IV - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
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Reviews by seaoflament:
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
Thanks to Joey for sharing this one this past Tuesday night (11/24) at La Bella for our little pre-Thanksgiving tasting.
The beer exhibited a yellow, almost golden, color with a picturesque inch of creamy foam on top with good retention and lacing.
As far as the aroma went it was a bit muted. At first I picked up some musty grain notes that followed up with a lightly phenolic quality that grew a bit as the beer warmed up. Hints of lemon started to show up later on and the beer also gave some subtle perfume-like aromas.
Decent wheat and pale malt sweetness upfront, a bit spicier than the aroma. Flowery with hints of citrus in the finish and an earthy flavor in the end. Light carbonation, very light and delicate on the tongue. Decent beer but not much going on to keep you interested.
11-26-2009 22:23:46 | More by seaoflament
More User Reviews:
3.03/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
01-01-2013 23:56:46 | More by MadScientist
2.42/5 rDev -37.6%
(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.
01-06-2010 21:59:53 | More by rhoadsrage
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-09-2009 03:24:02 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
08-19-2009 01:37:24 | More by augustgarage
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
12-25-2010 12:17:21 | More by GRG1313
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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.
06-18-2009 02:35:54 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-07-2012 14:30:35 | More by NittanyBeerFan
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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.
09-10-2009 03:28:09 | More by mwilbur
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-13-2012 21:41:25 | More by oline73
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
06-03-2011 19:58:31 | More by jibbyvonjibb
4.64/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
11-11-2013 03:22:02 | More by bonbright7
4.58/5 rDev +18%
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.
09-15-2011 11:23:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-05-2012 22:53:07 | More by Monkeyknife
IV from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.