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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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 139
Photo of blakesell
4.67/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't lie about this one, it is old. I have no idea how old, I got it in a Xmas exchange years ago, I found it when pilfering cellar number one in Dayton. It's easy to say this is at least 3 years old.

Poured from the 11.5 oz bottle into a Belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours hazy and apricot colored with a thin 3/4 finger of head over the top that clings only slightly to the sides of the glass. The haze is marginally murky I assume by slight wheat content and ample yeast.

Smell- This smells great for the Biere De Garde style. Rich and malty yet fresh even after all these years. Light kettle caramelization, a caramel cream dulce de leche sort of aroma almost coming off, I'm catching some slight oxidization and I'm pretty sure that's coming from age.

Taste- This goes right in there with my favorite Biere De Garde 3 Monts. A very rich almost Marzen like creaminess but thicker fitting right into it's own style to differentiate it. Thick but still thirst quenching and light enough to drink on a summer's day. It works here in the mild wintertime too.

Mouthfeel- Creamy as I've said since the beginning, medium high in carbonation as it should be. Medium full bodied, and oh, so smooth.

Drinkability- Way more drinkable than the one bottle I got from who knows where. If I find more I'm getting it. I'm somewhat shocked by the lower ratings it has received.

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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 goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a chill-hazed blonde with lively bubbles and a frothy, decent sized head. Leaves some sheets of lace. Smell is a mix of honey, fresh baked bread, stone fruits, and floral hops. Has an interesting cedar-like mustiness to it that is just great. Flavor leans toward a sweet and jasmine-like flavor with hints of white raisins, mint, and passion fruit. Bready and overall nice. Feels rather soft in the mouth and has a solid low-to-medium weight. Nice drinker and reminds me of a mix of a pilsner and a blonde ale with a lot of interesting complexities.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle. I don't normally remark on the packaging - as it differs from country to country, etc. - but the tall, painted label, green glass bottle with the ridged neck is very nice. There's only one problem... the beer is skunked! That's fairly disturbing since it's not cheap! It pours a hazy golden with a very light orange cast and a thin, creamy, bright white head. I can't pick up anything in the aroma beyond the skunkiness. Based on that I'd guess that it's got a fairly hoppy aroma when fresh, but I can't be sure. The body is medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that leaves it creamy and surprisingly smooth in the mouth. Interestingly, it does not seem to be bottle conditioned (no yeast in the bottom of the bottle), although it might be with the yeast still in suspension (explaining the haze). The flavor is very nice but quite one-sided. There's a light fruitiness (soft summer fruits) and a rich, very soft and nicely rounded, sweet and lightly earthy maltiness that's well entwined with a light hoppiness. Surprisingly malty! What hops are present seem lightly grassy and fairly spicy. The bitterness is well-balanced and supports the rich malt character and dries out the long finish as well as leaving a lingering bitter note. I'd hope that I can one day taste this beer without the skunked character.

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

Poured a nice golden color with white puffy head.
Smell is a bit yeasty with some sweet fruity notes.
Taste is great!. A nice fruty sweetness combines with some yeasty flavors to form an excellent refreshing brew.
Finish is lightly fruity and very thirst quenching.
A very nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light soft yellow amber with a thin white head and no real lace or retention. Smell was light and fruity, apricot, figs, and a grainy aroma mixed in with a nice light body. First impression was very nice on a warm night. Lots of body, a little slack on the carbonation, but not slick or oily. A good solid performer. Lots of intricate flavors, especially as it warmed. Overall this was very nice, and a good Blonde ale. I could easily put down quite a few and was pleasantly suprised by this. Definatly a recommended one here.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clean golden with a huge rocky head leaving big globs behind on its way down,staying with the clean theme this beer has a clean aroma dry biscuity malt and herbal hop almost like a good German pils.Taste has a light herbalness to it with a firm dry malt backbone with an iron note showing thru but light.A Belgian Pale Ale?I think not more of a German pilsner and at 6% I think incredibly easy to drink.Am I drinking the same beer as the others who reviewed this?Mine wasnt skunked Iam sure that helped.

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Photo of ccrida
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wide mouthed flute from Gilde Rastkeller Edel Pils. The Blonde is a clear dark gold with a massive white head that is slow to subside, leaving heavy foam.

Smell is moderate, spicy, floral and a bit musty, and overall quite nice.

Taste is sugary sweet, but not in a cloying manner, with plenty of aromatics leading to a spicy, somewhat metallic, dry, lingering finish. Fairly restrained in fact, and while not very complex, it's suiting my sweet tooth just fine. The last couple Saisons (which I'd call this in a blind test) I've had were just to a bit to floral and spicy to really suit me, and this is a welcome change, with just enough oomph. Alcohol lingers in the back of my throat and is probably fuming from my mouth, hobo style, although it's quite clean.

Mouthfeel is light, although it thickens as it warms, so I'd leave the bottle in the fridge while you work on the first glass if you're not sharing. Not a deal-breaker, but probably the biggest casualty of what I presume is a high proportion of adjunct sugars.

Drinkability was pretty high for me, as I really enjoyed it, and it went down quite easily. I've got a penchant for the more sugary beers though, so I can see how some might not care for it. Still, with only two glasses, I'm not sure how easily I'd be able to suck down another bottle or two. My favorite style, and a pretty nice example. My biggest complaint would be the slight metallic tang, evident in both in both the aroma and taste. Also, best served cold to keep it clean and light.

