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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 53
Gots: 104 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours an incredible looking hazy-peach color with a two-finger, bright-white head that retains forever and leaves a wonderfully lacey mess in the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuits, citrus, coriander, toasted malt, and maybe some candi sugar. Slightly funky...most certainly spicy. Grassy hops. Hints of peach, pear, and apple.

T: See above. First pour is full of toasty and spicy flavors as well as lemon, grassy green hops, white pepper, and sweet orchard fruit/candi sugar. The second pour follows a distinctly tart and spicy tack with help from coriander, more peach/pear/apple, more spicy green hops, and my old friend Brett. Simply fantastic!

M: Dry and toasty with a tangy citric profile as well as an "edge smoothing" touch of sweetness. White pepper and spice add yet another layer of complexity.

D: An exercise in simple complexity...if that makes any sense. Low (but typical for the style) abv and a wealth of rich flavors and aromas make for an experience that is hard to beat.

04-10-2009 00:37:49 | More by GbVDave
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.2/5  rDev +5%

Pours a foggy amber gold. Nose is floral and dough. Flavor is floral and dough tones as well. Nice earthy funk as well. Citrus comes as well but it's mixed up with the dough also. Feel is a biting carbonation and the liquid is well bodied. A nice saison. The only detractor is the too intense carbonation. But who cares. Damn fine saison. If you have the chance to try it, you definitely should do so.

04-08-2009 21:47:06 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of number1bum


4.2/5  rDev +5%

Poured this one in my Duvel tulip, which was a good choice because it has a huge three inches of pillowy off-white head sitting atop an orange tinted golden brew. It's somewhat hazed and the head falls slowly, keeping a chunky dollop of head, a thin lace and leaving some stick as it falls.

Smell has a nice floral bouquet, like rose petals, as well as some fruit. I'm getting some berry aromas and a tropical/citrusy fruitiness. Some light spicing is also evident, as is some honey-like sweetness which blends nicely with the floral aromas which have a bit of sweetness to them. Some brett funk adds a nice dimension, as well. An interesting, complex and very pleasant saison nose.

Taste starts off with some light sweetness and grain, sort of like a honey graham cracker. There is quite a bit of hop flavor here that I didn't pick up in the nose - it's grassy, earthy and herbal. There is even a good smack of hop bitterness in the finish, along with some lightly toasted grain. There is some floral and fruity flavor but not as much as was in the smell. Also some black pepper, and just a bit of brett character, although it's pretty low on the funk scale.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body - it feels maybe just a tad too light in the mouth actually. It's crisp and carbonation is appropriate (a sign of progress for the Bruery, eh?). Finish is dry with some lingering bitterness on the palate.

Another very nice beer here from the Bruery. Not quite as complex as the Saison Rue, but I think it's balanced a bit better and is much more drinkable. Quite refreshing in fact. A nice spring saison!

04-08-2009 00:26:24 | More by number1bum
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

04-01-2009 20:43:12 | More by magictrokini
Photo of ppoitras


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head dwindles at a moderate pace, with lots of coating lace.

Aroma is not too intense, light sweetness, spicing, and funk combining together. Taste is reminiscent of a dry wine, but without most of the fruit character. Spices and light funk close cleanly.

Mouthfeel is helped by miniscule bubbling, and drinkability is good, the interplay of delicate flavors pulling you back again and again.

03-30-2009 20:58:01 | More by ppoitras
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

A - Poured with a finger of white, frothy looking foam. Decent head retention. Light straw golden, hazy color.

S - Citric aromas, sweeter lemon with additional spices. Just the faintest hint of the brett funkiness.

T - Touch sour, yeasty, citric, hay-like, and a bit musty from the brett addition. Nice little hoppy finish...bitter dryness.

M - Spritzy carbonation that stings the tongue just right, lighter body that still gets to the palate well.

D - Wonderfully refreshing, interesting, and very easy to drink. The 6.5% makes this a lot higher in drinkability as well.

