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 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 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 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 bunnyhustle
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter. Pours a hazy brownish-orange, a little head and some lacing. Good retention. Smell is a bit tart, some sweet malt and grain too. Taste of sweet malt, slightly caramelish, with some fruit...mainly the sweetness. Mouthfeel was a little fuller than light (if that makes sense) and smooth. Overall a good beer, just not quite there. I do have to say the ABV was masked very well.

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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 zoso493
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this mistakenly thinking it was the Ambrée but let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Poured from a 330 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a honey amber color with a hardly noticeable head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Smells of bready yeast, esters, malts, honey. Pretty sweet in the nose.

Taste: Very sweet with just a touch of spice. Not really a whole lot going on in.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy and full-bodied.

Drinkability: Not tremendous but it's not difficult to finish this one.

Overall, this was a bit disappointing as I'm a big fan of the Biere de Garde style, which I think is a very underrated style. I probably won't reach for this one again without lack of a better alternative, but I would like to compare it to some of Jenlain's other offerings.

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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 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 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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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 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 joeysmokedporter
2.94/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml into a Sam Adams glass.

A: pours gold/yellow, remarkably clear with only a slight hazy, and a creamy white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malt aroma balanced with alcohol; some clove and coriander-like spice character.

T: A very sweet Belgian pale; starts with an almost overwhelming malt candy sweetness, with spice in the middle and finishing with a bitterness contributed by alcohol that has a slight warming to it.

M: heavy feel is an interesting contrast from other Belgian pales, sweetness contributes to a viscous and syrupy feel. Moderate to low carbonation.

D: not a bad drinker; definitely a beer to be shared and paired with something bold that complements its sweetness (a spicy dish strikes me as ideal, like Mexican or Indian).

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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 dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a clear, lucid, golden-hue with a minimal head that left very little lacing...
Sweet, honey-laden, candy aroma with hints of alcohol...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with hints of candied sugars, slight alcohol, honey, vanilla, and cream...
Slick mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability for a 7.5% beer...
Not bad...

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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 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 TheSarge
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jenlain Bière de Garde pours nicely with a decent amount of frothy white head, and an ultra clear and pale golden color.

The aroma is of cooked vegetable and slight sweet cotton candy like nuances.

The taste is candied oranges up front, and relatively ends on a sweet note.

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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 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 hammer09
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold with moderate head development that settles fairly quickly. Smell is sweet and malty with a faint, underlying skunkiness. Peppery spiciness to the aroma. Taste is sweet with a nectar-like quality. Mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side. Carbonation is adequate and finish is dry. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Fairly average, but definitely worth drinking.

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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 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 MTNboy
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark gold almost bronze amber, super foamy with a lot of lace.

Smell- The smell is a yeasty and somewhat metallic.

Taste- Sweet and malty more than anything with a metallic kick. There is some bitterness but not much.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied.

Drinkability- Not bad. A good every once in a while beer .

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