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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,155
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 54
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of kmo1030
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a lightly hazed light amber/gold. it's got a big frothy head that lasts.
the nose has got a big brett character with that dry earthy barnyard smell. not too funky in that respect though, it sticks with soft hay/horseblanket and freshly turned soil. there are also some powdery dried tropical fruits, watermelon rind, and maybe some herbal hoppage.
the taste is nice and dry, with slightly underripe pineapple, star fruit, and tnagy pear; these are all subtle though, i've only included them first because they're what i detected most easily. it seems to have some wheat in the mix, faint corriander too. some creamy vanilla flavors mingle with the fruit and then are pushed aside by a slightly stronger than moderate chalky bitterness. it's mostly herbal and almost tea-like actually. i get touches of asprin in there as well. lemony rind and yellow grapefruit comes out with some warmth.
just shy of medium bodied with frothy carbonation.
this is one highly drinkable beer. it's got tons of subtle flavors, and is quite dry, giving it a very quenching aspect. this is one champagne bottle that disappears way too quickly.

kmo1030, May 16, 2009
Photo of errantnight
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frankly it's a bit shocking to me that this is the most highly rated Bruery beer... it's quite tasty, but it has the least character and flavor of any of their beers to my lips... which isn't to say that it's bad, but at this price point I'd rather, say, have a Saison Rue :)

Had this one at Beachwood BBQ.

Pours a hazy gold, straw with hits of orange with a creamy finger of head.

Aroma is wheaty and faintly citric with just a hint of spice. Brett character mainly present in the faint background as a bit of grapefruit.

Taste is more of the same, a thing wheat forward pale malt character, dry and sparse, and simple. Some subtle complexities of spice and maybe a perception of funk.

Mouthfeel is fine, medium light bodied and crisp.

Exceedingly easy to drink, a bit rough and bitter at the end keeps it refreshing but dial back the desire to consume it in large quantity.

It's fine, just not very interesting.

errantnight, May 14, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed, orange-gold color with a nice looking foamy head of tan bubbles. Lacing is spotty. Nose is prevalent enough, sends up citrus fruits, coriander and other dry spices, floral hops, and a pleasant mustiness that reminds me of the great Belgians.

The flavor profile is traditional and fairly run of the mill. Pale malt, floral and herbal hop notes, and a abundant spiciness. There's a lot going on; frankly it's a bit on the thick side for the style. The finish ends up a little overly spicy, with white pepper and clove rounding out.

My favorite saisons are a little more whimsical than de Lente, which seems heavy-handed. Still, it's a rather nice interpretation, and should age nicely with that touch of Brett funk.

BretSikkink, May 13, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful pale and wheat malt scent along the funky Brett yeast esters. It's dry with a nice fruitiness and a farmyard funk. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor with a noticeable hop character. It goes down easy and finishes bitter with a nice Brett funk. There is an excellent earthy character as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn drinkable beer. These guys know how to brew up some Belgian style ales. Recommended!!

WesWes, May 12, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled March 2009
This pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a three finger thick head that fills the head space of the glass. The head is a pale tan color and it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a light amber, sort of honey color that shows a lightly hazed, amber tinged, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite nice; it has that earthy, almost musty, yeast-driven Saison funkiness to it as well as lots of general spiciness that reminds me of a combination of lemon zest, a hint of orange, light coriander, touches of sage and notes that remind me quite a bit of a floral / herbal honey. The malt contributes aromas of sweet grain (which boosts / interweaves the honey like aromas), cracker-like malt and grassy, just threshed grain. At times the aroma can seem quite herbal, at others sort of citrus-zest focused, while at others the honey notes seem to dominate. This has quite the characteristic Saison-like aroma to it; quite refreshing and quite appetizing.

The beer has a touch of sweetness to it that is well balanced by herbal flavors, a solid bitterness and slight phenolic funky cotton-ball type thing that helps to dry things out quite a bit. Grassy grain, crushed pale malt, honey notes. Menthol hops really linger in the mouth, but as warms honey linger in finish too. Good carbonation, though not as aggressive as some Saisons. Body is a bit viscous and chewy compared to my preferred Saison body. Flavors of lemon zest, sage at times, pepper (especially in the finish), hints of clove, slightly woody, . This does have a nice spicy / phenolic finish to it that mingles with a solid, dry malt character, both of which are much appreciated in a Saison.

The second pour of this beer has me noticing more of the grassy grain aromatics and a backdrop of lemon zest notes in the nose. Higher carbonation adds a bit of effervescence to the texture, which helps lighten the body a bit. In the taste, lots of grain flavors (grassy and cracker like) are accentuated quite a bit more.

