Jenlain Bière De Printemps - Brasserie Duyck
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4.18/5 rDev +27.8%
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.
07-08-2008 02:25:33 | More by ccrida
4.1/5 rDev +25.4%
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.
03-27-2011 18:18:14 | More by BeerResearcher
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
4/5 rDev +22.3%
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.
03-08-2012 03:03:52 | More by Blakaeris
3.98/5 rDev +21.7%
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
07-02-2011 08:17:30 | More by joefuzz
3.9/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
03-30-2004 12:33:01 | More by jed
3.85/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
05-16-2010 23:45:26 | More by funkybier
3.85/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
06-21-2011 03:14:35 | More by Halcyondays
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
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
3.65/5 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
3.63/5 rDev +11%
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.
06-29-2006 23:18:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.6/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
04-20-2010 00:51:18 | More by pootz
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
3.53/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-17-2006 00:58:49 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
3.5/5 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
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
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
Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.