Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

Jenlain AmbréeJenlain Ambrée
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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 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 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 kingjohnh
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 bashiba
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean bright amber with a thick white head, light lacing and mild head retention.

The smell had a nice bit of barnyard funk and mustyness mixing in nicely with a big sweet malty and bready quality.

The flavor was mild comparted to the nose, very clean and even malty flavors, a touch bready with a bit of toffee and citrus fruit, just a hint of minty hops in the finish with a bit of mustyness coming through as well.

The mouthfeel had nice body and carbonation.

Overall pretty solid benchmark Biere de Garde.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Bière de garde if you dig the style and are able to find it

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Photo of brakspear
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 750 ml green champagne bottle with a striking black, gold, and scarlet label: Jenlain Biere de garde under the brewery crest -- a trident wielding gargoyle.

The beer pours a hazy deep orange with a limited head rising and falling rather quickly, moderate carbonation is very evident.

The aroma is limited if the biere is cold, but upon warming the phenolic and earthy character becomes much more apparent. I also detect the spicy notes from the Alsatian hops (most likely Strisslespalt) as the beer warms. The earthiness is present but not as dominant as in some Belgian ales.

"Le Gout de Terrior" (the taste of the land) is well-represented in the taste of this moderately complex beer. Sweet malty flavors blend with mild fruity, caramel, and earthy tastes at various points. There is a very mild estery quality in the finish. This is a very rich beer with a full body.

I enjoyed this French biere de garde very much. It is distinct from its Belgian cousins but very drinkable.

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Photo of timbro81
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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 RockyTopHeel
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a creamy, thin white head. Soft, barely detectible aroma with faint hay elements.

Crisp and very dry, leaving fuzziness on the tongue. Total hay and farmhouse in the taste with a touch of sweetness. Bubbles on the tip of the tongue, goes down easy.

Easy drinking and a nice change of pace. Really crisp.

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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 karst
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear tawny copper brown with a 1"+ light tan head with good retention and showy Belgian lace. Sweet malts and Belgium cellarlike musty, woodsy aroma that almost become caramel like with warming. Little evidence of hops. The flavors of floral spicey contentental hops are subdued by the soft water profile of this style and a dominate sweet but complex maltyness that quickly looses the sweetness and finishes med-dry with higher alcohol and a almost balance of hop IBUs. Medium body and higher carbonation yield a creamy mouthfel with some warmth from alcohols otherwise well hidden by the malts (Vienna,Munich blended with Pale and possibly some crystal type malts) An extended lagering of the artisanal farmhouse ales helps produce this fairly strong malty character as the lighter hopping fades with longer aginging. Fermented on the lower range of yeast temperatures makes this a great entry level to the higher ABV Belgian styles. IMHO more fit for winter season than Bier de Mars (a similar style)

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Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 jakon
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber brew with a short, foamy head. Didn't last too long, but left some moderate lacing.

The aroma was of ligher-bodied malts, and crisp aromatic hops. The hop character was quite nice.

The taste was bitter, tart, and an aftertaste that was somewhat spicy with touches of black pepper and cinnamon. A bit of fruitiness crept in as the spiciness began to fade.

Overall, a pretty good beer, of a style that is not easy to come by in my area.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 atis
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 djeucalyptus
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a brilliantly rich golden amber with ruby highlights. A voluptuous cream colored chunky head of two fingers sluggishly recedes leaving behind curtains of lace down the glass. There's a fair bit of sediment floating throughout the amber, with only a rare bubble.

sweet fruits, berries, and grass up front, receding to a rich malt body. apricot, red currants, pear, and honey. clean straw, fresh grass, and a bit of earthiness. Not sure about the "farmhouse" qualities the label extols. green, earthy and fresh, albeit a bit subtle.

rich, malty, vibrant and bright, with a definite palm sugar and honey richness. A bit sweeter than I'd anticipated. toasty with earthy spicy hops and a bit of funky malt. pepper, cardamom, clove, mace, and cinnamon. Malt and earthy hop profile are more reminiscent of England than a french farmhouse. Not as earthy funky as some bière de gardes. Malt sweetness is almost barleywine-esque.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a bit of sweet stickiness that amplifies the spices and touch of funk on the tongue. medium bodied with mild carbonation. Rich malt creaminess. I want to say it's a bit thin on the tongue, but can't quite pull the trigger.

all in all, an interesting take on a bière de garde that almost hints at an english barleywine. The earthiness is there, the french and the funk isn't quite what i was anticipating, but I'm certainly enjoying this one as I sip on it. Rich and complex flavor profile. Definitely will consider revisiting again.

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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 insanidade
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +7%

Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 59.5% out of 100 with 309 ratings
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