IV - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-28-2009

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of slightly bready malt, peach and apricot, saison yeast, slightly floral; inviting. Flavor is a light,sweet wheat graininess, mild light stone fruit, lemon citrus, black pepper; earthy. Finishes quite dry with dry grass, earthy and a light grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with pleasant active carbonation. A dry and somewhat understated saison that tasted subtle at first, but left a lingering aftertaste of complex grassy and earthy flavors with light fruit elements. As I drank this, these elements were more defined and interesting. I lean in the direction of slightly sweeter saisons, but really liked this one. Refreshing and well made. (785 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.
poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: glowing, slightly pale, straw yellow bodied beer. Head is about 3 fingers tall and is fluffy and dense. Head slowely drops to a thin cap leaving thick lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: wheat malts, fruity and floral hops, slight rotten hay mustiness, and some minerals. Though the aroma has alot going on it is missing the wow factor because it is kind weak and not a robust as most saisons tend to smell.

Taste: This started off with the slightly sweetness imparted by wheat malt followed with light floral hop bitterness. Slight bit of fruity yeast adds a touch more sweetness, but white pepper and mineral heavy water well water adds some contrasting flavors that are desirable here. Phenols and banana peels also seem to be mixing into the favor profile. An earthiness and slightly bitter flavors of citrus zest(grapefruit is my closest guess on the citrus) are prevalent on the back end of this beer with a touch of that mustiness that I got a hint of in the nose as well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Dispite the low carbonation level the beer is still percieved as adequately carbonated. This beer feels crisp yet watery at the same time which is different. The beer is quite drinkable as well.

Overall: This is my first beer from this belgian brewery. I have been drinking a ton of different saisons over the last year and really have found a siason to be my "everyday go to beer style". This one didnt blow me away like a Hill Farmstead saison, but it is definately a solid saison. It is more of a rustic saison with more earthy flavors and less tartness. (1,688 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Fruity aroma with notes of pineapple, bread, hints of berries and some honey.
Flavor with notes of pineapple, lemon grass, a bit of spices, melon, pears, orange-lemon, strawberry and finishing floral and herbal. It doesn’t have a funky character, which is subdued. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very refreshing and super balanced Saison with good complexity and very easy to drink. It is relatively quite mild on yeast and with perceivable hops. Perfect for summertime. (607 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Shiny golden pour, surprisingly not totally hazy, with a rich fluffy white head that recedes to a few foamy traces and sticky lacing.
A "soft" smell, with honey, sweet red berries, faint apricot, flowers, white bread, a bit of clove, spicy hops, and not a lot of funk, just some faint lactic sourness and some raw grain.
Surprisingly fruity and quite complex without being sweet, with strawberry, apricot, yellow apple, quince, faint melon, faint pink grapefruit. Some honey sweetness with extra floral notes, as if it had petals in it. Yeasts aren't too heavy, just some white pepper and coriander seed with a mix of herbs. Faint funk, just some green hay and some raw grain, with a hint of lactic sourness felt especially in the aftertaste. Some earthy and also spicy hops in the finish, the kind that reminds of pilseners, with a mild bitterness.
The aftertaste is a bit more bitter and funky, feeling like an Aspirin that got stuck in the throat. Some nice fruit gets through too, fortunately. Light bodied, on the verge of being watery, if not for a hearty carbonation.
Like with the "V Cense", great complexity, not enough strength to push it forward tho. What remains is a light (in many ways) saison, fruity, refreshing, really enjoyable. (1,246 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this at Moeder lambic, served chilled in a cervoise.

The color is medium golden with good clarity and 2 fingers of light almost white cream atop withfine bead and thick lace stickage. The aroma has a grainy raw scent with light herbal hop and moderately fruity yeast scent with woody hop aroma and 'green' type of hop quality in the nose. The feel is lightly creamy textured with moderate bitterness and semi-dry quality with medium body and light sweetness with mild alcohol in the feel with a dry spiced finish.