Quite a nice Saison, though I must admit I would like it to be a bit drier and lighter bodied than it seems to be. Still it is not overly sweet or anything, it just has a sweet balance to it. I'll be curious to see if this gets more funky with time considering that Brett was added in the primary fermentation stage instead of at bottling. This is a solid, quite tasty brew that I am quite enjoying.

Gueuzedude, May 12, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lent Season is over, but it's not too late to try this beer. 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Poured into a tulip, no exploding bottle here. The head is big, fluffy, and creamy in texture. Underneath sits a pretty golden blonde with haze in the body. Looks great. Smells great too. A mix of dry rustic flavors. There are notes of leather, apple skins, pepper, lemon rind....I could sit back and inhale for awhile.

Surprisingly light in flavor, yet very easy to kick back and drink on. Dry and rustic without the imported drawbacks, just the way the style should be. Slightly fruity, but with a kick of wool and leather blanketing the palate. Mild pepper flavor too. There's a light touch of ripe candied apricots. Oh, and there's the brett, with a sour lemon-like pucker. Finishes very dry, with the rye lingering on.

Oh. My. Goodness. I am impressed by Patrick Rue, again. I expected this to be really good, but I am floored by this offering. I can't find any flaws with the beer's flavor and feel. As for drinkability? 750 ml is not enough! Good thing for growler refills, but I will have to do it soon before this year's supply runs dry (no pun intended).

DoubleJ, May 11, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. The color is a vibrant golden/orange with much haze. White foam head is two fingers thick and lasts nicely. Delicate lace. Pungent citrus aroma, lemon and grapefruit, quite tangy. The yeast notes are exquisite. Not very earthy, mostly ripe fruit with a bit of funky complexity. I could smell this all day.

The taste is suprisingly peppery at first, becoming very dry with a sharp hop bitterness at the end. The tangy citrus flavors are still very present but in balance. The hoppy bitterness, on the other hand, seems overdone for the style. The mouthfeel is light, with decent foamy carbonation. Hints at becoming syrupy, but overall it's solid.

Everything is right about this Saison, except for that bit of harshness at the finish. I am definitely going to get another one of these, and perhaps wait just a couple more months before opening...

bennetj17, May 11, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle:

Pours clouded light yellow with a large fluffy white head that descends to a rocky head, leaving strands of lacing.

The smell is floral and citric (lemon/orange) with an earthy spiciness and a musty, bready funk.

The taste is of malty sweetness with a musty, fruity tartness and a lemon/orange hop spicing. There's some funk in a soft way. It has a dry, bready, mildly funky finish.

It is light-to-medium bodied with a creamy body. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

A nice brew to welcome the warmer weather. Lent is warmer in California than it is here in NJ, so glad I waited a bit! Anyway, it has a nice hoppy touch mixed in with the sweetness and gentle tart/funk. Well-balanced. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.

jwc215, May 10, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with The Bruery so far. Great to have an American brewery doing bunches of different and interesting saisons, much like Thiriez or Fantome across the pond. Such a versatile style. This one pours a nice hazy gold, with a big foamy head. Nose is dry earth, spicy hops, and a wild musty yeast. Wow - this is awesome. First sip provides just the slightest tartness, very welcome. Both beers I've had from these guys is slightly sour with brett, but very subtle. I don't know how they do it - do they only incorporate a bit of wild yeast? Can you even do that? Seems to be very controlled and intentional. Rounded out but a nice dry herbal hop profile and pale malts. Really delicious and refreshing. Perfect beer for stoop sitting in the city on a warm day.

twelvsies, May 09, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/06/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip. Really like the 60's label design.

Appearance- Clouded orange-golden colored pour. Overly large head which creeps up very slowly. Started with a soft pour and it looked flat. Poured a bit harder and it just exploded in size. Nice thick rim remains for the duration. Very nice lace patches and streaks remain.

Smell- Not a very forthcoming scent. But what I can pick up is nice. Mostly white pepper with a pinch of corriander and an even smaller pinch of confectioniers sugar...a bit of lemon rind to finish it off.

Taste- Flavors are authentic Belgian. The only small drawback is the same as in the scent. Not one flavor really sticks out. I guess that's good in a way (well balanced), but it seems like it could use a bit more of a boost of lemon rind maybe. White pepper stands out in the clear witha nice hoppy bite to it. Not really much sugar though.

Mouthfeel- Hoppy aftertaste and slightly peppery. Carbonation seems light, but it creeps up on you in hurry to become very brisk after the swallow.

