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Jenlain Bière De Printemps - Brasserie Duyck

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76
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.74%
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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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 02:23:03 | More by CanuckRover
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 02:42:42 | More by mrmanning
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 08:21:28 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 05:13:24 | More by allergictomacros
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 02:43:36 | More by Viggo
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO. Pours a boring pale straw. Little head that dissipates quickly. Little aroma. First taste is relatively bland but with a bit of fruitiness, with carbonation sparkle as it goes down the throat and a hint of apple in the aftertaste. No spices detected. The flavour got marginally more interesting as it warmed, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 02:39:55 | More by sstackho
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 01:55:22 | More by Sammy
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:15:12 | More by Antilochus
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Pours with a golden hue and a big yet quickly dissipating white head with good retention. Brilliant clarity. This is a good looking beer.

S: Is this a saison or a bier de garde? Smells more like a BDG. Malty grainy aroma that is somewhat toasty but also is quite similar to a BMC light beer. Also some sulfur aromas similar to a British pale ale. There is really nothing here to suggest this is a saison.

T: Malt flavor is most prominent with just a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Overall has a skunky/sulfur flavor. The malt has no specific character. Not at all pleasing.

MF: Light mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D, notes: saison or bier de garde? Who cares; this beer tastes lousy and mass produced. Imagine a completely one dimensional ale that has sulfur highlights.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 15:20:57 | More by Nipitato
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colebenoit

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours vivacious, clear gold-copper with billowing white head. Very lively carbonation and solid lacing.

Smell: Some fresh grassy scent, sweet caramel and honey. A bit of bready yeastiness, maybe some apples... overall it's pleasant but it doesn't leap out and grab me.

Taste: Very sweet maltiness threatens to over power everything else. Some fruity esters (apple, banana?) can be detected. Dry finish with mild hops and some peppery alcohol. None of that special barnyard funkiness or lively spice I would expect from a saison. Again, not disagreeable, but nothing particularly impressive.

I agree with the above reviewer that this is closer to a biere de garde than a saison. Either way, despite being generally quaffable, it falls short of the standards set by many other beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:28:33 | More by colebenoit
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 22:11:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 22:49:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.53/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 00:58:49 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 23:18:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
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putnam

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear caky yellow liquid with a relentless white splatter on top. Pale malt wine and lurid lemon aromas. Scented of tacky green resins. Bubblegum flavored blond sugars make a rich mouthful. Pungent wilted greens and floral material suggest pond water. Tender, willowy flavors of yellow fruits, nut meal and cereal are sharply controlled with pointed fizz and direct bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 21:24:53 | More by putnam
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Andreji

Colombia

2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 18:56:09 | More by Andreji
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jed

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 12:33:01 | More by jed
Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.