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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 57
Gots: 117 | FT: 3
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Spring Saison is light blonde in color with a fresh hoppiness and a wild and rustic Brettanomyces character. Lighter in color and alcohol than our Saison Rue, yet equally complex in its own way.

The wild yeast in Saison de Lente will continue to dry it out over time, giving a slightly more mature character to vintage bottles. Perfect for warmer weather picnics and Spring celebrations.
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Ratings: 1,200 | Reviews: 493
Photo of thebeers
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/16/13

Effervescent gold with huge white head with thick, clumpy lacing. An initial whiff of pear, and then just a dry, yeasty smell. Extremely dry, light and delicate tasting. Some fruity notes are very far in the background, and some stale hops are still detectable. No funk or sourness to speak of. Label says it can be aged for up to two years, but would have liked to try it fresh.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barnyard fruit and spice on the nose. Pours hazy gold under a 2” white foam cap that dissipates to a persistent clump and leaves thick lace. Fresh and over ripe fruit on the palate, medium to medium light body and a very luscious, creamy texture. A bitter hop accent on the finish.

Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one had been unintentionally aged for a while and I picked it up on a steal at a local shop. I was hoping it had not gone bad. Thankfully it had not.

Appearance: Straw yellow, some haze in the glass but pretty much what you expect from a Saison. Head was pretty full light and fluffy white.

Nose: Green apples, some funk and light grassy notes. Smells like spring!

Taste: Very nice, there was a tartness to this one but not overly so, very nice clean taste, not really funky at all a mild sour note in there with some peppery green apple and fresh grassy notes.

Overall: It was a super deal on this one and very enjoyable for the style. The esters had faded over time and it was a tasty saison well worth the price I paid for it!

Photo of PGD120
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 12/16/13 poured into snifter

appearance: nice translucent golden color with some visible carbonation. bright white 3 finger head. lots of lacing.

aroma: right away you smell the brettyness horse blanket smell. very yeasty. some iscuity malt and lemongrass and lemon

taste: lemon and lemon grass, some brett funkiness, Belgian yeast. sweet crackery yeast. pepper but more a white a pink pepper

feel: light and refreshing and dry. lots of carbonation

overall: a nice saison. wish i had it fresh but im real happy with how the brett developed over the past year and 3 months

Photo of Hab11
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 750ml from 2013.
Look: 4 finger pearl white head. Clingy pockets of white lacing. Pineapple orange juice in color. The head is frothy mix of big and small bubbles in the head.
Smell: Fruit bomb! Lemon check, tangerine check, lemon grass, orange, blood orange, Tupelo honey, black pepper, turmeric/Basel.
Taste:hmm peculiar not what I was expecting Pepper (white/black, more white than black) bitter straight bitters, orange bitters even tangerine bitters? Kind of rindy. Has a Cracker Jack sweetness. Malty sugars. Slight pineapple. Seems like I'm talking a lot of complex flavors but plays very simple on the tongue.
Feel: the pepper has some bite maybe to much but without the complimentary flavor. It's effervescent up front but it doesn't last mid tongue or to the back of the mouth. Based on the pepper I would expect more bite at the throat. It's not there for me. Overall feel for me is average.
Overall: it hits the style and combining taste and smell is fairly complex but to me the aroma and taste just don't come together like I think it could. This is a fine beer. Just wouldn't put it at the top of the list for its style more a middle run for me and at what it sells for I would go for other things before it. It's almost a bit pretentious to me. I will admit though that I need to try it younger. Might work better for me.

Photo of ThreeLions
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split With Hab11. Bottled on 12/17/2013.

Appearance: very active three+ finger head slowly dissipates leaving behind so much soapy lacing and a beautiful Julius colored orange glow.

Smell: what a smell! I have had so many of these fresh and loved them. First time I was able to sit on a bottle. The lemony character from the Brett or really shining through. So nice. So much of the rustic barnyard funk is there too! Earthy lemon? Sign me up. Really nice balance. Really nice pepper from the said on yeast too. What a great mix! Earthy almost turmeric aroma as well. Very complex.