Drinkability- Overall very authentic, good flavors, just needs to be a bit more outright. Otherwise, it;s still very good...could be excellent though with a bit of tweaking

GClarkage, May 07, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle poured into a Hennepin flute.

Beautiful, impressive beer. Pours up golden honey-hued, the color of ginger ale, with two and a half-three fingers of off-white chunky foam. Considerable lacing.

Nose is funkay. Like James Brown funkay. Plenty of barnyard combined with a clean, crisp grassy hop aromatic. The blend of wet hay and fresh grass is almost picture perfect as a complement to spring. The yeast is playful--yes, I said playful--and a bit floral with what seems to be, for the style, decent hopping.

Flavor profile is similar to the nose. Ultra-refreshing blend of fruits that tastes more like their flowers, more perfumey, than the actual fruit. So, so delicate and nice. A very dry saison, a lot like Saison Dupont in that way, though with more hops and less lemon on the tongue. Citric is dialed down on this in favor of delicate florals and bittering hops. In the middle it's plenty more funky hay tastes.

Mouthfeel is light without being watery, with plenty of soft champagne bubbles. Pretty much the rosé of beers. Very fresh, very dewy--perfect for the season. I'd drink the hell outta this beer, and iffen I can find it on-tap you KNOW I'm gonna re-review, as I can only imagine what that experience is like.

Highly recommended.

TheycallmeTim, May 05, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL champagne bottle poured into a duvel tulip

Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with a huge, paper white cap that almost filled the entire tulip. The head was thick and stuck around for a good amount of time and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The Brett really hits you off the bat. Leathery and soapy with a good dose of floral hops. A light lemon and orange rind aroma fills out the back side with some stale bread. The nose is very pleasing overall and a ton of subtleties.

The taste is very similar to the nose, but much more enhanced. The Brett leads off with horse leather and then some cracker/stale bread malt with some mild fruity esters. The hops seem to take over on the finish with a nice burst of pine needles and flowers that lead to a crisp, dry and bitter finish. Perfectly refreshing.

The carbonation allows the beer to practically disappear on the palate. Medium body with a big, flavorful punch. Finish is crisp, dry and bitter.

This is extremely easy to drink this time of year. Really is the perfect beer for the spring. However, the modest 6.5% abv really did a number on me. Maybe it was just my state of mind, but I felt it creeping in about halfway through the bottle.

ColForbinBC, May 01, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love trying a new saison - the crisp, refreshing nature of this style, along with the wide variation you find within it, makes it my favorite style. I hear absolutely nothing but great things about the Bruery - I'm excited about this beer.

Pours a very clear, crisp golden into my Duvel tulip. Crown of foam is a little lazier than I'd look for, but it isn't lacking. Second pour with all the sediment gives it that milky, murky hefe-like haze.

Aroma is nicely Brett-ified - more leathery, not much mousey funk, if any. Smells a lot cleaner than I expected. A fair complement of piney, citrusy American hop, probably about 50/50 on both those. The bottle claims this will come off quite hoppy when fresh, and the nose is showing that off. Oh, before you hopheads get all excited, I don't mean Double IPA hoppy - I mean, hoppy nose, by saison/farmhouse standards. Although, who am I to judge, this just might be enough to satisfy a hop fix.

Following the nose, the hops and Brett are dominant here. *Not* following the nose, I get more of a mango and starfruit flavor with the hop character than citrus, with a little pine resin in the end. Light but fresh crackery malt provides a blank canvas upon which to paint. The leather saddle taste isn't far underneath - tight interplay of hops and yeast here. Both dry the beer out considerably after the slightly juicy mango/starfruit start. Nice and dry, that's what I want.

Especially cold subsequent to the pour, the bubbles give the palate a fair bruising, appropriate to style. Crackles and pops just as you'd expect it to.

All the positive attributes add up to a very drinkable, quenching beer. At 6.5%, it isn't "weak," but it doesn't punish you much, either. Another 750ml bottle I really don't want to share. I dig the whole hoppy saison trend American craft brewers are promoting. It will be interesting to see how this ages, but I suspect it will have been better fresh.

Patrick999, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of charlzm
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 04/19/09.

Pours a lightly cloudy golden. Very white head of fine bubbles is nothing but a thin foam skin in a moment or three.

Aroma of cloves and banana. Slightly grassy.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent, slightly dry. Nice touch of parch.

A melange of spices dances (yes, I said it dances) across the palate. Some white pepper, slight wheat tang, grass, lemon, coriander, clove... flavor is still fairly light, making it very quaffable.

I could drink a whole bottle on a warm afternoon without much prompting. My favorite Bruery beer so far.

charlzm, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours clear, light gold with a two inch head of porous foam. Retention is moderate and the froth settles to a mostly solid skim coat on the surface and some thin lacing.

