Saison De Lente - The Bruery
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Reviews by augustgarage:
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized wine glass.
Color is a uniform blonde-orange with a smooth petite ivory head. The head dissipates quickly, but lacing is persistant.
Lovely floral notes escape immediately as the bottle is opened, though the aroma dissipates quickly in a wide-mouth glass.
The taste is the perfect marriage of this style's signature components: a mild sweetness that alternates between malt and fruit; a mild tartness reminiscent of unripe pears and orange peel; a crisp dry finish (hints of a freshly rain-washed wooden deck) pursued again by a slight citris acidity. Hops are present throughout but balanced nearly to the point of subversion. Yeasty complexity throughout. No real spice/pepper/earth to speak of, though these might develop with age (worth cellaring a bottle or two to find out).
Lightbodied, somewhat creamy, softly warming mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation (bottle conditioned, but no cork). Very drinkable, as the qualities evolve as the glass warms.
Overall, there is a lovely integration of flavors in this textbook ale. While perhaps not as complex or forward as some of the Belgian Saisons, it is certainly their peer. This is an exceptional choice for a warm lazy Spring Sunday.
EDIT (1/17/2009): Cellared a bottle for 9+ months - it has a touch more spice and "farmhouse" elements - the yeast contributes increasingly as the hops diminish. Really nice. I'll age one for two years and report back!
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2009 23:44:40 | More by augustgarage
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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 1,111 ratings.