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V Cense - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-17-2009

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Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear chestnut color with a nice creamy one finger head. The aroma has sugars – caramel or molasses with a little spice in the aroma and they admit to adding a secret spice. This is their amber. It’s a good drinking beer and probably leans towards the Farmhouse ale biere de garde category with its sweetness and spiciness.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml split 2 nights ago, reviewed from notes.

This poured a brownish amber color, darker than expected, off-white head retains fine. Pretty cool and unique dark farmhouse thing goin' on. I get apple, pear, musty grape, earthy/farmy yeast, light caramel malt, lots of various spice rack (cinnamon?). Good foamy carbonation with a dry finish.

Better/more interesting than expected, the spice element is nice somehow blend well with farmhouse/dark fruit/wine-like flavors. Would like to try this again.

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Pours hazy dark orange, going to ruby, small head quick to a thin lace and some sticky traces.
Orange jam in the smell, candi sugar, tons of caramel, crackers, dried apricots, white raisin, persimmon, cherry plum, faint mango. A sticky "tasty" smell.
Didn't detect any tartness in the smell, but there's a bit in the taste, right from the start, a bit of cherry with a faint hint of vinegar. Also a bit of lactic sourness. Not that fruity tho, aside some red apple, there's some apricot, some faint raisin, fig, some orange, all pretty faint, but otherwise just a layer of caramel sweetness and grainy biscuit. Saison funk, with hay, grass, spices. Finishes with some mildly bitter hops and lingering yeasts.
Medium body and carbonation, easy to drink. Aftertaste is fruity, hoppy, yeasty, all at once.
The main characteristic of this beer is that the flavours keep mixing, taking turns, i guess. Berry jelly and dried fruit one time, then funky, then crackery, then fruity again, and so on. The flavours may be toned down, but it's all quite complex. Still a bit more of an "oomph!" would've helped.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with billowing cream colored head, rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: spicy, sweet orange peel, whole grain cracker, dried apricot, dates. Taste: sweet and fruity upfront: apricot, marmalade; then cut with mild tartness and soft grain; then milk caramel note and rye cracker. Medium bodied with hefty, fluffy carbonation, finishes drying with herbal notes. Really tasty and interesting composition, with a sweet label. Unlike IV and VI, can't find any date on this bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful dark color. Clear. Forms a thick, solid and creamy beige head. Good persistence and some spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet nose. Strong notes of caramel. Red fruits. Spicy too: notes of honey, black pepper. Flowery hops and Belgian yeasts in the end

T: Follows the nose: sweet and fruity. Strong notes of caramel and crystal malts. Notes of honey, black pepper and red fruits. Flowery hops. In overall, a sweet, malty, peppery and watery taste. Mild hops bitterness in the very end. A bit metallic too

M: Light, watery and slightly molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Caramel and pepper as aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Quite close to an amber ale, in fact. Too mild spiciness to a Saison but still a pleasant beer

Photo of pixieskid
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

How this is categorized as a saison is beyond me. As a big fan of the IV (an excellent saison) and the VI (saison/wit hybrid imo) I figured it was time to retry this one as it has been a couple of years and I didn't really remember much about it.

Pours a deep ruby/amber color with a thick white-ish head. Quite dark for a saison, but amber saisons are out there...

Nose; caramel, ripe fruits, brown sugar, this is smelling and looking a lot like a Belgian Amber.
Taste; yup, straight up Belgian Amber ale. Faint spice/yeast character, sweet fruits, caramel, some grains, nothing saison about it aside from the fact that it is somewhat dry. This is a prime example of how the term/category of "farmhouse ale" is stupid. Just because it's brewed in a "farmhouse brewery" doesn't necessarily mean you will have a beer that is a saison/saison like.

Sweet and creamy, a little dry, but not nearly dry enough for a saison.

Overall; this is a great Belgian Amber, a style that does very little for me, but this one was quite good. If you're looking for a saison fix, skip this one and grab the IV or the VI and you won't be dissapointed. If you like a good Belgian Amber, grab this one.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a clear crimson hue with a thin off white head that faded rather quickly to leave behind a thin off white halo.

S - Aromas of faint malty sweetness, light darker fruits, caramel, spice, and rather fake cherry cough syrup.

T - Taste is like the nose, not bad enough with light figgy sweetness, caramel, spice notes, and them wham, medicinal cherries.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, nice carbonation but still feels a bit heavy/syrupy.

O - Overall, not my favourite one at all. Way too much fake cherry here for my taste.

Photo of hagbergl
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had a glass of Jandrain V Saison at Lord Hobo in Cambridge on the recommendation of one of the servers. I was glad to try this interesting take on the style.

Appearance (4/5): Jandrain V pours a hazy straw/yellow color with a minimal white head. It has that typical, great look that quality saisons often have. Nice, tight bubbles and a bit of carbonation is visible when looking at the beer from above.

Smell (3.75/5): Some Brett and peppery, yeasty funkiness going on here in the aroma! One thing that's very interesting about this particular saison is that the Brett has imparted a bit of lactic tartness to the beer. Underneath the funkier smells I detect some light sweet malt. Interesting, though not quite a beauty.

Taste (3.75/5): Lightly noble hoppy flavor that I didn't detect in the smell hits first. A bit of tartness from the Brett flexes in the middle and back. Spicy, peppery, musty yeast is also quite notable and makes this more than your average, run-of-the-mill saison. There's also a fruitiness that comes on late that tastes similar to black cherry. The flavor is fairly complexed, though a bit jumbled and incoherent. The unpredictability keeps the beer interesting, but I'm not enamored by the flavor. The 7% is well hidden.

Mouthfeel (3.5/5): The mouthfeel lacks in the carbonation department a bit (it would have benefited from a more spritely carbonation level), but the beer has good medium body to it.

Overall (3.75/5): Jandrain V Saison is a very interesting take on the farmhouse ale style from a Belgian brewery that we don't hear a whole lot from. Its complex yeastiness is something most American breweries couldn't hope to reproduce. It's definitely worth a try, but I wouldn't name it as a standout in the style category.

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V Cense from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
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