The taste is moderately bitter with some herbal flavors and light citrus in the hop profile yet a light tangy, spicy yeast contributes equally with light alcohol apparent in the mid taste. There is a slight fresh hop with almost floral element and moderately toasted malt in the dry finish.
This is a pretty decent saison, not world class but earthy and interesting with nice blend of yeast, malt and hops wit subtle alcohol. (954 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light orange with thin, fast fading soap bubble head with a spray of dots on the grass. Smell: floral, peach, mildly acetic; with pops of: citrus rind, bubblegum, barnyard, grassiness. Taste: tart nectarine, sweet melon and white grape, acetic edged grainy funk, spicy and citrus peel note. Light bodied with very low carbonation; dry finish, earthy and a bit chalky. Best by 12/30/2015 or 2016. Nice flavor. (423 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Pours an incredibly crisp clear yellow with a slight tint of orange. Thin white head and medium carbonation with slight lacing around the glass. This beer is incredibly clear with absolutely no cloudiness from the yeast.

S: A very fruity aroma, almost peach like with a hint of strawberries. Sweet almost but more fruit forward than malt sweetness. Also get a slight earthy hop aroma but not much, I have to really work the beer hard by swirling it to get much else than fruit.

T: Ok, this is where I get that yeast character that I get from a good saison and what lets me know its a farmhouse ale. Good fruity yeast character with a touch of funky phenols and nice sweet/fruity malt to support things together. Getting a delicious earthy hop flavor that starts off almost strawberry like in its fruitiness but then transforms into a nice dry lingering bitterness that eventually fades away in your mouth to nothing but bitterness and then suddenly you're ready for the next drink.

M: The dryness of this beer lends its way very well for a lingering bitterness that I like. Dry and almost carbonated water like in its feel. Not thin feeling from the high carbonation but bitterness is dry and lingers in the back of your mouth.

O: I'm enjoying this brew and I like it enough to want to explore more beers from this Farmhouse brewery. Definitely will buy again if I see this but there are certain things about it that are special but just not my cup of tea. The yeast character is great but the dry dry back of the throat bitterness you get from drinking carbonated water is strange. I'm usually a fan of 'strange and weird' but in this case it doesn't necessarily add nor remove anything. Not a deal breaker for me just something I wanted to point out since I don't get in many beers. Overall if you see this grad it, you will not be disappointed. (1,904 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful, bright, banana gold body. Tall, pure white head has nice retention and lace.

S - Tart lemon rinds, grapefruit pith, grass, fresh hay, barn dust.

T - Light, bright and refreshing. Grass, cilantro stems, rose water, dry earth. Resiny dry finish.

M - Soft, light frame. Light, fizzy carbonation.

O - A simple, classic saison. Brewed with a restrained complexity and all the better for it. (405 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Every so often I find a beer that could be legendary (to me) or at least a disciple of a legend in my history of beer and travels. Jandrain IV Saison reminds me a familiar ghost from Belgium that I knew a long time ago that very few brewers could touch for style and I became obsessed with finding more where ever it might have even rumored to have been. Unlike the ghost, which still haunts some beer alcoves and stores inconsistently in both its promise and delivery, this outstanding Saison was beautiful and probably one of the finest examples of style and quality that I have tasted in years.

Right from the bottle, the frothy head had that magical soapy element to it that informed me that it was very fresh and that the hundreds of golden champagne-like bubbles that were underneath the head were making a great presentation. I swirled the glass to admire the viscosity and it invited me with a citrus and pepper aroma to have a taste.

Easily surpassing my recent ideas of what good saisons are like as nearly every micro brewer I know brews one, this majestic ale delivered a medium body that was very cloudy and resonant with a grassy citrus and pepper taste that evolved over the few minutes I had it.

As the yeast and grains made their presence known in the back end of the taste, I was already thinking about the barrels I was going to try to find of this ale. With every glass seemingly improving upon the last, my obsession for a great saison returned with a vengeance.

I knew that I must find more of this great saison on a future trip to both the local her store and on my way to Belgium next Spring. (1,621 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light straw like color, with large foamy head

smell of straw, some grassy hops, and some plastic

Taste is initially of plastic, then some nice crisp light malt.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent.

Not bad, but the plastic notes ruin this from being a great Saison (275 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Moeder Lambic

Lookin good. Golden body and a big thick white head.

Grass, hay, flowers, citrus. Sweet and fruity - peach and melon. Comes off fairly hoppy.

Tastes grassy, has a earthy mustiness to it, fruity and citrusy. Light bits of bitterness and sweetness.

Super smooth with some tingly carbonation. Medium bodied.

More subdued carbonation than a lot of saisons I've come across, but very refreshing and I love the hoppiness of it. (452 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.04/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light gold with good clarity. The head produces three fingers of thick mousse-like foam that is long lasting and bone white.

