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 metter98
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface. There is a light amount of carbonation.
S: There is a moderate aroma of sweet malts and apples in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet, with flavors of grainy malts and apples as in the smell. There are some hints of spices but any hop flavors are very much subdued.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: A high amount of sweetness reduces the drinkability of this beer. The next time I have this, I would try pair it with dinner.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malt, some hops, faint Belgian yeast and a little bit of fruit and spice.

T: The taste starts out with a mild kick of Belgian yeast and some spice, along with some fruit flavors of citrus, apple and apricot. Then a decent amount of hops flavor for the style follows, but it doesn’t seem to balance very well. The malt character is thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent representation of style but it just seems to be lacking a little something that causes it to fall short of being a really good beer. There are definitely better beers available within the style.

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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 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 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 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 Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large green unusual bottle, rarely seen in these parts, pours golden and clear, slight haze after the last pour, but I saw no yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Large rocky white head, with better the average retention. Leaves nice, fine and well spread out lacing. Nose is dry, with a slight juniper note. Quite dry and crisp, but also with notes of more juniper, and a slight soapyness later on. Finishes dry. Lacks the usual yeast, floral notes and spice expected in a Belgian pale. tastes like a pilsner, Heineken?

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Photo of GClarkage
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04/04/06- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. No freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Beautiful golden colored pour. Reminds one of a perfect saison color. Full inch plus head and very nice lacing. Crystal white head.

Smell- At first a slight sign of skuniness came through. Seemed like a ultra funky saison. But, as the full pour entered the glass and I let it sit for a minute or two, the smell became almost nothing. Maybe a few assorted spices and a bit of fruityness, but nothing really stood out. Strange to say the least.

Taste- As my BA drinking partner pointed out..."this taste like a pilesner". And he was right. At first you pick up a slight sweetness in first swish, but after you swallow, there isn't much flavor. A light sweetness with a light grain flavor. Maybe a touch of orange rind. Very crisp and clean. Seems like it would be a very good beer of a palette cleanser.

Mouthfeel- As stated above...crisp and clean. Midrange carbonation and almost no aftertaste. Went down super easy.

Drinkability- Found nothing really wrong with this beer. Nothing really stands out about it being bad and nothing really sticks out about it being exceptional. It was fairly refreshing and I would probably buy it again as it was only $5.99. Definitely worth a try. Looks like I got the only unskunked bottle out there.

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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 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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Photo of WesWes
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pale malt scent with a slight green bottle skunkiness that lingers on the nose. It smells refreshing, but is a bit dry. The taste is a little above average. It has a very sweet flavor. It boasts of pale malts, light hops, and a thick finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a weird brew. It's light in color and aroma, but it has a thick mouthfeel and a super sweet taste. I guess it's good, but nothing I would ever buy again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged green 75cl bottle, best before 17th April 2008, this is the first of three beers I drank in honour of John White and Micheal Jackson, to celebrate their lives on 30th Aug 2007.

Both John and Micheal knew this breweries beers well and although they didn't spend a great amount of time in France, they appreciated their finer products. Biere de Garde being one of them.

I poured the beer into a Duvel glass, the remaining half went into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip glass. Both glasses looked great, a bright, crystal clear, golden body of beer filled them both, a firm white foaming head sat on top.

The aroma was all yeast and barley/wheat/cereals in general, some grass and hay too. A countryside smell, without the animal odours. The aroma grew as the beer warmed, not that it had chance to warm up a great deal, I was on a mission and had two more 75cl bottles of different beers to attack.

The taste was fairly sweet, certainly sweeter than I was expecting. The alcohol came through hard and fast, which took away the first sweet impression and the aftertaste was a lot dryer, it also became a little metalic in the mouth, wasn't expecting that either.

I was hoping to be able to say wonderful things about this beer, but sadly it didn't live up to my expectations. A good beer that I was expecting to be great.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle, but not as fancy as the one pictured in the BA Database. Small thumbed cork with the code K-4 is held in place with a gold colored steel cap which has the word ‘Brasserie Duyck Depuis 1922’ on it. Single main obverse label has a dark metallic green label with the words ‘Jenlain Blonde’ on it. Listed at 6.0% Alc./Vol. Inkjet date on the label shows that this was bottled 01/2006.

Appearance: Pale faded golden color with a sharp rising head on the pour. White froth calms quickly from a 1” thick cap down to a thin single bubble thick covering that laces the edges with a thick ¼” rim. Average carbonation levels. Smattered blob like lacing on the glass walls during the drink.

Nose: Sweet-ish malts and light hop profile, but it has a very low strength nose. Almost has a “nothingness” to it.

Taste: Dry and sweet, crisp, yet clean. Pale malts have an influence in the middle; the finish has a sweet hop character that finishes with a nice ending containing gentle citric hints with very feint black pepper prickles.

Mouthfeel: Light feel moderates the sprightly conditioning.

Drinkability: A rather drinkable Blonde, once you get over the initial distinct but low hop “sharpness” it smoothes out very quickly and delivers a clean, crisp refreshing libation which is much needed on a warm and sticky night.

Overall: An enjoyable beverage, if a rather expensive one. A nice change of pace but it lacks finesse to justify the high end price tag, so I will not be picking this one up again. An expensive ‘above average’ Blonde which has many lower priced domestic equals.

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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 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 Reidrover
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks ok ,slightly hazy golden , small tight ,bubbly white head. Smells OK too, mostly malty, with a small hope presence. Very sweet taste, but it goes fast to leave a slighly buiscuity semi dry finish.Some fruitiness too . Mouthfeel is average. Not bad over all. Would be nice in July/August.

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Jenlain Blonde from Brasserie Duyck
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