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 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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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. This beer pours out a reddish brown color with a huge head. Aroma of malt and herbs. Thick malt flavor with sugar. A little bit of metal taste. I kept expecting the flavor to become a little sour or tart, but it never did. Sweet all the way through. Some grassy, herbal flavors. Hops are mild. Good drinkability. This is a pretty good beer, but I never really got into it.

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Photo of Skidz
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out light amber and sits bright copper in the glass with a large, light tan head, fading slowly to a thick coating of skim with some nice lacings.

Smells rich and loaded with caramel and hints of toffee. Roasted nuts, brown sugar, honey and bits of raisins and figs shine through. Doughy apple droppings and a light dose of grassy hops provide a bit of spiciness in the background.

Tastes light and fruity up front, apples, pears and starfruit upfront. Caramel blends in and a moderate shot of leafy hops bitters up the mass of it. Slight and soft hints of nuts in the background. Finish is nicely bittered with lingering fruitiness.

Quite forgiving in the mouth with soft, delicate streams of carbonation. Medium body, highly refreshing and addictive.

I'm not blown away by this beer, but I am still firmly impressed. As drinking goes, this goes down with the best of them. Maybe a bit shy overall, but pounds it out nonetheless.

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Photo of rousee
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is so underrated. Amber color , nice head, nice lace-just a fabulous unique beer. This is your Thanksgiving beer as I could see it pairing perfectly w/ Turkey, stuffing, crannberry, etc.Smell is so subtle and mild, there is some woody elements going on--this is a nice beer. Just take my advice and buy this shit if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great Belgian / French beer. Its got a dark yellow - golden color, a bit hazed with a champaign like head and carbonation. Aromas of wine, musk, grapes, pears, apples and earthyness. Mild sweetness of honey combined with tart lactic acids create crispness and complexity. Not as musky, earthy, or pungent as some other Biere de Gardes. Lighter notes make this beer a better drinker. Finishes dry, tart, and crisp. Light alcohol is woven into the tartness and fades nicely.

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

Peach colored with a nice full creamy light tan head, decent carbonation, and good lace. Spicy, yeasty, and fruity (prunes) aroma. Spicy malt flavors with a bit of orange fruitiness. Light-medium bodied and smotth with a dry spicy finish (anise and pepper).

Per BD website: With 7.5% alcohol by volume, this unpasteurized beer is made with 3 different types of malt produced from French barley, and 3 varieties of hops grown in Alsace. It is the torrefied malt that gives it its attractive amber glow and many-hued aroma.

Per M.J.-U.B. book: 6.5 % ABV

Per B.O.M. notes: 6% ABV

Best By: 01/2006 (lasered)
Tasted: 07/09/05

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

11.2 oz. bottle, the first time I've seen it in this format...

Clear, crimson coloring, intense carbonation, rocky, creamy, off-white head that stays a long, long time...

Aroma, sweet and rosy, fruits aplenty, the darker ones, grapes, berry, melon...

Taste: nice bit of hops up front, bold and bright, more brisk fruit shining through...refreshing and flavorful. Medium bodied, with a gentle, fruity, hoppy finish. Nice play on the mouth, this gives much and takes little, offers rewards with each new sip.

There are better biere de gardes, but once this is in my mouth, I find it hard to complain about a lack of transcendence in my glass...nice beer, 'nuff said.

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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 Southernbrew
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangeish-red with a nicely sized head that disappears rather quickly.

Aroma shows some slight citrus fruits as well as some sweet apples as well as some light caramel and honey.

Medium body, light carbonation. Some nice fruit flavors start off, especially apple and blend with a bit of honey flavor. Some grassy flavors show up as well, but not especially powerful. A flavor I would describe as "sweet bread" shows up in the middle along with hints of spices. The finish shows off some nice herbal flavors, really just a lot of nice flavors here.

Fine beer, nice way to end a week. My first biere de garde, methinks I need more.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber pour with a frothy nice two finger white head on top. Hints of red coming through from the light. Nice. Sweet and sour mashed grain mixed with light fruitiness..hints of apple, pear and lemon. A bit underwhelming overall.

First sip brings a sweet and sour maltiness that has notes of fruits and some hints of figs. Quite sweet on the way down with some spiciness and lots of fruity character. An interesting farmhouse ale.

Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel....goes down smooth. A tasty brew overall...but it's not something I'd drink regularly...nice for a change of pace. The sweetness gets to be a bit much by the end of the bottle.

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Photo of HogHill
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.50 for this 12 ouncer.
Pours a cloudy brown with amber tones and an inch of white suds on top. Smells a bit sweet, like toffee, no detectable hop presence.
Feels medium bodied and is moderately carbonated.
The malts used for this biere de garde lend a sweet taste, and the finish lingers with a bit of caramel flavor. Drinkability is good, I'm not overwhelmed in the ABV area or with palette destroying flavors.

