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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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 306
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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Photo of malmquna
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Leffe glass. Pours a very nice and clear, well, amber color. Head is off white, range of bubble sizes, and remains after some time. Smells wonderful, hoppy, lightly roasted.

Tastes immediately hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Rounds out to a bit of sweetness and some mild roasted malt, and remains bitter as well as sweet. Some vegetal notes and some sourness as well.

This was a welcome treat, much more flavor than expected. This will be a more regular purchase.

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. It was caramel in color with a good tan head and lacing. Cloudy. It has a pungent vegetable, soapy scent to it. Very nice.

It's malty and floury. I'm not a pro, so all I can say is it has a very complex array of flavors. The malt hits strong. There's a kind of tree-bark aftertaste. Almost port-wineish in a way.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into chalice. Medium caramel/amber color with around an inch or so of head. Smell is fruity and sour.. mostly lemon. Some hints of certain sweet spices and peppers.

Taste is lemon, balanced with sweet malts. Not very interesting or unique but tasty.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy. Excellent drinkability.

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

Ah my first Biere de Garde, served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is clear and light amber in color, absolutely no head, and therefore no lacing.

The aroma is dominated (to the point of exclusions) by malt. High malt character in this beer.

Beer is sweet, malt bomb alert. I like it. Beer is overall mild, there is some fruity character, like sweet berries or apples, in the midpalate of the beer. Drinkability is really high, mouthfeel is moderate. Beer is medium bodied, not sure what I expected, overall its a clean and simple beer. I should seek out more Biere de Garde.

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Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured on tap at Novare Res Bier Cafe. Average-to-large sized, white head that slowly diminished to 1/4-finger. Body is dark orange with some haziness. Fair lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Interesting aroma... you get your sweetness with some fruity scents, and a tart, sour aroma as well.

T: Tastes very much like it smells... starts with a fruity sweetness, but finishes very slightly sour and dry. Overall, very smooth to drink.

M: Light-bodied, creamy texture, with average carbonation.

D: Solid across the board. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky burnt amber hue with a slight cap if white foam. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured green apple, some esters and a boozy sweetness. Some toasted malts detected as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront sour note followed by a sweet cereal grain and lingering fruitiness.

The mouthfeel was full, leaving a sweet lingering film.

Overall a tasty beer. Complex.

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

750 ml bottle.
Appearance was light brown, slightly cloudy, big tan head with only slight lacing.
Smell was sweet caramel and butterscotch. Hint of vanilla, apples and nutmeg.
Taste started sweet and stayed that way, good malt content, but could use more balance.
Nice enough, nothing too complex, but not bad at all.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, soapy, off-white colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky with a sweet caramel aroma. There were pear and apple notes, too.

T - Fruity with just enough spicy yeast notes, it had a nice sweet caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a clean finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice Belgian style ale. It has a nice balance of spice and sweet.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a clear and slightly reddish-amber w/modest head.

S-Roasty malt and nutty aroma w/earth tones and bits of caramel.

T-Pleasant toasted malt dominates, and the finish is just hoppy enough to offer good balance. Notes of caramel and faint fruit.

M-Harmonious feel, and a bit of warming alcohol in the finish.

D-I'm pretty sure this is the best beer I've ever had out of a 50 cL can. It is not complex, but it is just plain good.

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Photo of DawnL
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
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 SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The jerk at the beer store put this botte in the box upside down and next to another bottle, so when I removed this one, the top was pryed open. So, it is served in a frozen pint glass to get the temp down. This review may not be quite as accurate as I would have hoped.

Poured from a 12oz or whatever bottle. Pours hazy amber color with a stiff white head of pretty decent size. Aroma is yeasty, musty, earthy, slightly funky. A large amount of bubblegum seems to be present as well. Taste is of bubblegum, banana, yeast, alcohol, and a bit of chocolate and caramel malts. Pretty sweet but not quite syrupy or cloying. Mouthfeel was thin and not quite carbonated enough. I guess this one was okay, but the asshole at the beer store may have ruined this reveiw. I will try to obtain another bottle soon.

Edit: after reading some other reveiws, it seems as though my opinions were not that far off from the lower end of the spectrum. Perhaps the beer is just an overall failure. The guy at the store is still a jerk, though.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright clear red caramel color with a healthy white head.

Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, and a touch of nuttiness.

Tastes of caramel, toasted malts, light spice, and some earthiness thrown in. Very nice.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

An enjoyable beer from Jenlain. Quite sessionable for almost-8%.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malt from Champagne, Hops from Alsace. French indeed.

Brilliant clear caramel body, thin white head. Earthy grass, tree bark, and hoppy notes in the aroma. Rich caramel malt sits atop an underlying earthy notes. Simple, but oh so good. Smooth, full bodied, but still very refreshing. Seems like a big, earthy, easy drinking amber, not like any Biere de Garde I have sampled. I loved this beer.

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

750ml green bottle with cork and cage. taken directly from the case to avoid light exposure.

batch: L8337 13:23
cork: "J-08"

poured into tulip. tasted in mid-april 2009.

clear, orangey amber. decent off-white head, fades to foamy thin layer, then wisps and ring. a couple of very thin but somewhat consistent rings of lace.

aroma: malty caramel and apple. grassy hop and hay. faintest trace of farmhouse character. light sweet spices and touch of phenols.

similar flavors, without getting cloyingly sweet. good balance with grassy hop and mild to moderate bitterness. mild phenols and spices in the finish.

light but smooth. slightly prickly carbonation, contributing some body, although nothing too special.

this ain't too bad. just avoid the blonde at all costs.

