Jenlain Bière De Printemps - Brasserie Duyck
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
3.83/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
11-03-2009 08:50:20 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-15-2009 02:38:13 | More by glid02
3.35/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
10-30-2008 06:53:43 | More by cokes
2.78/5 rDev -15%
I favour biere de garde and saisons but this was closer to a European pale lager than the style would suggest. Yellow with a bit of yeasty white head. Cheesy aroma. Under average mouthfeel. More malt than hops, maybe there is a bit of spice in the background. Just a cut above a macro lager.
03-09-2008 01:55:22 | More by Sammy
3.1/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a very pale, crystal clear, straw. Thinger thick foamy head. Thin lacings, but they hold their own. Loads of carbonation
Sugar and grain on the nose with a bit of citrus freshness.
Slightly metallic taste. Grainy malt. Orangey sweetness with a little bit of lemon as well. Slightly slippery.
This isn't horrible. If a macro did a Saison, this is what it would taste like. Completely innoffensive, but not a standout.
04-05-2008 02:23:03 | More by CanuckRover
4/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
03-08-2012 03:03:10 | More by bashiba
2.95/5 rDev -9.8%
Bottle: Poured a light clear copper color ale with a nice foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with some light dry hops. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined dry grain which is more or less pleasing with some notes of dry stale hops. Light body with average carbonation. I will have to say that this was quite bland and boring and not something I will try again anytime soon.
04-22-2008 19:24:26 | More by Phyl21ca
3.13/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a clear golden color with a bright head. Nice lacing and good retention.
Smells of biscuity malts, some funk (but nothing close to what I like), floral and fruits.
Tastes crisp, malty and a bit of spring air (mud and grass). I wouldn't go out of my way to try this but I can see it being refreshing on a hot day.
04-24-2008 03:09:05 | More by irishkyle21
3.23/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-29-2011 17:13:12 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev +7%
First LCBO'er to review this one.. came out in Spring Release. 33cl bottle, 5.40% abv. Freshness date of 12/14/2008. All French labeling. Poured into an oversized wine glass.
Golden body under a bubbly white head. Lots of lace.
Noble hop nose, maybe some skunk too. Some caramel candies, maybe some apple juice. As it warmed it smelled better, some citrus, sourness. Gets a little raw and grain husky. And now some spice... clove? Honestly, let this one warm up and you'll see.
Palate has lots of pale malt, pineapple, apple. Not as EPLish as I thought. Aggressive carbonation stings the mouth a bit, but goes down smooth. A bit more fruitiness than the nose but sweetish fruity. Light tartness on the back of the tongue with a little bit of a sugary finish. Malt is pretty bland. Some spice too. A little yeast. Subtle vinegar, finish is getting a but more pungent and malty- I'd prefer to see this much drier and more delicate.
03-07-2008 02:15:12 | More by Antilochus
3.2/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-28-2010 06:54:59 | More by voteforgoat
2.8/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
08-27-2010 17:47:34 | More by donkeyrunner
3.73/5 rDev +14.1%
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
08-13-2011 19:39:05 | More by gatornation
3.2/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-18-2008 01:14:04 | More by jwc215
3.65/5 rDev +11.6%
Bottle from the LCBO- Pours sparkling gold with a good lacing white fizz. Floral botanicals in the nose, lemon, rose petals, some grains and sugary pale malts with grass and hay. A good lemony discernment smacks the mouth and adds biscuit, rose petal, rosemary, grassy, floral bitterness. This is dry, with a touch of sweetness in the finish, and an added lingering bitterness. Uhhh why can't this replace all the welfare lagers at the LCBO?
04-04-2008 02:42:42 | More by mrmanning
2.35/5 rDev -28.1%
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.
07-08-2010 18:56:18 | More by gueuzer
3.45/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
08-26-2010 21:31:58 | More by jlindros
3.5/5 rDev +7%
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.
08-13-2010 04:57:54 | More by TMoney2591
2.53/5 rDev -22.6%
What a weak beer when you'd expect this 'printemps' frenzy to mean something for the Duyck fellas. The pour, much as the unexciting smell, the watery taste, the copious carbonation and the mediocre hop presence reflect that they might have just stamped another label to their regular beers (de garde, blonde) to commercialize it. Uninteresting beer i'm not gonna repeat.
04-17-2004 18:56:09 | More by Andreji
British Columbia (Canada)
3.55/5 rDev +8.6%
A: clear, golden-bronze, fluffy white head, little retention & lace.
S: Big floral hop & light earthy-mineral aroma, with tropical fruit & a slight breadyness.
T: Surprisingly malty (bread & caramel), floral & grassy hops, slight earthyness and spice, hint of buttery diacetyl.
M: Moderate, malty body has a crisp, dry finish. Moderate carbonation.
D: Very easy drinker for the style.
04-07-2008 23:56:28 | More by Derek
3.48/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
11-28-2011 15:57:26 | More by tobelerone
Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.