Jardinier | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian-style Pale Ale that’s hoppy, refreshing, thirst-quenching, and below 5% ABV? Yes, it is a Bruery beer.

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Ratings: 385 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by rudzud:
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip hazy golden hue with a fat two finger white head that fades to leave sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of nice Belgian esters, hops are mostly faded, floral, nice light candy notes.

T - Taste is loads of Belgian esters, good grassy hops, lightly floral. Good light candy notes, pleasant bitterness. Actually quite bitter. Really strong ester note. Quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp, refreshing.

O - Overall this beer had great Belgian ester notes, nice grassy notes. Really refreshing, wish I'd gotten to try it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

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More User Reviews:
Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow with a big, lumpy white head that drops to a thick layer of bubbles on the surface. Fresh, fragrant aromas of herbs, tea leaves, honey, pale malt sweetness, and restrained peppery yeast. Flavor is light - a tasty balance of pale malt, noble hops, and very mild yeast. Flowers, grass, lemon tea, light spice, biscuits. Pretty light on the palate, crisp and dry. This is great - exactly what I expected. People don't seem to appreciate subtlety anymore.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, spicy, bitter, fruity and coming in at a sessionable strength, this unBruery-like Bruery Belgian beer certainly doesn't recede on character just because it does in its alcohol content.

Jardinier pours the the classic hazy golden straw hues of may Belgian pale ale, equipped with a creamy and expressive froth. Highly aromatic, the nose comes alive with floral orange blossom, fresh grassiness, a peppery tinge, and the quintessential doughy grain and yeast scent of Belgian beer. Soft sweetness plays lightly on the initial palate like angel food cake and vegemite.

As the taste evolves, the citrus esters deliver a punch with lemon and orange with a backdrop of pear, apple and white grape. A spicy counter action to the fruit is the spice and hops which bring their own freshly grated white pepper, cumin, clove, coriander, curry and vanilla. More bitter than usual, the racy hop taste of lemongrass, fresh grass clippings and prairie botanicals give an earthen snap to the beer's final frames.

Medium-light and trending dry, peppery and with a chardonnay-like crispness, the beer takes much more of a farmhouse saison taste and texture the deeper in finish that the beer goes; ultimately gripping the throat with a sharp and grassy bitterness that far outlasts any other flavors.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a small goblit a burnt orange tinged golden with an egg shell colored sticky head atop.Floral and citrus notes inthe nose along with a bit of earth,and mild yeasty phenols.Dry and grainy with some herbal/grassiness,the phenols stay in check,just very drinkable.A great warmer weather "table" beer here.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freshflesh
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. A gusher! Pours hazy milky yellow with a huge rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty bready malts, lemon, and some earthy tea and peppercorn.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some lemon and light funk with a medium bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice lighter Belgian pale.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a LACY 2.5” cream colored foam cap that takes 5 minutes to reduce to ½”. A thin film of head remains all the way to the bottom.

S: Traces of peach, light funk, faint citrus, herbal and a faint suggestion of tomato.

T: Stone fruit, herbs, some earthiness, bread crumb in the background and a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. The yeast driven fruit flavors are moderately high, the hop bitterness and flavors are medium. Pleasant moderate to moderately low level of tartness with more orange flavors coming forward as the beer warms. Overall balance leans towards the yeast.

F: Very effervescent, above average carbonation with a little tingle and a moderate wild yeast texture. The body is just a shade below medium.

O: This is a very refreshing, full flavored beer with a delightful texture.

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Photo of sourdog
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwkdmk
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Synthetrix
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JFrank78
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local bottle shop. A very tasty Belgian style pale. Pours a pale gold. It's light, and very drinkable. Has a full body, but nothing overpowering. I taste hops, citrus notes and spice. A little floral buzz, but it's fleeting. A great beer, love to drink this one on a river during a scolding hot day.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, a nice, 'lighter' offering from this Orange County purveyor of typically high-octane (CONTAINS ALCOHOL) brews.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with some consistently rising effervescence, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and rather creamy bone-white head, which leaves some broadly-arrayed sudsy snow rime lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of crackery, biscuity pale malt, laid-back Belgian yeast, equitable black pepper and coriander spice, and prominent grassy, leafy, and mildly herbal hop bitters. The taste is bready, lightly doughy pale malt, an indistinct, but duly agreeable earthy spiciness, still pleasant and accommodating yeast, a bit of gritty orchard fruitiness, and some peppy, if not overly so, leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty heady in their probing and palate succumbing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, I suppose, the wan spice and lack of amped up booze doing us all a real solid right about now. It finishes quite dry, the biscuity leanings of the malt persisting well, while the proclaimed assertiveness of the hops doesn't really know whether it's coming or going, but s'ok, it surely is.

Yeah, I didn't know what to expect here, and as often is in such a situation, surprises abound. Big and biscuity in its grainy malt backbone, and aided by a testy, but overall supportive hoppiness, that's all there is to know about this offering, and while that may seem a tad underwhelming, I can assure you that it is not.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appropriately colored golden orange beer with a very very nice looking white head. Sticky lace remains as said head gradually fades from a multi inch topping of fluffy bubbles to thin a foamy layer. Aroma is also very nice. Makes me think in the direction of a Farmhouse-esque Belgian Pale minus wild yeastiness. Lemon, flowers, soapy fragrance, grass, phenolics, soft spice... I like it. Taste follows. There's an unexpected amount of lemon/citrus rind bitter-dryness. That in particular is seemingly more IPA-like than Belgian (though not a negative). The dryness is great. Other flavors include floral, grass, green nature-y things, lemon, with black pepper spice. Good stuff!

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Photo of Nick29
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Very pale gold body, slightly hazy with a rocky magnolia fist of foam up top, receding to a soapy finger and leaving a caldera of lace as it deflates.

Fruity, floral, vaguely spicy nose - full of inviting yeast character and a touch of citrus and hint of mountain meadow.

Surprisingly malty, a touch grassy and almost woody on the palate - the flavors diffusing into an unexpected muddle into the finish. Light bitterness throughout (this is certainly not a Belgian IPA) - some rustic elements from the yeast - but the clean malt (which seems more like a two-row than a pils...more domestic than continental) prevails. Hop flavors are present but very low.

Medium-light body, faintly creamy with good carbonation.

Good, but could be more refreshing - was expecting this to be more hop forward, but it's a better "table beer" as is (though not in the same league for me as something like Dupont's Avril if I'm going to compare). Decent value as well (though in the future I'm more likely to home-brew the style or pick something from Belgium up off the shelf).

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Photo of Phishhead420
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery - Jardinier. 4.9% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters. Bottled on 10/5/15.

Look: Hazy lemon yellow body, with a huge three finger white foamy head that slowly dissipates into a thick cap, leaving remnants of sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and vinegar with a hint of tartness, some hops, and a light amount of citrus fruits; very sweet aroma, reminiscent of bubblegum.

Feel: Light body, relatively smooth with some fair carbonation.

Taste: Beginning a little bitter and tart, the majority of the flavors that come into play are grass, wheat, and bready malt; the citrus fruits are present, albeit very subtle. Upon reaching the aftertaste, the tartness lingers while the bitterness fades.

Overall: At this point I've had plenty of IPAs and a few APAs, but this is my first Belgian Pale Ale. Not bad really, very refreshing, but didn't have a whole lot of flavor profile, at least to me anyway.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Jardinier from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 385 ratings