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Jenlain Bière De Printemps - Brasserie Duyck

Jenlain Bière De PrintempsJenlain Bière De Printemps

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.74%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a Bière de Mars.

(Beer added by: jed on 03-30-2004)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is of malt and honey with some slight notes of oxidation. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that shows poor aging coupled with a extremely lacking mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:22:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red-gold with a crip white soapy head. Chunks of yeasty sediment.

Aroma is malty sweetness tempered with anise hints of melon and vague yeasty spice.

Taste is caramel malt up front. Slight acidic fruit notes. Musty and peppery. Finishes with a a hint of mint and a lingering mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a very interesting and flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:03:52 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright cloudy orange, nice inch of sticky white head, and lots of sediment settling about.

The smell has a nice light sweetly malt with a bit of grain, and a light mustyness.

The flavor is sweet and lightly corny malt, a bit of mustyness and some light tartness, long lingering spices, a touch of oxidization.

The mouthfeel is light with nice carbonation and a mild level of oilyness.

Very solid, benchmark quality Biere de Mars.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:03:10 | More by bashiba
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pale yellow, almost clear beer with a small, fast falling head and decent lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet, with a touch of light spiciness. The taste of this beer is very much the same; simple, perhaps a bit overly sweet, with faint spices and a hint of tartness. Very low bitterness; almost no hops presence to speak of. A little fruity citrus note underneath all the sweetness. Still, fairly light, the malt aspect isn’t too interesting either. Not complex at all. It’s pretty refreshing, with good carbonation and a clean finish. Paired well with a pizza dinner. Can’t say I’ll be rushing back to buy another bottle though. One-dimensional and a bit overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 15:57:26 | More by tobelerone
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 750ml bottle

A- pours a light cllear yellow color with a smallish fresh white head just a touch of lacing but a fresh collar ring remains

S- was light fruit and funk with some wet grass and earth notes of citrus hops,noble hops are in the smell also

T- was fruit with some floral hops a touch of crisp noble hops hit he tongue,some sweet caramel malts and some musty earth tastes mixed with a barnyard sour mix

M- was sweet with medium carbonation,a touch of fruit tartness with a dry finish

O- nice drinkable BDG,that was more like a saison to me, sweet and creamy very easy to drink and tasty

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:39:05 | More by gatornation
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metter98

New York

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and apples in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer has some fruity flavors with notes of apples and some malty sweetness; these are balanced off by flavors of grainy malts towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the end of the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing, unlike some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 17:13:12 | More by metter98
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joefuzz

New York

3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow with a small white head
Smells of mandrin orange with some light foral notes
Tastes of bananas and clove with a small hint of orange peel
Mouthfeel is nice and light fits the style well nice carbonation
Overall great first offering from a brewery that i am new too, will be seeking out more of this soon

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 08:17:30 | More by joefuzz
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had originally read the 'Traditional French Farmhouse Ale' and skipped over the 'Biete de Mars' on the label and confused this with a saison. Imagine my surprise when I cracked this open.

Poured a light amber color with a bit of white head. Decent lacing left on glass.

Nose consists of some sweet malts and a hint of pepper.

Taste is slightly sweet. Very mild. None of the pepper flavor I detected in the nose. Minimal bitterness.

This is an ok, though fairly forgettable beverage. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 18:11:35 | More by Seanstoppable
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL green bottle, haven't had a beer from my favourite French brewery in a while, saw this 750 under $8, picked it up,

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a small white head, but leaves impressive lace and has very good retention.

S: Sweet orangey malt, very small hint of hops.

T: Toffee, some light caramel, quite malty, but never too sweet. Hint of earth and a bit of pine on the finish, but this one leans more towards the malt.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy with some crisp carbonation, but easy going in the finish.

