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VI - Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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VIVI

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BA SCORE
85
very good

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerpirates on 08-05-2010

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 59
Reviews by FrostBlast:
Photo of FrostBlast
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Bright yellow body, slightly cloudy. The head doesn't come easy - even tried making my pouring somewhat more violently, it still barely rose. The head also doesn't stick around very long - strange for a beer that contains a reasonable percentage of wheat.

SMELL : First nose is citrus hops, bright pale malt and a tiny bit of barnyard funk. Second nose brings out the malt some more, and also has the wheat show itself a little bit. Third nose follows the second, with more intensity.

TASTE : Somewhat light, the citrus hops are much more present on the nose. On the palate, they express a much more earthy and vegetal side. Very refreshing pale malts and wheat.

MOUTHFEEL : Dry and dusty, very crisp and light. Good structure, but the nose had me expecting something with more texture, more volume and roundness.

OVERALL : A very good summer beer, refreshing and crisp and very laid back. Nicely done. (1,037 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma is nothing but wheat. The flavor is wheat with a little bit of lemons mixed in. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very tasty, easy to drink wheat beer. Not complex, but still enjoyable. (301 characters)

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of innominat
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I am a fan of saisons and wheat beers but was not sure what to make of this beer. It has a very thin mouth feel which I disliked. I am not sure really what style of beer they are trying to make here. (199 characters)

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a quite large pure white foamy head with light retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrus and bitter hops with wheat malt and fruity ester is somewhat unique and interesting. Taste was a weird mix between some lightly citrus notes with some light bubblegum wheat malt and some US hops also thrown in the mix. Body was average with good carbonation. Weird mix and not something I would seek on a regular basis but interesting nonetheless. (495 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale light yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus from the Simcoe hops along with notes of peppery spices in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the citrus is a little subdued and there are strong notes of Belgian yeast to go along with the notes of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The Simcoe hops in this beer definitely make it interesting and lend a little complexity to the smell and taste. (741 characters)

Photo of getbehindthemule
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We had this on-tap at moeder lambic fontainas. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with two fingers of white head. This beer has some good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: Refreshing, slightly sweet with some herbal and fruity notes. There is a slight tartness in the nose as well.

Taste: Sweet wheat malt with some fruit and herbal notes. Some bitterness in the finish kicks in just in time to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really refreshing brew. The body and carbonation could have been fuller, but I would definitely have another. (665 characters)

Photo of Anatole
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerpirates
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels.

Hazy dark yellow pour with a big white head.

Aroma holds unbelievable peach and nectarine, along with more subtle hints of dough, coriander, and grassy hop.

The flavor is pretty close to perfect for this style of beer; fruitiness fades a touch to reveal amazing yeast, hops, bread, and spice components.

Mouthfeel is masterfully drinkable yet full-bodied. Superb. (418 characters)

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | 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 slightly-hazed straw color with a 2-finger white head. Great lacing, of course. The nose has lots of wheat plus a light bit of coriander-type spice and some faint citrus. Very dry and crisp. Flavor adds a bit of light white pepper. Dry and crisp throughout. Hops bring a light floral character. Absolutely fantastic. (460 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Mounds of foam flowed from the tap, making a good 5 minutes or more of settling time necessary for a full pour on this one. Eventually served in a tulip glass, pale straw-yellow with a very slight haze, and a small (when presented) white head that reduced to a wisp and left just a tiny bit of lacing on the top of the glass. Aroma was pretty subdued, faint sweetness, spice, and a touch of wheat. Taste was light but nice, crisp and grassy, herbal, a little wet hay, but not too heavy on the funk as you might expect; light notes of peppery spice and citrus zest. Smooth as silk, as far as mouthfeel goes, went down easy and clean; not high alcohol, but it seemed even lower than it was. Not bursting with flavor, but very nice overall nonetheless. (787 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
1.44/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle with J&J pressure cap.

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: This is a sad looking saison. Translucent pale yellow beer. A sparse and thin formed head that pours only to a thin cap of loosey packed bubbles. This is not what a non barrel aged saison should look like.

Smell: It smells like apple juice and a hint of grain. That is it.

Taste: The taste is the same except it is waterdown apple juice. Dare I say that I have drank an american adjunt lager with more flavor than this saison. Unfortunately it is the truth.

Mouthfeel: Super thin body and low level of carbonation. Undercarbed and almost lifeless mouthfeel. Drinkable yes, but nothing makes me really want to drink this.

Overall: What a let down... I had Saison IV by Jandrain-Jandrenouille last month and thought it was very solid. I picked up this bottle since I enjoyed the other saison made by this brewer. I think that the drain will like this beer much more than I will. I think that this must be infected or it has a severe carbonation issue. Either way, I can say this is easily the worst saison that I have ever drank. (1,109 characters)

Photo of geocool
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

God head, settles to rim bubbles and fine layer in the center of the glass. Left a single ring of lace. The liquid is a hazy neutral gold.

Smells sweet, almost like Kool-ade. No wheat that I can detect.

Leans to the malt, but there's a notable hop presence. Highly carbonated--spritzy. There's a touch of sourness in the swallow. Mild aftertaste. (350 characters)

Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of leitmotif
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckeyephilly95
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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VI from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
85 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.