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 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 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 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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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 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 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 rousee
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly murky gold color. Leaves a small covering of foam on top --good head retention as it does not diminish at all. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is somewhat bready and malty with notes of grass, honey, and herbs.

Taste is effervescent and noticeably bready. Also somewhat tart on the finish.

Slight chalkiness is evident. About average for the style in drinkability. Overall- pretty pleasant.

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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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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 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 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 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 cMonkey
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled a French Ale, so I expected more farmhouse al style then the light, clear beer that poured from the bottle. I debated the purchase. The cost was $3, so I figured it couldn't be that special, but again, it was $3 for a French Ale. There was little yeast sediment in the bottle, a sign it wasn't going to be fantastic.

The bottle was corked and exhibited a nice pop. The head poured thick. As I said, the beer itself did not have the cloudy look I expected. It was very pilsner like in color.

Very little aroma, neither good nor bad. There was no spice, and no hop aroma at all.

The taste was crisp. It had no real body, but was not tasteless either. Slight hint of spice in the flavor.

Drinking this beer would have been better on a hot day, to quench a thirst. Overall, not a bad beer, and definitely not bad for the price. It is not one to seek out, but if found cheap, it can be a good purchase.

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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 DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The “Dignified Little Sister” of Jenlain Amber. The bottle boldly proclaims “Neveau!” It’s lightly sour in a very interesting and refreshing way. The microscopic but assertive carbonation plays masterfully with your tongue. The nose is rather dull, slightly musty with a bit of hay and grass and a little lemon. The head is like white moose. The taste is a bit like a light version of Affligem Blonde would taste. Not very impressive.

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Photo of Ego
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was in the mood for half naked chicks with hairy armpits.. so I went french..

nice bottle, cage top, not a popper but a squibber, big white fluffy head, ample ample carbonation bubblin, straw to urine (normal) color, some good lacing, pretty good looking, slightly above average

uncooked plain bread dough (especially the dryness of flour in the air), some sweetness in the vein of honey but dominated by the dough smell, oddly enough, I kind of like dough smell.. not terrible, not fascinating.. again, slightly above average as the smell is definite but not pronounced but then again isnt bland...

taste etc...
the sweetness is more upfront on the toungue than I expected, and is finished (not enough) by the dry yeast flavor, I can see what they are TRYING to do here but it doesnt work completely, I find the taste way to sweet, like sugar with a strange chemical after taste. the dough flavor only seems to come into play at times, not consistently, which is a detriment. This isnt "bad" perse but I dont find it uber enjoyable. The mouthfeel is OK, nothing wrong or nothing outstanding.

not my cup of tea.. er, beer. Not terrible, definitely not worth scouring the store for. for me one goblet was enough.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Best by 06/2004 (sampled late: 09/2005 from the “Beers of the World Sampler pack” Thanks to Stephen for picking up the box from the Class VI on post.

Aroma: Sweet note with an overriding yeast smell and a hint of lime rind.

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass with a nice white head that gave a respectable amount of lace.

Flavor: Balance is toward the sweet, with an odd vegetal note (sweet potato?!) some tea notes and mango.

Mouthfeel: Rich texture with a good level of carbonation.

Overall Impression: Interesting. It’s like a light Belgian strong pale ale. I enjoyed the bottle and found it worth a possible session.

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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 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 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 HogHill
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl green bottle into a chalice. A bright white one inch head sits on top a golden yellow liquid which has good clarity.

Aroma is a bit feint, slightly medicinal, with pale malts, similar to a pilsner.

Taste: a little bit sweet from the malts. Not very complex though, but it is decent overall. Somewhat cloying on the finish. Reminds me of a lager.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation with that sticky sweet finish.

Drinkability: the best part of this beer is that it is indeed refreshing and it went down smooth on a hot summer's Sunday.

Overall, this was a decent beer but not interesting enough among the belgian pale ale elites. I'll stick to Jenlain's biere de garde instead.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on a cruise through St. Barths. It was in a green bottle.

The beer poured a clear, bright straw with a firm white head. This head lasted long and remained firm.

The aroma was pretty skunky at first and was replaced by corn.

The corn was dominate in the taste also. Not bad, I guess but there none the less.

The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer. It was bubbly and the carbonation tingled my tongue. Quite nice and refreshing.

Next time I am in St. Barths I will buy some more of these. Not that they are THAT good, but rather they are unique and a conversation piece. Much better than Carib or Red Stripe.

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

The bottle I am drinking does not look like the picture provided, and instead it looks like the picture for the biere de garde but says "original french blonde ale" Anyways the beer poured a pale golden color with orange hues to it. The head was light and fluffy and settled nicely. The smell was dominated by sweet malts and a light tropical friut scent. The flavor was good and if you are a malt lover that you will feel right at home with this baby. The big malty flavors hit you right off the bat with a complex sweetness that is not overbearing but the thick mouthfeel kind of kills the drinkability for me. Good to try but not going to make it to my regular rotation.

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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 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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Jenlain Blonde from Brasserie Duyck
3.27 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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