O: I really don't get the overall C+ on this beer. It's not as good as Jenlain Ambree, but, it's clearly well made and another tasty effort from Duyck.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:14:35 | More by Halcyondays
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 dark green bottle. Freshness date is indecipherable.
Served in a Corsendonk goblet.
The Printemps is actually a Biere de Mars, not a Saison or Farmhouse.
It pours a clean golden color with a snow-white head on top with loads of trailing and sticky lacing.
A refreshing smell of wildflowers spring forth. Smells of sweet malt and barn grains inch forward, as does a whiff of resinous hop and mixed fruit.
The taste is certainly in its own class. Bready malt, lightly sweet, with an edgy resinous and citrusy hop bite. A light taste of tart, un-ripened fruit cup lingers throughout.
It looks lighter than it actually is. The malty body is fairly rich, though the fine effervescence lends the illusion of a thinner-bodied ale.
This is a very refreshing brew with a clean finish. Goes well with any creamy cheeses and light poultry dishes.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 18:18:14 | More by BeerResearcher
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7ways

Georgia

2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saison / Farmhouse Ale? The bottle describes it ad nauseum as a Biere de Mars. Well done, random BA.

Inauspicious beginnings-- this pours like a lame pilsner, sallow yellow with a minimal stark white head that dies a quick death. Can a beer smell thin? Kind of smells like an adjunct (corn) lager fermented with some nice fruity Belgian yeast. Sulfery too, layered over cereal and slight caramel.
This does not taste nearly as good as the Ambree or even Blonde. There is a distinct lack of bitterness until the very end, and the sweetness tastes artificial. Some nice malt and fruit in the background, but I may be too generous.
Languid mouthfeel.

EDIT (5 minutes later): This beer tastes like soda. I just took my first sip without really thinking about it, and it struck me how much it tastes like a less sweet Mellow Yellow.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:12:55 | More by 7ways
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd like to think this is French for Duck Brewery.

Large white bubble foam head. Opaque maize color displaying a storm of yeasty floaties despite my careful pour. Good retention and lots and lots of lacework.

Smells like apricot cream marmalade. Or those Werther's cream sucker things. I'm getting a hint of steely, in the can, pineapple juice. Lightly farmy. Very, very lightly farmy.

Taste us sweet fall fruit, kumquat, and minor farm fare. Pretty weak. Not as effervescent as I'd like to see from the style.

I don't have a problem with a beers taking liberties with style. I do have a problem with beers that aren't any good.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 17:47:34 | More by donkeyrunner
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fizzy white 1 finger head with big bubbles fades quickly to almost nothing over brilliantly crystal clear piss colored golden wheat watery almost beer.

The nose has some sweet malts, fairly light, a slight syrupy extract syrupy like aroma, some light toasty malt aromas, light saison like spices with hints of farmhouse rustic aromas. Strangely it has a lager like aroma too.

The taste has more going on, with a nice malty quality, some sweet toasty malts, pretty sweet overall, a little fruit like apple and other juicy fruits, I almost swear this is a lager as I'm getting more lager yeast fruit flavors and a little crisp edge, a little more of that extract like syrupy flavor. A semi rustic farmhouse flavor.

The mouth is pretty light with lower carbonation.

It finishes fairly dry, which I was worried with how sweet it initially started, but there is some lingering sweetness on the sides of the tongue. A very slight bitterness probably from the yeast or spices, a touch of lingering toasty malts and slight rustic feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 21:31:58 | More by jlindros
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stange at ChurchKey.

Could this beer be any more French? It pours a clear pale straw topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light citrus, very light caramel, and some mild hoppy florals. The taste holds notes of mandarin oranges cut with daisies, some vague orange peel, and some very light caramel. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a decent brew, but I have had better saisons.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 04:57:54 | More by TMoney2591
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gueuzer

Colorado

2.35/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this 11.2 oz up last night. Label was different and had a "Biere de Mars" note on the label

A- Poured clear, as it was listed as a Farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be unfiltered.

S- Not getting much but Hop skunk. Maybe Saaz?

