Jenlain Bière De Printemps | Brasserie Duyck

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Jenlain Bière De PrintempsJenlain Bière De Printemps

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Luminescent pale gold with sudsy white head. Very fine, lively carbination. Clarity is excellent. I can actually see the wrinkles in my fingers through the glass. I ofeten think of these beers as having a more rustic appearance but what a beautiful beer.

Aroma- Typically perfumey, spicy, farmhouse profile extremely low phenols, light citrus, honey, white pepper, jasmine. A very complex nose without anything really dominating. Slight apple aroma, prbably from goldings hops.

Taste- As with so many of Jenlain's beers, the flavor is suprisingly simple and elegant. A very straightforward basemalt flavor, almost certainly Pilsner, with very little hop bitterness, relying more on a combination of alcohol, carbonic bite, and astringency for balance. Once again, none of these characters are opressive. Peppery phenols and just a touch of goldings hop flavor surface here and there and though this beer has clearly been expertly filtered, a slight yeasty character chases out the extremely dry finish. This beer begs for a sharp, white cheese, and how i wish i had some.

MF- This is a big part of the story with this beer. Carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel while phenols and alcohol brace the palate for an astingency that pulls at the cheeks. This probably sounds awful, but it all comes together for a very cohesive overall impression and gives alot of the life to what might otherwise be a fairly boring beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a straw color with a rocky one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of earthy, musty hops with good amounts of sweet malt. As the beer warms the hops fade and the sweet malt flavor takes over and is joined by a slightly metallic aroma.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by light musty flavors while the beer is cold, but as it warms the malt flavors take over and are joined by nondescript light fruit flavors. The ending is neither here nor there, both sweet and bitter with no dryness.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished the bottle but the last 8 oz were not the easiest to go down.

Overall I won't say to actively avoid this beer, but there are more than a few I'd take before this one.

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Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly silted golden with a moderate, rocky rise of white suds.
It exudes aromas of pear and apple musts, lemon candies, corkboard, limestone, and sulfur.
Upon the tongue, there is a lightly wheaty, grainy malt, that is sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar. Apple cores and pear skins gather over time, but the overall fruitiness is somewhat stunted. Sandalwood and cork note arise in the yeast-augmented midsection, along with subtle allspice and dried tarragon. Hopping is leafy, brown, and indistinct to the otherwise present herbal notions, but brings a noted closing bitterness. Most of the flavors are mere apparitions, in need of substance and fleshing-out.
Light-to-medium bodied with a fleecy steadfast carbonation. This has the structure to support something fantastic. But here, it supports something a little better than mediocre.
It's somewhat bland and completely drinkable. With some tweaks and fortifications to the malt bill, I'd probably like this a lot. And that basically describes the Ambrée.

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Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours golden with a creamy white head that lasts, leaving some uneven rings of lacing.

The smell is of faint grass, some sulfur, lemon/lime (or rather lime/lemon). It's a bit musty. Smells something similar to a musty-ish EPL, if you ask me.

Taste reminds me of a thicker/more estery EPL. Maybe partly due to the Alsatian hops? Don't know...maybe it's the yeast strain...maybe it's the whole thing put together...Back to the taste - Sweet grainy (a bit orangey?) malt with a grassy (almost metallic that subsides as it progresses) sharpness. There's a hint of herbal bitterness, though it remains sweet through the finish. It's a bit musty.

The feel is fine, with enough carbonation to cut through making the body less thickish/syrupy.

Not too interesting, to me (unless you're looking for an "ale" version of a mediocre-ish, malty-ish EPL - which would be fine, but comes too close to "not working".) Drinkable, though,to a degree. I found it to be more drinkable than the No. 6, but not as pleasant or complex as the Ambree.

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Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Printemps is a very effervescent, clear gold forming a large, rocky white head that leaves heavy lace. Quite a looker! Served around 45F

Smell is nice, stronger, honey and flowers, with wafts of grain coming through as it warmed a bit.

Taste is pretty nice as well, a bit on the simple side, mostly sugary, but with a very clean finish. I like it, although I could use a little more attention of the residuals, which are a bit over the top, even for a sweet beer lover like me.

Mouthfeel is very light, not as dry as Belgian Saisons, but this is a French Bière de Mars, so no worries here. Very smooth, perhaps a bit watery, but this a hot weather brew. Best served cold.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a nice little beer. I have to say, I'm pretty surprised, partially by some of the scathing reviews, partially from some of the less desirable brews I've had from Duyck before. None of that strong orange flavor that you find in some of their worst examples. Sure, it's simple and sugary, but that was what I expected, and it's well made, clean, attractive and tasty. Great choice for washing down some pizza on this hot summer evening, although the sweetness keeps you from gulping too much at once.

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Photo of kcillini77
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
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 cyrenaica
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
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 irishkyle21
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Derek
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, golden-bronze, fluffy white head, little retention & lace.

S: Big floral hop & light earthy-mineral aroma, with tropical fruit & a slight breadyness.

T: Surprisingly malty (bread & caramel), floral & grassy hops, slight earthyness and spice, hint of buttery diacetyl.

M: Moderate, malty body has a crisp, dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy drinker for the style.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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 mrmanning
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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?

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
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 allergictomacros
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Viggo
2.11/5  rDev -35.9%
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 sstackho
2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
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 Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Antilochus
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.96/5  rDev -10%
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 colebenoit
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of putnam
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
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