Jenlain Or
Brasserie Duyck

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French Bière de Garde
Ranked #140
Ranked #39,150
3.56 | pDev: 14.61%
Brasserie Duyck
Jenlain OrJenlain Or
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 32
Reviews by doktorhops:
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4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine 'biere blonde de degustation' to whet ones appetite (for beer) and this one comes from Brasserie Duyck based out of Jenlain a town only 9km from the Belgian border - now that's a pedigree to be proud of. The only other Bière de Garde I've reviewed so far was 3 Monts, which was fantastic, so I'm expecting big things from Or.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents a clear golden body with large champagne bubbles and a minimal white head.

S: The nose is upfront with vinous characters; pinot blanc grape, crisp apple and floral aromas. There is also a note of bubblegum and bread yeast in the background.

T: Flavour is even bolder, first let me say - yes it has a truckload of sugar. However the sugar is a ruse to hide the alcohol content (8% ABV) without destroying the palate. And what a palate; fusions of grape, apple, bubblegum, pepper and baker's yeast swirling around, a classic Simpsons phrase "It's like there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited" puts it poignantly.

M: Medium bodied with some champagne fizz that refreshes the palate well.

T: Some might think that Or has too much sugar in it. Those people would be missing the point - you don't criticise a sweet dessert wine for being sweet, neither should you criticise an 8% ABV blond for being sweet, there are very few beers above 8% that you will not find sweet. This brew, along with 3 Monts has shown me that there are some serious players just south of Belgium making some top quality beer. Doubtless they are all from Brasseries, the craft brewers of France, and when I find one these days it's no longer with scorn do I think "From France? Those cheese eating surrender monkeys", but with delight that I think "From France? Those guys that brew as good as the Belgians", thank you Or.

Food match: Some hearty French cuisine would pair well; pommes de terre dauphinoise, boeuf à la Bourguignonne or even a nice grilled filet mignon, with gravy of course.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.88/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is unfortunately dominated corn notes which are not really pleasant. Taste is also dominated by loads of corn ester with an overly sweet malt base. Boyd is full with a weird oily texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This one is a total mess and not something I would look for again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LCBO seasonal. Biere de Garde in malty yeasty sweet sandwich. Just too sweet. Floral malty yeastiness. Creamy mouthfeel. Large retained head. 750 ml is a lot even for 4 people.Want more of the spice, the biere de garde part. Pours like a champagne, understated carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Or" (gold) is a most suitable name for this blindingly bright yellow beer. Sunglasses are advised. The complexity is clear despite a bit of haze and seeing your finger through the other side is no problem what so ever. But apparently that cork was quite porous: most all carbonation escaped somehow. This beer is flat.

If we consider strong Belgian pales as heavyweights due to their strength and features of peppery, fruity, phenolic yeast, then this French example is more like a cruiser-weight. The fact that I can smell sugar and grains means this beer is undernourished, so to speak. It pales in comparison (no pun intended) but it's not unpleasant.

Or has a serviceable, if plain, flavour; its pale, bready maltiness mirrors that of a lager in fact (overlooking the added alcohol strength). While it unquestionably lacks the pyrotechnics of typical Belgian examples, it has some complexity. And it's definitely tasty, showing a bit of earthy hop taste and dollops of apple and pear.

The sugar (or whatever they added to boost the alcohol) got it there alright, but does not serve the mouthfeel well. It leaves a conspicuous sweetness that is initially pleasant but quickly becomes too saccharine. With warmth it becomes a little more mellow and honey-like. Bloody refreshing as is, but more bubbles are still needed.

Jenlain Or has not been held in great regard by most reviewers, which is understandable if people were expecting a bière de garde. But this is obviously a strong pale ale, in the same vein as Duvel, and in that respect deserves a little more love. I think this is good enough to put Brasserie Duyck, not above, but at least in the company of Dupont or D'Achouffe.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a clear classic Gold colour with a tight one fingered head that reduces to a film and does not lace

S - (with a cold) Sweetness and grainy malts

T - bits of banana and apple from the yeast. heaps of fruit in this beer. The alcohol content is well hiiden. A little sticky on the finish

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - Really liked this one, It tends to lean towards a Belgian Blonde comapred to other De Garde's that I have had. Not to say it isn't a good beer though. Recommend with some Cheese or White sauce based pasta

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty aroma with spicy notes (coriander ?).
Taste and mouthfeel : malty and fruity flavours, with spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the French style "bière de garde".

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Photo of korguy123
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml into tulip. Picked up at the lcbo by the mrs as a surprise.

A- Crystal clear straw pour. Two finger soapy white head that drops quickly to a thin cap. Lacing just coats the glass.

S- Biscuit and sugar. Apples and grape skins. Slight pepper aroma.

T- Slight metallic taste, slightly sweet, apples and grapes. Sweet biscuits and pepper.

M- Lively carbonation, light bodied.

O- Not bad, I wouldn't consider this a bier de garde. Probably would have been better in smaller serving size.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Poured golden with strong carbonation coming up. Bright. Half finger of white head. Good island of retention with good lace.

S - Yeast, pepper, biscuity, pear.

T - Good pear, apple, a little spice, a light citrus, yeast.

M - Very smooth with an effervescent medium to full feel. Finishes a little dry.

O/D - Nice. Lot's of pear notes coming through. Tasty. The yeast and fruit mixing was flavourful and made for a nice tipple.

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Photo of Radome
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Bottle was bought in France.

A - Light color on the edge between straw and gold; not much orange color. Crystal clear. Head is pure white; not much on initial pour and only a thin ring around the glass later.

