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Jenneke | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by barczar on 07-26-2012

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 48
Photo of jsurfs82
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has all the aroma and up front characteristics of the style. My only knock is it finishes a little dry and is lacking that residual sweetness you would expect from the style. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pale yellow color with good clarity though there is a slight haze. Soapy, champagne like head and carbonation, and has staying power.

SMELL: Pale malts, Belgian yeast (clove, pear), a touch of hops, and certainly bready. This is the kind of aroma I would expect from a Belgian pale ale.

TASTE: Slight farmhouse flavor with a bit of herb, pepper, and clove. Mild sweetness gives way to a semi dry finish. Pear and citrus notes come through pretty nicely, yeast spiciness and a bit of rustic character. The bready malts apparent in the nose show up in the taste as well. Pretty balanced though the finish is a bit sweet.

FEEL: Light bodied, high carbonation and a dry finish. The body is nice and almost fuzzy on the palate, goes down nice and smooth, velvety even.

OVERALL: A pretty good Belgian pale ale with mellow, agreeable flavors. Simple can go a long way with Belgian style ales and this is pretty good by American Belgo standards.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

A fine offering from Rivertown Brewing. Ale pours a light yellow amber with moderate white
foam head that dies down to a thin layer of pooling foam and nice lacing. Nose of banana, fresh
bread, light clove, bitter orange, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Taste is up front Belgian candy
malts with banana, clove, and coriander on the back. Sweet malts drift on the sides becoming
a lightly acidic aftertaste with bitter orange and lemon zest rounding out the back. A VERY
nice ale from a decent little local brewery. CHEERS.

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Photo of rhino110
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful crystal clear amber ale with a light frothy head and delicate lacings. The flavor is well balanced between malt and hops making it very drinkable. This 6.1% Belgian Pale Ale has a smooth mouthfeel with an initial hint of fruit / sweetness but ultimately a somewhat crisp dry finish. A light to medium bodied beer which doesn't weigh you down.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jenneke had a bright sunny color with a frothy, foamy head. The aroma was subtle wheat, bubblegum, clove and a stronger banana. I like this because the banana yeast flavor is more prevalent and the clove more subdued. It finishes with a bubblegum-like sweetness and a bit of peppercorn spice. This is very light and airy on the tongue. I found this to be a very good example of the style, albeit a light one.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Rivertown's Jenneke from my cousin, thanks a lot Adam. It's a warm night in Mid Michigan and a Belgian Pale Ale sounds pretty good right now, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, but I don't really understand it and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color that took on a darker orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to thick ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slight higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a big fruity aroma with some green apple, pear, and white grape aromas coming through. Up next comes some earthy and grass aroma followed by some orange rind and other citrus like aromas. After that comes some bready malt aromas with a lighter amount of Belgian yeast with cloves being the only yeast aroma that sticks out. The aroma was nice, but i wouldn't say it's that true to style and the Belgian yeast didn't stick out too much.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some big fruity flavors with all of the fruits showing up that I picked up in the aroma with no one fruit stick out more than the other. Up next comes some sweet and bready malts with a slight bit of Belgian yeast that barely imparts some clove like flavors. I thought the flavors was nice, I liked the fruit aspect but it didn't seem true to style and the Belgian yeast hardly showed up.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, a little dry, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked pretty well with this beer.

Overall I liked this beer, but I didn't think it was a good example of a Belgian Pale Ale, the fruity flavors were a little overboard for the style and the Belgian yeast was way in the background and hardly discernible. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling, and the flavors did a nice job at holding my attention, drinking a couple of these wouldn't be a problem and I think it's a good warm weather beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, they were both nice and the appearance was also good. What I liked the least about this beer was how little the Belgian yeast showed up, it was a little more apparent in the aroma, but other than that it was very hidden and it barley showed up. I might buy this beer if it was available in my area, but when it comes to Belgian Pale Ales I can think of more than a few other ones that I would much rather have. I recommend this beer to anyone who likes lighter and fruity beers, but I wouldn't recommend this as a good Belgian Pale Ale. All in all i was happy that I got to try this beer and as a beer I liked it, but as a Belgian Pale Ale I thought it was lacking. This was my second brew from Rivertown and I think I enjoyed the Helles Lager more, but I don't think this was a bad beer, it just wasn't a great example of the style. I think Rivertown's ok but I'd like to try more of their beers.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy and golden with a fluffy white head.

S: Very fruity and floral. Citrus, lemon and the bitter lemon pit. A hint of yeast and a nice mix of bread in there. A little clove spice.

