Oct 4, 2007

Brasserie Duyck Jenlain French Farmhouse Ale

This bottle was one of several purchases from a shop in Richmond a couple of weekends ago. I’d never heard of Jenlain before, but I’m a fan of Saisons so I added it to the cart. Besides, its champagne shaped bottle intrigued me.

A little research online doesn’t reveal much about the beer, hell it’s not even mentioned on the brewery’s own website. There is a note at RateBeer that it’s an alias for another of the company’s beers, the Jenlain Ambrée (another farmhouse ale).


Poured into my Duvel glass, the Jenlain is a deep, rich gold with garnet hues. The head was small and off-white in color. It’s definitely a fine looking glass of beer.


This one smells light and slightly fruity. I get a faint hint of alcohol heat as well as some underlying sweetness.


This beer has a split personality of sorts. In the beginning when the beer is still at cooler temperatures, it’s got a slight hop presence and finishes with small amount of tartness that I would expect from a dry white wine. As the beer warms the sweetness becomes more dominating as it seems to thicken in the mouth and leave a sugar stickiness on the lips.


I was pleased with this one. It’s not best farmhouse ale or saison that I’ve had, but it is quite enjoyable. It’s subtle character makes it a beer that is refreshing and refined — a perfect substitute for a white wine with dinner.

Rating: 3.5/5