Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille Jandrain IV Saison
What the brewers say
“Blonde beer, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and fermented in the bottle. This beer is brewed with only the four basic ingredients (water, malt, hops, yeast). Jandrain IV used different hops to give it its special character.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The touch of American piney hops is very different. As it starts to warm, a bit more spicy hops start to come out. Very interesting herbal and grape that creates a unique aroma of earthy and herbal.”
Flavor: “Hops flavor is medium-high with an earthy, peppery, and fruity presence. Big earthy tea-like hops character. Spicy phenols play into that with a bit of lemony esters in the background. The finish is dry and the body light, bordering on watery.”
Overall: “A bit of a dirty, earthy beer with notes of lemon. I’m not sure this is a saison—tastes a bit more like a dirty blond or English IPA with the earthy hops notes. Light lemon notes toward the end. Overall, a good beer—very different from other saisons with the earthy and peppery aroma and flavor. Would have loved some more fruitiness to cut earthy flavors and balance it a little more.”
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