T: Very similiar to how it smells. Its floral with a tinge of spice. Clove and cinnamon. But alot of big bread and a hint of yeast. Some light fruity citrus. A slightly bitter earthy finish. Sweet caramel comes through here and there. Refreshing

M: The drinkability of this is great. It has moderate carbonation that feels springy on your tongue. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

O: This is definitely an enjoyable brew. Great for summer. It hits all the standard notes of citrus, bread and yeast. Refreshing and drinkable. A good, not great beer. But one i'll drink anytime!! /80

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Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This one, a thick, hazy dark gold with some sedimentation and "floaties" swirling around, manages a small but sustained 1/2 finger or so of creamy pure white head. It fades to a thin layer that also does stick around, and some reasonable lacing is left on the glass after an initial thin ring is dropped.
I smell the banana and clove of the Belgian yeast, but it fades off a little too fast. Pale fruits come out along with pale malts offering a mildly grassy note. A hint of breads and a peppery whiff finish it out.
The flavor falls flat, particularly off a nose that isn't bad. Most of what comes out it a dank, unpleasant sourness, and not the kind that shows infection. A bit of horseblanket in a beer not intended for that isn't so good. There's an unpleasantly heavy, somewhat strange note to the flavor on the back of the tongue. It's not terrible, but it verges on bad.
The feel starts off way to spritzy, and it's just too much. There's also not enough smoothness to carry it. It's okay once that spritziness falls off, but then it's still a little heavy on the carbonation. The body itself works fine for the style.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - started out clear and golden. Poured in a little of the sediment which clouded thigns up a little. A conservative top that goes to a partial cover before long.

Aroma - very light Belgian yeast at first. As it sets up, some bready and dank floral/fruity notes come out, reminiscent of the Bradford pear tree flowers that come out in early spring.

Taste - light fruity malt, a mild spiciness and bite of hops. The yeast provides some classic Belgian character. Finishes wet and clean, a light yeasty tang in its wake.

Mouthfeel - crisp, fluffy, light to medium body.

Drinkability - a tasty, sessionable Belgian pale from RT.

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Photo of rangerred
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small half finger head. Decent lacing, though.

Aroma of banana and clove along with a slight amount of yeast. Very much like a wit but more subdued. No hop aroma whatsoever.

Clove and banana up front leading to a moderate, somewhat harsh, bitterness. A little bit of bubblegum after but then everything just disappears leaving a chalky mouthfeel and bitterness on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is extremely watery without the characteristic softness of a wit.

Overall, don't waste your time with this one. More flavor and body would definitely help.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is unimpressive for something labeled "Belgian-style". Completely clear golden fizzy beer. A tiny white head sits on the beer nicely.
Smell does not have much going on. A bit of flat hops.
Taste is much better than look or smell. Very similar tastes to a witbier. Strong wheat tastes and a bit of esther and banana. No hops though, or traces of a pale ale.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness and good smoothness to it, a little rough.
Drinkability is okay on this beer. I think this is an okay beer, not a pale ale in my mind. Maybe there is an issue with storage or something, but I bought this straight from the distributor, so it must have been brewed flat.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 9/6/12

Medium shade of faded straw; hazy with a multitude of sediment specks drifting about. Fizzy, effervescent white head is just under the two fingers before frittering away. No lace.

Light fruits and grass are prominent in the aroma; notes of white grapes, apple, pear, a hint of melon, prairie grass, clove and faint white cracked pepper. Every now and then I pick up an unpleasant scent of earthy, cooked veggies. For the most part, the aroma is fine.

The flavor doesn't taste so bad, but it's very dull compared to the reasonably expressive aroma. Toasted grains set the stage for meager, irritated fruit notions, bland spice and some manner of dirty off-flavor (earthy, musty and vegetal).

The feel starts off harsh and carbonation is stabby, though everything mellows as the beer warms.

I will say that as the beer gets closer to room temperature it doesn't taste quite as bad. Regardless, I was hoping for better after smelling the agreeable aroma. Pretty decent.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a fairly solid one inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving slight lacing.

Aroma is dominated by belgian yeast and esters of orange, tangerine, a hint of pepper, wheat, and coriander.

Flavor follows suit, albeit slightly weaker, with tangerine, lemon, peach, coriander, wheat, and belgian yeast comprising the majority of the profile. There's a fair bit of pepper at the finish. Phenolic band aid becomes evident as it warms.

Body is moderate with fairly high carbonation. The finish is pretty crisp and light and powdery dry.

Pretty solid offering from Rivertown. Nothing extraordinary, but a fairly clean brew done well.

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Jenneke from Rivertown Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.