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IV - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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BA SCORE
87
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 03-28-2009)
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

MadScientist, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of gjayb
4/5  rDev +3.4%

gjayb, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

bpfrush, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hairrrrrrrr, May 15, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

williamjbauer, May 08, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a clear apricot body with a tiny carbonated sea of bubbles. There is a big porous off-white head that fades to cobwebs after a few sips
. S- This beer has a white plastic note that grows with a bitter note to follow but is otherwise very clean.
T- The soft dry flavor has a light plastic note that grows wit a soft pine hop spicy finish.
M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is very light and bland except for the off flavor of plastic. It was tough to get through that big bottle.

rhoadsrage, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of mattfancett
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

mattfancett, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding saison, thank you phyl21ca again. Pours light yellow with oodles of white soapy foam. Aroma is hoppy and peppery, with tiny other spices. Taste is pale ale hops,supported by understated spices,understated carbonation, very smooth and light on tongue. Delightful summer ale.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. Bottle cap says "2006" on it, suggesting this sample is 3 years old.

Liquid is hazy apricot with amber highlights. Voluminous, rocky white magnolia suds recede to a respectible height fairly quickly, depositing a lattice-work of lace.

Nose reveals yeasty funk (a unique strain possibly?), mild hops, and sweet esters (mango, orange) - some lagerish notes (pilsner malt?) detract very slightly in my opinion, though the foundation is strong.

Sweet entry on the palate accompanied by fairly assertive (for the style) hop bitterness, complicated by flavors ranging from orange-cognac to hay to sugar cane to grain. A slightly woody/leathery finish with more yeast notes rounds out the taste. Subtle, unique, if just slightly sweet.

The hops and high carbonation make this a very refreshing ale, though it retains a certain creaminess as well.

A very good Saison, worth seeking out...I'd love to try a younger sample to compare to this one.

augustgarage, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of pariah_peels
5/5  rDev +29.2%

pariah_peels, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date on bottle.

Light slightly hazy golden amber with a nice pure white head that fades a bit quickly.

Nose is green bananas and light lacto to my nose with nice pear tones. Hints of fruity yeast that goes to a perfume character. All in all quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is fresh and bright and has the thin but rich quality of a wild ale I've come to expect. A bit light on the carbonation.

Flavors are green and herbaceous but pleasant, with white pepper, celery and light salt.

Finish is a bitter green pepper hop balance and appealing and long. Overall nice.

GRG1313, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly funky ester with some nice Belgian malt and a dry hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by funky ester and dry hops with a good malt backbone. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done even though mix between hops and funky yeast is not totally balanced.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Coren
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Coren, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at TJs. Reviewed from notes.

Hazy straw-colored body. A huge fluffy head that sticks around indefinitely leaves a mix of delicate and thick lacing after every sip.

Aromas of white pepper, black pepper, clove, all from the yeast, as this is an old school no-adjunct brew. There are also notes of perfume, sweaty feet, and wet hay. The flavor of the beer adds in a bit more of the perfumey characteristics, somewhat reminding me of cat litter. The yeasty spiced notes diminish in the presence of these flavors.

Smooth and lively, this beer is light enough to be crushable, and in fact, I had to slow myself down because I didn't want the experience to end as quickly as it was going to. Quite a good farmhouse ale.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear lemon color with high carbonation producing a 2+ inch thick bubbly white head.
S: Sharp pine-citrus hops...very interesting (especially for style). Not the typical farmhouse notes here. Slight acerbic spice too.
T: Takes a few sips to get into this one. Not as hoppy as I was expecting from the aroma. Soft citrus hops and mild spice. Honestly a tad watery.
M: Very light body. Effervescent. Pleasant feel.
D: An above average brew. Interesting, especially given the atypical approach to a saison. I applaud the thought, but not necessarily the end product. Don't turn it down, but no need to seek it out.

mwilbur, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ShanePB, May 27, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

oline73, May 13, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

Caudalie, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle @ Moeder (St. Gilles), Brussels

A: Copper color. Fairly hazy.

S: Citrusy notes that are probably cascade hops. Fruity esters abound. Quite a bouquet.

T: As the smell, with a dry fruit-lingering finish.

M: Light body, high carbonation. Kind of like a saison.

O: A highly drinkable beer. If I had to classify, I would say this fits into saison territory, due to light body, hops, dry finish, and fruity yeast. Think: IPA + saison. Well balanced all around. Keep in mind that I tried this in Belgium, so exports may not be as fresh, since hop flavor fades over time.

jibbyvonjibb, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

cnbrown313, May 23, 2013
Photo of suckaj
3.52/5  rDev -9%

suckaj, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of bonbright7
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

bonbright7, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Jandrain-Jandrenouille goblet.

Pours a nice golden-straw color with an enormous foamy white head that refuses to fade and leaves thick clingy lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. One of the best-looking beers I have come across.

The nose brings forward a bit of light pepper and a good dosing of hops. Good floral hopping there. Straw and a bit of light fruit and pair. Really complex and interesting. Beautiful blend of malt, hops, and yeast.

Light body and very dry finish. Fairly bitter. Really a tremendous saison. Most impressive.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
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IV from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.