Overall, this is a great take and addition to the style. It imparts quite a few of the traditional saison characteristics, but twists them just a bit to make for an interesting and damn fine brew. Highly recommended.

03-29-2009 22:42:27 | More by Nickls
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

750 ml bottle served in my Bruery Tulip. Poured a hazy orange with a one inch bright white cap (kind of like steamed milk). Head slowly dissipates into a consistent skim with a cluster of ringlets. Strands and spots of delicate lacing coat the glass during the tasting; good adhesion. Nose was earthy, spicy, citrusy and grassy. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors come together in a slightly muted fashion; still, nice complexity. Some citrus astringency comes out, as well as candi sugar and a light, lingering bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lively with a mild tingle across the tongue. Easy drinking and style consistent saison. Low abv and really quite flavorful. I fell in love with the Bruery at the BBF in the fall and have not been disappointed.

03-29-2009 17:58:00 | More by Jwale73
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Saison de Lente has a very cloudy yellow-range body. The center of the beer is the darkest tinted and is orange; progressively moving out from the center the beer gets lighter and closer to yellow in color. Two fingers of white head has good enough retention to leave a nice ring on top of the body throughout the drink. Leaves behind sheets of lacing that looks a lot like a net. Good look.

One whiff of this beer and you can tell its going to be good. Candied sugars, fruits, a touch of "funky" sourness, a little bit of an earthy aroma.

The taste reflects the aroma rather nicely, and is both crisp and complex. A good bite of sourness comes through up front, followed by a mix of candied sugar and fruit that gives way to an earthy hop flavor. The finish is nice and peppery, like coriander. A great saison.

The body is light, turning to foam on your tongue from the high carbonation. Very dry finish.

Great drinkability. Great everything here actually. I plan to pick up a Saison Rue next.

03-27-2009 00:28:28 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

On tap at Capone's

Poured a cloudy banana yellow color with 1 finger of foamy white head. Good retention and some good lacing. Smells of peppery spices, green apples, honey, grain, grass, and slight barnyard funk. Tastes of lemon rind, straw, barnyard funk, yeast, tart apples, and pepper with a dry spicy and grassy bitter finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a slight chalkiness and a pleasant dry hoppy finish. Easy to drink, pretty sessionable.

03-21-2009 01:44:49 | More by HopDerek
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

03-20-2009 01:17:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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4/5  rDev 0%

Pours a clean golden color with an awesome white fluffy head. There's a nice aroma of cane sugar, barley, sweet corn, and spices. The flavor is bitter and of hay and unprocessed grain (i.e., unroasted/ fresh from the mill). it has a heavier mouthfeel than most other saisons I've tried, but it is awesome.

03-19-2009 19:45:41 | More by Douglas14
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

On tap at the Ginger Man NYC.

A: Hazy straw colored body with a thin white head. There is visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Floral hops over lighter sweet malt. Light spice and a generally tight nose.

T: Good hop bitterness up front with a very clean crisp malt. Slight brett hints of leather. Some spices, perhaps clove or coriander. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Light but not smooth.

D: Bitterness to flavor ratio is a touch too high in this beer, especially for its style.

03-18-2009 14:56:08 | More by drseamus
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

750 ML into a tulip

P: Exits the bottle a straw color and is a clear, sparkling light gold with a tangerine twist in the glass. Two fingered white head is slightly loose and frothy with large bubbles on top that showed decent retention. It soon sunk to a chunky halo and left some nice lacing on the way down.

A: Light fruits, floral-like notes maybe from the hops, pepper, a definite citric twang with the Brett behind it all. What's there is good, but the aroma is definitely lagging behind the flavor. It's just not very powerful at all.

T: Soft malts support the citrusy fruits from the start that reminds me of lemons with a dash of orange zest. The citrus then seems to fall back in the pecking order while earthy-like hops come to the forefront with the tartness really coming through at the midway point. Pretty mild Brett that stays subtly underneath in a rather minor supporting role, but is nice. Not sure if the peppery spice was added or if it's from the yeast. Whatever the case is, it works great and lasts through the dry finish.

