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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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90
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1,170 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 56
Gots: 111 | 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 vtfan77
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the last holdovers from an order from California and I figured that this 90+ degree day was as good a time as any to crack it.

A- Pure gold, slightly hazy with a huge white head (even after just rinsing out the glass) that dissipates slowly but surely, leaving a ton of lace behind. What can I say? It's beautiful. No flaws.

S- The very first thing I noticed was some tropical fruit aromas, namely mango and pineapple. Then a sour funk hit, with a vinegary, slightly barnyard smell. A swirl of the glass yields some spicy and vegetal aromas, kind of like bell peppers and a spice that I can't quite place... cumin, maybe? I don't know, I don't have a good enough palate to pick all that stuff out. I can say without hesitation that this beer has some complexity to it.

T- Starts out with a phenolic character, slightly medicinal, that was not nearly as prominent in the smell. In fact, I think I failed to mention it in the smell description (although I did smell it a little; I'm just too lazy to go back and change my review). Then the funky flavors come through, with a touch of barnyard and aged cheese (kind of like a toned-down version of a Morbier I had last night). The malt is crisp and cracker-like, staying fairly neutral as the yeast works its magic. The finish is bone-dry and moderately bitter.

M- Nicely carbonated, somehow crisp and smooth at the same time with a medium body.

D- I must say, it's quite high in this regard. The body is a little too heavy and the alcohol a little too high to receive perfect marks, but it's still excellent. I will polish off the whole 750ml bottle with ease.

This is, hands-down, the best American saison I've ever had, and one of the best American Belgian-style beers I've had. It's comparable to Saison Dupont in its drinkability and dryness, although it certainly has the edge in flavor and complexity. Still, there's not much wrong with this beer. All I can say is if you can find some, get some.

vtfan77, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Nice hazy yellowish-orange. Huge majestic head.

S: Strong citrus notes and a fair amount of brett funkiness.

T: Major lemony tartness. A noticeable amount of brett barnyard flavor as well. Very rustic.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: I've concluded that I'm not much of a brett fan. I don't actively dislike it, I just don't fedl like it brings all that much to the table. With that said, this is a pretty solid American saison. It'd probably go well with summer dishes.

BarrelO, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold, with a slight haze and a handful for carbonation streams. The rocky eggshell cap has good beginnings, sticks for awhile and leaves occasional patches of lace.

S: Slightly musty. There's a lot of pepper, lemon and clove at work. A sour funkiness resides in the background.

T: The flavor is dominated by a sharp lemon-pepper bitterness that's backed by cloves. The malts are dry and lend a biscuit quality. Throughout, there is a sourdough quality that adds an extra layer of complexity. Finishes tart and dry.

M: The medium body is grainy and feels a little under carbonated.

D: This is a nice beer overall. It's refreshing in an odd sort of way, given its funkiness. I'm glad I picked it up.

Rayek, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

yellow brown cloudy body with a nice puffy white head. Sticky lacing leaves white globs of head all over the glass. Smells of green, spicy hops, lemons and malt. Flavor is a funky and tart spiced malt, some sweet lemon, slightly acidic and dry on the finish. Notes of green grass hops and pepper. Medium bodied and a little overly astringent. Drinks ok, and the flavor is interesting, but its a little over the top with sort of a lactic tartness thats distracting. Maybe it would be better aged a year or so, as the bottle suggests, but at this age its too much of that dry tartness without any other real dimensions.

aforbes10, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a bright golden yellow body with a pillowy, three finger head that takes its time in backing down.

S - The nose is an intricate combination of floral hops and wild yeast basement funk. There are citrus (orange and lemon), stone fruit (apricot, white nectarine), and the slightest touch of tropical fruit (papaya and mango) notes. The funk is very well-integrated with the fruit and floral notes.

T - The hops come forward here, and the pleasant bitterness overpower some of the sweeter subtleties that were present on the nose. I'm not able to pick up the soft floral notes, but instead the orange and lemon hop flavors stand out. The funk remains pretty quiet, but I am able to catch it on the finish.

M - The hops come forward here and give the brew a crisp, clean mouthfeel. Very light, bright, and refreshing.