T- Very malty, finishing hops overpowering just about everything. No earth, tart, fruity flavors you would expect with a "farmhouse" ale. Tastes much like Heineken.

MF- Nice and full. Probably the one pro of the beer.

D- Its drinkable, but misses the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 18:56:18 | More by gueuzer
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden color with a thin layer of foam that leaves some rings of lacing around the glass.

The smell is pretty tame. Picking up some honey and pale malt with a bit of earthiness.

The taste is mostly light straw and sugary sweet. It's almost an aspartame like fake sweetness. Not getting the typical flavors for the style at all. The fake sweetness lasts well into the aftertaste.

Very flat feeling. The finish is dry and clean, and the body is slightly more than light.

Does not really represent the style well at all. Lacks in several areas. Goes down fine, but not the most enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 00:16:19 | More by jera1350
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voteforgoat

California

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mixed on this one. There were a lot of unique traits to it, but finishes very sweet, and lately I have not been into that kind of beer.

a - bubbly head, thick foam, very very very thick, and extremelly good lacing - imagine a 1920's black and white cartoon of mugs of beer being drunk. The lacing just hangs there. It's very thick. Crazy. The best I have ever witnessed. Cloudy golden color

s - Smells wheaty for some reason, with light hops. Looked it up - it's got wheat.

t - very sweet finish. confusing. tastes a bit like a sweeter dubbel or bock, but def. has lower alcohol feel than a dubbel and very dif. consistency. finish is much too malty and sweet for my taste.

m - nice feel, like weird cross between a hefeweisen, a Saison and a very malty british beer. not familiar with the style ( biere de mars) but mouthfeel is good, though sticky.

d- poor due to sweetness, but good due to light body and low alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 06:54:59 | More by voteforgoat
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funkybier

California

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden yellow, good clarity

Smell - Mostly caramel/biscuity malt aroma with floral hops not too far behind

Taste - Good malt backbone, light caramel/honey sweetness with a fairly dry finish considering the amount of malty stuff going on. Floral hop nose is misleading - little to no bitterness present in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Good body, feels slippery in the mouth, perhaps a bit cloying.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 23:45:26 | More by funkybier
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle filed dec.14/ 07

Pours a crystal clear gold with a white 1 finger cap that reduces quickly but laces well.

Aromas are malty-grainy, light whiff of lemon grass from the Alsation hops. Grainy-sweetness up front gets balanced out by some herbal-resinous hopping...lightly drying sparkling finish....very flavorful but simple...like a good well crafted and carried-off ale...something hard to do with a crafted golden farmhouse ale...but this is a prime example of uncomplicated simplicity and skill producing a very tasty, satisfying, serviceable ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:51:18 | More by pootz
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Luminescent pale gold with sudsy white head. Very fine, lively carbination. Clarity is excellent. I can actually see the wrinkles in my fingers through the glass. I ofeten think of these beers as having a more rustic appearance but what a beautiful beer.

Aroma- Typically perfumey, spicy, farmhouse profile extremely low phenols, light citrus, honey, white pepper, jasmine. A very complex nose without anything really dominating. Slight apple aroma, prbably from goldings hops.

Taste- As with so many of Jenlain's beers, the flavor is suprisingly simple and elegant. A very straightforward basemalt flavor, almost certainly Pilsner, with very little hop bitterness, relying more on a combination of alcohol, carbonic bite, and astringency for balance. Once again, none of these characters are opressive. Peppery phenols and just a touch of goldings hop flavor surface here and there and though this beer has clearly been expertly filtered, a slight yeasty character chases out the extremely dry finish. This beer begs for a sharp, white cheese, and how i wish i had some.

