Jenlain Bière De Printemps - Brasserie Duyck

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%
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:
This is a Bière de Mars.

(Beer added by: jed on 03-30-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kruggerand gold with multiple streams of slow moving bubbles that give the beer a refined, majestic look. If they were more energetic, I would have described them as Champagne-like. The cotton white cap is as attractive as I've seen on a Belgian saison (this one is French). Whatever else Printemps has in store, it sure looks like a dream.

The nose is a major disappointment since it smells more like a Euro pale lager than the stated style. It looks like my high hopes for this beer might have been misplaced, especially when I remember how I felt about a few other offerings from this brewery (not good, not good and... not good). Noble hops with a faint hint of skunk is the sum total. Saison? They must be joking.

Things are a little better on the palate, but not by much. The beer is primarily pale malty with a sweetness that doesn't belong. The earthy-grassy hops are no more wonderful than they were in the nose. Where are the spices and/or the farmhouse funkiness? I can't believe this brewery can stay in business releasing beer that tastes like Printemps.

In my opinion, a relatively low ABV saison should be light and airy in the mouth. This one is neither. Most of the bubbles didn't hang around very long, leading to a dullness instead of the usual sparkle. This just isn't good beer, there are no two ways about it.

Without an understandable dating code, I can't tell if this '750' is fresh or old or somewhere in between. I find it hard to believe, though, that all four of the Brasserie Duyck beers that have entered my glass have simply been old. I just think they're no damn good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, thin-looking golden body with a small, fine white head.

Smell: Floral aroma with some musty yeast and maybe, just maybe a light skunkiness to it.

Taste: Mellow, mild toasted grains with a light sweetness. Continued yeast mustiness. Some sweet apple fruitiness. Finishes dry, with some grain huskiness and a hint of earthy funk.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I gotta say, I was struggling to get overly excited about this one.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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 jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Viggo
2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber/slightly golden, thin white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin layer, some lacing on the glass, decent retention, doesn't look too exciting. Smell is funky, wet grass, very sweet, sugars, bread, light spices, wheat, lots of lemon, kind of strange. Taste is very sweet, almost skunky, lots of sugar, wheat, lemony tartness, very dry finish, lots of sugar, not much going on at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very sweet and syrupy, medium carbonation, a bit prickly, almost cloying. Not good, won't have again.

Photo of Derek
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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 tobelerone
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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 glid02
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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 ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +27.4%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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 cokes
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 jera1350
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
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 a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.