Taste: Well that wasn't expected. Super peppery. Bitter orange rind. It's like someone tossed more than a dash of bitters in my cocktail. Peculiar. Slightly tart which is good but really bitter. Candied pineapple. Candied orange. Very complex flavor profile. Not at all what I was expecting but certainly not disappointing. The longer I sit here contemplating this beer the more I am enjoying it.

Mouth: silky, quite frothy medium heavy body. It's like an orange milkshake in my.mouth. quite good feel on this.

Overall: I love this beer fresh. I live the earthy rustic flavor that comes through with the pepper in the background. With age though this has become quite a different beer. So much citrus in the nose and taste. The pepper comes through a lot more aggressively. Lots of bitter and candied citrus fruits come in to play. The lactic acid also presents a great mouth. I am thoroughly impressed with how this one has aged. Far far from my favorite but a pretty darn good one for the price. Would and will buy again.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/10/13.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a large three-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates slowly leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Lots of Belgian yeast, pepper, lemon, yeast, and grassiness.

T - The taste starts with heavy Belgian yeast, pepper, and lemon. Some citrus and pepper spiciness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - Very crisp and delightful Saison. LIght and refreshing? Very enjoyable.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/19/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, peach, pineapple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, peach, pineapple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Dry. Light peppery. Vague notes of Brett. Meh.

Unimpressive

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure the regular price of this beer but I got it on discount from 15.95 for just 9 bucks. Must be old at least a few months to possibly a year from last spring you never know with beers from this place.

A - Very carbonated I got well over two inches that fades rather slowly. Probably to a good lace ring... yep! Color is a hazy opaque yellow color with no chunks so thankfully it's not TOO old or stored wrong.
S - Fresh and full of Brett that tickles the nostrils like a fresh squeezed lemon. Beneath this I do get some dry funky yeast and maybe some peppery spice but it's mostly sour.
T - Not sure how but I get no sour flavors in the taste is just comes off dry with some bready yeast and very little if any pepper corn or funk. Kind of plain really for such an expensive drink.
M - Bubbly and light Its not too dry and goes down smooth.

Overall I really like the idea of a sour Saison it covered up most of the drying qualities I hate in the style but it really didn't taste very Brett like. In fact it seems like it killed the base a bit since I don't taste many bready malts or pepper corns or anything. Interesting idea but an overpriced flop if you asked me.

Photo of Samuel906
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright, transparent golden-straw color with a lively, fluffy white head. Lots of effervescing bubbles; it looks like a refreshing beer! Smell is very bready, with heavy brett influence. Some alkali tartness / bitterness comes through. Mild citrusy hops and black pepper. Taste is more subdued than the nose, plenty of brett funk, citrus, fresh dough, pepper, not much for real tartness like the nose would lead you to expect. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and very refreshing. Overall, very enjoyable, only complaint is I think some more sour or tartness on the palate would work wonders with this flavor profile.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a hazy light yellow, with some bright orange tinges. One inch head, lots of lacing.

Smells like lemon, hay, black pepper, Belgian yeast, etc.

The taste is similar. There is a nice peppery spice bite up front, with a yeasty, chalky Belgian yeast blast afterwards. Some spicy grain, lemon hay, grass, and citrus zest. Very tasty.

Light bodied, crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very, very drinkable.

A lot of people dog on the Bruery, but they really do make some incredible stuff when they avoid infection problems. This is just delicious.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle poured into Unibroue glass. *This is my first beer from The Bruery

A- Light goldern color. No sediment on first pour. Tall fluffy white head.
S - Light citrus, farmhouse yeasts. Subtle
T- Very well balanced saison. The farm house yeastiness is the star of the show, but still mellow and inviting. No harshness or sharp edges on this one. Really peaks mid palet and fades quickly inviting you in for another sip. Slight sourness, but just for fraction of a second.
M- Very drinkable and smooth.
O- This is a super well put together saison. Not in your face or "showy". Easy drinking and enjoyable. I picture taking this to a the park, spreading a blanket, and consuming with some cheese and meat.

