Jenlain Blonde | Brasserie Duyck

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Jenlain BlondeJenlain Blonde

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brakspear on 11-02-2002

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't get the poor reviews because I really liked this one. I admittedly know next to nothing about Biere de Garde style, so perhaps the novelty makes me rate it more highly.
It poured a golden color with a massive head that almost spilled over and a soapy lacing that swirls around the glass.
Sweet aroma of honey malts and apples. The taste is also sweet as reflected in the aroma. Along with the honey malts and orchard fruit, there is a lemon like quality, some peppery tones, and a tiny bit of hops for balance. Also, a slight bubblegum quality makes this one feels like a sweeter, milder and less alcoholic version of a Belgian Pale Ale. The feel is medium bodied but on the chewy side, slightly syrupy and effervescent in the mouth.
I had this one with dinner and it feels like a good one to pair with a meal; perhaps better than drinking it alone.

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Photo of farrago
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pour barely creates a thin surface dusting, you can not only see but hear it sizzle off rapidly, no lacing of note. Filmy orange to yellow hued liquid with an enormous quantity of very large bubbles, they almost seem to crowd each other out, translucent with no way to see through it. The nose is bready with a slightly metallic to sweaty edge, challah, honey, orange peel, the fruit is straightforward apple, pear, apricot to white grape, at times there’s notes of room temperature butter. Full-bodied, it’s gluey in texture and all those visible bubbles do not add up to much active carbonation. Faded flowers, dough to sweeter baked breads, the honey is close to oppressive. More spiced orange peel, lemons and cola bean notes, maybe coriander or ginger. Same array of apple, pear, peach and maybe melon fruit. On the back end comes a mild pepperiness as well as that metallic touch. Otherwise, not much for balance and the treacly sweetness and density gets to be a bit much. Extremely bready finish. It’s not that such a beer does not have its place but this one wore me out.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

.5 l can consumed from plastic cup in hotel. So much for the ambience... Very malty aroma, medium golden in color with medium creamy head. Flavors is malt, bread with a tiny amount of bitterness. Not bad considering the circumstances I’m sampling this in...

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.97/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a clear gold colour, whispy white head, not much lace. Pretty dull.

Smells grainy. Sweet with creamed corn, rice and rolled oats. Honey as well. Smells... Bad. Not just boring. Bad.

Taste is rubbish as well. Grainy, rice, corn, puffed oats. Fairly dull, overly sweet. No balance, no finesse. Meh meh MEH.

Thin, bit gluggy at times from the solvent sugars. Bad.

Do not like. Will not drink. No construct proper sentences.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jenlain Blonde has a thin, off-white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and an enormous amount of suspended, powdery sediment. The aroma is extremely faint, but one might pick up a ghost of fruit and light malt. Taste is of syrup & apricots, sugar, light malt, and mild, background bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat soft, and Jenlain Blonde finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and not the slightest bit alchohilic.


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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pour a clear golden yellow forming a medium bubbled white head. Medium retention and some lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet grains, vanilla and honey. Malty and fruity. Flowery and bit citrus hops

T: Sweet malts upfront with strong notes of honey. Notes of oranges and flowery hops. Moderate bitterness. Balanced

M: Medium body. Molasses. Medium carbonation. Sweet malts aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good beer

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Didn't really know what to expect.
Poured a hazy amber color (between amber and gold) and was topped with a thin white head.
The aroma is easy to pick up - some malts along with the fruity aroma.
It starts sweet and fruity, slightly yeasty feel, followed by a bittery body with slightly off-putting metalic feel and quite obvious alcohol feel.
Not my favourite, to be honest.

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Photo of FLima
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful golden color with over 6 fingers of thick and fluffy head with great retention and leaving lots of laces. Apparent carbonation and with floating particles at the bottom of the bottle.
It has a light tartness to its aroma with notes of lemon and a hint of horse blanket. I wasn’t expecting this last one.
Sweet flavor with hints of oranges, tea leaves, champagne, pear soaked in alcohol and green apples.
Medium body with good carbonation and a citrus acid feeling.
It is a mix of a Tripel, Sour and a bit of Belgian IPA. Worth a try, not sure I would have this again.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick review: saw the bad reviews on this, so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it and it was somewhat floral and pretty smooth and light.

I had a bottle that was somewhat aged, so I don't know if that somehow affected the flavors. Served in a tulip glass, garnished with an orange. A little too sweet if I had one criticism, with the cloying floral notes often present in a cheaper Belgian style Trippel. Nice mouthfeel, a little on the smaller side.