MF- This is a big part of the story with this beer. Carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel while phenols and alcohol brace the palate for an astingency that pulls at the cheeks. This probably sounds awful, but it all comes together for a very cohesive overall impression and gives alot of the life to what might otherwise be a fairly boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 08:50:20 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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glid02

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a straw color with a rocky one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of earthy, musty hops with good amounts of sweet malt. As the beer warms the hops fade and the sweet malt flavor takes over and is joined by a slightly metallic aroma.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by light musty flavors while the beer is cold, but as it warms the malt flavors take over and are joined by nondescript light fruit flavors. The ending is neither here nor there, both sweet and bitter with no dryness.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished the bottle but the last 8 oz were not the easiest to go down.

Overall I won't say to actively avoid this beer, but there are more than a few I'd take before this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 02:38:13 | More by glid02
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly silted golden with a moderate, rocky rise of white suds.
It exudes aromas of pear and apple musts, lemon candies, corkboard, limestone, and sulfur.
Upon the tongue, there is a lightly wheaty, grainy malt, that is sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar. Apple cores and pear skins gather over time, but the overall fruitiness is somewhat stunted. Sandalwood and cork note arise in the yeast-augmented midsection, along with subtle allspice and dried tarragon. Hopping is leafy, brown, and indistinct to the otherwise present herbal notions, but brings a noted closing bitterness. Most of the flavors are mere apparitions, in need of substance and fleshing-out.
Light-to-medium bodied with a fleecy steadfast carbonation. This has the structure to support something fantastic. But here, it supports something a little better than mediocre.
It's somewhat bland and completely drinkable. With some tweaks and fortifications to the malt bill, I'd probably like this a lot. And that basically describes the Ambrée.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 06:53:43 | More by cokes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours golden with a creamy white head that lasts, leaving some uneven rings of lacing.

The smell is of faint grass, some sulfur, lemon/lime (or rather lime/lemon). It's a bit musty. Smells something similar to a musty-ish EPL, if you ask me.

Taste reminds me of a thicker/more estery EPL. Maybe partly due to the Alsatian hops? Don't know...maybe it's the yeast strain...maybe it's the whole thing put together...Back to the taste - Sweet grainy (a bit orangey?) malt with a grassy (almost metallic that subsides as it progresses) sharpness. There's a hint of herbal bitterness, though it remains sweet through the finish. It's a bit musty.

The feel is fine, with enough carbonation to cut through making the body less thickish/syrupy.

Not too interesting, to me (unless you're looking for an "ale" version of a mediocre-ish, malty-ish EPL - which would be fine, but comes too close to "not working".) Drinkable, though,to a degree. I found it to be more drinkable than the No. 6, but not as pleasant or complex as the Ambree.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 01:14:04 | More by jwc215
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ccrida

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Printemps is a very effervescent, clear gold forming a large, rocky white head that leaves heavy lace. Quite a looker! Served around 45F

Smell is nice, stronger, honey and flowers, with wafts of grain coming through as it warmed a bit.

Taste is pretty nice as well, a bit on the simple side, mostly sugary, but with a very clean finish. I like it, although I could use a little more attention of the residuals, which are a bit over the top, even for a sweet beer lover like me.

Mouthfeel is very light, not as dry as Belgian Saisons, but this is a French Bière de Mars, so no worries here. Very smooth, perhaps a bit watery, but this a hot weather brew. Best served cold.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a nice little beer. I have to say, I'm pretty surprised, partially by some of the scathing reviews, partially from some of the less desirable brews I've had from Duyck before. None of that strong orange flavor that you find in some of their worst examples. Sure, it's simple and sugary, but that was what I expected, and it's well made, clean, attractive and tasty. Great choice for washing down some pizza on this hot summer evening, although the sweetness keeps you from gulping too much at once.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 02:25:33 | More by ccrida
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kcillini77

Kansas

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good looking beer on the pour. Golden, clear, decent head.

Smell is skunky at first, but gets better as it warms. A little hay, perhaps some subtle hop spiciness.

Taste is hay with a crisp hop bite on the finish.

Not a lot of aftertaste.

This beer grew on me as I drank it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 00:53:43 | More by kcillini77
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Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.