S - Aroma is dominated by a corn-like note. No hops. No malt. Some alcohol booziness, but not much.

T - Flavors are subtle, but nothing bad or offensive. Very low hops flavor; type is indistinct. Hops bitterness is low. Not really any malt flavor except for a faint nuttiness, but the corn is back. No yeast notes. Some white sugar sweetness late in the palate. Alcohol flavor is not evident.

M - Light to medium body. Carbonation is not very high, but there is a carbonic "bite". Some alcohol burn. Finishes dry.

O - A disappointing beer. It is clean and relatively easy to drink, despite the high alcohol content. However, there are no malt or hops to hold it together. I'd much prefer more malt background and an interesting yeast to add character. And hold some of the corn, please.

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Photo of liamt07
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, corked and caged 750ml into a tulip. Date on the neck is July 18, 2012 (is this a best before date?)

Pours a perfectly clear gold, with a finger or two of white head. Decent carbonation evident in the body; lacing is webbed but thin and retention is moderate. Nose is gentle, but suggestive of something more along the lines of a Belgian Golden Strong, sweet and a light candied note, a bit of caramel, and light and gentle hopping. Malts are more prominent here. Taste has some gentle grassiness/European hops and thin, crackery/wafery golden malts. Apple/pear flesh. Sweet body and light bitterness and spice in the finish, with a bit of sulphur. Alcohol is present but not substantial. Lighter medium body, with carbonation being quite high and appropriate. Not like a couple other Biere de Gardes than I've had before, and I'd believe you if you had told me this was a Belgian Golden Strong.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle exceptionally beautiful. So, for large qualities, almost everything.

The nose smells of alcohol, corn and wheat. The body is the beautiful part in the grain but also a warm alcohol spoil some other flavors of beer, if other flavors there a. The finish also offers the warm presence devoid of taste.

Nothing really fantastic.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle from the LCBO. Grabbed my attention because the label looked more like a wine or wine-like beverage. Also, this will be my first non-Boris/Kronenbourg French beer, so that's something.

Poured into my trusty Duvel chalice. Brilliant honey golden, effervescent, but the carbonation causes a quick head burn off. No matter. Leaves a slight ring.

Nose is sweet, malty, a bit of bread, light hops and musk. Never had a biere de garde before, but this is what I assumed it must smell like - similar to a saison.

Has a sweet lager backing, bready, and quite musky and with a touch of just past its prime fruit. Not going to lie, the taste became pretty cloying after a while. It's not bad, it's just not my cup of tea.

Sticky mouthfeel, carbonation wasn't well distributed - felt both flat and over-carbed at the same time.

Probably a case of my expectations running away with me. I was kind of hoping for something not entirely unlike Hennepin - this was really sweet and had a disagreeable taste, in my humble opinion. If I were to drink something like this again, it would need to be a lot drier and fresher. I'm glad the LCBO is bringing in some different brews from under-represented nations, but this one was a miss for me.

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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden colour, one finger of white head, little lace left behind. Smell is yeasty and quite spicy, floral with sweet candy notes, lightly must with hints of alcohol. Taste is pretty earthy and yeasty, sweet banana and apple candy flavours, spicy, floral hops with a sweet finish. High zippy carbonation, full feel, medium-full body. Aside from this being a little too sweet for me at first the sweetness did mellow and became rather pleasant, a good but not great beer that is probably best to split since its a big bottle, pretty decent though.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair/good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, apples, yeast, peppery spice mix

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with corn and some apples. There is also a bit of yeast and clove/pepper. It ends with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall – While it is an above average beer it's not really something I think I'll revisit. Perhaps if it was available to me in a smaller size.. the large bottle was more than enough for one sitting.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very clear straw-like colour with a finger of foam head. Quick fading retention with some sporadic lacing.

S: Grain/floral qualities (faintly soap-like), spices of pepper & clove, cane sugar, and subdued orchard fruit notes of apple and pear. Nice but not too varied.

T: Bread-like malt coupled with a substantial floral flavour is potent upfront, with flashes of watermelon that follow. Orchard fruits, pepper, and clove are all evident. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Nice, bitter and dry taste.

M: Light body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Quite tasty. I'm enjoying the bitter and dryness of this, but not overly crazy about the floral focus. Nonetheless, I was happy to see something like this in the LCBO.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice pale golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of yeast, spices, floral notes and some fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet corn and bready malt character, yeast, floral and earthy hops, some spices and a light fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. It's like a lager meets a Belgian Pale Ale but all together a solid beer.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle - two finger white head that quickly faded to a thin collar - no lacing and a pale golden body reminiscent of a euro lager

Aroma is yeasty pale malt with light fruit

Taste follows the nose with some corn and sweet bread - almost like a kicked up pale lager - some floral hops present - very sweet - a tart apple cider note in the finish and a little dry - for lack of a better description I also taste some vomit although it is somehow not as bad as it sounds. I also get a mineral hard water aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied syrupy brew with a bitterness similar to a lager. Not overly smooth and a little dry in the finish.

Overall, I was disappointed by this brew. Certainly did not live up to the beauty of the bottle nor is the price justified. Drinkable but not on my christmas list. Oh the brews I passed up in favour of this one!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with a thin head, but keeping a constant plate.
Aroma with predominant notes of oranges and hints of white grapes, musk, distant banana, apple and white bread. Slightly sour.
Flavor with predominant notes of Cointreau liquor, mild curacao, musk, bread, bubble gum and apricot. Dry aftertaste with a very mild bitterness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is well hidden.
Delicate and easy to drink Strong Ale. More assertive than complex.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Jenlain Or from Brasserie Duyck
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 32 ratings