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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 57
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, left by blackie

consumed this past weekend in a loaded saturday night lineup

reviewed from brief notes

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip - hazy straw golden body, huge fluffy white cap with outstanding retention

smell: quite funky - brett yeast, sour lemon, tart citrus, bready and earthy

taste: killer saison - light and tart - just the way i like my saisons. sour citrus, grapefruit zest, sourdough, lots of yeast

mouthfeel: lightbodied, tart, refreshing

drinkability: good

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's next door the other day.

The beer pours a hazy honey color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, with some light honey, pepper and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and I really like the interplay of initial moderate sweetness, coupled with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is very, very good.

Another very nice beer from the folks at Bruery.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of another BA trader buddy of mine, yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

Pulled from the fridge, it pours a hazy orange yellow with a 2 finger head of foam.(it turns to cloudy after the first pour and yes....I *will* por in the glass the yeast sediment!)

The smell is all spicy and fruity and funky with some nice bitterness. The strongest nose I'd say goes to the funk.

The taste starts off bitter read lots of hoppiness, a light tartness, yeaasty, and a bit of some funk that is a bit stronger in the nose than the taste. The hops are definitely in control in this Saison. The bottle says if you age it for a couple of years, there's an earth malt character that comes into play but this being my only bottle, I couldn't wait and besides, I drink every beer as fresh as I can and if I end up with more than 1 bottle, I might save it for down the road but I don't guarantee it. ;^) I'm noticing a fairly strong note of pepper now which adds to the dryness. It's tasting good..

Light bodied with medium carbonation, it finishes very dry and that just makes me want to take another sip. Head retention and lacing are both very good.

Drinkability? A 750 is a big old bottle and I don't usually finish 'em at 1 sitting. This won't be an exception but...it is still very enjoyable and a hophead looking to try other styles with some hop character *should* try this if they see it around their neck of the woods. It should satisfy.

Photo of gameface23
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow color with the stereotypically large saison-head.

S: Spice, citrus and a hint of sweetness. The Brett funk really comes out the more this beer warms up.

T: A nice citrus burts of flavor and some brett characteristics.

M: Medium bodied as far as the style is concerned.

D: This is a good beer. I'd definitely buy again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Duvel tulip. As usual, cool labeling from them. No dating info but I know it's from this year and it's a spring seasonal so few months on it. It was a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Carb fount in center from etching. Good sticky white lace as well. Even with a gentle pour so not disturb the sediment, I got a massive white head that took several long minutes to subside enough to drink.

The aroma was spicy, fruity, sweet (all the classic saison aromas) with a good dose of earthy/funky brett in there as well. Combined really well with the brett taking a slight lead. Had a couple saisons mixed with brett lately and this one so far has pulled it off the best in aroma and flavor. The flavor follows the aroma very closely. Brett in the lead with a great saison base underneath. The finish is less dry than most saisons but works well with this one. Spicy aftertaste - peppery.

Overall, an excellent saison. I've been disappointed with the other Bruery's that I've had but this is a definite winner. When I'm in the mood for a saison, this one would be near top of the list. Highly recommend. Rotation: not available here..yet. If it was this would be a mainstay in the saison rotation.


Photo of berkey
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep blonde with a great white head. Head dies down after several minutes leaving some foamy ice bergs floating around along with some very nice lacing. A careful pour keeps most of the yeast sediment out but a little still manages to jump into the glass. Difficult to get a good look at the carbonation because of all the haze.

Aroma is a little sweeter than I expected with citrus hops and fruity malts up front followed by yeast and a faint earthy and musty character. As it warms up more musty and dry aromas come through.

As opposed to the aroma the flavor is much more dry and tart, especially in the aftertaste. Same sweet fruits and oily hop citrus characters are still pretty evident though.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery but the interesting dry yeast feel keeps this from becoming an issue. Highly drinkable and a good example of a refreshing yet complex medium ABV Saison.

Overall I enjoyed this one but I was a little thrown off by all the citrus that I don't remember when I had this one on tap at the tasting room in Placentia. I expected the dry brett character to be stronger on this bottle I've had for a few months than the fresh tapped version but I found the opposite to be the case. They must have tapped an old barrel when I was there. I'd say this would benefit from age but still very enoyable now.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE head with GREAT retention. Cloudy yellow color.

Smell is of farmhouse funk, hay, plum, graininess, and some spicy hops. I was told there was bret in this beer, but it's characteristics aren't overly powerful at all.

Taste has some spice notes from the yeast with some mild spicy hop flavor and aroma.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

This Saison strikes me differently. It doesn't have that same earthy dankness that I like, but it does have some funk to it with a nice little hop balance.

I wish I had taken more detailed notes on this beer.

Photo of callmemickey
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow-orange body with the trademark massive fluffy white head which I've come to expect from the Bruery... great retention and lovely clinging lace

S: Lemon, clove, yeast, brett, honey, banana ... nice and funky

T: Much like the nose, there is a nice sharp lemon bitterness which is superbly balanced by the funky brett and the more typical belgian flavorings (yeast, clove, banana)...

M: Light bodied with a bold crisp finish. The carbonation is just right and leaves with a slightly drying finish. Refreshing as should be expected.

D: Very nice in the bottle, I'd rate it a tad better than the on-tap offering but not quite like the firkin that I first had this from.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with ThePeskyDingo

Poured into my La Chouffe Tulip

Pours 2 fingers of white pillow topped head. Color is a very hazed mango orange. Good head retention. Some splattered lace. A very appealing beer.

