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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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90
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1,123 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 53
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009)
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured into a tulip. A huge white head billows up. Massive. The head falls slowly leaving a lace of soft meringue. Slightly hazy sunflower yellow. Plenty of playful carbonation supplying that huge head.
Smell and taste is classic saison, a mix of banana fruit, clove spiciness, lemon peel freshness and bread over a lovely funk. Bitterness was nicely balanced and not very strong (though I had a couple of IPAs earlier in the day so...) Nice dry finish and good carbonation on the tongue.

A sexcellent saison. I enjoy the lower abv since saisons to tend to slide down easy.

03-26-2010 16:45:54 | More by goatgoat
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at the Mellow Mushroon here in Greensboro.Poured a hazed lither yellow with some burnt orange hue,a fluffy,sticky one finger white head atop.A mix of slight phenolic yeastiness and lemon essence,as it warmed the funk came thru more.Flavors are lighter on the phenols and funk wich I like,there is a noticeable yeasty component but the citrusy flavors combat them well.A refresher with just enough complexity,I really liked this first Bruery beer I have tried.

05-17-2010 20:05:54 | More by oberon
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stewfnrocker

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +17.7%

Right when I popped the cap off there was action, bubbles trying to escape. I poured this into a tulip shaped glass and there is a lot of action and head build up. It had a cloudy orangish/yellowish color with a very prevalent and slowly dissipating head. The smell was of mostly citrus and some hops. That first sip was quite complex, it took a few sips to get all the flavors. I tasted grapefruit, lemon/citrus, hops, some light spices, a bit of a sweet after taste. The mouthfeel was quite light for the explosion of flavor. It was evened out by the carbonation and not a hint of the 6.5% abv. I could drink a lot of this for sure.

04-27-2011 11:00:39 | More by stewfnrocker
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

Saison De Lente pours a golden-yellow color with some darker hints of amber towards the middle. It's translucent and shows a substantial haze, to be expected from an unfiltered farmhouse ale. The head is incredible; huge, foamy, and bone-white in color. It takes seemingly forever to recede and leaves some very nice, chunky lacing on its way down.

A very nice mixture of some lightly tart fruits and well-integrated Brett-funk collide in the aroma and completely take over the senses. Zesty lemon, apple skins, must, mildly sweaty barnyard, and the impression of wet, funky hay. Both funky and lightly tart with a mild, white pepper-ish spice in the finish. Refreshing to say the least, and reminiscent of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Biere.

You get hit with a solid bitterness out of the gate, but it's far from being out of kilter. It works really well, and it's expected for the most part. The bitterness is met quickly with some lemon and lime-like tartness that starts settling the grand scheme into a more balanced medium. Some Belgian yeasty-spice starts creeping its way in slowly, too.

Plenty of Brett, plenty of funk; corky, horsey, and musty; full of life, with a good harmony between being tart, funky, and spicy all at once. The finish is pretty dry, and almost hints that the beer was made with rye or aged in oak barrels, though I don't believe either of those things are true here. Crisp, soft mouth feel with lively carbonation and a snappy, dry finish.

Super refreshing saison. As a whole, it did remind me of a "less tart" version of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Biere. Something that would be great to have in the summer months and shows no signs of deterioration from the spring. I might be inclined to purchase this more often if the price tag wasn't so high.

06-27-2013 16:08:05 | More by tectactoe
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours with a Duvel-like foam crown that forms a dome on top and it lasts. The beer is an amber color.

Wet hay-ish bretty aromas bounce with orange zest and herbs.

At first the carbontion is off-putting in the volume which it presents itself, but subsides with some vigourous swirling. Damp hay, bitter orange peel, and a tease of sweetness before reaching a dry, peppery hop finish.

Solid Saison, though never quite engaging for me. Almost there.

05-20-2010 23:22:21 | More by brownbeer
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Saison De Lente purchased from Charleston SC. 6.5% alcohol as stated on bottle with Easter like colored bottle label.

A- With a moderate pour i've found this beer is wild with massive heavy white two inch head that stays around for the remainder of the brew.
Unbelieveable lacing sticks to the rim like its life depends on it.

S- Upfront scents are lemon peels, fresh cut grass, stank Belgian yeast and sweet star fruit.

T-M- I've had alot of farmhouse ales and this one has something different. Taste consist of wet blanket, dried hay, sour tarty sweaty clothes and a dry astringent mouthfeel that puckers the tongue on impact. Funky as hell and very versatile with a smooth and crazy output. Tangy.

D- Drinkable? Yes and its one hell of a beer to find but wait... you cant! If your lucky enough to find this one buy it... drink it and enjoy this damn beer. Cheers!!!

05-15-2010 03:41:39 | More by wesbrownyeah
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -15.7%

On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle Il. Served in a 13oz. goblet

It pours a cloudy light orange with a pillowy white cap. Minimal lacing coats the sides

The nose seems really muted for a saison. The typical spicy yeast and lemony notes are there but just not in levels i would have expected. The supposed brett in the beer makes no influence in the nose at all.

