IV | Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RblWthACoz on 03-28-2009

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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by richmof:
Photo of richmof
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really good hoppy saison, which is a bit more refined than most of the other Belgian saisons but the better for it.
Packs in lots of flavours - fruits from passionfruit to lychee to overripe mango - with a keen but well-judged hopping on the palate. A really nice finish makes this beer a well-rounded tipple.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light gold with good clarity. The head produces three fingers of thick mousse-like foam that is long lasting and bone white.

S: Moderately-strong spice with a good bit of that plastic phenolic to it but mostly pepper with some ginger. There is some moderately-light orange aroma and a little earth hops.

T: There isn't all that much to the flavor, just a light orange flavor and faint spice and maybe a little sweet orange peel. There is a little malt sweetness but no Pils malt character. The bitterness is moderately-light. The balance between is about even. The finish has a slight bit of fruitiness and a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a slight prickle on the palate.

O: The body is too heavy and the flavor is kind of thin. Very little of the aroma seems to get around the plastic smell that just drowns out the other aromas. This may be an old sample but that doesn't explain the plastic. It comes around a bit as it warms.

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Photo of gjayb
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Dbrulet
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of innominat
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.46/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a clear apricot body with a tiny carbonated sea of bubbles. There is a big porous off-white head that fades to cobwebs after a few sips
. S- This beer has a white plastic note that grows with a bitter note to follow but is otherwise very clean.
T- The soft dry flavor has a light plastic note that grows wit a soft pine hop spicy finish.
M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is very light and bland except for the off flavor of plastic. It was tough to get through that big bottle.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding saison, thank you phyl21ca again. Pours light yellow with oodles of white soapy foam. Aroma is hoppy and peppery, with tiny other spices. Taste is pale ale hops,supported by understated spices,understated carbonation, very smooth and light on tongue. Delightful summer ale.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. Bottle cap says "2006" on it, suggesting this sample is 3 years old.

Liquid is hazy apricot with amber highlights. Voluminous, rocky white magnolia suds recede to a respectible height fairly quickly, depositing a lattice-work of lace.

Nose reveals yeasty funk (a unique strain possibly?), mild hops, and sweet esters (mango, orange) - some lagerish notes (pilsner malt?) detract very slightly in my opinion, though the foundation is strong.

Sweet entry on the palate accompanied by fairly assertive (for the style) hop bitterness, complicated by flavors ranging from orange-cognac to hay to sugar cane to grain. A slightly woody/leathery finish with more yeast notes rounds out the taste. Subtle, unique, if just slightly sweet.

The hops and high carbonation make this a very refreshing ale, though it retains a certain creaminess as well.

A very good Saison, worth seeking out...I'd love to try a younger sample to compare to this one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy peach color with white head. Aroma has rustic yeast notes and ripe stonefruits. Taste has yeast, some bitterness up-front and fruity flavors. Aftertaste is fruity and bright with a hint of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice, rustic beer overall.

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Photo of Acubflem
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pariah_peels
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No date on bottle.

Light slightly hazy golden amber with a nice pure white head that fades a bit quickly.

Nose is green bananas and light lacto to my nose with nice pear tones. Hints of fruity yeast that goes to a perfume character. All in all quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is fresh and bright and has the thin but rich quality of a wild ale I've come to expect. A bit light on the carbonation.

Flavors are green and herbaceous but pleasant, with white pepper, celery and light salt.

Finish is a bitter green pepper hop balance and appealing and long. Overall nice.

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Photo of Antyk
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly funky ester with some nice Belgian malt and a dry hoppy finish. Taste is also dominated by funky ester and dry hops with a good malt backbone. Body is somewhat full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done even though mix between hops and funky yeast is not totally balanced.

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Photo of Coren
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of DavidHume
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of slightly bready malt, peach and apricot, saison yeast, slightly floral; inviting. Flavor is a light,sweet wheat graininess, mild light stone fruit, lemon citrus, black pepper; earthy. Finishes quite dry with dry grass, earthy and a light grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with pleasant active carbonation. A dry and somewhat understated saison that tasted subtle at first, but left a lingering aftertaste of complex grassy and earthy flavors with light fruit elements. As I drank this, these elements were more defined and interesting. I lean in the direction of slightly sweeter saisons, but really liked this one. Refreshing and well made.

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IV from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 158 ratings