Saison De Lente - The Bruery
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3.65/5 rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
sticker reads 2010 vintage on the bottle I don't remember purchasing. Tonight was randomly warm, so when I got off work I was longing for something to match the weather. I noticed this in the back of the wine fridge, so I figured tonight was as good a night as any.
Poured into a taster tulip.
A: Shaved ice crystalline white dishwasher soap suds on a foggy lemon body. Looks a bit like a lemon or persimmon bakers jam, as the body is fairly clear. A solid stream of carbonation flows like a school of fish to refuel the snowy cap. Major sticky iceberg tufts of lacing off the head. Looks like super carbonated white spritzer.
S: Nose was a bit tamer than I expected given that it's at least a year old Brett beer. Candied lemon rinds that don't come off too sugary. Nose is faintly fruity, but not juicy enough for me to be able to pick out the subtle bouquet. Definitely a white grape character, really low alcohol wine nose. Wee bit of pear apple. The yeast twists the fruit a bit to give a suggestion of a white cranberry tartness. Not much in terms of barnyard or funk, the yeast just puts a subtle blanket on the white wine character.
T: White wine with a faint brown paper bag musky yeast filter. Hard to explain the flavor, but It definitely seems to have its momentary gaps. Lingering white wine fruitiness is maimed by a bitter presence of what I suppose could be the hops. It's hard to believe the hops could still be kicking with any sort of alpha acid potency after this amount of time, but maybe this is a hoppy beer fresh. Some oddly sweet flavor that is somewhere between turnips and mashed potatoes. Soft, not too sweet, but definitely an earthy character that could use some seasoning. A lot of really tame flavor.
M: The best part of this beer has got to be the mouth. The body on this thing is really amazing. I figured it would probably hold up really well on the feels after looking at the beer, but it's really a like a pair of pajamas for the mouth. Soft and soothing, drinking this is like cranking the lullaby box. Smooth sensual feels that make my mouth ready for bed. Very full, only the mildest satin finish, and it elegantly navigates the mildest astringency.
O: This is certainly easy to drink, but it's a hard one to taste. Some nice floral flavors that are accommodated by a somewhat awkward bitterness. I wouldn't have minded if the beer stayed more in terms of earthy flavor tones, but no there was truly like a hop bitterness that seemed to fight the yeast. The ingredients were having a bit of a civil war, but the mouth feel assured me that at least all the battles were being fought in only the most beautiful of settings. As the beer warmed up it went more into potpouri flavors. Light sage, pickled lavender, and faint candy shells. Would have liked the brett character to be more alive in this, but it was okay. The flavor was the laggard in this beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2011 03:10:57 | More by Cavery
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3.81/5 rDev -5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 05:53:37 | More by DrDemento456
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.