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 kobeer
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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

Hazy, light amber to orange colour with a foamy white head on top that stays for a couple of minutes, only reducing in size gradually.

Orange peel, some good citrus notes and a lot of yeast in this one to begin with that makes it smell almost like a witbier. There is some pears in there as well as some floral hops and a touch of apple.

Sweet malts and some light fruits, mainly some apple and pear from the nose. There is a touch of orange that becomes stronger as the drink goes on and this is followed by some floral hops and some citrus.

Sweet with a smooth, medium body and strong carbonation and a touch of sticky bitterness right at the end, although this is minimal.

A good fruity, hop filled taste to the beer that had a good kick to it. One of the better of the style that I have tried recently.

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Photo of tbeer40
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. No date on bottle but batch stamp on back was L1146.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with a thin white head across the top. Long strands of persistent white lacing.

Smell: Malty with orange citrus. Overall sweet with a hint of yeast in there. Aroma is muted though.

Taste: Perfectly balanced malt and citrus with some herbal/spicy hops in at the end. Simple in flavor, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, just right carbonation that is spicy on the tongue, but then gone.

Overall / Drinkability: Very very very drinkable beer. I wish I had another or two of these which makes them quite dangerous at 7.5% ABV. Smooth, simple, tasty. Went fantastic with fettuccine Alfredo, and I believe this would be great with a lot of other meals as well. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
2/5  rDev -38.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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 chocosushi
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2->Hennepin Goblet
A ~ Pours apple-juice/blonde with a brilliant gold hue next to the light.

S ~ yeast-bread, crabapples, lemon pith, honey, asian pear

T ~ Ripe yellow apples, overripe pears, & caramelized sugar make up most of the flavor. There are also medicinal flavors. Great notes of bread & butter pudding & caramel apples as things open up. Touches of zest & pepper on the back of the throat.

M ~ Sweet & messy for the most part. Hops on the back end save things a bit. When warm, it became near undrinkable.

D ~ A decent example of the style, but things didn't cohere through the course of the beer. A bit overpriced. Will not revisit.

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold in color with a 1 finger white head that fades slowly, leaving good lacing.

Smells of yeast, lemon, coriander, apples, floral hops and sweet malt; aroma is nice, but on the basic side.

Tastes very sweet up front, with sweet malt, lemon, yeast, coriander, orange peel, floral hops, hay or earthy tones, brown sugar, and some light citrus hops; nice Belgian style blonde ale with well balanced flavor lead by the malt and a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth with light carbonation, a medium body and a light feel. A real nice beer that went down easy and would be a good session beer. Not the most complex beer, but very drinkable

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

11.2oz brown bottle. Freshness date noted on label. Served in an Allagash tulip glass.
It pours a yellow golden color with a good sized white head and some patchy lacing.
A sweet, biscuity malty smell rises at first pour. Floral and resinous hop aromas drift in. A little mixed fruit cup and whiffs of alcohol are noticed.
A slightly citrus and edgy tea-like hop bitterness rests on a biscuity bed of malt. A little vodka-like alcoholic bite sneaks in midway through a lasts throughout, especially in the breath.
This Blonde is a bit sweeter and bit richer in body than I expected. And it’s a fairly potent brew for the style, but overall a nice, easy-to-gulp brew.

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Photo of 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 ThaCreep
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color. Nose a little white wine (one feels indeed raisins) with light winds of tannins (probably due to the cork). Entry into mouth a little acid, but the drink quickly became silky mouth rounded and has good hops (and usually cereals) fairly well controlled. The finish reproduces the hops, with a lemony side, to provide a good aftertaste.

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Photo of piapopilin
4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For beeing a light lager this Blondie is not pale at all. First I thought the smell was unusal and confusing.But the strong elements of citrus and herbs from north France are actually very tasty after drinking the beer at several times. You will learn how to love it. Jenlain has more of an attitude of an amber redhead blonde with special elements of honey and apricot notes, nice colour, crispy at first. Served at 8 degrees it tends to feel more creamy and has the foam that goes well with food. Warmer, Jenlain has a full body taste and is something of a springbeer. Jenlain Blonde is also more worth while for the female tongue. Dont ask me why.Ask your girlfriends.And remember thatJenlain is indeed french...You hated Piaf at first too, gave her bad reviews, you did not see the splendor, the rest is history

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.82/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep golden color with a good sized white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind thick lace.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malts with some floral hop aromas. Sweet apples and hints of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet fruits (apple plum, white grape) with an even sweeter finish that has some bitter alcohol hints. Very mild hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with natural carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is my first beer of this style, and I rather liked it. It seemed a bit too heavy on sweetness and a lack of balance prevents it from being great. Still, a good beer and one I wouldn't mind having again- I'll definitely try to find more brews of this style in the future.

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Photo of tjd112
4.59/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Corsendonk Tulip

Appearance - Amber to golden body with finger white head and semi-filmy lacing

Smell - A lot of apples and apricots

Taste - Apples, apricots, malts, with a little bit of hop bitterness for balance

Mouthfeel - Medium, crisp

Drinkability - Goes down well

Overall - A solid beer

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