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Jenlain Blonde - Brasserie Duyck

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website
France

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:
Photo of blakesell
4.7/5  rDev +43.3%
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.

blakesell, Dec 15, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clean golden with a huge rocky head leaving big globs behind on its way down,staying with the clean theme this beer has a clean aroma dry biscuity malt and herbal hop almost like a good German pils.Taste has a light herbalness to it with a firm dry malt backbone with an iron note showing thru but light.A Belgian Pale Ale?I think not more of a German pilsner and at 6% I think incredibly easy to drink.Am I drinking the same beer as the others who reviewed this?Mine wasnt skunked Iam sure that helped.

oberon, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of Popsinc
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best part about this beer was its bottle. Otherwise i found this beer very bland. Golden in clolour. Dull malt nose. Somewhat dry, with a light malty finish. I think MississaugaMatt hit the nail on the head when he said, "vegetal and corn-like." I don't think i would ever buy this beer again.

Popsinc, May 14, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The “Dignified Little Sister” of Jenlain Amber. The bottle boldly proclaims “Neveau!” It’s lightly sour in a very interesting and refreshing way. The microscopic but assertive carbonation plays masterfully with your tongue. The nose is rather dull, slightly musty with a bit of hay and grass and a little lemon. The head is like white moose. The taste is a bit like a light version of Affligem Blonde would taste. Not very impressive.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Dmann
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle I am drinking does not look like the picture provided, and instead it looks like the picture for the biere de garde but says "original french blonde ale" Anyways the beer poured a pale golden color with orange hues to it. The head was light and fluffy and settled nicely. The smell was dominated by sweet malts and a light tropical friut scent. The flavor was good and if you are a malt lover that you will feel right at home with this baby. The big malty flavors hit you right off the bat with a complex sweetness that is not overbearing but the thick mouthfeel kind of kills the drinkability for me. Good to try but not going to make it to my regular rotation.

Dmann, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large green unusual bottle, rarely seen in these parts, pours golden and clear, slight haze after the last pour, but I saw no yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Large rocky white head, with better the average retention. Leaves nice, fine and well spread out lacing. Nose is dry, with a slight juniper note. Quite dry and crisp, but also with notes of more juniper, and a slight soapyness later on. Finishes dry. Lacks the usual yeast, floral notes and spice expected in a Belgian pale. tastes like a pilsner, Heineken?

Billolick, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Janeinma, May 21, 2013
Photo of DarrellK
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a hoppy ale then the Bier de Garde style won't rate well. I have developed a liking for the style as a nice surprise in the French/Dutch countryside.

The pale cloudy appearance has a smallish head but it does leave a decent lace.

The nose is a little understated but still a nice tone.

Typical of the style there is some mouth to the brew and it lingers in the finish with a malty, slightly alcoholic note.

DarrellK, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of MaevaS
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

MaevaS, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of cokes
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brassy straw topped with compacted offwhite suds.
Out of the green (11.2 oz, not nearly so unique as that pictured above)) bottle the first whiff is all sulfur, ditch weeds, and petroleum. Out of the glass it is more modest with its light breads and vague florals.
Begins with a crackery pils malt dryness. It inches into white bread and then barely budges from there on out. Peeps of green apples, powdered sugarm and a dusty sandstone yeastiness (which is the only thing distinguishing this from many a Euro lager). It concludes with a low-level, inept rosey florality.
Fizzy and light. Drinkable but boring. Maybe I just expected more than a Heinekin clone from the makers of the fine biere de garde.

cokes, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle. I don't normally remark on the packaging - as it differs from country to country, etc. - but the tall, painted label, green glass bottle with the ridged neck is very nice. There's only one problem... the beer is skunked! That's fairly disturbing since it's not cheap! It pours a hazy golden with a very light orange cast and a thin, creamy, bright white head. I can't pick up anything in the aroma beyond the skunkiness. Based on that I'd guess that it's got a fairly hoppy aroma when fresh, but I can't be sure. The body is medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that leaves it creamy and surprisingly smooth in the mouth. Interestingly, it does not seem to be bottle conditioned (no yeast in the bottom of the bottle), although it might be with the yeast still in suspension (explaining the haze). The flavor is very nice but quite one-sided. There's a light fruitiness (soft summer fruits) and a rich, very soft and nicely rounded, sweet and lightly earthy maltiness that's well entwined with a light hoppiness. Surprisingly malty! What hops are present seem lightly grassy and fairly spicy. The bitterness is well-balanced and supports the rich malt character and dries out the long finish as well as leaving a lingering bitter note. I'd hope that I can one day taste this beer without the skunked character.

NeroFiddled, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of hammer09
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold with moderate head development that settles fairly quickly. Smell is sweet and malty with a faint, underlying skunkiness. Peppery spiciness to the aroma. Taste is sweet with a nectar-like quality. Mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side. Carbonation is adequate and finish is dry. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Fairly average, but definitely worth drinking.

hammer09, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, fairly bright gold in hue; white foam, at the apex the bubbles were one finger tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not very widespread. Overall, the appearance is pleasant but unremarkable.

Sweet malty nose very similar to a Pale Euro Lager… odd; plus there are mushy melon aromas. I get hints of earthiness at the back, from the hops I assume. Okay, that is it for the nose. I’d never guess this was a “Belgian-style” beer of any sorts. Moderate potency, talkative but it says little I want to hear. It is inoffensive but not inviting either.

