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Jenlain Blonde - Brasserie Duyck

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brakspear on 11-02-2002

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 90
Photo of cMonkey
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled a French Ale, so I expected more farmhouse al style then the light, clear beer that poured from the bottle. I debated the purchase. The cost was $3, so I figured it couldn't be that special, but again, it was $3 for a French Ale. There was little yeast sediment in the bottle, a sign it wasn't going to be fantastic.

The bottle was corked and exhibited a nice pop. The head poured thick. As I said, the beer itself did not have the cloudy look I expected. It was very pilsner like in color.

Very little aroma, neither good nor bad. There was no spice, and no hop aroma at all.

The taste was crisp. It had no real body, but was not tasteless either. Slight hint of spice in the flavor.

Drinking this beer would have been better on a hot day, to quench a thirst. Overall, not a bad beer, and definitely not bad for the price. It is not one to seek out, but if found cheap, it can be a good purchase.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well-carbonated golden amber with a mega-bubbly cap that fills the top half of the glass after a vigorous pour. The delicate bubbles that have formed on the upper surface of the head are transferring themselves to the glass and then popping, leaving an intriguing series of circles and half moons of lace. There's nothing overly special about the appearance of the beer, but what's above it is a joy to look at.

I find it interesting that a so-called Belgian pale ale would smell for all the world like a garden variety, green-bottled Euro pale lager, skunk and all. There is nothing (and I do mean nothing) about the nose that would lead anyone with even a passing knowledge of beer to conclude that this is a BPA and not an EPL. NFW. Musty noble hops imbued with skunk. Poorly handled bottle? Probably.

Jenlain Blonde tastes pretty much like it smells. It's decently malted, with a sweetness that is more than offset by those pesky, musky, musty hops. The flavor profile is flat. It starts out in acceptable territory, barely holds on through the middle, and degenerates quickly as the finish approaches. There's no life to this beer, no spark, nothing to grab and hold one's interest.

Stale grain is the dominant flavor by far. There's a slight spiciness that may be coming from hops or from a yeast strain that some Belgian brewer rejected as unacceptably bland. The finish borders on clean and crisp, thanks to the somewhat generous hop load. The beer's mouthfeel is roughly medium and there's an adequate number of bubbles, but it's hard to be too enthusiastic when the beer tastes the way it does.

Jenlain Blonde is a Euro pale lager that has designs on something greater, but has no idea how to get there. It's my first beer from Brasserie Duyck and it just might be my last. I'm fairly confident that the French can brew good beer, I just haven't seen any evidence of it so far.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Ego
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was in the mood for half naked chicks with hairy armpits.. so I went french..

nice bottle, cage top, not a popper but a squibber, big white fluffy head, ample ample carbonation bubblin, straw to urine (normal) color, some good lacing, pretty good looking, slightly above average

uncooked plain bread dough (especially the dryness of flour in the air), some sweetness in the vein of honey but dominated by the dough smell, oddly enough, I kind of like dough smell.. not terrible, not fascinating.. again, slightly above average as the smell is definite but not pronounced but then again isnt bland...

taste etc...
the sweetness is more upfront on the toungue than I expected, and is finished (not enough) by the dry yeast flavor, I can see what they are TRYING to do here but it doesnt work completely, I find the taste way to sweet, like sugar with a strange chemical after taste. the dough flavor only seems to come into play at times, not consistently, which is a detriment. This isnt "bad" perse but I dont find it uber enjoyable. The mouthfeel is OK, nothing wrong or nothing outstanding.

not my cup of tea.. er, beer. Not terrible, definitely not worth scouring the store for. for me one goblet was enough.

Photo of HardTarget
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Best by 06/2004 (sampled late: 09/2005 from the “Beers of the World Sampler pack” Thanks to Stephen for picking up the box from the Class VI on post.

Aroma: Sweet note with an overriding yeast smell and a hint of lime rind.

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass with a nice white head that gave a respectable amount of lace.

Flavor: Balance is toward the sweet, with an odd vegetal note (sweet potato?!) some tea notes and mango.

Mouthfeel: Rich texture with a good level of carbonation.

Overall Impression: Interesting. It’s like a light Belgian strong pale ale. I enjoyed the bottle and found it worth a possible session.

