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Jenlain Ambrée (107 of 1001)

Rating: 3.9

It’s been a few beers since I last reviewed one from the 1001 list so here is another French one, and another I picked up in Paris last month. Apparently this one is the most widely-available of the biére de garde style, the amber Jenlain. I also managed to bring back a bottle of the Blonde variety to be reviewed here separately. Despite this one being identified as the most readily available it was actually the blonde version I spotted most in France although I never tried either over there, and since returning to the UK I have even spotted the blonde offering in Peckhams recently although for a lot dearer than I found it in France. This is one of the beer I brought back that I am most looking forward to trying & I am expecting big things from it, particularly because I carried the 750ml bottle all the way home. Lets hope it was worth the effort. Also worth noting is that this beer has been brewed since 1950 as ‘Old Beer’ before being relaunched in 1968 in it’s current form.

Appearance (5/5): Pours an orange copper colour with a very big, foamy white head at the top of the beer that manages to leave some good lacing and shows visible signs of strong carbonation. Head retention on this one is particularly good as well.
Aroma (7/10): I can detect strong malts and quite a sweet aroma from this beer along with a bit of spice and some milder caramel. There is also some bread and a light helping of hops and some sugar. The complex aroma is rounded off with some apple at the end.
Taste (7/10): Sweet and sugary to taste with some fruit, apple being the most pronounced. There is also some malts, light caramel and a touch of honey in there.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and well carbonated with a medium to light-medium body and a light bitter finish.

Overall (14/20): Nice tasting and quite smooth with strong, sweet flavours and a bit of sugar in there along with a nice malt base. I would rate this one as probably the best of the Bieré de Garde style that I have tried thus far.

Brewed In: Jenlain, France
Brewery: Brasserie Duyck
First Brewed: 1968 (1950 as ‘Old Beer’)
Type: Bière de Garde
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (750ml)
Purchased: Diagonal (France)
Price: €2.09 (approx. £1.71)

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  1. June 17, 2012 at 21:34

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