Jenlain Bière De Printemps - Brasserie Duyck

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 61
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: jed on 03-30-2004

This is a Bière de Mars.
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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of 7ways
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,033 characters)

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. (465 characters)

Photo of gueuzer
2.37/5  rDev -27.7%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of voteforgoat
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of funkybier
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (1,436 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +28%
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. (1,270 characters)

Photo of kcillini77
2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle
5.40% ABV

I tried this beer on March 3, 2008 after purchasing it at one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a golden colour with some reddish hints. The head was huge, white, and short-lived...quickly dissipating into uneven lacing on top. The aroma was very grassy with a little bit of malt. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with ample carbonation. The flavour was very grassy as well with some hints and very subtle hoppiness. (447 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (320 characters)

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. (413 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (426 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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? (441 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of a macro lager, but with a more persistent head and some actually lace build up. The aroma is light with some raw bread dough, wet grains and musty elements. The flavor is equally subdued for a saison, a bit of spice, some hop leaf and a whiff of pepper. Mouthfeel is light with a brisk carbonation. The finish is moderately bitter with a bit of unsalted cracker malt flavor.

A very pedestrian and tame saison. Lacks the complexity, richness and depth of the benchmarks of the style. Still quite refreshing and not offensive in any way. (555 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear gold with a somewhat wispy head.

S - Sweet smelling, with a touch of funk and a grassy hop.

T - Fruity - peaches, apricots etc and a bit of an alcoholic presense. Hops are somewht mild with a clean bitterness. Some honey-like characteristics as well.

M - Fairly light bodied, and low carbonation.

D - Too clean, and shares some characteristics with the buck-a-beer honey lagers that are popular these days. Refreshing, but that's about it. (461 characters)

Photo of Viggo
2.11/5  rDev -35.7%
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. (538 characters)

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Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.