M & D: Light-medium bodied, smooth with a nice prickly acidity, and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is extremely good in my book due to the low ABV and great flavors that never get boring.

Notes: Even with my somewhat limited experience with Saisons, I can tell that this is a very, very good one! Mildly funky, very fruity with a bit of spice and a nice tartness that never overwhelms. I'm glad to see Orange County being represented in the craft beer world so well. Good work guys, this is excellent! Highly recommended

03-13-2009 22:39:45 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.2/5  rDev +5%

On tap at The Devil's Den...
Appears a hazy, light gold with an orange tint when held to the light. The small, off-white head slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, floral notes, light fruit, and some barnyard funk hidden in the background. Definite brett dosing here.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a flavorful punch of mild tartness pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and dry with the brett addition pushing up the attenuation on this bad boy.

03-11-2009 17:18:12 | More by weeare138
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4.58/5  rDev +14.5%

Good to see Patrick's stuff making the rounds amongst us Massholes finally. I celebrate the arrival by putting this fine effort into my trusty St. Bernie's chalice...

Pours a great citrus honey color - classic Saison look with bluish-thin head and yeast wisps up top. A little cloudiness and ample carbonation at speed of traffic flow.

...that orange zest, hay & barnyard scent from the mild Brett is combined with lots of soft vanilla sweetness and light yeast electricity. Soft caramel with mild peppercorn spice. The whole is much larger than the sum of its parts, though. Put in some nice pininess to the hops and stewed wheat and warmth and this is really perfect. As I told several people, I wanna bury my nose in this chalice like Tony Montana did with the mountain of coke in "Scarface." This is really fucking outstanding.

It all comes together on the palate...the mild Brett funkiness, the yeast and big stewy grain electricity, the soft coriander and orange peel with a tiny hint of ginger, and a softly austere piney hop presence (Styrian Goldings?). Classic Old World with just a bit of new world hoppiness to bridge the frontier. NOW I feel like Chairman Kaga as he snickers after chomping on the bell pepper in the intro to "Iron Chef."

Palate feel is also classic Saison...a little funk, quite yeasty and spicy with a little citrus bent. Those piney hops put it all together in Beautiful Chemistry and the finish is the gift that keeps on giving. Classic example of style.

I remembered that Patrick & Co. made some fine stuff from last fall's Belgian Beer Fest but this is insane. Well-crafted, traditional enough to be strictly on point for style but enough of a twist to break new ground. This one floored me and the next day I went out and found a few more bottles. Outstanding.

03-11-2009 12:35:46 | More by IBUnit63
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium and hazy and cloudy yellow color with an averaged sized, frothy, white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of spices, some funkiness, citrus, and a little fruity. Tastes of spices, citrus, and lighter fruitiness.

03-10-2009 18:37:16 | More by hopdog
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

had his on tap over at hollingsheads and i needed to grab a bottle. yum.

pours golden into my brewery tulip with a rather impressive two finger fluffy white head that sticks around like a champ.

smell is great. complex. sweetness. slight funk. with a touch of a candied apple. but i might be crazy.

taste is smooth. definitely an easy drinker. slight citrusy tart. lemon. grassy hops. slight sour hints. good taste

mouth is fluffy. smooth. medium bodied. awesome feel.

i could EASILY put back a few bottles of this bad boy, an excellent crack at the style. Well done guys.

03-10-2009 04:12:00 | More by Mauerhan
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

03-08-2009 21:04:41 | More by Billolick
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with an average white head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is sweet with hints of candi sugar, grassy hop and Belgian yeast, some tart green apple rounds every thing out. The taste is of a pale malt, spicy/grassy hops, floral, light Belgian yeast phenols and a light lemony tartness. Nice flavors but not much farmhouse, the hops overpower the delicate flavors too much. Fairly light body, with fizzy carbonation, nice range of sweet, bitter, and tart. A very well made beer but just lacked the saison flavors. It seems that the hops overpowered the Belgian yeast. Again, well made but just didn't quite do it for me.