Photo of cokes
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of karengarys
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured from its green bottle nice and clear amber leaving a fluffy head that stuck to the glass, and stuck around for a bit.

Smelled, well, maybe it was the green bottle - the date on the bottle said 1/2006, and it is June 2005 now, so I don't think it was spoiled... Not by time anyway. It smelled like a dead skunk.

Taste was of hop and skunk juice. Well, I tried holding my breath and drinking it for flavor and I got some bitter hops, a little malt, and... ...skunk...

Mouthfeel was pretty good for a packet from a skunks intestines. Creamey. a bit dry.

Finish was somewhat pleasent and sweet.

Well, I'll have to say that I'd take a pass on this one. If I get stuck with one in the future, I'll update this review if the skunks are hiding.

Photo of PorterLambic
1.62/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark golden color with a nice, creamy white head that leaves good lace.
Smell is hoppy and musty. Not pleasant at all.
Taste is hoppy, musty and sour with a hint of malt.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light body. Is this a lager? The label says "non", the palate screams "oui !!!". A mostly clean finish with some mustiness leftover (and I wish it wasn't).
Drinkability: While I was able to finish the whole bottle, I'm inclined to think it was due more to a lack of good judgment than anything else. This brew has no balance, no complexity. It drinks like a lager and not a good one. I suggest you skip it.

Photo of HogHill
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl green bottle into a chalice. A bright white one inch head sits on top a golden yellow liquid which has good clarity.

Aroma is a bit feint, slightly medicinal, with pale malts, similar to a pilsner.

Taste: a little bit sweet from the malts. Not very complex though, but it is decent overall. Somewhat cloying on the finish. Reminds me of a lager.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation with that sticky sweet finish.

Drinkability: the best part of this beer is that it is indeed refreshing and it went down smooth on a hot summer's Sunday.

Overall, this was a decent beer but not interesting enough among the belgian pale ale elites. I'll stick to Jenlain's biere de garde instead.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on a cruise through St. Barths. It was in a green bottle.

The beer poured a clear, bright straw with a firm white head. This head lasted long and remained firm.

The aroma was pretty skunky at first and was replaced by corn.

The corn was dominate in the taste also. Not bad, I guess but there none the less.

The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. It was bubbly and the carbonation tingled my tongue. Quite nice and refreshing.

Next time I am in St. Barths I will buy some more of these. Not that they are THAT good, but rather they are unique and a conversation piece. Much better than Carib or Red Stripe.

Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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?

Photo of silenius
2.04/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a brassy yellow with a solid foamy head that laces the glass nicely.

Smell leaves something to be desired. First thing I detected was a familiar slightly sweet skunk smell that seems to be required in green bottled euro-beers. Smelled like Heineken to me honestly. Also some real sweetness in there but in an annoying way.

Taste is malt liquor sweetness with a hint of some hops on the tail end. Seriously reminds me of swill people drink to get drunk in dance clubs and cheesy bars.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick with decent carbonation. The sweetness kills it for me.

I chose not to drink the whole thing (not even a pint) given I have the choice of other better beers to drink tonight instead.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice foamy white head, mountainous. Clear gold hue displaying minimal carbonation. Big malty aroma, pils like with an exquisite sea air component melting well with the grassy and hay-like farmhouse elements. The straw scent may come up a bit too much up front to my liking, but it definitely makes me feel for a pils. Musty, mellow weird herbs, alga or with an aquatic feel anyway. Light palate, malty despite a hop crunch toward the finish, but it never becomes too dry. Pleasant foamy mouthfeel, biting carbonation, rounder than a pilsner, but just as refreshing.

Photo of jahred
2.51/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very bright, pale yellow color, with a thick white foam. There's very little scent from the beer - light hoppy notes, but nothing else.

My first sip leads to a pale, crisp dry taste, with not much else. Later there's some slight bitterness, perhaps a vague DMS vegetable flavor, and some very faint hop notes. There was little else to the taste, and the beer is certainly not worth the cost of the beer (thankfully I only purchased a single!)

Very disappointing.

