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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 59
Gots: 116 | FT: 4
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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

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: 1,207 | Reviews: 495
Reviews by micmillon18:
Photo of micmillon18
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in into an over sized wine glass.

A - pours a huge thick, fluffy, chunky head that just won't quit and I mean that in a good way. I even poured slowly and still got this impressive piece of work. Lots of lacing. Pretty dark golden color, cloudy.

S - funky, citrusy, spicy smells. Coriander, yeasty, pleasant on the nose. probably one of the best smelling beers I've had.

T - spicy, citrusy tartness, especially lemon. Green apple is also present, adds a sweetness to the sour, tart flavor. Very drinkable, alcohol content is very well masked. Banana is roaming around in here somewhere as well. Almost had the characteristics of a belgian tripel. Really delicious

M - smooth, light bodied, but that shouldn't mean its not complex, which it certainly is. Very drinkable. Wish I had a second bottle around.

D - really easy to get lost in this beer and forget its alcohol content. I spilt a bottle with my buddy and we were left wanting more. Great saison, easily one of the best I've ever had. Another great offering from the Bruery.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of stewfnrocker
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of weatherdog
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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 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 ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Local 44 in West Philadelphia. Saison De Lente is a very a pleasant spring beer. If was a cloudy pale straw yellow with fluffy white meringue-like head atop the beer. The beer smelled zesty with lemony notes, mowed grass and fruity yeast. The beer tasted spicy like clove, cinnamon, and cardamom. Next came a bitter acidity like a just squeezed lime this fresh flavor cut right through the grainy sweetness nd spice. The finish was dry with a little malty doughiness and a firm herbal bittering. This is very tasty with good balance and nice strong flavors

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow like a hefe, more cloudy I'd guess, white head. Aroma was like hibiscus flowers, interesting.

Taste, expected more of a brett characteristic, really just was a lemony, yeasty brew that didn't seem to have too much going for it in complexity. I was thinking already it was one of my least favorite Bruery beers already. Comes off feeling 'clean' rather than having any funkiness to it. High carbonation to it. Will have to revisit a bottle of this come pool weather. Just couldn't justify almost spending $10 on a bottle of this really.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is excellent, this stuff is deep golden a bit foggy with yeast suspended, I can see shadows of my fingers on the other side of the glass. Head is fine bubbled pure effervescence, bright white egg shell colored head with fine intricate even Belgian styled lacing.

Aroma is very much a perfume like note with floral and herbal hops flowing. A touch of honey and biscuit malts with a wild brett mild funkiness going on in the background. Slight acidity comes with the barnyard, very grassy and spiced delicately. Tropical fruit some mango peach tea like notes coming through, complex brew for sure.

Flavors have a harsh bitterness between the brettanomyces, with herbal, citric, and earthy hops backing it up. Light biscuit malts have a grassiness that blend with phenols nicely juicy tropical fruits hints of mango and pineapple notes. An overall harsh quality is present I'm guessing it's the carbonation that seems a bit forced in most of the Bruery brews that I've tried. Horse blanket just works for the brett infused funk this beer brings, about right in alcohol for a saison style ale. Another complex Bruery offering, I'm becoming a fan of the past few brews I've sampled including Hottenroth and Mischief.

Mouthfeel has an strong sturdy effervescence that seems a bit forced at times, overall body leaves a bitter herbal dryness over the palate. Light to medium bodied, CO2 levels can be a bit overwhelming, the label says to leave behind the yeast sediment in the bottle. I can't help it, I wanna taste more funk.

Drinkability is complex invitingly flavorful and bitter, this is a perfect beer for the lenten season. It screams complexity and I may have to snag another bottle to go with some lamb on Easter Sunday, what a better way to complement family and friends feasting together.

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

Picked up a 750mL of this beautiful farmhouse-style ale. Excited to have this year's edition of Saison de Lente! Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Looks like orange juice. Yellow orange. Burnt orange highlights. Huge pillowy three finger head. Had from the bottle, which was a "gusher". The head on this baby lasts for days–impressive. Serious points!

Smell (4.5/5): Funky Brett and citrus and wheat in the aroma. Pear, apple, bright fruitiness and slight candy like malt. Extremely fresh and green smelling. Yeastiness flexes in there quite a bit. I would call this on the "semi-sweet" smelling side of things. A bit sweet, but not very.

Taste (4.5/5): Lots of Brett funk and tart. Peppery. A bit more hoppy than your average Saison, but the hops are not biting or puckering–there to add texture and counterbalance the malt. Beautiful wheaty and citrusy flavors. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Nice medium carbonation and beautiful medium body body. Light and spritely, tingly mouthfeel. Not the most body, but that's not the point of this beer. Warms up and opens up exceptionally well.

Overall (4.5/5): Saison de Lente is one of the best beers made with Brettanomyces I've ever had, if not the absolute best. But there's more to the beer than just Brett. It has great fruity yeastiness and a subtle hoppiness. Excellent flavors by–in my opinion–one of the best breweries in the entire world. Great, great stuff. My favorite saison!

Photo of daveytheformer
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear gold with a foamy white head.

Smells like cloves and zesty hops. Very earthy and dry.

Taste is similar. Earthy, spicy, and dry, pepper and belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium and very well carbonated.

Overall is excellent and one of my favorite Bruery beers.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of musty and earthy hops with good amounts of funk from the brett. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are lemon peel and pear aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet malt flavors up front are quickly tempered by leafy and musty hop influences. Midway through the sip the brett takes hold and brings things to a new funky level, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Fruit flavors lurk in the background throughout, light citrus and green apple.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and had a few more.

Overall this is what I like in a saison, although if taking this route I would like just a bit more brett. A very good beer and it hits almost exactly what it's trying to, well worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into chalice. Aged two years.

A: Bright, hazy orange with a huge fist head.

S: Lots of orange, lemon, earth, and bread.

T: Sweet citrus fruit upfront switches to strong earthy flavors and bitterness. It is a very spicy beer.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Two years has changed this beer slightly. The fruit has calmed, and the spicy earthy nature has taken over.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- The first pours is a full glass of ivory head that eventually settles into boiling carbonation of a butterscotch colored body. With each pour the body becomes a bit more cloudy.
S- The soft slightly sweet pale malt aroma takes on a more floral perfume quality with each new glass, but other wise the aroma is pretty clean.
T- The light dry taste of honey malt has some soft floral and spice notes blended in. Then there is a watery flavor that has a slight plastic note before the bitter hops finish dry and then linger.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a scrubbing bubble finish. No alcohol was noted. D- This beer is very dry with a soft brett note but no other saison yeasty qualities. This beer might age well but there are not bottle dates. There are a few off flavors but otherwise it is a pretty clean flavor.

Photo of richkrull
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in the Refreshing Summer BIF from rocporterfanatic. Thanks a lot!

Poured a hazy golden color with a ton of fluffy white head on it.

Smell was very nice spicy and floral aroma.

Taste was malty and spicy up front with some citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Very carbonated.

Overall a really good beer. This is one of my first saisons and I really enjoyed it. I'd definitely try this one again.

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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.