BOTTOM LINE: I probably wouldn't get this again because there are better beers for the price, but I would get it again for about $5 per 750ml. Nothing really special about it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy light to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some deep golden yellow + light orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a mottled very thin film that covers about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring of medium sized bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of carbonation are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts, sweet light fruits (apple and a touch of grape), and just a light hint of spices.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with moderate flavors of sweet light fruits (apples dominate). Very light hints of herbal hops and a touch of spices. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fade quickly are observed.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I remember drinking this beer way back in the mid-1990s when this was a very interesting beer but unfortunately it did not stand the test of time for me, the industry has moved on but these guys have not changed in the least.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at La Bonne Soupe in Manhattan, NY on 30 December 2012. Can't remember having a French beer before.

Pours a medium-pale golden yellow, clear. One finger of white head, decent retention and find lacing. Some visible carbonation, but I'd like more.

Smell is warm and smooth, in that characteristic inoffensive (not the right word?) way that Belgian blondes typically are. Belgian yeast brings a touch of spice, and a light drift of crisp hops bookends it.

Taste is buttery, rounded, pretty much what I was expecting. I remember a time when beers like this wowed me with their unique flavor (Leffe Blond comes to mind), but now that I'm familiar with it, I want more from this. A fade to bitter in the finish, but that's only 20% of it. The rest is dominated by that malt-yeast-forward blooming richness.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied, kinda ballooning, but under-carbonated. Definitely undercarbonated. Not flat, but flatter than it should be.

A fine beer, and definitely in the Belgian blonde wheelhouse. I could drink more of this; main complaint is the lack of carbonation. I see it's listed here as a biere de garde, but that's not how it strikes me.

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Photo of TylerKohlhagen
4.36/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First of all the bottle I'm drinking is teen years old. With that said here we go.

Appearance: exactly what you would expect from a blonde. Light golden in color.
Aroma: sweet smelling, with a touch of menthol.
Flavor: light, crisp, slight wheat type characteristics with a touch of mint, which I'm guessing is from age.
Mouth feel: medium bodied, sweet, effervescent.

All in all not bad for being teen years old.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber to orange colour with a foamy white head on top that stays for a couple of minutes, only reducing in size gradually.

Orange peel, some good citrus notes and a lot of yeast in this one to begin with that makes it smell almost like a witbier. There is some pears in there as well as some floral hops and a touch of apple.

Sweet malts and some light fruits, mainly some apple and pear from the nose. There is a touch of orange that becomes stronger as the drink goes on and this is followed by some floral hops and some citrus.

Sweet with a smooth, medium body and strong carbonation and a touch of sticky bitterness right at the end, although this is minimal.

A good fruity, hop filled taste to the beer that had a good kick to it. One of the better of the style that I have tried recently.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. No date on bottle but batch stamp on back was L1146.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with a thin white head across the top. Long strands of persistent white lacing.

Smell: Malty with orange citrus. Overall sweet with a hint of yeast in there. Aroma is muted though.

Taste: Perfectly balanced malt and citrus with some herbal/spicy hops in at the end. Simple in flavor, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, just right carbonation that is spicy on the tongue, but then gone.

Overall / Drinkability: Very very very drinkable beer. I wish I had another or two of these which makes them quite dangerous at 7.5% ABV. Smooth, simple, tasty. Went fantastic with fettuccine Alfredo, and I believe this would be great with a lot of other meals as well. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Pours a very calm amber gold, clear, with hardly any white head. Nose reminds me of a euro-pils. Palate is crisp with a little burnt wood flavor that comes across, maybe just an odd malt flavor? The palate is crisp and clean, but the flavor is like over-toasted grains.

Notes: Not impressed.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2->Hennepin Goblet
A ~ Pours apple-juice/blonde with a brilliant gold hue next to the light.

S ~ yeast-bread, crabapples, lemon pith, honey, asian pear

T ~ Ripe yellow apples, overripe pears, & caramelized sugar make up most of the flavor. There are also medicinal flavors. Great notes of bread & butter pudding & caramel apples as things open up. Touches of zest & pepper on the back of the throat.

M ~ Sweet & messy for the most part. Hops on the back end save things a bit. When warm, it became near undrinkable.

D ~ A decent example of the style, but things didn't cohere through the course of the beer. A bit overpriced. Will not revisit.

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold in color with a 1 finger white head that fades slowly, leaving good lacing.

Smells of yeast, lemon, coriander, apples, floral hops and sweet malt; aroma is nice, but on the basic side.

Tastes very sweet up front, with sweet malt, lemon, yeast, coriander, orange peel, floral hops, hay or earthy tones, brown sugar, and some light citrus hops; nice Belgian style blonde ale with well balanced flavor lead by the malt and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth with light carbonation, a medium body and a light feel. A real nice beer that went down easy and would be a good session beer. Not the most complex beer, but very drinkable

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Photo of rudzud
3.14/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up on sale at Julio's. Even at the price I paid, it still wasnt worth it.

A - A nice crystal clear golden copper pour with a nice fluffy two finger head that slowly faded to leave a nice quarter inch blanket and light side lacing.

