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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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Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 305
Photo of PolarBear3
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber colour with frothy white head that retains fairly well

S - Caramel, toffee apple, sweet malts on the nose. More like a sweet dessert.

T - Very sweet caramel, candy, a hint of some dark fruit, figs, cherries with a slight boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied with Medium carbonation

O- Not a bad beer but a little too sweet for my liking. Could only just finish the one. Gets rather sickly after a while.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very nice clear orange color with a thin white head on top. The head fades quickly, no retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet smelling with some grain aromas. Maybe a hint of honey on the nose too. The taste is sweet, caramel and honey-like flavors with minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light, a little watery, some moderate carbonation and drinkable. Overall is starts out sweet with a dry finish, it's a. Good brew but nothing something I would rave about.

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Photo of jonb5
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into leffe chalice. 3rd of a finger head, dark orange copper colour, clear. Smells a bit like an ESB. Can taste marzipan and malty caramel. You know the abv is there, medium mouthfull. I could drink a few but wouldn't want too many.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head dissapates not quite entirely and leaves behind a slight lacing. The color is slightly cloudy gold to brown.

The smell is sweet with a little bit of nuttiness.

The taste comes through with the smell of the farm very well, kind of comforting if you've ever been on a farm. It has a sweet nuttiness to it that is apparant at first, but then turns to a nice sour at the end.

Mouthfeel has slight carbonation and a bit of watery feel to it.

It's good enough to try later, but not enough to freak out and look for the freshest bottle possible, but if by chance I find it it may be mine.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber coloring with thin head.

Smell - Malts and hops.

Taste -Malty, slightly hoppy, a little bitter. Had a slight woody and tobacco taste to it with some caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel - mild carbonation.

Drinkability - This was a good beer. And that was with a cold so I couldn't get the best experience from it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 bruachan
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smells a bit oxidized. of well; its journey was a long one. aside from that, tangy european hops (styrian?). i can actually smell booze

ooh, it's sweet. and really not what what fits my criteria for "farmhouse ale". hoppy flavors, and plenty of fruitiness—the sweet, red kind. the finish boasts some more sophisticated hints: oak or vinousocity

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Photo of scooter231
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep ruby color, no head, no lacing. Smells earthy, ginger. Tastes earthy as well, hoppy, gingery. Interesting. Mouthfeel is slick, oily, wet. Fairly drinkable, but seems more alcoholic than it actually is. I'm on the fence on this guy- I like it but I don't. Worth a try.

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Photo of drmeto
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear amber with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,spicy,biscuity,nutty,brown sugar,plums
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
I found this similar to Einbecker's Urbock Dunkel.
Good .

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Photo of drewbage
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the August BJ's Saison/Biere de Garde tasting in a straight side Silly Saison glass.

Dark burnt orange with good clarityand low white head

Nose is deeply mushroom and low spiced earthy caramel malt

Flavor follows with a little bit of a cork to the mushrooms coated in caramel. Finish has spiced, sour apple finish.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 bucklemyshoe
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a reddish-brown color with a finger of off-white head that holds well but does not lace very well.

S: Apples, pale malts, caramel, and cinammon.

T: Apples, cloves, cinammon, coriander, wet bread, orange zest, and some Belgian yeasty spice.

M: It has a medium body with medium-low carbonation and the flavors linger for a long time.

O: This is okay; I'm not too familiar with the style but this is enjoyable.

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Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My beer of choice this year at Thanksgiving dinner. 750 ml bottle. Poured an unfiltered medium-to-dark amber with a large head that remained throughout most of comsumption. Musty, malty aroma. I almost wonder how long this bottle has been sitting around on the store shelf as it was the dusty sole remaining one. Very musty flavor. Reminds me of a cellar or basement. Some sweet, stale fruitiness. Malt is hard to detect. Hops are mininal at best. Spicy or peppery alcohol near the back of the throat. Not a beer I was opposed to (it went pretty well with dinner) but I think it's an acquired taste. I'd like to seek out another bottle (hopefully fresher if this one was decrepit) and give it another shot.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy amber with no head...barely a collar.
Smells mostly like hard apple cider. Some yeast , some grass and some must.
Tastes sweet , yeasty , very much an apple cider flavor ..alcohol is evident...some slight sourness and some citrus. There is a hint of spice , although I can't really name any specific spices. Some butterscotch / vanilla. Finishes with a very slight bitter. All very nice ; but a little on the watery side.
Body is light / medium....very little carbonation.
Pretty tasty stuff...would like it better with a little more carbonation.