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Photo of silenius
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear copper penny red-brown with a light tan modest head.

Smell is nice with a sweeter fig/date characteristic with dried fruits and brown sugar. Rather sweet smelling.

Taste is a bit too sweet for my liking. More of the sweet date characteristic with some bitter orange mixed in. Ends with a nice bittering.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side and the carbonation bites a bit too much for my liking.

I'll try this with food next time to see how it works.

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Photo of horndecker
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A coppery red to orange caste to this biere de garde. The aromas are of fruit tea, raspberry, liquer-ish (not licorice) with a hint of an herbal hops prescence. The taste is smooth buttery malt with the aforementioned fruit character and a nice balance between the malt and the hops. A dry finish, very satisfying, great with just about any meal I can think of.

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Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, reddish caramel color. Carb-rich, melting, cream colored mousse.
Aromas of ripe, broiled grains and crisp, detergent-toned hops. Generous mouthful of soft red fruits and spiced pie crust. Low acid. Moderately bitter -- mostly from husk and roast.
This is not far from the beer mainstream. Yet it has more character and durability than bona fide mainstream styles that saturate the market. Not cerebral. Get some to enjoy with plates of steamed sausages or liverwurst sandwiches and kraut.

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Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small 11.2 oz bottle from a four pack...clear light brown with an orangey-red caste to it, bright and luminous. Whitish head rises above 1/4 of an inch and has average staying power. Simple lacing but a nice spread across the glass. Aroma is spicey, verging on metallic and with ample citrus qualities. Medium body, less carbonation than in some Biere de Gardes. Begins malty, biscuity and sugary lemon bars with powdered sugar frosting, some sweet apple pie. Makes a nod toward drying mid mouth and finishes with some yeasty tones and a very subtle hop. Could tighten up even more for me, the aroma had me thinking a dryer finish was in store. Still, this is a creamy and quaffable brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A smooth easy drink. Strongly carbonated, refreshing. Like an amber with a purposeful off taste, some nuts, citrus, corriander, parsley salt,carrot, and malt. Different and it works. Good thing Volo Caffe held on to an LCBO bottle from a couple years back, although I think that took away from aroma.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this in a 10 pack Beers of the World gift pack so I had no real expectations when trying this one out. Noticed a good review in Michale Jackson's beer guide and feel not too far off. Enjoy the vanilla smell and after taste. Hard to judge its appearance since I'm not sure what a Biere de Garde is but it poured a nice head and solid lacing. Color of a copper unfiltered wheat. Will not seek this out specifically but it's worth a try.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml Green bottle, no freshness date.

Pours out a dark golden honey color, with a very short lived head.
Looks barlywineish.

Aroma is fresh hay, green apples, some spices, a little yeast.

Flavor was sweet, apples, grass, honey, with a slight lingeing bitternes hiding in the background.

Interesting beer, I bought this at a liquor store in downtown Chandler, an area that pobably moves 1000 cases of old-e to one bottle of this, so who knows how long it has been on the shelf.
I'll look for it at my regular store, and sample it again.

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Photo of marburg
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me a bit of Fat Tire or any assortment of amber ales or red lagers in its reddish color and its earthy, cakey, and honey, yet plebian aromas. And that's not meant to be an insult. This crystal clear amber-ish brew is clearly well-crafted.

Simple but impactful flavors begin with some honey-ish malts and doughy feel. This is a total conversion beer. It's got some luxurious qualities to it with a slightly spicy mid-palate, but this is driven by crisp, simple taste.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle stamped with a best-by date of 03/2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark amber hue with a nice, frothy 1-inch head. Good carbonation. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and light fruit. Mouthfeel is nice and sturdy, not too thick, not too thin. Palate is very fruity, with essence of peach and grapes, sweet malt, and light floral hops. Yeastiness comes through towards the back of the mouth, along with a bready character. Slightly bitter aftertaste is a bit unpleasant and keeps this from being a more drinkable beer.

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Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to merlin48 for bringing this beer my way. It pours a light amber color with a small head that dies off fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is reminescent of hay with some malts and a little hop. The flavor reminds me of a farm a bit. Caramel flavor with a bit of hay and dirt. Not bad, just not my style.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes to my lips through two BA's. Thanks to merlin48 for sharing this with clvand0 who is sharing it with me. The beer pours a amber golden color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is lemony with a touch of biscuit in there, I think. The flavor is odd. I get some biscuit maly, somce lemony tartness and a decent bitter on the finish. I don't know about this one. Its not bad, but its weird. The feel is light to moderate, with a nice carbonation on it. Drinkability sufferes from the flavor that I just don't like all that much. Don't get me wrony...this is not a bad beer, but its not something I would have again.

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 315 ratings
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