Aromatics lead off with earthy spice, light malt, and a hint of honey. Cloves, coriander, cut grass, orange peel, and piney moss follow through.

Light bodied with a very crisp mouthfeel. Quenching and snappy.

Spicy hops, pepper-studded citrus, and light malt start the palate. A firm and drying bitterness quickly steps forward as well as some oily citrus pith and wet hay. Plenty of cloves, pepper dust, and pine-smashed grapefruit follow through.

Finishes with a building bitter dryness, a tonic-like twist, and lingering earthiness.

Tasty Saison. Plenty of spice and hops without being heavy handed. A trace of Brett but no aspect of the beer brings the drinkability down.
Happy to see a good level of carbonation on this Bruery offering.

brewandbbq, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very surprised to find bottles of this in NJ, so I grabbed one.

A: In my Russian River tulip, this beer sits an absolutely gorgeous golden yellow with a massive white head with excellent retention and some lacing.

S: On the nose, this beer is AWESOME. light fruitiness with some pear and some lemon zest, a delicate hop character, a great floral character (jasmine?). The balance and nuance really is something else, in ways it reminds me of a slightly sweeter and fruitier Avec Les Bons Voeux. The Brett hasn't had time with this one, so there isn't much (any) barnyard notes, but that's really not missed much

T: Opens up with a combination of earthiness (mild dust) and a firm hop bitterness. Classic saison flavors with mild floral and some fruity character follow up mid-palate, with a dry, mildly herbal-y, mildly hoppy finish. The complexity of the floral and fruit character is notable, with great balance between the dryness of the finish, the mild sweetness and the yeasty flavors. The Brett is better expressed on the palate, especially right up front.

M: Light in body, crisp carbonation and a good finish. Spot on for the style, apart from a finish that's maybe a little too hoppy?

D: I'm drinking this 750 with no issues, and need to buy another one or two.

DefenCorps, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of NoLiberty
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interested in trying this, another saison, from The Bruery.

Pours a frothy, clear light orange color that eventually seems to turn into a very light yellow. Definitely on the lighter side for a saison but still attractive. A thick white head builds after the immediate pour then settles into light spotty cap with strong edging and dollops of lace here-and-there.

Smell is delicious. A totally defined yeasty farmhouse smell - fresh and funky, slightly spicy, peppery with peach and pear-like fruitiness. This is the perfect springtime aroma, like blossoms and exposed decomposition. A light alcohol and really low-key hop smell gives it depth and warmth.

Flavor is fresh of grass, lemon, yeast, fruit and moves into a mild hop middle with a spiciness toward the end. A moderate sweetness rides underneath the whole time and creates great drinkability.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, light bodied and highly refreshing. Carbonation is very present and strong, large bubbles, not the subtle champagne like carbonation of it's Belgian cousins. Would definitely look for this again and again, especially on a hot summer day.

NoLiberty, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Color is a uniform blonde-orange with a smooth petite ivory head. The head dissipates quickly, but lacing is persistant.

Lovely floral notes escape immediately as the bottle is opened, though the aroma dissipates quickly in a wide-mouth glass.

The taste is the perfect marriage of this style's signature components: a mild sweetness that alternates between malt and fruit; a mild tartness reminiscent of unripe pears and orange peel; a crisp dry finish (hints of a freshly rain-washed wooden deck) pursued again by a slight citris acidity. Hops are present throughout but balanced nearly to the point of subversion. Yeasty complexity throughout. No real spice/pepper/earth to speak of, though these might develop with age (worth cellaring a bottle or two to find out).

Lightbodied, somewhat creamy, softly warming mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation (bottle conditioned, but no cork). Very drinkable, as the qualities evolve as the glass warms.

Overall, there is a lovely integration of flavors in this textbook ale. While perhaps not as complex or forward as some of the Belgian Saisons, it is certainly their peer. This is an exceptional choice for a warm lazy Spring Sunday.

EDIT (1/17/2009): Cellared a bottle for 9+ months - it has a touch more spice and "farmhouse" elements - the yeast contributes increasingly as the hops diminish. Really nice. I'll age one for two years and report back!

augustgarage, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of WhiteRiverSuds
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NY BA's for directing me toward The Bruery and Timmush for bringing this bottle to share in a trade. This one was a treat.

Poured into a wide Schott Zwiesel glass. color is a straw yellow w/ a nice +1" solid white head and great retention.

Smells spicy with yeast, tart, fruity, and some clove.