The taste was a fairly straight forward saison with a strong lemony component to it and a dry spiciness. Nothing really stands out and I was let down by the non-existent brett character. I was hoping for something with at least a little funkiness like Boulevard Saison-Brett. Maybe I need to grab a bottle and age it because I see it has potential.

The mouthfeel is kind of full and has a slickness to it that is off putting. The carbonation is on the high side which is expected

04-28-2010 06:09:28 | More by weatherdog
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-03-2014 08:12:07 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer was a hazy gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lacing. A musty aroma, some citrus and spice. Taste of coriander, a bit of lemon, and pretty big hops. I liked the sweet to bitter mouthfeel, thought it was crisp. Nice beer.

04-08-2010 00:26:18 | More by lordofthewiens
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freshflesh

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-11-2014 04:34:27 | More by freshflesh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2014 19:06:53 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

2011 bottle; notes from 5/11/11

A - Pours a clear golden brown with massive head that has great retention. Lots of carbonation rising. Nice lacing.

S - Nice brett aroma up front, accompanied by lemon and earthiness.

T - Crisp, clean taste with lemon and earthy hops. Brett character somewhat subdued in the taste, but a nice earthy finish.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with some prickly carbonation. Finishes moderately dry.

O - A very enjoyable saison, I have a second bottle that I look forward to trying after a couple years to see how this develops, but it is very good fresh, if a bit like a slightly funky Belgian pale ale.

03-31-2012 22:17:20 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-27-2013 04:55:53 | More by Callmecoon
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

Large bottle, w/o any freshness info. Give em points for some great art work on this label! Opens and pours w/o the gushing/over flowing issues of the Saison Rue I tried a few days ago. This one is cloudy medium apricot. Head is off white and initially fluffy and near merainge in composition. Nice retention and then slowly evolving to to a thick film and leaves behind thick dabs of lace and tiny bubble webs on the glass. Nice looking brew. Barnyardy/funked up nose. Pleasant on the tongue with notes of more funk, grass, pepper and lime. People have been singing the praises of the Rue brews, with this one I am starting to see what the fuss is about. Nice, spiced up/brett infused saison. Went great with the rustic salad, cheese and bread I had for lunch. I will be on the look out to get a few more of this particular brew. Recommended, real nice saison.

03-08-2009 21:04:41 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a huge white head. The aroma is a mix of citrus, yeast and white pepper. The flavor is heavy on the citrus notes with lots of lemon and orange notes. There is also some pepper, Belgian yeast and some medium hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and very high, prickly carbonation. The only complaint I have is that the carbonation was a bit high for my liking.

06-10-2010 01:40:29 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-13-2013 01:36:13 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-26-2012 17:30:31 | More by fo1ksguitar
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Altenor

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-25-2013 06:54:12 | More by Altenor
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle from Whole Foods, Hillcrest. Poured hazy yellow-gold with a pillar of white foam. Good lacing. Spicy, funky aroma of yeast, white pepper, spicy hops, grain, and perfume. Tingly mouthfeel from the carbonation. Holiday-like taste without the weight. Lots of spice, definitely like the peppery hops, along with the sweeter sugar and clove. Some banana from the yeast, but more of the welcome bretty funk. Seems to affect the pear and apple flavors more than the hops, muting some of the sharpness. A longer finish with a coriander/cardamon flavor. Very happy with this one.

04-01-2009 20:43:12 | More by magictrokini
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-10-2013 09:12:57 | More by jaminjohnson
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very clear wheaty gold with a healthy sticky white head. Nose is light and wheaty but kind of tame.

Taste is very light and funky and really smooth. It's awesome and the mouthfeel is very full and carbonated. It's another great one from the Bruery!

12-05-2009 20:16:35 | More by kingcrowing
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mrw1zard

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-07-2014 14:38:48 | More by mrw1zard
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19%

03-02-2013 18:55:07 | More by xdefeatsy
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dogfishandi

New York

3.59/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

05-10-2014 16:55:00 | More by dogfishandi
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ehammond1


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful clear golden and yellow ale with an off white head. Plenty of sticky lacing down the glass, minimal head.

This beer must warm up to truly be appreciated by the nose. At first, I was very disappointed as I could hardly smell a thing. But as it warms, the nose becomes special. There's a pleasant mixture of Brett and sweet apple and a bit of welcome barnyard/hay. Very nice, but very subdued at lower temperatures...

...but this beer tastes remarkable! It's a beautiful combination of hay and barnyard, sweet apple, some bitterness, and some sweet lemon. It's funky, sweet, and bitter all at once. An incredible mixture and truly something I could sip on forever! Wow!

Medium bodied, well carbonated, nearly perfect mouthfeel. I wish it could feel just a touch more airy and light, but it's really close to perfect!

This beer is close to perfect. I was floored the first time I tasted it and it only got better. The nose is a touch disappointing early on but it opens up and becomes very pleasant. This is a wonderful beer!

04-12-2011 01:41:00 | More by ehammond1
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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,123 ratings.