V Cense - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
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4.11/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-13-2014 04:23:47 | More by babaracas
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
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
08-27-2013 20:00:06 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-08-2013 09:07:36 | More by pixieskid
3.23/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
06-16-2013 23:27:26 | More by rudzud
3.74/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-09-2013 00:23:09 | More by hagbergl
V Cense from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
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