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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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 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 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
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%
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 -5.2%
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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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 jed
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jenlain Bière de Printemps

Presentation: Comes in dark green, 75 cl bottle with cork and crown. Label with painted farm scene, blurb on side with some information about the beer. Best if consumed before the end of 1/2005, which seems odd for a spring seasonal. Some kind of brewing code on the label, L4026. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, golden color. Nice clean white head, about one finger's worth, with excellent head retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind extremely thick lacing. Very active carbonation, with bubbles streaming up from the bottom almost constantly.

Smell: Very strong yeast and grass aromas, followed by sweet apple and pear. The aroma is hurt by a hint of skunkiness, triggering memories of the dreaded Jenlain Blonde, but thankfully there are not vegetal aromas.

Taste: Yeasty mouth with nice, developed graininess, immediately followed by some hop bitterness. Much stronger hop presence than Jenlain's normal bière de garde, although the bitterness fades as the beer warms to room temperature. Sweet fruit flavors of pear, dry cider apple, some hard to place herbal/medicinal notes. Very smooth finish with more yeast, leaving behind a lingering blend of grassy notes and tart apples.

Mouthfeel: Excellent mouthfeel, very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Probably not a session beer, but still highly drinkable with reasonable alcohol and light yet full flavor.

Jenlain's Bière de Printemps was bizarrely difficult for me to find; in Paris, the only place I've seen that carries it is the Monoprix supermarket chain. An interesting variation on their excellent bière de garde, with more hops and a more tart apple flavor. This is highly recommended if you want to try out a uniquely French style.

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Jenlain Bière De Printemps from Brasserie Duyck
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