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Jenlain Blonde - Brasserie Duyck

Jenlain BlondeJenlain Blonde

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.54%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brakspear on 11-02-2002)
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Reviews by blakesell:
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4.7/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't lie about this one, it is old. I have no idea how old, I got it in a Xmas exchange years ago, I found it when pilfering cellar number one in Dayton. It's easy to say this is at least 3 years old.

Poured from the 11.5 oz bottle into a Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours hazy and apricot colored with a thin 3/4 finger of head over the top that clings only slightly to the sides of the glass. The haze is marginally murky I assume by slight wheat content and ample yeast.

Smell- This smells great for the Biere De Garde style. Rich and malty yet fresh even after all these years. Light kettle caramelization, a caramel cream dulce de leche sort of aroma almost coming off, I'm catching some slight oxidization and I'm pretty sure that's coming from age.

Taste- This goes right in there with my favorite Biere De Garde 3 Monts. A very rich almost Marzen like creaminess but thicker fitting right into it's own style to differentiate it. Thick but still thirst quenching and light enough to drink on a summer's day. It works here in the mild wintertime too.

Mouthfeel- Creamy as I've said since the beginning, medium high in carbonation as it should be. Medium full bodied, and oh, so smooth.

Drinkability- Way more drinkable than the one bottle I got from who knows where. If I find more I'm getting it. I'm somewhat shocked by the lower ratings it has received.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:02:46 | More by blakesell
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2.5/5  rDev -24%

04-20-2014 17:50:19 | More by MaevaS
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

04-02-2014 11:08:49 | More by BJSmit
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2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Didn't really know what to expect.
Poured a hazy amber color (between amber and gold) and was topped with a thin white head.
The aroma is easy to pick up - some malts along with the fruity aroma.
It starts sweet and fruity, slightly yeasty feel, followed by a bittery body with slightly off-putting metalic feel and quite obvious alcohol feel.
Not my favourite, to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:35:14 | More by MarkoNm
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-02-2014 19:39:08 | More by magnusdave
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-20-2014 12:24:25 | More by Schmoog
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2014 01:26:03 | More by kkmiller76
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3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful golden color with over 6 fingers of thick and fluffy head with great retention and leaving lots of laces. Apparent carbonation and with floating particles at the bottom of the bottle.
It has a light tartness to its aroma with notes of lemon and a hint of horse blanket. I wasn’t expecting this last one.
Sweet flavor with hints of oranges, tea leaves, champagne, pear soaked in alcohol and green apples.
Medium body with good carbonation and a citrus acid feeling.
It is a mix of a Tripel, Sour and a bit of Belgian IPA. Worth a try, not sure I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 17:34:34 | More by FLima
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New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick review: saw the bad reviews on this, so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it and it was somewhat floral and pretty smooth and light.

I had a bottle that was somewhat aged, so I don't know if that somehow affected the flavors. Served in a tulip glass, garnished with an orange. A little too sweet if I had one criticism, with the cloying floral notes often present in a cheaper Belgian style Trippel. Nice mouthfeel, a little on the smaller side.

BOTTOM LINE: I probably wouldn't get this again because there are better beers for the price, but I would get it again for about $5 per 750ml. Nothing really special about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:51:17 | More by tkdchampxi
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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New York

3/5  rDev -8.8%

10-13-2013 12:29:00 | More by gshackles

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-14-2013 19:45:31 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-14-2013 17:03:08 | More by mrfrancis
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-01-2013 12:58:49 | More by Brewsed
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

05-21-2013 11:19:34 | More by Janeinma
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep golden yellow + light orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a mottled very thin film that covers about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring of medium sized bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of carbonation are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts, sweet light fruits (apple and a touch of grape), and just a light hint of spices.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with moderate flavors of sweet light fruits (apples dominate). Very light hints of herbal hops and a touch of spices. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fade quickly are observed.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I remember drinking this beer way back in the mid-1990s when this was a very interesting beer but unfortunately it did not stand the test of time for me, the industry has moved on but these guys have not changed in the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 20:36:02 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +14%

04-20-2013 20:31:16 | More by smithj4
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-24-2013 23:53:32 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

02-16-2013 07:54:53 | More by JellyJacket
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-04-2013 18:32:37 | More by DmanGTR
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3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at La Bonne Soupe in Manhattan, NY on 30 December 2012. Can't remember having a French beer before.

Pours a medium-pale golden yellow, clear. One finger of white head, decent retention and find lacing. Some visible carbonation, but I'd like more.

Smell is warm and smooth, in that characteristic inoffensive (not the right word?) way that Belgian blondes typically are. Belgian yeast brings a touch of spice, and a light drift of crisp hops bookends it.

Taste is buttery, rounded, pretty much what I was expecting. I remember a time when beers like this wowed me with their unique flavor (Leffe Blond comes to mind), but now that I'm familiar with it, I want more from this. A fade to bitter in the finish, but that's only 20% of it. The rest is dominated by that malt-yeast-forward blooming richness.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied, kinda ballooning, but under-carbonated. Definitely undercarbonated. Not flat, but flatter than it should be.

A fine beer, and definitely in the Belgian blonde wheelhouse. I could drink more of this; main complaint is the lack of carbonation. I see it's listed here as a biere de garde, but that's not how it strikes me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 05:06:10 | More by zeledonia
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-27-2012 20:11:55 | More by cliff1066
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4.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First of all the bottle I'm drinking is teen years old. With that said here we go.

Appearance: exactly what you would expect from a blonde. Light golden in color.
Aroma: sweet smelling, with a touch of menthol.
Flavor: light, crisp, slight wheat type characteristics with a touch of mint, which I'm guessing is from age.
Mouth feel: medium bodied, sweet, effervescent.

All in all not bad for being teen years old.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:04:28 | More by TylerKohlhagen
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Jenlain Blonde from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.