Aroma: Black peppers, orange peel, spices, yeast, brett. A nice funky farmhouse aroma.

Taste: Initially there is a big farmhouse funk. Then some spices with a mix of citrus comes out. Black pepper and orange peel. Finally, a big yeasty taste comes out. All this mixes in with a big taste of brett to create a nice farmhouse taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and funky. Light-medium bodied. A fairly good level of carbonation. Ends with a funky/sticky aftertaste. Very fitting for a saison.

Overall, I really, like this beer. It is very fitting to the style and the brett really pulls this beer together for that big funky taste. My half of the bottle is going fast.

Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw with a thick white head. Excellent lacing and retention. Citrusy nose has subtle floral hops, bready malts and a big leathery Brett aroma. Taste also has a musty farmyard presence from the wild yeast, but lacks the potency found in the nose. Again well balanced by the fruity malts and mellow hops. Clean, crisp body is nicely carbonated. Tasty stuff indeed. May have to try the Rue next.

Photo of younger35
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from alexd3891 in a trade. I've really enjoyed the brews that I've tried from The Bruery and I'm super pumped to try this. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the 2009 Home Run Derby.

Appearance- Pours a beautifully clear honey yellow with a huge three finger plus bright white head. A beautiful cap and collar remain with a ton of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Lightly bready and with a tinge of sweetness and even a little sour. A bit of light banana and sharp lemon zest really shine fruity and bright. Not a whole lot of funk but there is a bit of Brett lingering about my nostrils. A bit of spice lingers about as well adding a bit more earthiness.
Taste- A lot like the nose the beer starts off slightly sweet with a bit of doughy cracker malt. Fairly fruity as well as the hop bitterness quickly kicks in adding a bit pineapple and peach. Maybe a tinge of white pepper spiciness and the faintest of funky Brett notes but its VERY feint. Finishes with a light bit of sweetness and a tinge of a lightly sour lemon.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium body with a bit of a zesty snap from the fairly aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad at all. The bottle said drink fresh if you want more of a hoppy/clean beer or age it a bit for more of that funk. I obviously decided on the fresh bottle and I kinda wish I would have waited. Maybe it's just one of those "grass is always greener" things but whatever. Still good! Thanks Alex!

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a capped 750ml bottle into a New Belgium chalice. It has a radiant golden yellow color with great thick head. It sticks around quite a while leaves thick spotty lacing on the glass. Really nice just to look at so far.

Aroma is sweet, sour spicy, and a little funky. The sour/funk smells are great, very unique, and enjoyable.

Flavor is unlike anything else I've had. It has a distint winter warmer spiciness to it with clove, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. There is also the sour qualities from the brett but it goes well with the spice, never overpowering. The background is familiar to fans of the saisons but other than that it's completely unique. As the beer warms, it gains more fruity flavors, citrus mostly, and hops begin to come forward. Really complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation and mild alcohol. It's drinkability is only limited by ones tolerance to sour funky beer. For me, it's quite delicious.

This is not at all what I was expecting when I opened the bottle but I'm pleasantly surprised. Maybe not the best choice for a hot summer day but it would be awesome as a Thanksgiving - Christmas dinner beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/15/2009. Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of bubblegum, yeast, wheat malt, and light spices. Flavor of peppery spices initially with a fruity, yeasty, and dry finish. Pleasant and easy drinking. Very nice!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a stale orange with bronze colored highlights accompanied by a firm, smooth sturdy ivory bone colored head that calved around the perimeter leaving a towering center rocky structure. Retention was great, originally 3-4 fingers high taking several minutes to lapse while leaving multiple clumpy, spongey patches clinging to the sides of the glass. Visible effervesce appeared light with tiny micro-bubble streams.

S: a nice showing of tart funky citrus (lemons and oranges) with a lively green leaf hopping. Touches of grapefruit peel also glimmer through here.

T: The flavor smacked you upfront with a big display of tart funky oranges and lemons along with some musky sour fruitiness of melons and warm pineapple. A beautiful touch of herbal hoppiness of basil is well noted giving this an earthy feel while the finish finds wet lemon peels along with a dry herbal essence and ground pepper. The bitterness is amped up at the end providing an farewell that lingered quite nicely.

M: prickly, much more so then the visible portion led you to believe. The texture was rough and creamy from the carbonation while a dry bitterness of floral citrus graces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Drinkability was decent, don't know if I could do 2 bombers here, the prickly carbonation brings the flavor and mouthful to life though limited this to a serving of two. Tart, funky and makes for a good summertime sasion.

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WeeHeavySD for this bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with hints of orange and a huge fluffy white head that shows good retention and leaves nice bits of lacing along the sides.

There are tons of lighter fruits in the nose, especially peaches, pear and maybe apples. Backing up the sweetness is a spicy yeast backbone with some cloves and pepper as well. There is an overall musty character to the whole thing with the brett just starting to come out.

The taste has the same fruity blast up front, both the sweet peaches and pears as well more tropical varieties, definitely some lemons. The backbone is the Belgian yeast which lends a spiciness to the finish paired with the emerging funk from the brett, which is more just musty than funky right now.

The mouthfeel is very effervescent with lots of carbonation and a dry earthy finish.

An extremely drinkable saison with a very small brett presence that adds to the complexity. I imagine a little more time might make this even better.

Photo of vtfan77
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

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.

Photo of Rayek
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of vrazionale
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of rhinos00
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.