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Photo of silenius
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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 orbitalr0x
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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 gr0g
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-gold, hazy with some floaties. The usual billowing head I'd expect from a bottle-conditioned beer doesn't materialize. Still, there's about two fingers of foam, leaving behind scattered streaks of lace. Smells of sweet butterscotch with fruity notes of ripe apple and white grape. Yeast notes are barely there.

The sweetness from the aroma is quite prominent on the palate, though it dries out a bit toward the finish. Malty and somewhat fruity overall. The very fine carbonation is extremely soft, leading to a mouthfeel that's kind of dull and flat.

A bit too sweet and lacking in complexity, and the texture is a let-down, too. The basic flavors and aromas are nice, but the aforementioned faults make this a tepid recommendation at best.

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

Pale strawberry blonde with a loose off white head that has a bit of cling and trailing. Flinty sour grain nose with some toast and red currant.
Apple and nut up front - very Irish Red - with a bit of caramel, a whiff of diesel, a brown sugar hit and some red currant, then light herbal and spice hops.
Granola comeback and a tingly linger. Medium, round and smooth.

Malt forward, but not totally to style: too sweet and fruity for a Biere de Garde. A light, easy drinker, though - and probably pairs well with all sorts of food, which is the point, I suspect.

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Photo of gfreed
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good way to swing into what is supposed to be spring here in New England but which is still the tail end of winter. All of which is to say, this beer is a decent but unspectacular transition from heavier to lighter brews. Rather light overall, but that's to be expected from the style. Would have preferred more frutiness in both the aroma and the taste, and perhaps a bit more tang in the body. Otherwise, this is solidly slightly above average.

The real question is... when will Beeradvocate stop running irrelevant ads?

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 330mL single at Manchester Wine and Liquors in Manchester CT for $3. Code/ date on the label isn't legible. Served cold in a chilled goblet.

This umber brew gives just a trace of thin white head that's gone immediately. Smell is also pretty mild, just a faint dark sweetness. Taste is a fruity plum-like sweetness, a bit of yeast, earthy but clean and crisp. Feel is mostly flat and medium bodied. I have no idea what to expect from this style, but it's pretty interesting.

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Photo of clickpush
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip. Orange-brown lightly cloudy body with orange-tan head. Big two finger head with lots of bubbles swimming up from the bottom of the glass. Head doesn't last very long and has an iridescent soapy shimmer to it. Despite that, nice lacings remain.

Nose: Alcohol and yeast spiciness. Caramel, candi, hay and/or dry grass, a touch of playdough.

Mouth: Cool mouthfeel with a lightly fizzy and stinging carbonation. Flavors of hay, toffee, earthy minerals. Sweet up front and more sour in the back and aftertaste, a warm alcohol exhale and no hop bitterness.

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Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ybnorml
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean effervesent dark amber ale with a foamy off white head. A slightly sweet malt aroma with a very strong sour apple and cinnamon presence. The light malt sweetness starts out the taste. Followed quickly by aburst of carbonation that brings an appley flavor along with it and a spicey hop finish.

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Photo of Boto
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can: This one is an amber color. The beer is a bit fizzy with a slightly off white head, but it dies down quickly. The aroma is mild, but somewhat caramel malty sweet. The taste is better than the aroma. There is a medium bodied caramel sweetness to the taste, but also a fairl amount of complexity. Some nuttiness, fruitiness, with a hint of spices and hops. Flavor could be a bit stronger. Really excellent for a can beer!

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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
3.75 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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