There's a quick & mild malt sweetness upfront that turns toward a nice brett funk and subtle spice. The finish is a little peppery, but I'm mostly left with a touch of bitterness and wheat in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a pleasant coating mouthfeel. A firm carbonation and crisp/dry finish only makes me want more.

This was a very smooth and balanced saison. The price on the bottle said $8.99...what a steal! Look forward to trying their Saison Rue.

WhiteRiverSuds, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of bradford
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased at Hi-Time in Costa Mesa for $11.49
A- Hazy golden color with huge white head. Foam last through entire serving glass and leaves a sweet mustache. (Wish I could grow one for real)
S- is dominated by a peppery spiciness. Good and bad. Good in that I love black pepper, bad in that I want something else to be there, but no formal complaint.
T- Tons of pepper, spicy, phenolic, citrus, a little bit of Brett funk etc. Lot going on here. More than my admittedly amateur palate can discern.
M- Awesome. So clean, so smooth, yet spicy enough to cut through the butter-like feel.
D- Another solid offering from the Bruery. I almost feel like I'm in some exclusive club that has access to this brewery because it is small, local, and fantastic. Well done Patrick
Highly Recommended.

bradford, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in my König Ludwig Weissbier glass, Saison De Lente is a hazy gold with large, fluffy white head that is slow to settle and leaves foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, light tropical fruits, some bright, herbal hops, light funk.

Taste is good, a nice horse blanket bite from the brett, using it as the primary really lets it shine here. Really just musty yeast flavor though, which I like, but it's not for everyone, no question. As it warms, it sweetens some, or perhaps just as my palate adjusts to the brett, I pick up a nice floral bouquet of hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and foamy, light bodied, almost a bit thin really...but that's a positive for the style and quaffablility. Still, the yeastiness give it some heft.

Drinkability is pretty good, a funky saison for sure. Sometimes I get sick with the pure brett funk, I prefer a little lacto pucker in the funky saisons, a la the old Fantomes. But this was still quite good, hit the spot on this first hot day of spring.

ccrida, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Bruery and also out of this bottle here.

The beer pours a rich golden, clear, with a medium density white generous head. The smell is all yeast. Sweaty, earthy yeast smells. As a saison should, it really lets the yeast shine here. The taste is earthy, a little musty, it's pretty dry but could probably go down a little bit more on the FG. Crisp, but could be even better if it was drier. That's not to say it already isn't acceptable as far as that goes, it's pretty darn good here, and would probably be pretty hard to improve a whole lot anyway. The mouthfeel is light but has just a tiny bit of slickness to it. Carbonation is generally fine although they could probably also bump it up if they wanted. Really good beer overall. The tap version seemed to pop just a little bit more than the bottle, though that could be for any number of reasons not having to do with the beer.

MiScusi, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a chardonnay glass, wide wide mouth, color is a hazy light golden copper white solid white head

sweet malt upfront, apples, spices, slight yeasty notes, very enticing

sweetish malt upfront followed by solid spice, green apples, piney and grassy hops leading to a crisp, malty, slightly peppery finish

smooth, medium bodied, with a long subtle finish that just begs the beer to be sipped. good layers to pick through which only come out more as the beer warms

smooth, crisp malty flavors with a solid spiced and yeasty backbone with a semi dry finish and subtle flavors throughout. a delicious example of a saison, although not as dry or foral as dupont, but who cares

bitterthebetter, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Barcade in Brooklyn, New York .

The appearance is a deep honey tone with a two finger head.
The smell is incredible, with contrasts of vanilla, honey, and some light pepper thrown into the mix, wow! While the taste is very nice, refreshing, not too much presence of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is above average for the farmhouse ale style , more complexity. Drinkability is very good with this saison, I am more than pleased with my first beer from The Bruery.

mltobin, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joey for bringing this 750ml bottle to share tonight at La Bella (4/14/09). I've wanted to try this beer for weeks now.

The beer was a very clear and bright yellow with about an inch of foam. Some cloudiness in the color after the yeast pour and some lacing on the glass as the bubbled fell back into the beer.

Good aroma at first with some light fruits, powdery sweet pez candy, and dry apricot. Estery, flowers and honey later on with a lightly toasted malt sweetness that intensified, but never took over, when it warmed up. The beer just seemed to get better in this department so I just had to give it a little more on the score.

The first sip had some grapefruit, orange, light brett character, dry apricots, and some earthy and spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Yeasty phenols were more apparent later on. And just like the aroma, the sweetness was a little more forward when the beer warmed up but it was still very well balanced. Medium-low carbonation with enough dryness to make this one way too easy to drink. Very refreshing as well.

seaoflament, Apr 15, 2009
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,155 ratings.