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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%

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The Bruery visit their website
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 drabmuh


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on cask in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy thin white head, lots of lacing looks good.

Aroma is spicy with Brett backing, mildly sweet.

Beer is creamy and light in body, no carbonation on the palate, mild funk, nice spice, overall quite drinkable. Finish is wet, nice mouthfeel and highly drinkable. I'd have it again on cask for sure.

Serving type: cask

02-21-2011 21:19:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of smakawhat


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at Church Key from the cask into a snifter.

A simple straightforward buttery gold. Next to nothing for lacing with some slightly cloudy and hazy body. Not much else I can say.

Bouqeut is a first whiff of a nice orange zest. Next is a nice somewhat yeasty and tight butter sensation. There are also some floral notes. Probably one of the nice saisons I have had the pleasure to smell

Taste is only slightly remarkable. A mild feel and a typical butter with a strange hop finish and mild sensation of butter. Really nothing fruity, bretty, or particularly memorable.

Average drinkability out of the cask and fairly unremarkable, wish I could say more but I can't.

Serving type: cask

02-21-2011 01:34:25 | More by smakawhat
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Mugs Ale House

poured a hazy straw color witha one finger high white head

nose of cloves & lemon

silky smooth, only the faintest hint of carbonation
taste is fairly monochromatic, a bit
of barnyard funk some sourness I could use a while lot
more. A good saison, not as good as some of the Bruerys other offerings

Serving type: cask

10-16-2009 21:47:37 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a cask, just tapped.

A: Hazy golden-orange body. White head. Good retention. Good lacing.
S: Yeast in the nose! Also floral and wheaty with a bit of fruit. Subtle Brett.
T: The flavor offers fruit (apple, citrus peel: orange, lemon), wheat, a chalky dryness, subtle spice, and a mild bitterness. Some mineralish/earthy notes and a hint of piquant tartness liven it. It finishes dry with residual notes of tangerine.
M: Medium-light in body. Obviously softer than normal due to cask-conditioning.
D: Complex and interesting, and also readily consumable. Refreshing. Quite drinkable!

Serving type: cask

03-20-2009 01:17:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this today on cask at the Grey Lodge in NE Philly as part of Friday the Firkenteenth. It was presented in an 8 ounce glass, hazy yellow in color with a moderate white head. The aroma had hints of cloves, citrus and was phenolic. The flavor was very good. There were hints of lemon and cloves, the flavors were more spicy than sweet. The finish was crisp and dry. The beer was light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. The beer was very drinkable and was my favorite of the day.

Serving type: cask

02-13-2009 23:40:11 | More by bonkers
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap; poured into a snifter.
Appearance - golden and bubbly. Very thin white head. Lacing is surprisingly decent.
Smell - nothing that stands out. Lemon zest, some rose petal possibly.
Taste - a tasty and refreshing farm house. I'm getting some citrus and floral hops.
Feel - light to medium feel, excellent carbonation, tangy finish.
Overall - great beer, but a bit overpriced.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 21:44:18 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of JamieDuncan


4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at local store on clearance just before best by date. Excellent appearance, perfect looking saison with thick, rich head. The smell is similar, strong and exactly what you are looking for. Taste was not quite what I was expected, very good but a few things to nit pick. Overall a strong beer but not one I will probably re-visit due to cost.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 22:05:42 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of Badger6


4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Golden body, with a foamy, white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Citrusy and floral. Peaches or apricots also. Hints of spice in the aroma.

T: Tart flavor. Lemony zest, with the pepper character of Belgian yeast. A slightly bitter, but crisp, finish

M: Frothy, almost gregarious, feel, yet dry. Beautifully accented the flavor. Light to medium body, with a nicely balanced carbonation.

