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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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 139
Photo of PorterLambic
1.62/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark golden color with a nice, creamy white head that leaves good lace.
Smell is hoppy and musty. Not pleasant at all.
Taste is hoppy, musty and sour with a hint of malt.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light body. Is this a lager? The label says "non", the palate screams "oui !!!". A mostly clean finish with some mustiness leftover (and I wish it wasn't).
Drinkability: While I was able to finish the whole bottle, I'm inclined to think it was due more to a lack of good judgment than anything else. This brew has no balance, no complexity. It drinks like a lager and not a good one. I suggest you skip it.

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Photo of TerryW
1.96/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Clear golden yellow with a brittle looking white head. Made a decent job of lacing the glass.

But after that, I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this one at all. One of those few brews I couldn't be bothered to finish.

Skunky sweet with the odour of corn. The taste of the beer is utterly dominated by corn. Very sweet and cloying, hardly a hint of malt, no mention of hops. More like a corn soda than anything else. Mouthfeel is cotton-dry and quite unpleasant.

Comes in a beer bottle that's kind of interesting to look at, but I ain't too sure it's really beer. Try it if you're curious, otherwise give it a pass.

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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 silenius
2.04/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a brassy yellow with a solid foamy head that laces the glass nicely.

Smell leaves something to be desired. First thing I detected was a familiar slightly sweet skunk smell that seems to be required in green bottled euro-beers. Smelled like Heineken to me honestly. Also some real sweetness in there but in an annoying way.

Taste is malt liquor sweetness with a hint of some hops on the tail end. Seriously reminds me of swill people drink to get drunk in dance clubs and cheesy bars.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick with decent carbonation. The sweetness kills it for me.

I chose not to drink the whole thing (not even a pint) given I have the choice of other better beers to drink tonight instead.

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Photo of mynie
2.13/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Expensive. Got to get that fact out of the way.

Pours a dark macro-y gold. Nice, big white rocky head that sticks around.

Light europils smell. Skunk and light fruit, like 7up or Sprite. Nothing fancy, but decent.

Tastes like rotten plum fruit, skunk, and soap. Very sweet. Icky sweet. I'd think this was prison wine, were it not for the skunk.


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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 paterlodie
2.23/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

BB 14-09-2007. Bit of white head and pale and clear golden beer. Nose is quiet papery and oxidised malts. Sweetish in nose as in taste and missing any bitterness and quiet watery with it. Hard to believe this has 6% abv. Watery mouthfeel and runs down easily.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.27/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Well, there is quite a bit of sediment on the bottom, so I really only got about half of the beer in the pour. It just looks like this beer has some age on it, and the expiration of 09/2005 would confirm that suspicion. There were quite a few bubbles that came for the top as soon as I popped the top, but then there wasn't much at all going on in the glass.

Aroma: Definitely hints of paper from the age as well as a bit of dryness from the same. I get some hops in here, but amazingly enough they aren't too skunked out. Some but not overwhelming.

Taste: I am not too impressed with the flavor on this one. It is not only showing signs of oxidation, but it is rather musty with an almost cloying aftertaste that is not helped by the lack of carbonation. I do get some hops in this one, but it doesn't do much to help the situation. Amazingly enough, I am getting some evident warming on the back of the throat in the finish.

Opinion: Obviously I didn't care for this one. It is not just that the beer is old and way past it's prime, it is that you can tell that its prime wasn't all that great to begin with. Perhaps it is that I am not much for most (not all) French beers. They seem to have a common flavor that is rather sharp and metallic, so I guess it is the water. Anyway, I won't be seeking this one out again any time soon.

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Photo of necoadam
2.31/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at Town & Country at W. Springfield MA

Pours out a pale golden color with a nice amount of carbonation that stays with you until the end. So far so good right? Well the smell was pretty average. Light dose of hops along with some slight malts, and some grainy like aromas along with some fruitiness hidden in the background. Smelled almost like a pils. Sweetness and more sweetness. This beer got more unbearable the more you drink it. The cloyingness is just too much. Some hops do bite, but it's so sweet that it doesn't matter. Some fruit also pokes through, but again, the sweetness takes over. Mouthfeel was light-medium with some medium carbonation, but it's quite cloying. 22oz bottle of ...yuck! Never buying this again, but I will try their beire de garden to see if they can redeem themselves.

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Photo of jahred
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very bright, pale yellow color, with a thick white foam. There's very little scent from the beer - light hoppy notes, but nothing else.

My first sip leads to a pale, crisp dry taste, with not much else. Later there's some slight bitterness, perhaps a vague DMS vegetable flavor, and some very faint hop notes. There was little else to the taste, and the beer is certainly not worth the cost of the beer (thankfully I only purchased a single!)

