No. Six Biere Blonde Speciale
Brasserie Duyck

No. Six Biere Blonde SpecialeNo. Six Biere Blonde Speciale
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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #116
Ranked #46,080
3.01 | pDev: 14.29%
Brasserie Duyck
No. Six Biere Blonde SpecialeNo. Six Biere Blonde Speciale
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

Latarnik from New Jersey, May 26, 2014
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2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bright lemony amber with sunshine colored highlights and several streams of slow moving bubbles. The ivory colored cap looks wonderful. It has a thick, rich, bubbly texture and is doing a pretty good job with respect to lace.

For some reason, prior to cracking the cap, I was skeptical about whether this Brasserie Duyck brew is really a Belgian pale ale. Maybe it was my less than wonderful experiences with their beer in the past. One sniff says that Six is nowhere near a Belgian pale, but is closer to a Euro pale lager. Untoasted grain is joined by grassy, Saaz-like hops.

Sorry, but this is not good beer whatever style we settle on. There is now no doubt that it's some bastardized version of a Euro pale lager... that uses ale yeast? There isn't one shred of Belgian yeastiness. Too bad, because it would have helped.

The malt tastes strictly pale/pilsner, with an underlying sweetness that easily keeps pace with the hop bitterness. Grassy is still the spotlight flavor and a twist of lemon juice does nothing to improve things. Sorry, but this is just lousy beer in all ways that matter.

The mouthfeel is average on its best day. A few more bubbles would have helped add some excitement to an experience that is seriously lacking in that regard.

Why do I keep buying Brasserie Duyck beer? Either every single bottle has been past its prime (highly unlikely) or these guys can't brew their way out of a wet paper bag. Jenlain No. Six is an ironically appropriate name since the question and answer are right there on the label. Six? No.

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 750 ml bought by Old Faithful and shared with crwills and james. This is a minimal beer of biere de garde and watered down pale. Thin mouthfeel, some head and light colour. A basic biere de garde aroma, minimal hops, drinkable. 2005 bottle, not past expirey.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Aug 17, 2006
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3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt 6 fl ounce bottle picked up from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in March 2008 for $6.99. I am a big fan of the Jenlain bierre de garde, so was looking forward to this one until I just read the other 4 reviews.

Pours a pretty clear golden golden hue with a fluffy white head and a mad stream of tiny bubbles that are Energizer Bunny style (just keeps going... and going...). Probably the bets part of this beer.

When I first popped the cap, there was this sour Euro Pale Ale hops aroma that jumped in my face- uh-oh! But it faded quickly, and it was then a mild, malty lightly hopped aroma, very inoffensive, nothing to get excited about.

The flavor was sweet malts, honey sweet, "Bit-o-Honey" kind of nutty flavor, with a gentle hop at the end- almost unnoticed.

Easy to drink, but unexciting. I could see this being a gateway beer, sweet and easy to do, but nothing that provides the mouth with something interesting, exciting, or challenging. It's OK, but not something I would revisit.

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Dukeofearl from California, Apr 26, 2008
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2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sold as "Jelatin Blende" in Sweden.

The colour is pale neutral yellow; the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and white. It sinks slowly, leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is mild, clean and neutral. Or, to be frank, very boring. Some sweet notes and a touch of bitter flavours.

The taste got a clean crisp sweet flavour... Hints of fresh French loaf. Very weak hints of nuts and a sour quite refreshing flavour. The aftertaste is sweet like cereals with a very clean, almost artificial bitterness in the background. A sour-bitter metallic flavour in the finish.

The carbonation is strong to medium; the fresh bubbles small. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A light, yet refreshing beer. Although I think that Spaten Premium is a better "pale lager with some wheat malt".

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bark from Sweden, May 15, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 14-09-2007. Nice and lasting white head and a golden beer that is clear. Nose is of a light ale and shows more lager caracteristics then ale. Some maltarome but overall very light and with that dry grass and not much sparkling freshness though also harly any off-tastes. Taste is even more watery; maltyness, bit sweet but hardly any body, low bitterness and bit of phenolic spicebitterness. Low carbonated doesn't help to make mouthfeel less watery, further quiet harmonic. Easy drinkable brew but missing the certain something to make it into good brew.

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paterlodie from Belgium, Nov 27, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Bayou in SLC.

