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Jenlain Ambrée | Brasserie Duyck

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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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Saveur Biere. Can. In Teku glass. With pok cheese. Watching Broken Mirror 3x01. Caramel, a bit metallic, and some -yet not excessive- alcohol. Nothing specially memorable for the good nor the bad.

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Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of YvesB
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of craigdb
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of stcules
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color, clean. Decent head, cream color, quite compact. Pretty.
The smell is caramel malt, dry flowers, hay. Lightly fruity. The hay are very strong, and fresh.
The taste too, with malt and caramel in the beginning, and the a good dry cut, with hay. A light fruitiness behind. Pleasant. Then some bitterness. Pretty balanced.
The alcohol is very well hidden. Dangerously drinkable, thank to the dryness.
Average to light body.
In the aftertaste again frsh hay, with a good dry finish.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this brew is pretty decent. The head is in ample amounts, and is a light tan color. The body is very clear and is a brownish copper color.

The aroma is very faint and malt dominant.

The taste is a little masked from the coarse presence of the carbonation. It has a hint of sweetness up front, but finishes up with an odd vegetable like characteristic.

With the moderately hight ABV, there is a slight warming effect that comes through. There is also a lot of carbonation that masks some of the taste characteristics.

Overall this is okay, but not the ultimate Belgian beer I've been searching for.

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Photo of Andreji
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ooooh if it were not for my cheapness I wouldnt have bought this bottle of 75cls of a medium beer. nor in terms of taste, nor looks nor actual overall desirability is this beer going on anyones top list. just because a thing has an uncommon name doesnt necessarily put it within the interest. this is a one timer. boo.

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Photo of FLima
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty amber copper color, but with a thin head with short retention.
Surprisingly malty and hay aroma with earthy notes and caramels.
Sweet caramel malty flavor with herbal notes, tutti fruit, though mostly plums and oxidized apples, and candied sugar. No aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is well hidden.
Overly sweet beer with low complexity, not really pleasant after warming up. I kept lowering its grade. Definitely overrated.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meh. What an odd little beer. If someone were to hand me a glass of this without any hints regarding style or origin, i swear i'd think they'd given me an English barleywine. That's right: WTF?

A bit cloying. Some nice floral notes. But it has no yeasty character. No mustiness. No earthy or cellar flavor. No funk. No spice. Nothing that might characterize a "farmhouse" ale. More or less run of the mill English barleywine character, including a slight alcoholic hotness. More than i'd expect at 6.5%.

No idea how old this one is. It came from Wine World in Penascola several months ago.

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3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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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3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber body with a thin, finely bubbled off-white head.

Smell: Light aroma of toasted grains with vaguely fruity notes and a bit of cinnamon in the nose.

Taste: Toasted grains with a light sweetness. Fruitiness comes across as a white wine flavor. Again, there's that very light cinnamon spice undertone. The finish is a bit watery, which allows some of that alcohol to creep in.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: I could be blunt and caustic here, but hey, it's Friday!

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Photo of paterlodie
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
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 -15.8%
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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3.18/5  rDev -15%
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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3.18/5  rDev -15%
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 -14.7%
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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3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #335

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 315 ratings
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