Photo of Celtics17
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014

Overall taste is nice, and it plays a lot on the pallet. Lemon, with a very slight orange peel texture to the flavor. You get the sourness on the nose, but very little in the taste. The Belgian yeast comes through, not much like other brews from american style Belgian beers. I don't get a feel that this beer is a saison, very small character comes through. A very slight hoppy feel, very slight.

Overall a nice saison, good overall, but I've had better from The Bruery.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a warm hazy goldenrod with a big beautiful beige head that is very active and lumberingly settles from three to two fingers. Excellent retention; isolated sticky lacing.

S:
Sweet and bready. Light floral aromas with doughy yeast, tangy bright wine, leather.

T:
Funky, dry, and refreshing. Earthy and vaguely sweet up front with an almost lacquer-like dryness in the middle and an herbal, barny, funky finish.

M:
Medium body with nice carbonation and a dry character. Medium finish and very drinkable and enjoyable.

O:
Really interesting take on a Saison.
This is a nice beer all around and is just different enough to really establish itself in my mind. Pours looking gorgeously Belgian and features a delicious and complex nose. The beer is a pleasure to drink and tastes as Saisony as I think it could. There is the tiniest tinge of Brett in the aroma and flavor, but it is just a hint.
Would certainly have again; well worth looking for.

Photo of mikem0487
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date 12/16/13. Poured into my Green Man goblet.

A-Thick, dense white head. Burnt orange body thats well filtered. Good lacing/retention as I drink this beer.

S-The brett comes through in the nose mixed in with the dose of hops. Lemon grass, hay and a dankness thats like a nuanced sour dough bread smell. Some peppery notes as well.

T-The taste is more tamed down with the brett characteristics. Citrus rind, dough, mild spiciness and that traditional brett "funkness". Seems a bit watered down for me. Just does not have the flavor profile I was expecting after smelling it.

M-Thin body with a finish that is not as dry as I would expect and prefer in a saison.

O-Overall this seems like it would be a great beer but probably just not the best batch from the brewery? The Bruery is on point with their saisons but this one falls short. Its a good beer dont get me wrong but needs a flavor profile that matches the aroma which is more intriguing. I will be trying this beer again and hopefully it meets my expectations that I had for it because every beer from 'The Bruery' is spot on.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle split into 2 flute style glasses with the lady
Notes taken on 05/03/2014

A: Light straw gold and mostly clear with just a touch of yeast haze across the body. Effervescent with a massive thick head of bone white foam. Slippery ribbons of lace and a few dots get left behind upon each sip.

S: Smells pretty odiferous with the Farmhouse funk. The Brett has really developed in the nose on this one. Lots of earthy musk with some dried lemon peels and culinary spices. Underneath lies some grainy malt. Not particularly sweet aromas but a good amount of bready cracker there. Fairly nice and Brett forward overall.

T: Unfortunately the taste doesn’t quite live up to the nose. I get lots of lemony tartness and peppery spice with some dry grass but the funk is not coming across much at all. More of the usual suspects here like coriander and lemon peel. The base is full of bready dough balls and there is a low amount of perceived bitterness coming across. Earthy and grassy dry hops it seems. Alcohol is incorporated well enough to mask. Not bad but a slight let down for me.

M: The body is moderately filling and slightly on the lighter side. Nice frothiness from the carbonation. Crisp snap there but the finish leaves you sort of wet and flat.

D: A nice Easter offering for the Spring time but far from being a favorite. The nose had me really excited that this was going to be a funky Brett bomb but that didn’t really come through in the flavors. Combine that with the wetter mouth feel and I don’t see myself picking this one up too often.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Bottled 12/19/13 (~5 months old)

Pours out a very slightly hazy light golden color. Has a big, fluffy head off the pour that retains nicely, some average looking lace as well.

Maybe not as big of an aroma as I might have expected from a bruery saison. Slightly bubblegum, slightly phenolic yeast aroma. Hints of a sweeter malt.