Pours a nice clean golden color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, very sweet, with some spicyness. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight yeast and spice. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry. Very drinkable, this is a awesome little brew, highly recommended.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Oct 21, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared bottle with northyorksammy and friends at Smokeless Joe.

After a horrible experience with Jenlain's Gingembre (or whatever it is), which I think is still my lowest review ever, I was a bit hesitant to try this one. Although it turned out to be not so terrible, I'm glad I didn't order it myself and had other folks to share it with, because it's not my type of beer. Nevertheless...

Poured a pale (but not watery) yellow into a small sampler glass. Notable carbonation. Little aroma to speak of. Flavour is drinkable, but overly sweet. Reminds me a lot of Fischer, actually, and I have basically the same opinion of it... drinkable, but not something I'd order again.

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crwills from Ontario (Canada), Aug 20, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 50cl can. Pours a straw color with a large white head. Smells malty with yeast hints, no hops. Taste is very light on the malt and yeast flavors with a slight hint of hops. Mouthfeel is light with good carbination. Overall an average beer.

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gosurfobx from North Carolina, Jul 05, 2006
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2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly chill-hazed golden with a creamy white head that thins and stays, leaving some rings of lacing. The head pushes towards the two scores I had in mind, but the dull-ish color convinces me that the given score is validated.

The smell is grassy and grainy with a hint of lemon/lime. Smells like an EPL with some biere-de-garde-like mustiness.

The taste is sweet - very. It's malty with some mustiness, some "Euro-skunk" EPL-style. There's a soapy touch that does nothing for this already less than impressive brew but to bring it to an even lower level. There's a pils-like grassiness (without the bitterness) mixed in. There's also a pinch of raw alcohol. Finishes as it begins - sweet and bland.

The feel is light-bodied, yet thickish, with a slight coarseness.

An ale version of a sub-par EPL. Doesn't work for me. I suppose that I could see where they were going here - according to the label, this is to compete with the lagers from Alsace. But, I would take a Kronenbourg 1664 over this in a heart-beat. This doesn't fit into any style well, and that's fine...but, it doesn't "work" either, IMO.

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jwc215 from Arizona, Oct 09, 2008
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2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a pack of these from a French Hypamarket: 25cl throw away green bottles, just for drinking in the kitchen while cooking and stuff over Christmas, saved one to review at leasure.

They were great just for 'out the neck' quaffing in the hot surrounds of the cooker but didn't really notice the taste etc, I just 'necked' them.

This bottle however will get some respect: poured into an 'Augustijn' labelled chalice.

It looked like your typical European lager/pilsner. Light golden body, bright, clean and clear, on top the usual white head that refuses to hang around.

The smell was slightly metallic with hints of a hop (yes, you read that correctly, a hop).

The beer is supposed to be filtered, and lagered but unpasteurised. So it's a lager then!

The regular lager/pilsner body depth is almost reached, but this is a bit thinner and weaker really, the 6% ABV isn't hidden too well and the flavours are not strong either:it's a cheap supermarket lager in all aspects.

Strange how I enjoyed just drinking this beer a lot more than I have dissecting and reviewing it. The beer had a chance to warm up a bit too as I wrote this review, you don't want to drink this unless it is cold, trust me!

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BlackHaddock from United Kingdom (England), Jan 18, 2012
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2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of dense head. The head has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Certainly looks good.

Smells like a Euro lager. Also a little from the curse of the green bottle. Sweet malt, Euro yeast, and skunky hops.

Reading the label on the bottle I am led to believe this is indeed a lager. As a Euro lager it is average. Very sweet malt and cereal grains. Hop presence and bitterness is low. Too low in fact. Again a little skunky.

Solid body and nice carbonation.

It would be a decent Euro lager if it is fresh and unskunked. If this is indeed a Belgian pale ale, I need to change all the scores and give it an F.

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morimech from Minnesota, Sep 14, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours gold with a large white head.
Nose shows hay, grainy cereal notes and spicy, grassy hops.
Similar flavours, both in terms of hops and malt. Finishes with a light, well-suited bitterness.
Body feels a little light.
Not too bad but a little plain.

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CrazyDavros from Australia, Jul 24, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought myself a 33 cl beige can. The Label is in green with writing in red and white. A small devil in black.