O: A really great example of the saison style. Drank this in late winter, should have saved it for a warm spring evening on the patio. Refreshing. It made wish this long winter would end immediately.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:50:42 | More by Badger6
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Saison de Lente has an extremely thick, fluffy, white head, a somewhat hazy, quite bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is full and pungent- spicy, sweet bread, yeast, pepper, other spices, and sweetness. Taste is the same, with a nice, rounding hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and The Bruery Saison de Lente finishes semi-dry, easy going, mellow, and delicious.


Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 01:43:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle dated 12/18/12, so 14 months old.

A - Bright yellow, cloudy, 2 fingers of head and lots of lace left on the glass. Gorgeous

S - Funk! Farmhouse funk! It dominates.

T - A sour saison. Outstanding! Spicy, pepper, belgian farmhouse yeast. Amazing taste!

M - Medium bodied, sizzles, highly carbonated. Great

O - An amazing saison. Not surprising from The Bruery. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 04:06:08 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of bmwats


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly leaving plenty of residue behind as it does. Pervasive rising effervescence. Thick, persistent, beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast, lemon citrus, and a slight hint of raspberry.

T: Yeasty and lemon pith citrusy.

M: Light in body, with a lightly bitter finish.

D: Sessionable, but worth the pace.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head, lots of effervescence, and plenty of thick lacing. Nose is yeasty and citrusy, with some funky raspberry. Yeast, balanced with lemon pith. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:15:06 | More by bmwats
Photo of Fatehunter


3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a hazy golden colored body.
The aroma is full of fruit: banana, apricot and lemon.
The taste is light overall but has mild lemon bitterness, a little cream and grapefruit.
The texture is crisp but light body.
A nice and drinkable saison.

Serving type: growler

12-22-2013 23:17:03 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of MetricOcean


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasant balanced saison. A subtle yeast bite, a tinge of tartness from wild yeast paired with a light orange citrus hop flavor, and a light honey malt background. Laid back bitterness seems to dance on the back of the tongue due to a soft effervescent carbonation of very small bubbles. My introduction to The Bruery leaves me impressed and looking forward to more. 84/100

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:14:37 | More by MetricOcean
Photo of lunarbrew


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into HF stemware. Amber color with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Some haze. Lightens up some when held to the light. Science.

Smells earthy: grass, clay, mild malt sweetness, some bitter orange rind. It's a nice, mellow, classic saison.

I have to admit, this is just the beer I was looking for tonight. I get the earthiness in each sip with a little orange juice and rind. Very simple and enjoyable. Not much funk, but I'm alright with that.

Mouth feel is medium. Some creaminess, but a tad watery. After each sip, a little juicy sweetness sits on my tongue. Mouthfeel is maybe one of the largest issues with this beer.

Great beer. Maybe it was just my craving for a classic saison, but I really liked this one. I wish I could find more beers like this to sip on at night without having to trade for them. Great job as always, Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 00:56:30 | More by lunarbrew
Photo of TMoney2591


3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

This damn thing has been staring at me from numerous store shelves for years now, so why not finally give a go, eh? It pours a mostly-clear golden-brass topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises earthy wheat, grassy citrus (it's a blend, baby, no individuality allowed in this commune), and some Belgian yeast that takes on more bready notes than usual. The taste brings in more of the same, the fruit and yeast awash in mounds of earth and a twinge of funk. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid enough saison, but one that's a tad too earthy for my tastes. It's possible that this was an older-than-preferable bottle, as Bruery beers don't really fly off the shelves 'round these parts, but I've been told my mileage syncs with those of others.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 21:24:38 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of ISmith87


4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from the bottle into a pilsner glass back in June, wrote down my review on word but didn't get around to posting it until now. I think this may have been the first saison I tried!

A - 4.50 - Amber/orange color with white head, cloudy, yeast chunks floating in it. 2 finger white head with great retention and chunks of lace.