D - An outstanding hop-forward saison, perfect for warm weather. The best thing about this brew is the nose - complex and mysterious but still inviting and exciting. As the label notes, this brew would take very well to being aged for a year or two (or more!). I'd pair this brew with a fresh goat's milk cheese, for sure. If you're a fan of saisons, get your hands on this brew. Another winner from The Bruery!

vrazionale, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Mix dijon mustard with hay and this is the color you will get. Has a semi-clear haze. Produces two fingers width of frothy white head.

S- Rather pleasant. Had a nice, fresh horse blanket aroma in the front of the nose. Getting some orange rinds and coriander in there as well. The mild, sweet citrus aroma is a nice contrast to the farmhouse funk.

T- Letdown of titanic proportions. The aroma really pulled a fast on me. The brett was there, but this beer was no where near as complex as the nose led to me to believe. On top of that, the way the flavors played off each other was just off putting. I'm really at a loss for words right now. The only part that seemed right to me was the initial brett flavor. After that a slight bitterness comes in from the hops and citrus rinds. The finish almost seemed like it wanted to have some sort of a fruit flavor, but came up rather bland. Little bit of spice in the finish.

M- Medium to light bodied with lots and lots of carbonation. The beer seemed to foam up the instant it hit the palate.

D- How am I supposed to finish this 750 mL bottle by myself?

Overall, I have had WAY better saisons than this. This is my 3rd offering from the Bruery and to be frank, I have been extremely disappointed in their offerings, especially considering how much praise they get. This will probably be the last one I buy from them.

rhinos00, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml

This saison was sent my way courtesy of Alen, thanks man! Saison de Lente has a glowing copper body with goldenrod highlights when backlit. Carbonation rises from random points all over the glass through the minimally hazed body. The head snaps to attention with a quickness but falls rather quickly to a skim coat with some chunkiness and a collar that leaves patchy sheet lacing. This is a good looking saison.

Dusty funk is the first thing coming from the bottle. A swirl of the glass brings out a note of orange peel and a deep pull shows coriander. The nose is a little weak unfortunately. Musty attic, cobwebs, and horse blanket show the brett characteristics and a little tart green apple is thrown in for good measure. The malt base is tough to pull out but if I have to call something it would be sugar cookie sweetness. As this one warms the aromas really open up. Lemon juice and orchard fruit complexity open up.

The flavor doesn't snap across the tongue like the aroma led me to believe. The brett is still very noticeable with horse blanket and musty attic. A few orchard fruits come across but they're muddled and undefined. A quick splash of lemon juice hits on the finish. This saison isn't super complex but it's still a good beer.

The mouthfeel is good. A medium body starts things off and the carbonation is moderate with a slight prickliness on the swallow. A mild dryness finishes things off.

This bottle is going down easy enough but rather slowly. The brett character is slowing me down a little more than I would have liked.

I loved Saison Rue form The Bruery but this one falls short. It's a good all around beer but there are many better saisons out there. Thanks for the bottle, Alen!

joe1510, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $9.79 The first whiff off this bottle was oddly ketchup, tomatoes, and basil! very weird. Thick cloudy yellow color with some foam up top. The brett is there in the flavor but not strong at all, just a hint of farmhouse. This has a very soft feel to it which is something I have come to appreciate in saisons.

ArrogantB, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger 05-22-09

A- pours a bright, brilliant, radiant golden with a steady stream of bubbles and an off-white head

S- Some earthy, grassy notes, along with floral ones of orange and sweet pineapple

T- Starts out sweet, with some peppery notes at the end, not as much as some other Saisons. Lots of fruit come through, pear, orange, pineapple, some light toasted malt, and finished with an earthy bitterness

M- this one is more on the sweet side compared to other Saisons i've had. It is a little better than average, slightly dry but i like my saisons a little drier

D- Pretty easy drinking saison on a hot day, i'm sure how well this would work with some food dishes like so many other saison do.

bonbini26, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice hazy golden hue with a nice pillow like head. Okay retention with just a touch of spotty lace.

S: Aroma is of light fresh lemony citrus, with notes of yeast and sugary sweetness.

T: Nice tart citrus up front, Belgian yeast and a hint of fresh bread. Sugary summer fruits in the middle with a bit of pepper in the finish.

