729: IV Saison

729 - IV SaisonName: IV Saison
Brewery: Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Orp-Jauche
Style: Saison
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6%
First Brewed: 2007
Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes
Bright, yellow beer with fluffy white head and sticky lace. Smells like fresh, lemony hops, lemongrass, grapefruit, and cereals. Crisp grassy hop bitterness is moderate but lasts into the aftertaste, cradled by that citrus backdrop. Lively beer, dry on the finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I saw this bottle the other day at Total Wine & More, and thought it looked familiar. It IS a list beer! Come to find out this beer is quite rare. Not sure if they are making more of it, or I just got lucky, but I am glad I found it. Not sure the meaning behind the name, but it is subtle and reminds me of the Rocky movies!

This beer has really good reviews on BeerAdvocate and I am pumped to drink it. Things like lemon and lemongrass litter the tasting notes. I like this style, too. I like true examples of this style. I could keep going, but I am thirsty and really want to try this. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer looks great. It has a nice orange color to it, a lovely thick white head and I see a ton of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface. I started smelling it before I was ready to write about the aroma, but I just couldn’t control myself any longer. I really hope this beer delivers. I am in the mood for a good saison.

Nose: It smells like summer. It has a hint of lemon, as the tasting note mentioned, but I am getting more freshly cut grass and a hot summer day. This August walk outside, close your eyes and take a deep breath. That is what I am smelling here. We have been drinking a lot of Belgian beers lately. Almost time for another trip to Belgium.

Flavor: Whoa… That is good. Well, maybe. The flavor changes. I started typing before I swallowed, so let me step back here for a second. At first there is a ton of complexity; almost sweet. Then, as I start to swallow, the back of my palate is hit with some rich dirt flavors and I am left with a big punch of bubbles that I expected. I am fine with a saison being carbonated. But I wanted this to be more fruity and dry and not as muddy. I mean, it doesn’t taste like mud… I can’t explain it. But this is a true example of the style. I bet, just from my first sip, this will get better as it heats up.

Mouthfeel: There is a ton of carbonation, which again, I expect from a saison. When I swish it around in my mouth a little, which does bring out some additional flavor, it pretty much overwhelms my palate with bubbles. It does leave a nice layer of flavor on my tongue, though.

Aftertaste: The finish might be the best part. It leaves a lovely seemingly thick layer of flavor on my tongue that I didn’t expect. I wanted this to be dryer… It does get dry as I continue to swallow. The beer is good, don’t get me wrong. But it isn’t what I was hoping it would be. On to the next one. Cheers!

IV Saison – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Ricky’s had us reviewing a lot of beers lately. I think I’m almost starting to get a little burnt out on list beers. I just don’t know what to say anymore. I feel like I always say the same thing! If you have any suggestions for me, let me know on our Facebook page or Twitter, ok? Anyway, let’s move on.

In the glass, the beer is a golden orange color. It had a lot of head when it was poured out, and that’s still not completely gone yet. It’s very cloudy. Looks almost like it could be Blue Moon sitting there. It even smells kind of orangey like Blue Moon. But my sinuses are pretty messed up and my nose is all stuffed up right now, so I can’t say too much about the smell. But if it tastes like Blue Moon, I can’t say I’m going to be too impressed. Let’s find out.

Well, it tastes way more carbonated than Blue Moon, that’s for sure. I’ve actually been sitting here drinking it for a while because I’ve been busy trying to edit our podcast from last night and get it up. Anyway, the carbonation is the first thing that hit me when I took a sip. This beer has kind of a juicy taste to it. It’s citrusy. It definitely has that saison taste to it. I had a saison at Fate Brewing the other night that did not taste like most saisons. I can’t really decide if I like this one or not. It’s a good flavor with the citrus and carbonation, but it’s not really anything special. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but only if the price was right.

Rating: 3/5

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