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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 53
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant creation by this bruery. Funky, brett and barnyard aromas that grows on me Cloudy orange body with white patches. Giant foaming head. A good bitterness, a creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. A touch of lactose felt, from its yeast. I like brett.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:44:26 | More by Sammy
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-02-2013 04:04:43 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is of grain, lemon, citrus zest, spices, yeast, and some slight funky flavors from the Brett. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:39:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-27-2011 06:14:51 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, light straw color with a large white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some nice Brett characteristics with light earth, funk, and hay. A bit of lemon and light citrus as well.

The taste brings the Brett notes forward well. A good dose of nice, light hay, funk, and earthiness. There is a bit of lemon and some nice dryness. Fairly light mouthfeel. A very nicely done saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 02:14:09 | More by Thorpe429
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4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling honey gold with lemon peel highlights and a massive crown of mousse-like foam. The head is more ecru than ivory and develops a beautiful craggy rockiness as it melts. It's also sticky enough to lay down assorted squiggles of lace that become thick sheets and small chunks on subsequent pours.

Brettanomyces dominates the aroma, as it so often does whenever it's used. That isn't a bad thing, though, especially if you're a fan of wild ales. Lemon zestiness and a 'white' spiciness manage to get through as well, which adds to olfactory complexity. Warming opens things up in a major way.

Saison De Lente is exceptionally well-balanced beer in terms of sweet, bitter, spicy, tangy and funky. It also tastes authentically Belgian in a way that few The Bruery ales have so far. Both are major positives. It looks like these guys are finally started to realize some of their potential.

The flavor profile includes snappy pears, tart apples, lemon zest, cardamom, clove and an ideal amount of barnyard funk. It's almost time for this year's SDL to be released, so the fact that this one still has so much hop leafy bitterness is surprising. The finish is slightly tight, but it isn't crisp.

At long last... a beer from this brewery that is properly carbonated. And it only took 7 bottles to get there. Although it won't be mistaken for a world-class Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is solid. It's closer to medium than light and contains the ideal amount of energy.

Saison De Lente (Spring Saison) is my favorite The Bruery beer so far... hands down. It's a terrific Brettanomyces-accented farmhouse ale that can stand toe-to-toe with some of Belgium's best. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 15:27:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are aromas of citrus and spices nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite spicy and has a light amount of bitterness. There are some notes of fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, but there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:29:49 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has that Belgian look, with a huge head perched atop the cloudy golden honey colored liquid; clumps of foam stick to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Yeasty and bready, with a modest Brett character (but this is young and likely to develop further); white pepper and coriander, too

Taste: Spicy and yeasty, up front, with a developing white pepper, coriander and sour Brett character; in addition, there is a surprisingly hoppy aspect that adds a Belgian IPA dimension; after the swallow, the tart and funky flavors linger but there is a range of complex fruit and just a touch of sweet lemon on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine interpretation of the style with a hoppy kick, to boot; one of the rare top flight American saisons; as interesting when fresh as it is with some age, when the hops fade and the Brett adds distinction

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:38:15 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one out of the fridge this afternoon to enjoy while being outside in the wretched hot weather. Served cold, this one was consumed on 07/26/2009.

Appearance - Very nice pour. Huge billowing white head that left a ton of lacing on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Light golden color with a good amount of haze to it. Very solid indeed.

Smell - The aroma was solid as well. Light brett notes, hints of pears and light grains, a touch of a fresh grass like note coming through as it finishes up.

Taste - Light, airy, with a nice touch of brett up front. Light fruit notes bouncing around throughout the profile and a really solid, very well put together flavor. Light grain and a touch of lit hops finish it off very well.

Feel - Very light, very crisp and well carbonated . This was a no brainer to enjoy on a hot day,

Drinkability - Easy smooth and refreshing, this was light enough to really enjoy.

Overall a very solid lighter offering from the bruery. I would have no issue with putting this down again any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 20:03:47 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright beige color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry European hops with some light fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by some dry hops with a typical Belgian malt bill and some very subtle fruity ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no alcohol is apparent. Not too bad but additional complexity through ester or even more hops would have benefited this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:32:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-26-2013 00:49:34 | More by acurtis
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3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale golden color with a very large fluffy white head.

S: Spice and caramel, and maybe some candi sugar. Some fruit, pears and orange. Was expecting some solid funkiness to this beer.

T: A slight bitterness, some very mild funk, spice (clove), and some fruit qualities.

M: Medium body, not too much carbonation.

D: Not exactly what I was hoping for, but still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 19:09:02 | More by womencantsail
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-20-2012 23:27:43 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirty blonde body with a large, expansive, white head.

Smell: Lightly doughy maltiness encompassed with notes smelling of potent herbs, green apples, musty sweat-soaked leather, sour lemon, and decaying, discarded melon rinds.

Taste: Crisp malted barley with a mingling of whole grain crackers. Very subdued, very fleeting sweetness. Surge of tongue-coating phenols usher in tastes of peppercorns, nutmeg, dehydrated herbs, past-its-prime lemon juice, and stale cantaloupe. Shot of Granny Smith apple juice. Modest amount of farmhouse funk lurking within. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: While it seems others sure did enjoy this release, it just didn't hit the spot with me. Maybe I'll give it another shot sometime. Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 20:48:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-12-2012 07:51:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-20-2012 22:58:18 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-14-2011 00:23:07 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very large head filled the whole glass then subsequently three fingers of frothiness. Excellent lacing. Golden with orange hue hazy body. Aroma of yeast, generic citrus, mostly orange peel, and herbs mostly clove. Flavors are very Belgian with excellent balance between yeast mustiness and citrus tart and sweetness. Some corriander and additional herbs. Medium body and fairly light carbonation for the style and how the head looked. Dry finish. A very nice representation of he style and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:55:36 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 20:05:54 | More by oberon
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-17-2013 00:43:49 | More by GRG1313
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Saison pours out as a really nice looking hazy golden color. The head is fluffy and white, leaving a nice lacing as it settles down. The smell of the beer had a pretty good spiciness to it along with a refreshing citrusy sweet smell. The taste has the spice in there for sure, lots of it dancing all over the tongue with every sip. The sweetness jumps in shortly after and finishes with dry hoppy taste in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, pretty smooth overall. Found this Saison to be very drinkable and really nice on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 20:18:33 | More by Knapp85
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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
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, gold color with a three-finger, white head of pillowy foam. It left some great lace.

S - It smelled of horse blanket and lots of funky notes.

T - A great spicy and funky flavor. It had a tart apple taste with some sweet caramel backbone.

M - A very crisp and sharp saison. It was light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a really good saison that is easy-drinking and well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 16:47:25 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-14-2011 22:51:59 | More by JAHMUR
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-27-2013 21:23:13 | More by largadeer
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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.