Jenlain Bière De Printemps - Brasserie Duyck

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jed on 03-30-2004

This is a Bière de Mars.
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Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant, gold, 1” white fluffy foam collar produces thick ledges of lace. No chunks floating around in this one but I have had other bottles with floating sediment.
S: Light fruit with a little funk in the aroma
T: Light fruit, rich light malts, citrus, peach.
F: Exceptionally creamy and fluffy in the mouth, medium body, above average carbonation.
O: A classic Biere de Mars.

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of joefuzz
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
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

Photo of jed
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jenlain Bière de Printemps

Presentation: Comes in dark green, 75 cl bottle with cork and crown. Label with painted farm scene, blurb on side with some information about the beer. Best if consumed before the end of 1/2005, which seems odd for a spring seasonal. Some kind of brewing code on the label, L4026. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, golden color. Nice clean white head, about one finger's worth, with excellent head retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind extremely thick lacing. Very active carbonation, with bubbles streaming up from the bottom almost constantly.

Smell: Very strong yeast and grass aromas, followed by sweet apple and pear. The aroma is hurt by a hint of skunkiness, triggering memories of the dreaded Jenlain Blonde, but thankfully there are not vegetal aromas.

Taste: Yeasty mouth with nice, developed graininess, immediately followed by some hop bitterness. Much stronger hop presence than Jenlain's normal bière de garde, although the bitterness fades as the beer warms to room temperature. Sweet fruit flavors of pear, dry cider apple, some hard to place herbal/medicinal notes. Very smooth finish with more yeast, leaving behind a lingering blend of grassy notes and tart apples.

Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel, very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Probably not a session beer, but still highly drinkable with reasonable alcohol and light yet full flavor.

Jenlain's Bière de Printemps was bizarrely difficult for me to find; in Paris, the only place I've seen that carries it is the Monoprix supermarket chain. An interesting variation on their excellent bière de garde, with more hops and a more tart apple flavor. This is highly recommended if you want to try out a uniquely French style.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.86/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of funkybier
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Photo of mrmanning
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white and frothy small bubbled head which rose tall and moussy and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly earthy with a low level of light caramel and a very light spice attribute.

The flavor was crisp with a light sweetness and a very low spice. The main malt character was light colored crystal malt and the bittering was just enough to keep the flavor from being overly sweet.

The finish was dry with just a bit of light earthy character into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and had a moderate carbonation. A fairly boring Saison without much going on. A nice beverage for a hot day, but don't go out of your way to secure a bottle.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle, exactly as that shown in the BA Database. Small thumbed cork with the code A-5 is held in place with a gold colored steel cap which has the word ‘Brasserie Duyck Depuis 1922’ on it. Neck and main label are yellow, black and gold in color. Labeled as, ‘Jenlain Bière de Printemps’. Listed at 5.4% Alc.Vol. Inkjet date on the label shows that this was bottled on 01/2006 L5057 15:15.

Appearance: Light golden body with a lovely sheer white head that laces nicely. Streamers throughout the body lend life. Good conditioning supports a thin head which is nonetheless resilient and long lasting, plus the lacework left behind is very appealing.

Nose: Soft flowery tones and sweet malts with a crisp snappy aroma. Muted odors otherwise, hints of yeast and dare I say a little lemon here and there when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Like the aromas the taste profile starts with a gentle flowery hop character, balanced against a sweet but light malt background. It all finishes with a dry almost earthy ending that has a defined crisp snappy terminus. Bitterness is rounded and not harsh, but the malt sweetness does tend to hang around long after the swallow. Allegedly made with Alsace and Hallertau hops, the bitterness is a little too low for my liking; the sweet malts seem to dominate this one.

Mouthfeel: Exhibits a smooth texture, it almost feels creamy at first when you drink through the head before it settles. Airy with a dry bitterness, the conditioning is soft but strong.

Drinkability: On a sticky hot day in Long Beach, it would be hard to fault with this one for it has an easy going Blonde quaffability. Closer scrutiny though reveals little in the way of longer term appreciation beyond its refreshing crisp style.

Overall: Nothing super complicated here, just a simple but effective down to earth offering that holds its head above other similar style offerings but really lacks a distinctive defining character that would have me splash the readies on this again. So-so. But an expensive so-and-so.

Photo of Antilochus
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.38/5  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.

Photo of glid02
3.23/5  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.

Photo of voteforgoat
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
77 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.