the side of the glass; opaque

S - Brown sugar; high ABV scents; hints of carmel, toffee, and dark fruit; fig; sort of a quick, flat scented beer

T - Dark fruit, like dates and fig; slight light bread taste coupled with a malt caramel flavored backend; brown sugar

M - Dry and crisp; medium body feel; sweet finish and lingering caramel aftertaste

D - Good smooth flavor; easy drink; I would have another

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Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
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 gfreed
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good way to swing into what is supposed to be spring here in New England but which is still the tail end of winter. All of which is to say, this beer is a decent but unspectacular transition from heavier to lighter brews. Rather light overall, but that's to be expected from the style. Would have preferred more frutiness in both the aroma and the taste, and perhaps a bit more tang in the body. Otherwise, this is solidly slightly above average.

The real question is... when will Beeradvocate stop running irrelevant ads?

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
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
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a relatively flat glowing golden colour with a very thin head.
Complex aromas of sweet caramel malt and lightly floral hops.
Flavour - Very subtle; each sip drew me back for another taste of its elusive layered malt and subtle nole hops presence.

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Photo of brentk56
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
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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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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 bucklemyshoe
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a reddish-brown color with a finger of off-white head that holds well but does not lace very well.

S: Apples, pale malts, caramel, and cinammon.

T: Apples, cloves, cinammon, coriander, wet bread, orange zest, and some Belgian yeasty spice.

M: It has a medium body with medium-low carbonation and the flavors linger for a long time.

O: This is okay; I'm not too familiar with the style but this is enjoyable.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Athough I`m not familiar with the style, it doesn`t take long to figure out that it`s good. Jenlain Ambrée pours a light copper colour and has a very light head that won`t stick around for very long. That doesn`t mean it isn`t appetizing though.

The smell really doesn`t scream out "Drink me!" Rather, its like a mystery that`s about to unravel once you taste it. Slight malt notes are all that I detected.

My nose did not fail me, as Jenlain Ambrée tastes quite malty - but not in the sweet sense. Its actually quite good, and the finish is just bitter enough to satisfy my hop craving.

It has a good mouthfeel, and is very light-bodied. The finish is medium-dry, and I have a feeling I`ll be able to get through the rest of this 75cl quite easily.

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

We pop the cage and cork on this one, and pour a brew of light copper. There is a transient head of massive white bubbles, standing one finger high. It disappears in a puff leaving large bubbles floating about the surface, with no lacing around the glass. There is no sediment noted, and the beer is quite transparent. Carbonation looks to be active, but not overly so. A whiff reveals big notes of grain, with highlights of apple and apricot, sweet esters, honey, booze, and a toasted nuttiness. As we sip clean and bittering malts hit up front. These immediately clash with sugary sweetness, from raw apple, with some help from some distant esters. The middle washes through with toasty malts, and a further pronouncement of cooling esters. There is a slight hop tartness balancing things out. With the finish comes the final washing of malts, here mixing with a peppery alcohol twinge. The aftertaste breathes with booze, malts, a slight toast, and some fruity sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip is nice and creamy, despite how fairly light it is. The mouth is generously coated, to only give way to a dry palate at the conclusion of the tasting. The abv is standard, and hidden well for the most part, allowing this brew to have nice drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the surprisingly fruity aroma, with the contrasting alcohol kick at the very finish. While the abv is not apparent throughout most of the taste, it comes in full force in the end with that nice peppery burn. This was in wonderful contrast to the sweetness presented in both the nose and in the taste, making for a nicely balanced brew, all around.

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Photo of bum732
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Malty, grassy, very floral, some mustiness, oak maybe? Fairly clean overall.

L: Slightly hazy orangish-yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Clean maltiness, semi-sweet leading to a medium-low bitterness. Some spiciness and touch of grassiness. Slight caramel sweetnes. Stone fruits right off the bat, quickly fades. Finishes semi-sweet with some leafy hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation.

Very solid, clean beer. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 750ml with the homebrew club during their barrel project brew day 1/29/11. Thanks to Marshall for bringing this 3+ year old bottle to share as I am new to the Biere De Garde Style.

Appearance is amber in color with some soap like head with minimal lacing left around from the short retention.
Aromas of carameleized malts, some rum, wood and spice notes. A dash a musty and wood aromas were present.
Tastes as it smells with a spicy finish and lasting aroma is the feature of this brew.

