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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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1,177 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 57
Gots: 112 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of swthomas55
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample of 2010 vintage from the 750 bottle at the tap room.

A: fruity with leather and spice notes, and some bready malt.
A: hazy gold with a big, rocky cream color head.
F: pleasantly subdued blend of fruit, spice, and Brett funk. There's a hint of oxidation, but not intrusive. Finish is fruit, pepper, medium dry.
M: moussy, fills the mouth, dry and medium body.
O: very pleasant and drinkable. Smooth all the way through with a wonderfully balanced set of flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.72/5  rDev +18%
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
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev 0%

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
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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 tbryan5
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev 0%

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 Callmecoon
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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 fo1ksguitar
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Altenor
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 mrw1zard
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.