Jenlain Bière De Printemps | Brasserie Duyck

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Jenlain Bière De PrintempsJenlain Bière De Printemps

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Brasserie Duyck

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a Bière de Mars.

Added by jed on 03-30-2004

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of FreshmanPour77
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of Viggo
2.11/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of gueuzer
2.37/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Andreji
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of sstackho
2.62/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.62/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of 7ways
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had originally read the 'Traditional French Farmhouse Ale' and skipped over the 'Biete de Mars' on the label and confused this with a saison. Imagine my surprise when I cracked this open.

Poured a light amber color with a bit of white head. Decent lacing left on glass.

Nose consists of some sweet malts and a hint of pepper.

Taste is slightly sweet. Very mild. None of the pepper flavor I detected in the nose. Minimal bitterness.

This is an ok, though fairly forgettable beverage. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this one.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of kcillini77
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of colebenoit
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle I brought to share at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is of malt and honey with some slight notes of oxidation. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that shows poor aging coupled with a extremely lacking mouthfeel.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
3.3 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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