The palate is surprisingly clean and refreshing. I don’t find it nearly as sweet as the nose indicated. Sharp citrus notes, earth, pepper, and pleasant Pils maltiness; I like the firmness of the palate. This is a simple but tasty beer much like its sister beer St. Druon. Why do I like it so when there is so little to work with? Maybe that is the brilliance of it all.

Medium in body, perfect bulk, low and smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is a natural fit. I like it.

The nose was very lame. The palate redeemed itself. The mouthfeel was lovely. And this beer is damn drinkable. What the hell? Why are Duyck beers jiving with me so? This would make a great summertime beer; I’d drink this when I’d want something beefier then a Pils or Kolsch. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. I bet I buy more. It is simple but quite nice. Try one, I say.

bditty187, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

mikefuski17, May 19, 2014
Photo of tjd112
4.6/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Corsendonk Tulip

Appearance - Amber to golden body with finger white head and semi-filmy lacing

Smell - A lot of apples and apricots

Taste - Apples, apricots, malts, with a little bit of hop bitterness for balance

Mouthfeel - Medium, crisp

Drinkability - Goes down well

Overall - A solid beer

tjd112, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a chill-hazed blonde with lively bubbles and a frothy, decent sized head. Leaves some sheets of lace. Smell is a mix of honey, fresh baked bread, stone fruits, and floral hops. Has an interesting cedar-like mustiness to it that is just great. Flavor leans toward a sweet and jasmine-like flavor with hints of white raisins, mint, and passion fruit. Bready and overall nice. Feels rather soft in the mouth and has a solid low-to-medium weight. Nice drinker and reminds me of a mix of a pilsner and a blonde ale with a lot of interesting complexities.

goochpunch, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of LJWalker
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

LJWalker, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear light orange-golden color w/nice white head, good retention, and bits of sticky lacing.

S-Sweet malt and fruit esters, hint of spice, honey, pine nuts, touch of Belgian funk, and hate to say it, but there's a bit of a urea-like odor. Nonetheless, this brew has a complex and interesting multi-layered aroma.

T-Toasted malt and spice up-front, grain and fruit esters in midpalate, and supple, rounded out finish thanks to a liberal dose of floral hops. There is a hint of orange in the aftertaste.

M-Velvety body, a little on the sweet side but not overly so, fair amount of carbonation. Bit of warming alcohol in the finish but it doesn't drown out the hops or any other character.

D-This is a tasty little beer with a fair bit of character.

BoitSansSoif, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.5%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light soft yellow amber with a thin white head and no real lace or retention. Smell was light and fruity, apricot, figs, and a grainy aroma mixed in with a nice light body. First impression was very nice on a warm night. Lots of body, a little slack on the carbonation, but not slick or oily. A good solid performer. Lots of intricate flavors, especially as it warmed. Overall this was very nice, and a good Blonde ale. I could easily put down quite a few and was pleasantly suprised by this. Definatly a recommended one here.

mikesgroove, May 22, 2007
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jenlain Blonde has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and an enormous amount of suspended, powdery sediment. The aroma is extremely faint, but one might pick up a ghost of fruit and light malt. Taste is of syrup & apricots, sugar, light malt, and mild, background bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat soft, and Jenlain Blonde finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and not the slightest bit alchohilic.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface. There is a light amount of carbonation.
S: There is a moderate aroma of sweet malts and apples in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet, with flavors of grainy malts and apples as in the smell. There are some hints of spices but any hop flavors are very much subdued.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: A high amount of sweetness reduces the drinkability of this beer. The next time I have this, I would try pair it with dinner.

metter98, May 22, 2010
Photo of joeysmokedporter
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml into a Sam Adams glass.

A: pours gold/yellow, remarkably clear with only a slight hazy, and a creamy white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malt aroma balanced with alcohol; some clove and coriander-like spice character.

T: A very sweet Belgian pale; starts with an almost overwhelming malt candy sweetness, with spice in the middle and finishing with a bitterness contributed by alcohol that has a slight warming to it.

M: heavy feel is an interesting contrast from other Belgian pales, sweetness contributes to a viscous and syrupy feel. Moderate to low carbonation.

D: not a bad drinker; definitely a beer to be shared and paired with something bold that complements its sweetness (a spicy dish strikes me as ideal, like Mexican or Indian).

joeysmokedporter, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged green 75cl bottle, best before 17th April 2008, this is the first of three beers I drank in honour of John White and Micheal Jackson, to celebrate their lives on 30th Aug 2007.

Both John and Micheal knew this breweries beers well and although they didn't spend a great amount of time in France, they appreciated their finer products. Biere de Garde being one of them.

I poured the beer into a Duvel glass, the remaining half went into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip glass. Both glasses looked great, a bright, crystal clear, golden body of beer filled them both, a firm white foaming head sat on top.

The aroma was all yeast and barley/wheat/cereals in general, some grass and hay too. A countryside smell, without the animal odours. The aroma grew as the beer warmed, not that it had chance to warm up a great deal, I was on a mission and had two more 75cl bottles of different beers to attack.

The taste was fairly sweet, certainly sweeter than I was expecting. The alcohol came through hard and fast, which took away the first sweet impression and the aftertaste was a lot dryer, it also became a little metalic in the mouth, wasn't expecting that either.

I was hoping to be able to say wonderful things about this beer, but sadly it didn't live up to my expectations. A good beer that I was expecting to be great.

BlackHaddock, Sep 01, 2007
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Jenlain Blonde from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.