M: Medium in body, zippy carbonation, pretty good.

D: Not bad, I drank the whole bottle myself on a hot Florida afternoon.

tpd975, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle at Tap & Table in Emmaus, PA. Appeared a perfect cloudy gold with a tall white head and lacing as I slowly drank it down. At first the beer had a slighty plastic aroma, but that quickly faded to a classic farmhouse/horseblanket funk. And really, if we're going to be honest here, it was pleasant, but wasn't far removed from the smell of urine. Trust me, it's a thin line.

The flavor was more traditional with very dry lemon peel hops and dry bready malts with hint of vanilla. The difference I've found between this a traditional saison, like a Fantome, is that this taste so crisp and fresh. It misses a little of the complexity of a carefully aged saison, but really, this beer is like a trip to Belgium.

tempest, May 30, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this gem.

Poured a capped 750 into a New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a hazy gold that shows straw hues when held up to the light. This beer has probably the best head I've ever seen on a Saison. Saison De Lente pours a massive 3 finger white head that has almost a pancake batter like consistency. The head retention is fantastic. A good 1/2 inch head is on the beer at all time, constantly replenished by a stream of carbonation. The lacing is just magical. A thick french lacing accompanies the glass even when then the glass is empty. Absolutely amazing. The aroma is herbal up front. Sage, rosemary, lemon zest, damp earth, and just a little bit of aspirin. The flavor is very similar with herbal features really dominating the profile. As the song goes, sage, rosemary, and thyme. There is just a slight underlying citrus rind bitterness, with a medicinal aftertaste. Slight hints of damp earth, hay, and grass come through. This is really a complex body of work. The mouthfeel definitely has a cotton ball quality to it. I almost feel like Marlon Brando in the Godfather. It definitely feels dry, but not in that refreshing "I want to have another" way. Maybe I'm just being overly critical here. While i prefer citrusy Saisons to herbal ones, this is a fantastic beer. This is my first experience with a beer from the Bruery, but it definitely makes me look forward to my second. Bravo.

hwwty4, May 29, 2009
Photo of Tdizzle
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a hazy gold color with a dense, sticky head of foam that takes a while to settle down into a thin cap over the beer. Some nice rings of lacing line the inside of the glass after each sip.

S- Funky and earthy notes of Brett yeast are balanced nicely by fresh, floral hop aromas and sour, lemony notes. There's a base of honey sweetness in the background to even things out. An intense combination of funk, hops, and malt.

T- The earthy Brett flavors meet a moderately hoppy bite in the middle of the taste. Some lemony and grassy notes lead into a medium-dry finish that leaves an aftertaste of bready malt and a mild hop bitterness lingering on the palate long after each sip.

M- A medium-bodied feel with soft but lively carbonation. There's this silky texture that kinda coats the palate as the beer hits room temperature.

D- What a complex beer. So much flavor going on here while still being very drinkable. The 6.5% ABV makes this even more manageable.

Tdizzle, May 28, 2009
Photo of PAYankeeFan
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The flowery nature of this beer with a subdued Brett yeasty bitterness and mild tartness and sweetness really deliver for me. This was the ideal beer for our Memorial Day cooking with shrimp, ribs and corn on the grill. It goes well with sherbet too. The mouthfeel has some dryness and a texture too it. The tartness does linger a bit too long. Overall, I love it and want it on tap.

PAYankeeFan, May 26, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle with cap. no date found. tasted in early april, 2009. poured into tulip.

golden straw, honey color. very crystal clear - literally, it was like crystal! fluffy, pale off-white head, fades to thin wisps and ring. awesome curtain-like lacing!

very floral aroma. fresh pears. apple? peach? light bready maltiness with just a touch of brett. floral again, with herbal notes.

flavor is floral too, with more fresh pear and white grape juice, met quickly by grassy hops and mild to moderate bitterness, with very light brett and leather character from the middle into the finish, plus a spicy phenolic end (though slightly over-accentuating the floral note).

medium body, quite silky, with acidic or astringent note in the finish. light but prickly, fluffy carbonation.

floral and herbal notes cut drinkability for me slightly however.

tai4ji2x, May 17, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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%
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 +5%
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 +10.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +22%
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 +8.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +9.5%
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 +0.8%
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
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.