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Photo of pradipta
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first French beer I have drunk, and I am overwhelmed. I guess something has to rub off from Belgium!
Pours a lovely clear orange-ish colour. The orange is so strong that it makes the head looks brownish. Subtle nose of toasted malt, caramel and licorice, and a mild but agreeable phenol and a promise of complexity which it delivers in a strong spicy taste and aftertaste. Surprisingly strong carbonation in the mouth. Agreeable and long-lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of brc
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 25cl bottle into tulip. Best by Jan 2010, L9012 printed on back label.

Clear medium brown liquid. Generous billowy white head settles slowly leaving some lacing.

Aroma is not strong, mostly earthy/woody.

Taste is rich and full, with the malts firmly in the driver's seat. Malt flavors are bready and toffee-like, with some plum hiding in the background. Some spiciness and alcohol in the finish.

Full coating mouthfeel, light carbonation, with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. It's not overwhelming, though, still quite drinkable.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Beautiful French body, this is like the Carla Bruni of Biere De Gardes, with a deep russet copper hue that just shines near light. Soft periodic bubbles rise up to complete the portrait. Head was a finger and a half of white foam that died quickly and didn't lace, which was the only downside to the appearance.

S--This smells so malty as to almost be a barleywine. Weird. The caramel and toffee and significant alcohol whiff are all fine, but crowd out any fruit, funk, herbal, or earthy notes. Meh. Just an onslaught of malt, which is fine but not very funkay.

T--Same deal as the nose for the most part. There is a faint apple and pear thing going on toward the back of the flavor profile, but mostly there is so much molasses and toffee and caramel that this tastes like a werther's original that's been macerating in bacardi 151 for about six hours. There's a bit of damp earth in there, in the way way background, but not much. No hop presence--all malt all the time here. Again, very barleywine-like.

M&D--Both are fine. Carbonation is medium and soft, giving it a champagne feel. Drinkability is not real high because it's so dang sweet.

If you like barlewines, go for it, but this misses the mark in terms of earthiness and must and dank and all that cobwebby crap that I love in the style.

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Photo of kevinglin
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml can into a standard pint glass. Beautiful clear copper color with orange hues, bubbles persistently rising from the bottom of the glass with a small (2-finger) off-white head that dissipated but left a slight lacing. Aroma was malty and musty. There was a 'dampness' to the smell that was hard to place; very slight hint of dried fruit, but this was very faint. Flavor was bready with biscuit notes and some yeast character. Very little to no hop presence - definitely a focus on the malt. As the beer warmed, there seemed to be some alcohol warming, somewhat revealing the beer's 7.5%. Medium-light body, effervescent to bubbly on the tongue. Overall, not my favorite style of beer, but shows as a good example of a Biere de Garde. Recommend, especially if you favor malty brews.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle with no freshness date, unpasteurized, brewed with three malts (including torrified wheat) from Champagne and hops from Alsace; aged for one month before bottling. It pours a sediment-laden orangey amber, with low carbonation, and three fingers of light beige head, receding quickly to a clingy 1/8" froth that never goes away. Toasted and biscuity malts in the nose, sweet, with notes of caramel, chocolate?, molasses?, a light fruitiness, earthy hops and an acidic twang. It has a complex malt flavor that is nutty/earthy, with caramel and lots of sweetness. Spicy and floral hops cut right through the middle, contributing little bitterness but loads of flavor. There is also a touch of sourness, with fruity esters that lend prunes, white grapes and overripe apples. It has low carbonation, but what is there is fine-bubbled, and helps the beer go down smoothly. Lightly tingly, dry, with a medium malty finish. There is an interesting drinkability - it went down very quickly, but it has a little too much sweetness for prolonged drinking. I tried this one fresh in France, and it was pretty different; tastes like it has aged a bit, but has done so gracefully. I enjoyed this beer very much - it's complex and tasty with no trace of the alcohol, and would complement almost any meal nicely. Definitely worth a try, whether fresh or lightly-aged.

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

500 ml can from Nice

Pours clear deep golden/amber with large rocky off-white head and large amount of carbonation bubbles visible, light patchy lacing. Aroma is sweet malty, low esters, light caramel and nuts.

Taste is sweet caramel malty with some alcohol, low hoppy bitterness and malty rather dry finish. Light sweetish aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, slightly above average carbonation and smooth warming alcohol.

Overall, quite good.

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

Bottle from Keg Liquor, IN.

Poured a clear orange color with a large white frothy head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate yeasty and sweet citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a smooth citrus sweet finish of average duration.

Soft drinkable brew.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At homebrewing meeting, part of style of the month.

A - Copper-gold pour with a 1/2 fingered head, which dissipated fast and left no lacing.

S - Honey, toffee, caramel, and light alcohol.

T - Honey, toffee, caramel, spicy hops, and light alcohol.

M - Well-balanced and viscous, with notes of alcohol.

D - Good.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cL bottle. Dark, hazy amber with a medium pale yellow head. The foam dissipates to a solid half-finger cap, leaving some nice lacing behind. No sediment. Smells of sweet, honey-like malt and barnyard yeast, along with some citric tang; slightly earthy towards the end. The earthiness becomes much stronger on the taste, with toasted malts really taking over. There's a distinct lack of the expected funk. Sweet finish, though a hint of hop bitterness is detectable. Thick feel, but carbonation is a bit lacking. Kind of disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Copper brown, thin lace foam on the head and a mild carbonation,

Smell- Sweet citrus y and tad hop py, can also smell definite malts on the nose, sugary and sweet caramel

Taste--very malty sweet and sugar forward beer, pretty tasty good flavor, i pick up caramel notes in the malts,

Moutfeel- A decent medium bodied feel

Drinkability- A decent drinkable beer despite a 7.5 one I could see having a few of, decent.

One I would be interested in having again, enjoyable beer.

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