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V Cense - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 08-17-2009)
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Reviews by rdickey:
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rdickey

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber into a Chimay goblet. A fine off-white head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving uniform lacing.

Smell: Green apples, together with a mix of citrus and some hops that I can’t identify. There’s a very slight hint of funk, but it’s not at all dominant – just lurking in the shadows.

Taste: This beer is not what I usually expect for a saison. Hops are in front, balanced with toasted malts and a little dark fruit and spice. There’s not a lot of the funk that I usually associate with a saison. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Perhaps a little too much carbonation; it almost keeps the beer from sitting down in your mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty damn drinkable. It’s not the most complex saison you’ll ever drink, but it might be one of the more quaffable; sort of a lawnmower saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 00:38:05 | More by rdickey
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-05-2014 16:39:51 | More by tom10101
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jwg782

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-06-2013 18:06:08 | More by jwg782
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

10-22-2013 19:38:06 | More by RBorsato
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Mattias

Sweden

3/5  rDev -19.1%

09-18-2013 20:21:36 | More by Mattias
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 20:00:06 | More by eduardolinhalis
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pixieskid

Germany

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 09:07:36 | More by pixieskid
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-27-2013 20:19:54 | More by samEBC
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George1799

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-25-2013 17:54:32 | More by George1799
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-24-2013 20:35:14 | More by BostonPhilly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:27:26 | More by rudzud
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 00:23:09 | More by hagbergl
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-19-2013 18:06:56 | More by DeutschesBier
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MaineBrewing

Maine

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-17-2013 22:35:21 | More by MaineBrewing
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-13-2013 01:59:20 | More by Jspriest
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-21-2013 23:35:55 | More by mmsimmons
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Em30

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-21-2013 23:35:28 | More by Em30
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-20-2013 01:24:15 | More by oline73
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-17-2013 18:12:22 | More by duceswild
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-15-2013 03:56:37 | More by marlinsfan4
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KingSlayer

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-14-2013 03:46:58 | More by KingSlayer
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

03-04-2013 14:34:28 | More by RedneckBeerz
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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StJamesGate

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry amber with craggy pitted sandy head that refreshes from a stream of bubbles in the middle.
Apple spice, waxy yeast, brown bread and some orangey US hops on the nose.
Stewed apple, red pear, autumn leaves, raisin bread and dried cranberries with an ester hit, a hint of cocoa, slight yeasty white pepper there tangerine and tea leaf hops.
Citrus finish and spicy linger.
Medium, round, some chew, no burn.

There are lots of other reviews here talking about honey and lemon like this is a saison, but that's not what going on.
This is an amber farmhouse ale ,like Jenlain, dry-hopped with Amarillo (which everyone also seems to miss.)
There's also a mystery spice in there, which shows up big, making this pretty wintery.
Some fruity notes recall a dubbel but the spice and hops hide that along with any distinctive yeast character.

Unique and interesting but not quite extraordinary - falls short of JJ's other numbered beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:35:31 | More by StJamesGate
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FLima

Brazil

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber and ruby color. Though, last drops were a murky brown. It poured a thick and persistent off-white head.
Piney and earthy hops and fruity aroma, notes of figs, medicine, condiments, licorice and mandarin.
Very complex beer with mutating flavors, licorice, prunes, pine, citrus, mostly grapefruit and mandarin. Also present, toasted notes, spices and condiments. Dry and condimented aftertaste.
The 7%ABV is very well hidden. Still it has a light body with a light carbonation with small bubbles.
Very refreshing beer but also complex and tasteful. With Saisons you have to drink it without any expectations, past experiences comparisons or fixed standards, as long you follow that rule you will encounter good surprises. Not following this rule results in mix discounters of opinions in the evaluations.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 20:14:17 | More by FLima
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V Cense from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
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