S - Sweet malts, green apple skins, and metal. Why metal?!

T - Just like the nose...damn this metal flavor! There are really nice sweet malts and of those juicy, tart green apple skins all of which are killed by the metal.

M - Light mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep things somewhat crisp on the end. The alcohol is present, which is customary to the style.

O - I really wasnt a fan of this beer. The metallic aroma and flavor destroyed this beer for me. Theres hints of something really nice to the beer, the good green apple skin qualities, but its all wiped clean by the metal.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle. Freshness date noted on label. Served in an Allagash tulip glass.
It pours a yellow golden color with a good sized white head and some patchy lacing.
A sweet, biscuity malty smell rises at first pour. Floral and resinous hop aromas drift in. A little mixed fruit cup and whiffs of alcohol are noticed.
A slightly citrus and edgy tea-like hop bitterness rests on a biscuity bed of malt. A little vodka-like alcoholic bite sneaks in midway through a lasts throughout, especially in the breath.
This Blonde is a bit sweeter and bit richer in body than I expected. And it’s a fairly potent brew for the style, but overall a nice, easy-to-gulp brew.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pop the cage and cork on this guy and pour a brew of bright golden-copper. It has nearly no head, even on a relatively hard pour, but does support some large white bubbles adhering to the edges of the glass, atop the liquid. There is near complete transparency to the beer and carbonation looks low to medium. The nose fills with corny adjuncts, faint sweetening esters, flecks of strawberry, and generous dose of tin. There are hints of medicinal phenols on the tail. The sip begins with solid malts, and some softening, cooling esters. Adjuncts seep in around the edges, piggybacked by some bittering, clovey phenols. The middle runs with some spice. These are of black pepper and cinnamon, and start to generate that alcohol twinge that can accompany these types of flavors. We finish on a surprisingly fruity sweetness, of apples. This is cut by an oily, grassy hopping. There is also a metallic note to brush the last of it down the throat. The aftertaste breathes with a return to the adjuncts, with a bittering metallic cheapness to it. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The fizz does its part in creating the illusion of creaminess to an otherwise standardly feeling beer. It coats at first and then dries the palate. The abv is within range, and the beer drinks with simplicity.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the surprising inclusions throughout the taste. After a somewhat questionable aroma, the beer delivered to the tongue some esters and phenols which were totally unexpected. There was some nice blending throughout, and even some hop on the finish, giving this brew a little rejuvenation.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color. Nose a little white wine (one feels indeed raisins) with light winds of tannins (probably due to the cork). Entry into mouth a little acid, but the drink quickly became silky mouth rounded and has good hops (and usually cereals) fairly well controlled. The finish reproduces the hops, with a lemony side, to provide a good aftertaste.

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Photo of piapopilin
4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For beeing a light lager this Blondie is not pale at all. First I thought the smell was unusal and confusing.But the strong elements of citrus and herbs from north France are actually very tasty after drinking the beer at several times. You will learn how to love it. Jenlain has more of an attitude of an amber redhead blonde with special elements of honey and apricot notes, nice colour, crispy at first. Served at 8 degrees it tends to feel more creamy and has the foam that goes well with food. Warmer, Jenlain has a full body taste and is something of a springbeer. Jenlain Blonde is also more worth while for the female tongue. Dont ask me why.Ask your girlfriends.And remember thatJenlain is indeed french...You hated Piaf at first too, gave her bad reviews, you did not see the splendor, the rest is history

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep golden color with a good sized white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind thick lace.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malts with some floral hop aromas. Sweet apples and hints of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet fruits (apple plum, white grape) with an even sweeter finish that has some bitter alcohol hints. Very mild hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with natural carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is my first beer of this style, and I rather liked it. It seemed a bit too heavy on sweetness and a lack of balance prevents it from being great. Still, a good beer and one I wouldn't mind having again- I'll definitely try to find more brews of this style in the future.

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Photo of tjd112
4.59/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Corsendonk Tulip

Appearance - Amber to golden body with finger white head and semi-filmy lacing

Smell - A lot of apples and apricots

Taste - Apples, apricots, malts, with a little bit of hop bitterness for balance

Mouthfeel - Medium, crisp

Drinkability - Goes down well

Overall - A solid beer

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A green bottle. Oh, Lord. This is my first BdGarde review, but I've had several before.
Light, slightly hazed golden pour. 2 finger head gives it a nice look, but still seems a bit weak.
Skunk aroma, and not just b/c it's a green bottle. As soon as the cork was gently removed, the skunk hit first and foremost. It's not "moosehead" skunk, but it's there. The slight spice, hay and malt save it from a not-so-good rating.
Not a bad taste, though. It's malty in the center, some spice all around and a semi-strong crisp snap. I don't the anise that I tend to expect from BdG's. It's a good beer, easy drinking, but I think the blond style gives it a bit of lighter touch.

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