03-08-2009 03:20:54 | More by Gmann
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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

On tap at the Devil's Den in South Philly, first time there, nice place.

A- Saison De Lente has a nice mixture of yellow to a light gold with some white foam on the top, it did not leave any lace though. A good haze to this saison ale.

S- I got a whole bunch of lemon zest up front with some yeast also. Getting some grassy hops giving some floral notes. Also some spice with light pepper. Some bananas with warming plus some brett to up the stakes.

T- A well exectued saison with great fruity aspects and brett to top it all off. The fruit consists of a bit more banana in the taste with a bunch of lemon souresque taste. Along with some slight pepper some cloves show up in taste rather than smell. Some bready undercurrents with warming.

M- The brett does not make this highly sour but more take on a good partnership with the other flavors. I'm getting more of a pucker factor from the lemon addition. Either way this is a step behind medium bodied and has a gorgeous feel to it.

D- Highly drinkable at 6.5% and I cant wait to try it from a cask, Would also like to see how a bottle holds up but on tap this is top tier saison goodness. If you see this try it and pair it with something fresh. Thanks to The Bruery/Bella Vista for the chance at this.

03-07-2009 06:09:36 | More by BARFLYB
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours very hazy gold, thin off-white head fades into a soapy cap.

Nose is grassy, yeasty, bit of softly sweet lemony citrus. Nice.

Taste is light and yeasty, with grassy hops coming out quick and crescendoing all the way to the beer's long, moderately bitter finish. Light and wonderfully crisp, a bit peppery. Hint of brett comes out towards the finish in a lightly citric, musty funkiness sitting underneath the hops - subtle.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp carbonation, medium bodied.

Another insanely drinkable, well crafted beer from the Bruery. These guys know their farmhouse beers.

02-27-2009 13:53:27 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

On tap at the Bruery. Aroma is funky and fruity, lots of yeast and brett complexity. Orange amber with a slight haze to it and an off-white head. Hop bitterness and yeasty fruitiness come through, a little leathery and a little orange rindy pear fruit. Malt flavor is dry and the carbonation keeps it light on the tongue. Refreshing and very interesting.

02-21-2009 07:28:09 | More by Brewsmith
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

750 ml bottle purchased from the Bruery for ten dollars this weekend, also sampled it on tap while I was there, poured into my Duvel tulip glass this afternoon, color is a golden orange with yellow highlights, 1 1/4 inch fizzy white head, does not last too long, some retention, decent lace, aroma is made up of yeast, apricot, grassy accents, brettanomyces, and fresh hops, flavor is dry and earthy at first, some tanginess in the middle because of the wild yeast, finish is dry with some mild citrus, gets more chewy as it warms with a lemon and orange twist too, dry, slightly sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, aggressive level of carbonation, medium body, taste is refeshing and crisp, this will be nice to drink in a few months when it gets warmer outside again, goes down easy, not filling, keeps a very light feel without being watered down, very good drinkability, the brett will probably make things develop in the bottle even more and make things even more interesting after a few months, I had been excited to try this for some time now, I actually like it better than the Saison Rue and that is a great beer as well, lighter and feel and strength but not lacking in flavor and complexity, will be buying more of this soon, recommended

02-15-2009 22:11:30 | More by Floydster
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a lightly cloudy amber-orange. White head, good retention.

S: Brett is evident, giving a rustic funk, but not overpowering. Very grassy, hay-like hop character.

T: Tasty bready malt, rather light compared to the other flavours, light toastiness. Mild citrus fruit - orange, lemon. Hops are earthy and floral at the same time. Brett comes in and adds its characteristic flavour and dries out the beer to the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, quite dry, a good thirst quenching beer, no alcohol to speak of.

D: Another solid effort from The Bruery. I really like how the Brett came in and dried the beer out not unlike Orval. This would be a good aperitif for an Easter dinner.

02-15-2009 01:04:24 | More by Halcyondays
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

02-13-2009 23:40:11 | More by bonkers
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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
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