IV - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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 richmof
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really good hoppy saison, which is a bit more refined than most of the other Belgian saisons but the better for it.
Packs in lots of flavours - fruits from passionfruit to lychee to overripe mango - with a keen but well-judged hopping on the palate. A really nice finish makes this beer a well-rounded tipple.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of bonbright7
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. in the aroma, earthy and lemon citrus. In the taste, earthy, yeasty, and a citrus bite. A bitter and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earth and citrus aftertaste. Big citrus and lighter body, quite nice.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. On the nose, this is a classic saison, with honey, white pepper, bread dough and a slight underlying grassiness. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the beer showing some noticeable bitterness on the finish, which tends to dry out the modest sweet flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol practically unnoticeable.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this was still a very solid, well made saison.

Edit from 2/12/12/ Not sure if they tweaked the recipe, but had a glass on tap at the Hudson Street stackhouse, and there was a slight, funky barnyard aroma I didn't pick up originally. The just put the keg on, so have to think this something I just didn't notice the first time around. Quite delightful and impressive... I have upped my "smell" score accordingly.

Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was 1 1/2 of foamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, powerful, sweet aroma of citrus, malt and that saison funk.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemons, grapefruit), malt, spices (pepper), and funk. Not classically a saison (though it does have many of the typical characteristics), but still extremely flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A very drinkable Belgian saison.

Photo of jancona
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is too light in regards to the citrus and grassiness that I'm looking for. Feel is a bit watery.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1100. Woohoo! Ryan and Brian recommended I grab this at State Line the other day. I'm glad I did, 'cos on a hot DC summer's day, there's nothing quite like a saison.

Pouring a very light yellow with great, great clarity and a dense, white head with great retention and rather exceptional lacing, this is one of the better saisons I've seen in a while. It smells pretty amazing too. Clearly a saison, there's a blend of grain, husk, lemon and a delicate spice character, the the brewery's French heritage is noticeable as it has a characteristics reminiscent of a good, French biere de garde. A touch doughy, this doesn't have the full on saison funk and is unique in that respect. A touch of bay leaf, perhaps? As it warms up, a little floral character comes through too.

The palate opens dry, grassy, hay-like with a rather grainy and husky bitterness. Hop character is moderate, there's a definite earthy, lemony, mildly mineral-like hop character. Mild spice character is present, there's a blend of dried bay leaf, white pepper and delicate herbs. Drying and with a grainy bitterness on the finish, there's lingering flavors of earthy, grassy hops and a delicate spice character. Light in body and a touch over-carbonated for my tastes, for some reason, the carbonation is not really "scrubbing", and more "foaming", if that makes sense. Still, this beer is truly wonderful. A real winner. Thanks for the recommendation, guys!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of tiffanya
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25.4-oz bottle from 99 Bottles.

Poured into St. Feuillien goblet. 1/4" off-white head dissapates into a film of foam across the top of the beer. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - grassy, leafy, lightly spicy. Hint of fruit.

Flavor - starts out with a tropical fruitiness, changes to a raw leafy hop, finishes with a lightly chalky dryness. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue, fading to leave me wanting another sip.

A pleasurable beer that die-hard saison fans are sure to appreciate.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is clear gold, except towards the end of the bottle, when it pours cloudy with sediment. Poured to a half-inch head, the head quickly dissipates to a ring of foam. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells of wet hay, citrus peel, some hops.

Tastes light and citrus fruity, some grapefruit flesh and rind, and some spice. Taste is rather mild.

Body is light and carbonation is moderate with a fizzy mouthfeel. Body also seems light.

This is a very light saison that could be refreshing under certain conditions, like a very hot day. A little lacking in body and carbonation, IMHO. On the other hand, it is one of the most acidic, citrus-tasting saisons I've had, so that could be used to advantage for a pairing with seafood, salads, spicy asian food, etc.

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IV from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.