I need to visit this one again if I get the chance to get some more deatiled notes. Overall the group consensus was this was a respectable example fo the style, I just need to try a few more before I can make a more objective judgement.

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Photo of 7ways
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know that beer that you've looked at on the shelf for years, but never bothered with, only to find out it's a revelation? That's Jenlain Ambree (and Blonde, too) for me.

Starts with a beautiful pour, rocky beige head and a stunning pale pink and amber hue.

The nose presents notes of peach, rain, floral hops, lightly toasted malt, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Yeah bitches.

Just a touch of hops on the palate, very mild at first, spicy and herbal after the jump. In between, there's sweet doughy malt with hints of orange, peach and pepper that transitions into a dry, rounded finish. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, ample carbonation, very drinkable and refreshing. This beer screams for hearty country food, but could probably handle a lot more.

Highly underrated.

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Photo of jonb5
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice. 3rd of a finger head, dark orange copper colour, clear. Smells a bit like an ESB. Can taste marzipan and malty caramel. You know the abv is there, medium mouthfull. I could drink a few but wouldn't want too many.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that slowly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma isn't very strong but is rather earthy and has notes of apples and caramel.
T: The overall taste is relatively sweet and has flavors of apples with notes of caramel.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Any traces of alcohol are completely hidden from the smell and taste. I would definitely try this again and pair it with food such as pork chops.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden copper with a nice white head and some good lace. Nose is fairly tame, but has nice characteristics of light fruit, toffee, nuts, and a dash of earthiness. Taste is mildly sweet and fruity. A bit of soil in there. Feel is light and rewarding. A mellow, well integrated beer that is one of the better Biere de Gardes that I have tried.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 330mL single at Manchester Wine and Liquors in Manchester CT for $3. Code/ date on the label isn't legible. Served cold in a chilled goblet.

This umber brew gives just a trace of thin white head that's gone immediately. Smell is also pretty mild, just a faint dark sweetness. Taste is a fruity plum-like sweetness, a bit of yeast, earthy but clean and crisp. Feel is mostly flat and medium bodied. I have no idea what to expect from this style, but it's pretty interesting.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blew some dust off of this at a coffee shop in Missoula, MT, and brought it to a good home...

This beer pours a very hazy, dense dark amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, creamy pale beige head, which settles to leave a small ring of lace around the glass. It smells of biscuity caramel malt, a bit of dark fruit, yeast, and earthy hops. The taste is bready, caramel malt, some more mild yeast, a bit of boozy fruit, and floral, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, smooth, and moderately creamy. It finishes mostly sweet, with the caramel and yeasty fruit carrying on.

Overall, a nicely drinkable, multi-faceted ale. Well balanced, even reserved, but solid nonetheless.

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

A: Pours a clear penny copper color with a fluffy two-finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Toasted biscuit malt and yeast with just a hint of hops.

T: A very sweet front leads to a slightly apple-flavored center. There is a hint of hops in the finish, along with a bit of hop oil, but the overall finish is quite sweet.

M: Medium to full bodied and quite carbonated. There was an impressive column of bubbles in the glass through the entire drinking of the beer.

D: If you're in the mood for a sweet beer, this really hits the spot. I had this on a hot night in Paris, and it went down well.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass used: Chimay

I had this bottle in my cellar for quite a while (actually beyond the so called expiry date), but it still tastes fresh and crispy ... the brew has a sort of 'artisanal touch', everything somewhat looks 'handmade': starting with the bottle, the muddy appearance and a not very elegant balance .... actually to my surprise even though this brew is rather tweedy, it's great pleasure drinking it ... caramelized toffees paired with vanilla, anisette and pineapple - sounds rather 'exotic', and perhaps is but for sure worth a try ... if only they could work on the slightly unpleasant sticky bitter-sweet aftertaste ....

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Photo of DerBayer
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
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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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

A: Perfectly clear bronze colored body with ruby highlights. Hardly a head and no bubbles or lace. Very passive looking. But pretty.

S & T: Huge toasted malt backbone. Spicy, nutty and with fruity yeast esters. Aromas of toffee, honey and rendered brown sugar. There is a very mild oaky bourbon flavor (unless I'm mistaken). There are also subtle flat soda flavors slightly reminiscent of a root beer/ginger ale mix. No detectable hops, no bitterness. The flavor duration is respectable.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Almost too light. Definitely lacking in this department.

D: This beer is an easy sipper. Good but not great but ultimately, it's worth trying.

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
3.75 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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