Very disappointing.

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Photo of wl0307
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Coming in a 330ml green bottle, purchased at the Waitrose supermarket. The name on the label is "Jenlain No. Six", added with "Biere Blonde Speciale" of smaller fonts... BB 17/05/07, served lightly-chilled in goblet.

A: bright dark golden to amber in colour, topped with a settled
S: sticky grilled oranges (and passion fruits) approach hand in hand with an unpleasantly stinky note of burned sugar, yeastiness, mixed with a raw-ish note of raw crushed barleys and calcium pills; some musty and chemical hints and sticky fruit candies stay at the back. Not my cup of tea.
T: burned sugar and orange-flavoured fruit syrup almost ruin the whole palate upfront... slowly a metallic and chemical touch of malts follows, added with a touch of marinated prunes, a belated dryness and grassiness from hop extract.
M&D: light-bodied, quite spritzy but not overly fizzy on the texture, but it drinks pretty thin overall due to lack of body and rich flavours. I'm afraid this beer is a (nearly) total disappointment (to me), even though it's not terribly expensive (1.39 quid).

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Photo of cokes
2.56/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brassy straw topped with compacted offwhite suds.
Out of the green (11.2 oz, not nearly so unique as that pictured above)) bottle the first whiff is all sulfur, ditch weeds, and petroleum. Out of the glass it is more modest with its light breads and vague florals.
Begins with a crackery pils malt dryness. It inches into white bread and then barely budges from there on out. Peeps of green apples, powdered sugarm and a dusty sandstone yeastiness (which is the only thing distinguishing this from many a Euro lager). It concludes with a low-level, inept rosey florality.
Fizzy and light. Drinkable but boring. Maybe I just expected more than a Heinekin clone from the makers of the fine biere de garde.

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Photo of jed
2.56/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Comes in a green, 50 cl can with the Jenlain logo, a description of the beer in a number of languages, and large text describing "pur malt." Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid, blonde/gold, a little bit more copper-colored than a typical American macro lager. Decent head with weak retention, but as the head disappears it leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Bready aroma with a slight hint of malt. Unfortunate vegetable smells, especially a strong corn presence.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet nose with overpowering vegetable taste. A hint of hop bitterness follows but fails to salvage the beer. No real finish, and a horrible lingering aftertaste of sweet vegetable flavors. As the beer warms, a little bit more bitterness helps balance the sweetness, but again, it's not enough.

Mouthfeel: Slightly below average, very thin.

Drinkability: I'm glad I picked up a can of this instead of going for the 65 cl bottle. Far too sweet to handle in large, or even small quantities.

A huge disappointment from Brasserie Duyck after the excellent Jenlain Bière de Garde. I'm still interested in trying their bière du printemps, but I'll steer clear of the Blonde in the future.

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Photo of albern
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer started out with some promise, but alas no. It pours a golden orange color with a decent creamy, slightly efforvescent head, a bit of lacing too. The aroma right out of the bottle was definitely a bit musty, but that mellowed to a sweet maltiness, and some fairly typical Belgian yeasty floral notes are coming through. The taste is quite off. There is a bite to this beer that is not good, although there are some of the clove type hints, a big palate, and Belgian type yeasty floral sweetness, but this is all terribly compromised by a finish that is not good. There is a cheapness to the finish, that detracts substantially from what could have been a decent Beglian Blonde. The finish is a bit perfume like in its bite and it just lasts and lasts. This one is going down the drain. It's unfortunate.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well-carbonated golden amber with a mega-bubbly cap that fills the top half of the glass after a vigorous pour. The delicate bubbles that have formed on the upper surface of the head are transferring themselves to the glass and then popping, leaving an intriguing series of circles and half moons of lace. There's nothing overly special about the appearance of the beer, but what's above it is a joy to look at.

I find it interesting that a so-called Belgian pale ale would smell for all the world like a garden variety, green-bottled Euro pale lager, skunk and all. There is nothing (and I do mean nothing) about the nose that would lead anyone with even a passing knowledge of beer to conclude that this is a BPA and not an EPL. NFW. Musty noble hops imbued with skunk. Poorly handled bottle? Probably.

Jenlain Blonde tastes pretty much like it smells. It's decently malted, with a sweetness that is more than offset by those pesky, musky, musty hops. The flavor profile is flat. It starts out in acceptable territory, barely holds on through the middle, and degenerates quickly as the finish approaches. There's no life to this beer, no spark, nothing to grab and hold one's interest.

Stale grain is the dominant flavor by far. There's a slight spiciness that may be coming from hops or from a yeast strain that some Belgian brewer rejected as unacceptably bland. The finish borders on clean and crisp, thanks to the somewhat generous hop load. The beer's mouthfeel is roughly medium and there's an adequate number of bubbles, but it's hard to be too enthusiastic when the beer tastes the way it does.