A bit light on flavor as well. A bit of that bubblegum, slightly phenolic yeast character, just a hint of tartness, but no real Brett flavor. Green holiness. In the finish you get some lingering hop bitterness.

Light and very easy drinking.

A great summer drinker if it wasn't for the price and bottle format. Only wish it had more Brett character, but I can see anyone enjoying this.

Photo of Apellonious
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pt 9.6 fl oz bottle from CM, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Billowy, three finger head that hangs on the side of the glass as it recedes. A very hazy gold with yellow highlights.

S - Yeast, metallic dirt, some faint bananas and spice

T- Very mild in flavor in all aspects. Yeast, tinge of banana, back end spice , some dirt.

M - Seems on the thin side, the carbonation seemed low (a lot was released during the pour, which was not aggressive). Dry finish.

O - To me, it seems to be missing something. This tastes more in line (according to the bottle) with the aged variety, but there is no way to tell.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, the brew smells like hay/grass, pear, and a bit of funk. Luckily, the flavor is stronger. It tastes like hay/grass, apples, grain/wheat, pear, citrus peel, bananas, peppery spice and some funk. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's creamy and well carbonated. Overall I liked this brew, might have to pick up another bottle to see how it ages. Definitely worth a try. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big bottle from Tipples. Pours hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of hay, Brett, banana, pear, funk, lightly grassy hops. Flavor follows with significant hay, a nice sweetness and fruit presence, dry yeast, super refreshing. Banana esters and light spice. Light to medium bodied with medium plus carbonation and very creamy on the tongue. This is a real treat as it gets hot as hell outside here in Florida.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - light golden rod, with just a slight amount of cloudiness to, light foamy white head leaving just a little lacing

S - grassy and barnyard funk, some citrus as well

T - grassy and citrus, very refreshing; a little pine and tartness on the finish

M - light and pretty well carbonated

O - a well done spring saison, nice and light, perfect combo for almost any type of meal; the citrus was nice and the barnyard funk wasn't overpowering

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this on a warm Easter day, how appropriate...

A - Light orange, very clear. Porous 1-2" white foam when poured aggressively.

S - Sour yeast with

T - Peaches and apples with a sour hop finish.

M - Creamy and airy.

O - Taste is more complex and better balanced then I expected after smelling it. Sad to admit this is my first beer from the Bruery. I will certainly be trying more of their offerings, including the Sour in the Rye that I have in my cellar. Prost!

Photo of MNishCT77
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottled purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in Dupont Circle NW D.C., unknown brewing/bottling date but drink before "09-2014" recommendation; drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - pale yellow-to-golden coloration; murky/hazy (cannot read or see through); received with an initial frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing; small visible bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass

S: 9/12 - predominately lemon and lime zest; some peppery/spciy Belgian yeast, pils and wheat with some alcohol

T: 16/20 - bright, refreshing lemon flavors immediately hit on first sip and continue to develop on the palate; as the flavor profile expands; the Belgian pils and yeast rear up - peppery, estery and coriander; mild alcohols; finishes dry and inviting

M: 4/5 - high carbonation; high carbonation; light body

O: 8/10 - classic light Spring/Summer saison; unfortunately, I don't get much musky/dry Brettanomyces character, which, based on the packaging, I was anticipating and looking forward too; nevertheless, it's a solid saison with a nice price tag for The Bruery (~$10/bottle)

TOTAL - 39/50

Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beers a white and creamy head that lasts for a while. The beer itself is a clear gold color.

Smell:
The beer has earthy smell along with grain and wheat. The beer also has hop notes that resemble lemon notes and a bit of grassy nose as well. The smell also has a hint of sweetness is not very noticeable.

Taste:
The beer has an earthy taste along with wheat and grain. There are also some fruity notes such as lemon and a bit of grain to balance it out. The tropical fruit notes and hop notes are much stronger than the usual wheat and grain. Additionally, a fairly bitter and slightly metallic yet somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and medium bodied. However, the body is a bit on the light side for a saison.

Overall:
A fairly decent saison and worth getting again in the future

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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.