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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 BoitSansSoif
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear light orange-golden color w/nice white head, good retention, and bits of sticky lacing.

S-Sweet malt and fruit esters, hint of spice, honey, pine nuts, touch of Belgian funk, and hate to say it, but there's a bit of a urea-like odor. Nonetheless, this brew has a complex and interesting multi-layered aroma.

T-Toasted malt and spice up-front, grain and fruit esters in midpalate, and supple, rounded out finish thanks to a liberal dose of floral hops. There is a hint of orange in the aftertaste.

M-Velvety body, a little on the sweet side but not overly so, fair amount of carbonation. Bit of warming alcohol in the finish but it doesn't drown out the hops or any other character.

D-This is a tasty little beer with a fair bit of character.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice sized crème head. Nose is nutty and woody. Flavor is smooth with a slight woody tone to it. Touch of sweetness there, but not overdone at all. It’s just a touch. Feel is good. The right level of bubble on the tongue and a smooth liquid experience. Highly drinkable and very much worth trying.

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Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jenlain Blonde pours a hazy lemon color with an orange tint to it, and a thin lid of finely bubbled cream color.

Light nose of lightly sweet crystal malts and fruits with some musky grassy hops.

Nice, fine, creaminess to a light-medium body. Flavor arives to save the nose. It's lightly sharp and sweet sugared fresh fruits with light malts and musky, lightly earthy-spicy, grassy hops.

I actually kinda dig this one. It's far from a great beer, but I think I like it. It's really like a Euro Macro Lager brewers version of a Belgian Pale Ale. Kinda cool.

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Photo of captainhops
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wide-mouthed stemmed glass

Appearance: Honey amber color, white head, clear, tiny bubbles,
Smell: Honey, grass, wheat,
Taste: Straw, honey, big malt taste, subsides fairly quickly and reveals a slight acidity. Finishes with notes of sherry and oak.
Mouthfeel: lush silky mouthfeel, medium weight
Drinkability: Would go really well with almond encrusted halibut. Wish I had some now.

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Photo of deanhead
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden-straw colored with an adequate head, which reduced to a nice lace
Slight floral aroma
well balanced with a slightly spicy taste, and a hint of horse blanket.
drinkable, nice example of style. Not the best Belgian blonde I have had, but certainly not the worst either. Would make a decent gateway beer for a beginner.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a hoppy ale then the Bier de Garde style won't rate well. I have developed a liking for the style as a nice surprise in the French/Dutch countryside.

The pale cloudy appearance has a smallish head but it does leave a decent lace.

The nose is a little understated but still a nice tone.

Typical of the style there is some mouth to the brew and it lingers in the finish with a malty, slightly alcoholic note.

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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 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 number1bum
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color, slightly tinted orange, with good clarity and a fluffy two inches of near white head. Keeps a patchy lace and leaves quite a bit of stick.

Smells of grain, a bit of a husk-like aroma, some sweet malt and a bit of booze. Also a hint of fruitiness. Not all that appealing to be honest.

Taste is amply sweet and doesn't have as much grain flavor as smell. It's also much better than the smell. Bit of hop bitterness gives some balance to the sweetness through the finish. Sweetness is very pleasant and does not get cloying. Alcohol is not noticeable like it was in the nose.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and quite creamy, medium bodied and soft on the palate yet also crisp.

This was a very satisfying, refreshing brew. It could maybe be just a touch drier and not quite as sweet, but still a very tasty beer.

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

Bought as part of a mixed 6Pack.

Pours from 120z bottle a hazy straw gold with a nice thick head of foam that shrank pretty slowly leaving a fine broken layer with lots of lacing. Btw, there's some floaties near the bottom of the bottle so I poured carefully to leave them there.

The smell had good hoppy notes witha touch of spice.

The taste was pretty tasty. There's some bready malt up front that gives way to some lemon citrus mid way through and it finishes slightly bitter with a medium mouthfeel and medium carbo. Not a bad brew at all and the 7.5%abv is well hidden.

Note: There's a stamp on the label that says 09/2005 so this sample is pretty darned old but it was still a tasty brew. I'd like to try a fresher one for sure.

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Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, fairly bright gold in hue; white foam, at the apex the bubbles were one finger tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles slowly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not very widespread. Overall, the appearance is pleasant but unremarkable.

Sweet malty nose very similar to a Pale Euro Lager… odd; plus there are mushy melon aromas. I get hints of earthiness at the back, from the hops I assume. Okay, that is it for the nose. I’d never guess this was a “Belgian-style” beer of any sorts. Moderate potency, talkative but it says little I want to hear. It is inoffensive but not inviting either.

The palate is surprisingly clean and refreshing. I don’t find it nearly as sweet as the nose indicated. Sharp citrus notes, earth, pepper, and pleasant Pils maltiness; I like the firmness of the palate. This is a simple but tasty beer much like its sister beer St. Druon. Why do I like it so when there is so little to work with? Maybe that is the brilliance of it all.

Medium in body, perfect bulk, low and smooth carbonation, the mouthfeel is a natural fit. I like it.

The nose was very lame. The palate redeemed itself. The mouthfeel was lovely. And this beer is damn drinkable. What the hell? Why are Duyck beers jiving with me so? This would make a great summertime beer; I’d drink this when I’d want something beefier then a Pils or Kolsch. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. I bet I buy more. It is simple but quite nice. Try one, I say.

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