Jenlain Blonde is a Euro pale lager that has designs on something greater, but has no idea how to get there. It's my first beer from Brasserie Duyck and it just might be my last. I'm fairly confident that the French can brew good beer, I just haven't seen any evidence of it so far.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was better than anticipated but still below average.
The appearance was of a very light golden beer with a three finger head and very light carbonation...the body is thin.
Notes of ginger are detected as well as light citrus on the nose.
The taste is poorly balanced, to extreme, no wondering what they are trying for here? Over sugared grapefruit seems to be the result.

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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 karengarys
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured from its green bottle nice and clear amber leaving a fluffy head that stuck to the glass, and stuck around for a bit.

Smelled, well, maybe it was the green bottle - the date on the bottle said 1/2006, and it is June 2005 now, so I don't think it was spoiled... Not by time anyway. It smelled like a dead skunk.

Taste was of hop and skunk juice. Well, I tried holding my breath and drinking it for flavor and I got some bitter hops, a little malt, and... ...skunk...

Mouthfeel was pretty good for a packet from a skunks intestines. Creamey. a bit dry.

Finish was somewhat pleasent and sweet.

Well, I'll have to say that I'd take a pass on this one. If I get stuck with one in the future, I'll update this review if the skunks are hiding.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.74/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

mistakenly reviewed as "jenlain original french ale (jenlain ambree)" on july 12, 2008


750ml bottle with batch number of L717807.22

poured into tulip

nearly clear, golden honey color. decent head fades to wisps and ring. pretty nice lacing.

whiff of funk? ... skunk? sorry, sometimes when i know i have a green bottle, the thought just persists in my mind... anyway... seems to have an almost noble hop aroma. phenols then come in.

taste starts with a sweetness that is surprisingly strong and persists, approaching a cloying character. along with similarly distracting phenols that verge on medicinal. fruit character (white grape), esp. on exhale. hint of maltiness. moderate to low bitterness into finish, but again distracted by sweetness and medicinal phenols.

feel is decently smooth, but once more i can't seem to get past the aforementioned cloying characteristics.

blech... 3monts was so much better...

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Photo of Popsinc
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best part about this beer was its bottle. Otherwise i found this beer very bland. Golden in clolour. Dull malt nose. Somewhat dry, with a light malty finish. I think MississaugaMatt hit the nail on the head when he said, "vegetal and corn-like." I don't think i would ever buy this beer again.

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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 colts9016
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was a light amber color with a two finger white head. The nose is faint but it was bready malty with notes of yeast. A full body creamy beer with a bready malty taste hints of caramel and nuts. The finish was slightly sweet and very clean. Overall an okay beer but it has a price tag.

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Photo of mdagnew
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light coppery yellow colour.. Slightly off white head poured very big and foamy then faded slowly to light wispy layer... almost no carbonation... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Quite salty, some corn / rice notes, some fruitiness (apples, pears, some lemons), herbiness, grassy / hay notes, spicy floral hops, light breadiness, some vanilla, earthy / plastic notes...

Taste – Quite sweet malts that become too sweet the more you drink, grassy, some metallic notes, light tobacco hints, some light peppery hops bitterness that just comes through the malts, honey / sugary sweetness, light corn, light fruitiness (lemons, pears)...

M&D - Smooth and creamy... light body... too sweet to be able to drink too much - a 330ml bottle would be more than enough...

Overall - Pretty disappointing.. i enjoyed the Ambree and was expecting more from this... Just too sweet and bland for my liking...

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Photo of JBogan
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A clear, honey colored brew with a moderate white cap which settles into a thin film. A good amount of sticky lacing is left behind.

Smells of sweet malt, with just a hint of the alcohol. Really not very complex at all, but somewhat inviting anyways.

Taste was also sweet, in fact too much so. The honey was the dominant factor, along with a medicinal quality. An alcohol bite hits you at the end.

Mouthfeel was good, with a medium/thick body and a smooth slickness joined by a bit of carbonation.

Not a beer which I'd go back to. It was too sweet to be enjoyable. There are plenty of better options in this style to spend your money on.

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Photo of brc
2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

25cl bottle, best 22/12/2009 lot L8357. Poured into tulip.

Pours a fluffy white head with large bubbles, settles slowly without leaving much lacing. Clear golden liquid.

Faint aroma of pilsner malt, corn on the cob. A hint of woodsiness to round it out.

There's an overpowering sweet flavor that's not particularly pleasant, like honey mixed with corn. There is some fresh bread malt taste under that, as well as some alcohol flavor in the finish.

Medium body, somewhat creamy.

The off flavor makes this one less drinkable for me.

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