S - 4.25 - Wheat, brett, orange, citrus, tiny bit of hops

T - 4.25 - little bit of tartness at first with some orange and wheat flavor coming in, some citrusy/piney bitterness on the finish, brett character all around, funky

M - 4.50 - light mouthfeel, doesn't leave a heavy aftertaste/light aftertaste, good carbonation, wheat/bread finish

O - 4.50 - Never had a Saison before this, didn't have a basis for comparison, gave it a 4.5. I will admit that now I know this is one of my least favorite beer genres, I think I just don't like the Brett flavor. I guess I'll see what I think as my tastes mature.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:51:23 | More by ISmith87
Photo of jinjeski


4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, nice clean look.The nose was full and somewhat grain filled and quite pleasant. Refreshing taste that matched well with somewhat lighter food fare. Good balance of weight and taste. Very definitely on my must have list along with other brews from The Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:47:39 | More by jinjeski
Photo of brewskifan55


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Golden with a white half-finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Citrus, floral. Apricots abide.

T: Smooth, tart, dry. lemons, pepper. Belgian yeast. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Frothy. Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A great saison. Very summery. Light the light flow in.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 18:32:53 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of HattedClassic


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beers a white and creamy head that lasts for a while. The beer itself is a golden amber.

The beer has incredibly earthy smell along with grain and wheat. The beer also has a light lemon smell.

The beer has an earthy taste along with wheat and grain. There are also some fruity notes such as lemon and a bit of grain to balance it out. A fairly bitter and slightly metallic yet somewhat sour aftertaste.

Biting carbonation and mediumbodied. However, the body is a bit on the light side.

A fairly decent saison and worth getting again in the future

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:07:27 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of MDDMD


4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing

S-grains, lemon, spices, yeast, slight funk and sourness

T-grainy malt, lemongrass, yeasty funk, pepper, light tartness, dry and moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-really enjoyed this Saison, think I actually may prefer it to their Saison Rue

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 17:33:48 | More by MDDMD
Photo of DaveBlack


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber colored beer, with maybe 2 finger's worth of fluffy white head on the top.

S: Very earthy, a hefty load of Belgian wheat, and cracked grain. There is a bit of spice and funk to the beer as well.

T: Earthy is the name of the game on this beer. The beer starts off with cereal grains and a nice grassiness. The middle of the beer is chocked full of yeast. The woody hops bring a nice bitterness at the end, and a lingering bitterness from both the yeast and the hops finishes the beer off.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. not a whole lot remarkable in terms of the body.

O: The only complaint that I have for this beer is that i wish that there was a little more funk/spice to the flavor profile. That being said, the beer is a great balance of earthy/bitter/grainy flavors. It is drinkable and well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 21:46:44 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of tectactoe


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 16:08:05 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml. Bright yellow/light gold pour. Huge billowing head, but not completely annoying like some. Much lacing left.

Aroma, some musty yeast, more citrus. Coriander, very light clove.

Taste, a little carmelly malt and hay. Some grass and citrus zest, light lemongrass. The yeast is very under control. Maybe a little peppercorn. Clean dry finish. Just a faint lingering bitter.

It is lighter, almost to a fault. Very drinkable and refreshing, but feels like it could use a little "more" here. Maybe get a little crazier with the yeast. Still very good, maybe a tick high price wise, but worth it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:49:46 | More by Bung
Photo of alaimoa


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice straw light/golden yellow with 2inch head
Smells fruity like berry and slight hops in the backdrop
Taste/mouthfeel quite nice with a medium saison body, mouthfeel doesn't linger much but has a crispness to it with the fruit and tartness coming through
Overall a tasty saison I could definitely drink on a warm day

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:56:50 | More by alaimoa
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange. Yeast chunks floating around in the body. Fluffy 2 finger white head with great retention at a full finger and great chunks of lace.

S - Strong Brett. Some orange, hops, and wheat.

T - Bretty again with sweet spice and a little hop.

M - Good carbonation, medium body. Brett yeast and wheaty finish.

O/D - A neat saison. Good Brett element. Easy to drink and tasty. I expected a bit more, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Brett didn't dominate and was a nice compliment.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 15:20:52 | More by tbeckett
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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.