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 paterlodie
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 28-06-2007. Some head and clear dark amber beer. Nose is caramellic malty, fruity and some eau de cologne note. After a while an aple juice arome comes up and oxidation is more noticable. Not bad at all though but again like other Duyck beers quiet decent but low dosed, Taste is quiet alcoholic but has some caramel malts aswel as decent bitterness in aftertaste. Alcohol quiet dominant though witch is also making mouthfeel unbalanced and fuelled. Low carbonisation also not really fitting brew. Drinkable beer.

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Photo of TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured up a big noisy head that fizzled and crackled and spit before it disappeared to a thin film. No real lacing. Burnt orange in colour.

Lots of apple up front in the nose, along with some honey. As it starts to warm up and the head disappears it becomes somewhat medicinal as the smell of alcohol starts to dominate.

Sweet, a little malty, precious little in the way of hops. Nicely dry finish, but nothing that lingers overlong.

Fine if you like some sweetness in your beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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 tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy deep amber color with gorgeous slightly off-white puffu head. Moderate retentive powers.
Smell is almost wine-like with some alcohol notes.
Taste is sweet and fruity with alcohol sensations becoming more prominent as the beer warms.
Finish is more alcohol, getting stronger and stronger as the glass empties.
An OK beer, but not one I would visit again.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
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 WetCoaster
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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 bonbright7
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
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 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 tjd25
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head was thin but dense and creamy on an orange mahogany color body. The smell was mostly malty but overall kind of weak. The taste was more interesting, although not exceptional. Some fruity notes of citrus and of red fruits are combined with a deep malty character.The mouthfeel is quite round but not overly complex or thick. Not sure I want to drink that again. I just had a cookie and I liked the cookie better.

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Photo of rastaman
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable biere de garde, not as complex as say, 3 monts, but very pleasurable drink, spicy, light to medium body, hints of caramel, but maybe a bit sweet at the start, decent.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Jenlain glass at Pates et Traditions. Bastille Day.
A luscious ruby amber with lightest head.
It smells vaguely lagery-sulfuric/metallic. Touch of malty sweetness.
Full-bodied with a dose of the nosed minerals. The endtaste is murky malty sweetish. Kind of a mess, but no real off notes. Not clean, but with an elusive crisp acidity, like biting into a fresh red apple.
Pleasant enough, and interesting. Tastes more like a golden ale than an amber. Recommended once.

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Photo of malcontent
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Transparent, honey-colored body mounted by a statuesque two and a half fingers of head trailed by copious lacing.

Spicy hops (Saaz? Hallertau?) backed by black pepper, honey-like yet saccharine sweet aroma. Moderately musty, grain chaff and hay cap off a loaded nose.

Again, honey sweetness comes on strong without much support. None of the hop character from the nose really comes though although for sporting this level of sweetness the finish is admirably dry.

Mouthfeel is just fine although I'm a bit let down by the brew. I love a good Biere de Mars yet this doesn't say "winter's end" to me. Finishing dryness helps the drinkability but not by much.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a rich red and brown amber with a small fizzy tan head that drops quickly.

Smell. Has a nice natural and earthy aroma. Is sweet, slightly of honey. I also get a small, but potent, oaty smell, along with some spices- cinnoman and a touch of clove.

Taste. I get a lot of yeastiness here. Spices come out as well with a dry flavor. Oats give it a dryness as well. As it warms, the alcohol gets a bit more noticable. Aftertaste sweetens up a touch.

Moutheel. has a medium, but crisp characteristic to it.

Overall, nice to have once and a while. but the flavor isnt something i would enjoy. many others within the style that i prefer.

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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 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 Gmann
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750ml corked & caged bottle. The color is a redish brown with plenty of suspended yeast floaters. The head was very dissappointing, no lace, no cap. The smell is sugary raisin bread and honey. The taste is of raisin bread, carob, sugary with a bit of an alcohol burn. No hops detected, nothing that I would describe as earthy to help counter act the sweetness. The feel is flat and slicky, almost syrupy. The smell and taste aren't bad, but this sample seems to be old and flat, which brings out the sugary characteristics of the brew.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wow, talk about a beer of two halves. Having had some very tasty farm ales / biere de gardes as of late I thought I'd take a flyer on this one I saw while in Portland Me. No freshness date and a green bottle but I went for it anyhow.

A - Crystal clear golden amber, amazing rush of bubbles and a half glass white head to start.
S - either a mild skunk or the skunkiest barnyard funk I've ever noted. I'm voting for skunked.
T - I decided to set aside the nose and give it a shot. Served at room temp, no chill down from the trip home from Portland. And here's the other half - nutty, toffee malty sweetness swirl with a wonderfully complimentary herbal hop spice that is utterly intoxicating.
M - medium bodied, highly carbonated, sweet and crisp finish.
D - fix the nose and this was a very enjoyable beer. As I experienced it only average.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz botttle with the "French farmhouse tag" and the devil crest over the name in a brown bottle. Color is a mostly opaque copper brown with an appetising head and no lacing. Nose isn't very strong but does gain with warmth and features spicy malts and nut notes.

Taste is sweet and doused in alcohol with spices and surprising heft to the mouthfeel. Aftertaste leaves you wanting more although there isn't one thing in the flavor that really hits me as being outstanding. A solid pick up if looking for a "starter" Belgian before going in for the heavy duty stuff.

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Photo of DrJay
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/23/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, spices, and light fruits. Flavor of light raisin, dark fruits, honey. Reminded me of Bink Bloesem without the pear. Light-bodied, decent.
6/4/7/4/12 (3.3/5)

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ommegangpbr
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Backer2004
3.45/5  rDev -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 vancurly
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 14/4/2009 - perhaps a little too close

a) Clear amber, no bubbling at all, 1 cm off-white head

s) Funky, malty, perfumy, fruity notes. Warms to marmalade.

f) Nice malt complexity, slight brambly hop note, and faint molasses

m) Fairly medium to light.

d) Ends up more EPA in flavour profile from my angle. Malty characters in the forefront. Quite drinkable, but nothing particularly outstanding.

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