V Cense | Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

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Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 08-17-2009

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by shelby415:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear chestnut color with a nice creamy one finger head. The aroma has sugars – caramel or molasses with a little spice in the aroma and they admit to adding a secret spice. This is their amber. It’s a good drinking beer and probably leans towards the Farmhouse ale biere de garde category with its sweetness and spiciness.

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Photo of hagbergl
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sample at Mondiale 2010, Day Two. Hazy grapefruit body with a white head. Below average mouthfeel. A decent bitterness in taste and in aroma,zesty orange, offset by very sweet, drinkable but not very drinkable. More hoppy than anything else. Not the best saison I have had.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Copper-tinged burnt umber, cloudy liquid - surprisingly dark, crowned by three fingers of dense rocky beige stiff peaks. Hefty caverns of lace - delicate tears.

Aromas reveal a surprising hopiness - with pine and peaches dominating. Light, almost toasted malt and a touch of spice (nutmeg?). Increasingly floral as it warms - suggesting potpourri.

Bitter palate entry, suggesting evergreen, fiddlehead ferns, and earth. Some vague scalded sugar/stale coffee elements emerge later on. Malty and lightly peppery finish - fairly dry overall though. Oddly, this reminds me in some ways of a Belgian farmhouse ale mixed with a NW IPA.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, but not especially effervescent. Mildly astringent.

Quite dark for the style, and the American hops are an unusual addition. An interesting experiment without veering too far from tradition.

Looking forward to VI, which I've heard is a witbier...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwg782
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep copper/orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light funky ester with some typical Belgian malt. Taste is less complex then anticipated with some funky ester and light semi-sweet Belgian malt. Light dry hops are very subtle and somewhat hard to distinguish. Body is somewhat full with average carbonation and no alcohol is detectable. Not too bad but not as complex as I had hoped for.

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Photo of desint
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.56/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Garnet colored with good clarity, really nice looking. Pours with an inch of froth that settles to a sticky collar. A lot of brett on the nose, not sure if that's intended with this beer, but it works either way. Barnyard, strawberry, mineral, light toasted malts. Very yeasty and funky with sharp esters. Tastes funky, somewhat metallic. Big fruity esters, reminds me of strawberry rhubarb pie. Little bit of toasty dark malt, but more yeast centered. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, slightly thin. Brief finish. Pretty enjoyable and unusual farmhouse ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy red in color and poured with a thin white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of floral and citrusy hops along with notes of berries and hints of citrus. The flavor is very complex for the style.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hops are subdued and the flavors of berries are stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a quite tart on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is slightly unusual and isn’t as refreshing compared to other beers in the style, but it’s very complex and interesting to drink.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a dark orange-amber hue with high carbonation producing a 1-2 inch bubbly light tan head. A bit different for style.
S: Soft and fresh hop bite. Citrus and melon fruit aromas. Hint of earth and funk.
T: Melon with mildly bitter hops. Hint of tart and sweet grapefruit.
M: Light body. Bitter and slightly oily feel. Sweetly acidic. Dry and bitter hop finish.
D: An interesting take on the style. More of an amber saison with a hop kick. A decent brew, but nothing to get too excited about. There are several better examples of saison out there.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, poured into two snifter glasses. Acquired from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club, and shared with my girlfriend on a relaxing summer night outside.

A: Dark rustic amber body with an overall brown hue to it. A fluffy and sudsy slightly off-white head sits atop. Retention is fairly nice as well is the lacing. It's much darker than I expected it to be for a Saison.

S: Dark roasted malts, slightly floral hops, biscuits, some very dry and hay like funk. It doesn't, to me, have those very light, fragrant and sweet notes I expect in a Saison. Even for a Belgian Saison it's definitely something different.

T: A lot of roasted spiciness comes off first, along with a sweeter caramel malt flavor. A touch of pepper, floral hops and some vanilla is left in the finish. This is a very disappointing and weak flavor profile, and completely departs from my expectations for a Saison.

M: Very thin and watery. Bubbly, very carbonated, just an okay feel here.

Both my girlfriend and I agreed, this wasn't a bad beer and was drinkable but did not meet my expectations for the style. I wouldn't buy another bottle but it was nice to sample once.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rdickey
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, label says best before see bottle but i can't find it

A- Pretty intense orange colour. One finger white head that shows both good retention and lacing. A bit of hazyness and quite a lot of yeast sediment in the last pour

S- Delicate malts with caramel notes along with a light yeast note. Fruity notes of stawberry and cherries in the background. Maybe the faintest citric touch. Overall very much on the sweet side but still soft and delicate

T- Quite sweet for the style with notes of caramel and honey from the malts. Subtle fruity notes on the back of things as the smell suggested, with strawberry being the easiest to pick up. Some slight floral/herbal hints showing up from time to time. A bit of citrus in the aftertaste. Quite dry on the finish. Sweet for the style as the smell suggested. Reaper16 nailed it by saying subtle but not complex

M- Light to medium body with medium carbonation, a bit too watery given the ABV

O- Decently refreshing. Being so fruity this is not your typical saison, but still a not very interesting or complex one in my opinion. Highly drinkable and overall still pleasant. I'm a saison fan, but i was not impressed with this one

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper tinted brown, big poof of khaki bubbles, gone quickly. First whiff brings mild notes of brown sugar followed by moderate spice, bready yeasts, light notes of flowers, grass and herbs, earth and mud. Taste is more muddled then nose hinted at, malts are mildly sweet, yeast is bready, spice is light, grassy and herbal qualities peek out at the end with faint touches of orange and flowers on the finish. Medium bodied, smooth with some lingering sweetness, carbonation is controlled. Very mild, muddled taste until the finish. Not a favorite in the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a lambic basket at Moeder Lambic St. Giles during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Jandran-Jandrenouille goblet.

Pours a moderate brown that is fairly transparent with a big head.

The nose is pretty tame when it was first poured, but then becomes much more complex as it warms up just a little bit. Nice bit of toast and spice along with a bit of pepper. Other spice in there as well. Quite complex. Good phenolics combine well with toast and a bit of roast. Light chewiness and a good body. Dry finish and a slight bitterness. Very nice.

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V Cense from Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
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