Photo of necoadam
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at Town & Country at W. Springfield MA

Pours out a pale golden color with a nice amount of carbonation that stays with you until the end. So far so good right? Well the smell was pretty average. Light dose of hops along with some slight malts, and some grainy like aromas along with some fruitiness hidden in the background. Smelled almost like a pils. Sweetness and more sweetness. This beer got more unbearable the more you drink it. The cloyingness is just too much. Some hops do bite, but it's so sweet that it doesn't matter. Some fruit also pokes through, but again, the sweetness takes over. Mouthfeel was light-medium with some medium carbonation, but it's quite cloying. 22oz bottle of ...yuck! Never buying this again, but I will try their beire de garden to see if they can redeem themselves.

Photo of drewbage
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the BJ's August Saison and Biere d Garde tasting.

Odd odd bottle. And I think that might be the best aspect of this beer.

Beer pours pale crystal clear yellow with a loos white head that's fluffy and large bubbled.

Aroma is grainy and surprisingly clean pils like hop aroma (aka Saaz). The faintest whiff of honey.

Flavor matches aroma with a sweet grainy body that drops quickly out of the way and moves to a dry crisp finish.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw with a white and moussy head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was Saaz hops with a light maltiness.

The flavor was well balanced in terms of bitter vs malty and with a slight fruitiness that helped offset the one dimensional character of the flavor.

The finish was just slightly off dry with no lingering flavors other than a slight fruitiness. The body was medium light.

24 ounce green bottle.

Photo of WesWes
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pale malt scent with a slight green bottle skunkiness that lingers on the nose. It smells refreshing, but is a bit dry. The taste is a little above average. It has a very sweet flavor. It boasts of pale malts, light hops, and a thick finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a weird brew. It's light in color and aroma, but it has a thick mouthfeel and a super sweet taste. I guess it's good, but nothing I would ever buy again.

Photo of jed
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Comes in a green, 50 cl can with the Jenlain logo, a description of the beer in a number of languages, and large text describing "pur malt." Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid, blonde/gold, a little bit more copper-colored than a typical American macro lager. Decent head with weak retention, but as the head disappears it leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Bready aroma with a slight hint of malt. Unfortunate vegetable smells, especially a strong corn presence.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet nose with overpowering vegetable taste. A hint of hop bitterness follows but fails to salvage the beer. No real finish, and a horrible lingering aftertaste of sweet vegetable flavors. As the beer warms, a little bit more bitterness helps balance the sweetness, but again, it's not enough.

Mouthfeel: Slightly below average, very thin.

Drinkability: I'm glad I picked up a can of this instead of going for the 65 cl bottle. Far too sweet to handle in large, or even small quantities.

A huge disappointment from Brasserie Duyck after the excellent Jenlain Bière de Garde. I'm still interested in trying their bière du printemps, but I'll steer clear of the Blonde in the future.

Photo of TerryW
1.96/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear golden yellow with a brittle looking white head. Made a decent job of lacing the glass.

But after that, I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this one at all. One of those few brews I couldn't be bothered to finish.

Skunky sweet with the odour of corn. The taste of the beer is utterly dominated by corn. Very sweet and cloying, hardly a hint of malt, no mention of hops. More like a corn soda than anything else. Mouthfeel is cotton-dry and quite unpleasant.

Comes in a beer bottle that's kind of interesting to look at, but I ain't too sure it's really beer. Try it if you're curious, otherwise give it a pass.

Photo of putnam
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Absolutely clear bronze liquid and soft white head. The aromas remind me of heineken. Floral, cereal-like. There is a faint whiff of porcelain.
It appears that this beer is a dumbed-down version of a Biere de Garde. Clear, more mild. There is no exotic fruit, nor earth, nor even the slightest peppery bite of yeast to give it structure. It is malty and sweetly alcoholic. The texture is vaguely creamy. The intention seems to be good, but the result is a beer that is in a stylistic limbo. Well crafted nevertheless.

Photo of Popsinc
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of importguy
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden colour pale ale. Nothing too exciting about the taste except for a hint of maybe spice or ginger. Little to no head and the smell does not give away to much.

Very drinkable and light would make a great beer on a hot afternoon on the middle of the summer.

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Jenlain Blonde from Brasserie Duyck
76 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.