S: Moderately-strong spice with a good bit of that plastic phenolic to it but mostly pepper with some ginger. There is some moderately-light orange aroma and a little earth hops.

T: There isn't all that much to the flavor, just a light orange flavor and faint spice and maybe a little sweet orange peel. There is a little malt sweetness but no Pils malt character. The bitterness is moderately-light. The balance between is about even. The finish has a slight bit of fruitiness and a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight prickle on the palate.

O: The body is too heavy and the flavor is kind of thin. Very little of the aroma seems to get around the plastic smell that just drowns out the other aromas. This may be an old sample but that doesn't explain the plastic. It comes around a bit as it warms. (978 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright brassy yellow with speckles (later clouds), active fizz, and loose, steady offwhite froth.
Lemon herbal nose with touches of fresh melon and wax, and a floral perfume layer deeper underneath.
Fresh baguette, white pear and green apple (going from raw to baked as it warms), hint of banana and maybe mango when you pour the yeast then lemon zest, hint of Seville orange rind and woody lemongrass hops.
Carambola and white pepper finish and a surprising flash of vanilla then tight star anise and thyme linger.
Medium, round, soft, lively, some cling, slight chalk, a bit of oil.

Jumps with bright flavors even by saison standards. Not sure I'm on the same page with everyone else: no funk that I notice and I couldn't promise the hops are US though that's what I hear. But it's the unexpected little pops of flavor you don't necessarily expect in a saison that make it.

One of the best, need to watch out for J-J. (927 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a red wine glass. No freshness/bottle date.

Nice clear pale golden color with a fluffy, bubbly, delicate 1" white head. Good retention, leaves clingy lacing.

Dried apricots, cracker bread, and fresh black and white pepper in the nose, a little note of honey. Intricate and inviting.

More pepper and cracker on the taste, grass and hay, dried herbs of some kind, like Italian herbs. Moderate earthy funk. Very rustic but light and delicate. Very wheaty. Mostly dry with just a little malt in the middle, ends light and dry. Bready/crackery aftertaste with wet hay and a little bit of a sour twang.

Almost perfect texture, light bodied and crisp with great carbonation, but leaves just enough wetness in your mouth at the end.

This is some old world farmhouse shit, not too flashy but well done and memorable. A good one for lovers of traditional saisons. (881 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a brilliant golden, with about two fingers of foamy white head. Much more clarity than expected. lacing is decent, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Some spice and yeasty notes up front, with some citrus and grassy notes.

T: Cracker-like malt at first, followed by lemongrass and some fruity esters. A touch of spice and yeast on the mid-palate, with a dry, grassy, floral hop finish.

Notes: Moderate in body with a very clean mouthfeel. Well-balanced and very easy to drink. I was hoping for a little more funk, but overall a pretty tasty brew. A bit pricey, but worth a try. (634 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Great white foamy head leaves a lot of sticky lacing atop a clear golden body.

The aroma has a nice dose of fruity apple with some lemon zest. I faintly notice some wheat malt aroma as well.

The taste is dry and wheaty. There is a gently spicy hop flavor towards the finish.

This has a nice fluffy mouthfeel, with great soft carbonation. The body is light and drinks very refreshingly. Definitely going to check out more from this brewery. (463 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the cheeky monk downtown. pours standard cloudy pale yellow color with a good lasting white head thats rather thick. smells is way out there in left field, which i like a lot. floral yeast, peppery too, with notes of mustard, or dry mustard seeds, and vinegar. very very funky. flavor is less strange, but equally delicious, yeast is excellently flavorful and there is also some complimentay flowery polleny hops in the finish. i really enjoyed this beer, and it was really drinkable. carbonation was bright and the body was roughly medium. if it wasnt so expensive i would have definitely got another. would also be curious to try the bottled version. good stuff. (674 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Authentic Belgian saisons are a thing of Beauty. So much character that starts fruity and malty, carries through a plethora of of complexities before arriving at dry and acidic refreshment. It's not right, making it look this easy.

Hazy straw in appearances, the beer starts with a controlled eruption of cream and fizz as the head quickly pulls away from the beer underneath. The bubbly foam quickly regenerates time after time with simply a gentle swirl of the glass, quickly collapsing onto itself with rocky patterns.. Mild on lace, I would have expected more. Still, this is nearly an ideal look for saisons.