A: A strawcolored/golden pour with a very light airy large white head that slowly dissipates into nice lacings.

S: Bready and yeasty. Sweet malt and wheat. Light fruity, citric.

T: Sweet but very light in taste. Spice and honey. A bit metallic.

M: Medium body and carbonation, smooth small bubbles. Almost no aftertaste.

D: A bit to light in taste to make me excited. But this would probably be a great beer on a warm summer day.

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3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear straw colored beer, a white head that recedes leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is rather faint, somewhat sweet and malty - biscuit, corn flakes. A bit metallic and some lime notes.

The brew has an immediate sweetness, sugar on cereal, then some lemon and a small bitter finish - that actually stays a while.

Low carbonation, small bubbles a dry finish.

A rather light and refreshing beer if you just want a drink.

Very confusing labeling and content in the Swedish can (sold as Jenain Blonde, abv 5.9%).

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rarbring from Sweden, May 15, 2010
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2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale yellow with an orange hue, and a thin, white head that fades gradually but remains almost full.
Smell is spicey malts with some notes of ginger and euro yeast.
Taste is sweet and sour up front, with some stale bread malts. Finish is more sour malts.
Mouthfeel is flat and oily. Finish is slightly sticky. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is fairly poor. The taste is mildly unpleasant, and the mouthfeel isn't much better. The appearance and smell are the only two aspects that make the par.

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Parrotbeak from Minnesota, May 22, 2010
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3.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively styled 16oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a sunny golden color with good clarity. Two fingers of fine-bubbled white head retain well. Clumpy lacing clings everywhere.

S: Sweet Pilsner malt base. Bready-sweet and a little toasted grain. Hay. Tame earthy/musty yeast. Slight herbal hop spice.

T: Sweet Pilsner malt, toast, hay. Very herbal with a bitter edge. Musty yeast backbone. Dries a bit toward the finish. Flavors of toasted grain and dry herbs ride it out.

M: Medium bodied. Round and firm malt backbone presses in a bit. Light prickling carbonation.

O: Not bad, but I think I would prefer it to be drier.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, Feb 18, 2015
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2.97/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, this beer is way old. It was formerly called Jenlain Blonde Pur Malt Speciale, but around 2006 they changed it to the current title.

I am drinking a beer of the old labeling, in a peculiar green 650ml bottle, with a date of 2005. Mind you, this is not a beer that would generally be aged. I wouldn't have bought it. But my friend did, and I'll try any beer once. Except bacon beer.

A - Blonde and clear, with fizzy white foam that quickly subsides.

S - The aroma is very sweet; honey, sugary, floral, just very sweet.

T - Also sweet tasting, and it has surprisingly kept well over the years; no evidence of any damage from heat, oxidation, and the like. Tastes like super-intensely-sweet Dortmunder; the honey sweetness and floral element are similar.

M - Meh. Better than BMC.

D - Meh. Better than BMC.

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2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The brew pours a pale yellow, with a transient head of huge white bubbles standing a finger high. What are left are large islands floating atop the surface. What little lace there is, is due to the swirling of our glasses. There is almost complete transparency and carbonation looks to be medium. The aroma is light, and a bit sour. The primary components are adjunct grains, yeast, some medicinals, and a faint appley sweetness on the very back. There is also a note of hops for balance. As we sip, there is a surprisingly present intermingling of grain, yeast, and fairly present hops. The effect is bittering. The middle flattens out, with a touch of sweetness, and corny adjuncts washing through full force. The finish is more of the same, hollow of all but grain and tin. The aftertaste breathes with some oddly placed, bitter phenols, a drying chalkiness, and more grain. The body is light, possibly medium, and the carbonation is quite high. The feel is airy and watery, as it leaves the mouth wet, but neither coated nor satiated. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks easily, for lack of flavor.

Overall, what we liked most about this brew was the very beginning of the taste. It actually begins with a bit of a kick, with malts and the surprisingly palpable hopping mixing well. The balance is nice, and there, but it falls apart quickly, to an over-mellowing of flavor within a dull overarching framework. Of note, the bright green can is pretty sweet.

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TheBrewo from New York, Feb 22, 2011
No. Six Biere Blonde Speciale from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 19 ratings