Zesty aromas of bright citrus, spice, and sparse sweet notes. Largely bready, but backed by estery scents of lemon peel, green apples, spiced pear, and white grapes; the dry spice of white pepper, mild clove, vinous alcohol, and slight medicinal plastics show exquisite balance to the nose while creating mouthwatering intrigue. Quite a perfumy and floral head start to the session.

Malty sweetness is low lying and takes the shape of thin honey, dry crackers, and a dash of powdered sugar and dough. Herbal components from yeast spiciness and hops blend together for varying lemongrass, white pepper, honeysuckle, and flowers in balance. Fruity esters complement the balance with citrusy lemons, dried oranges, and white grapefruit and grapes, but then there's the sulfury taste of green apples, pears, sparkling white wines, and seltzer water than continue the introduction of new flavors with every sip.

Extremely refreshing as the light body is accented by the effervescence that pulls the beer from the tongue and encourages a pleasantly acidic and dry malt finish with only an herbal bitterness to linger... and fruit... and spice. Who cares?! as long as the beer is this pleasant, let the pleasant and effortless aftertaste commence.

When reaching for a taste of Belgium, this beer has it all- fruit, spice, dryness, effervescence, hops, and alcohol- all in exquisite balance and with effortless refreshment. (2,035 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold straw color...minimal head. Aroma of slight fruit rind, yeast, bread, dull berries. Rich flavors, some roughness, dark bread, rye, subtle soap but not bad...just a base flavor, floral, minerals. Overall not bad, but not so tasty I'll seek it our or even get excited. (277 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife at Brugs Beertje while we were in Brugges.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lace.

Smell: Sweet malt with some herbal hops. There are some fruity undertones that make the smell slightly perfume like.

Taste: Not quite as complex as the smell. Fruity notes are not as present here. Still getting some mild apricot. The herbal flavors are there. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have enjoyed it if the fruit notes continued from the smell to the taste. Still a good saison. (677 characters)

Photo of impending
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow, vigorous carbonation, clinging clumpy froth, excellent lacing.

Aroma as if a bière de garde. Musty but no funk. Slight sweetness but much fruit. Chalky

Taste surprises with an upfront hop citrus. A twang of dryness and pepper introduces the finish. Aftertaste fades mostly away instantly, fine for pairing with food but less so as a main attraction. Light to medium bodied crisp mouthfeel. Best saved for a hot afternoon thirst quencher.
cheers
jd (516 characters)

Photo of abrethanson
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at High Times in Costa Mesa.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden egg yoke yellow with pure white 2 finger head. Very nice lacing is left around the glass. Carbonation continues to rise long after the pour. The appearance may be the beer's best part. Very clean and crisp each element seems well put together like the golden ratio.

Smell - Very citrus up front with a hint of vanilla and sugary sweetness at the back end.

Taste - The taste is consistent with how it looks - clean and crisp. Definitely a more citrus focused farmhouse ale. A lot of lemon, grapefruit and citrus rind throughout balanced with some Belgian yeast and spiciness. Banana bread too. Fairly dry with hints of straw but not a lot of funkiness detected which was disappointing. Citrus rind bitterness apparent at the end.

Mouthfeel - carbonated, citrus, and dry

Overall - Refreshing beer. Like most Saisons it would be great on a warm summer day paired with picnic foods. Was hoping for more funkiness and complexity. Overall very tasty. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fro the bottle a hazy straw color with two fingers of bright white head. Left little lacing behind.

Light herbal aroma of lemon, clove, yeast and white pepper.

The taste was yeasty with clove, lemon, white pepper and light tropical fruit. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation. (325 characters)

Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. 10 oz pour in a wine goblet. Translucent straw color with a moderate white head. Barnyard funk on the nose with some grass and herbal notes. A nice flavor of lemon, with some spice and floral notes. Very smooth mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation. A great saison. (298 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, shared by him at a recent tasting served in a tulip glass. Beer is orangish, hazy, thin white head, some lacing, some carbonation, moderate retention, looks good.

Aroma is mildly funky, grassy hop aroma though, earthy too.

Beer is sweet, light in body, hoppiness in the second half of the palate, nice finish, decent, a little bitter a little dry, a nice hoppy version of a saison. (398 characters)

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IV from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.