Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Reviews: 494
Hads: 1,214
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 59
Gots: 119 | FT: 5
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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

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 HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beers a white and creamy head that lasts for a while. The beer itself is a clear gold color.

Smell:
The beer has earthy smell along with grain and wheat. The beer also has hop notes that resemble lemon notes and a bit of grassy nose as well. The smell also has a hint of sweetness is not very noticeable.

Taste:
The beer has an earthy taste along with wheat and grain. There are also some fruity notes such as lemon and a bit of grain to balance it out. The tropical fruit notes and hop notes are much stronger than the usual wheat and grain. Additionally, a fairly bitter and slightly metallic yet somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and medium bodied. However, the body is a bit on the light side for a saison.

Overall:
A fairly decent saison and worth getting again in the future (824 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap; poured into a snifter.
Appearance - golden and bubbly. Very thin white head. Lacing is surprisingly decent.
Smell - nothing that stands out. Lemon zest, some rose petal possibly.
Taste - a tasty and refreshing farm house. I'm getting some citrus and floral hops.
Feel - light to medium feel, excellent carbonation, tangy finish.
Overall - great beer, but a bit overpriced. (380 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at local store on clearance just before best by date. Excellent appearance, perfect looking saison with thick, rich head. The smell is similar, strong and exactly what you are looking for. Taste was not quite what I was expected, very good but a few things to nit pick. Overall a strong beer but not one I will probably re-visit due to cost. (356 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Golden body, with a foamy, white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Citrusy and floral. Peaches or apricots also. Hints of spice in the aroma.

T: Tart flavor. Lemony zest, with the pepper character of Belgian yeast. A slightly bitter, but crisp, finish

M: Frothy, almost gregarious, feel, yet dry. Beautifully accented the flavor. Light to medium body, with a nicely balanced carbonation.

O: A really great example of the saison style. Drank this in late winter, should have saved it for a warm spring evening on the patio. Refreshing. It made wish this long winter would end immediately. (629 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Saison de Lente has an extremely thick, fluffy, white head, a somewhat hazy, quite bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is full and pungent- spicy, sweet bread, yeast, pepper, other spices, and sweetness. Taste is the same, with a nice, rounding hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and The Bruery Saison de Lente finishes semi-dry, easy going, mellow, and delicious.

RJT (461 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle dated 12/18/12, so 14 months old.

A - Bright yellow, cloudy, 2 fingers of head and lots of lace left on the glass. Gorgeous

S - Funk! Farmhouse funk! It dominates.

T - A sour saison. Outstanding! Spicy, pepper, belgian farmhouse yeast. Amazing taste!

M - Medium bodied, sizzles, highly carbonated. Great

O - An amazing saison. Not surprising from The Bruery. Well done! (386 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly leaving plenty of residue behind as it does. Pervasive rising effervescence. Thick, persistent, beer ring lacing.

S: Yeast, lemon citrus, and a slight hint of raspberry.

T: Yeasty and lemon pith citrusy.

M: Light in body, with a lightly bitter finish.

D: Sessionable, but worth the pace.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head, lots of effervescence, and plenty of thick lacing. Nose is yeasty and citrusy, with some funky raspberry. Yeast, balanced with lemon pith. Overall, this is a great quaff. (623 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin head on a hazy golden colored body.
The aroma is full of fruit: banana, apricot and lemon.
The taste is light overall but has mild lemon bitterness, a little cream and grapefruit.
The texture is crisp but light body.
A nice and drinkable saison. (258 characters)

Photo of MetricOcean
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pleasant balanced saison. A subtle yeast bite, a tinge of tartness from wild yeast paired with a light orange citrus hop flavor, and a light honey malt background. Laid back bitterness seems to dance on the back of the tongue due to a soft effervescent carbonation of very small bubbles. My introduction to The Bruery leaves me impressed and looking forward to more. 84/100 (378 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into HF stemware. Amber color with about a finger of fluffy off-white head. Some haze. Lightens up some when held to the light. Science.

Smells earthy: grass, clay, mild malt sweetness, some bitter orange rind. It's a nice, mellow, classic saison.

I have to admit, this is just the beer I was looking for tonight. I get the earthiness in each sip with a little orange juice and rind. Very simple and enjoyable. Not much funk, but I'm alright with that.

Mouth feel is medium. Some creaminess, but a tad watery. After each sip, a little juicy sweetness sits on my tongue. Mouthfeel is maybe one of the largest issues with this beer.

Great beer. Maybe it was just my craving for a classic saison, but I really liked this one. I wish I could find more beers like this to sip on at night without having to trade for them. Great job as always, Bruery. (860 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

This damn thing has been staring at me from numerous store shelves for years now, so why not finally give a go, eh? It pours a mostly-clear golden-brass topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises earthy wheat, grassy citrus (it's a blend, baby, no individuality allowed in this commune), and some Belgian yeast that takes on more bready notes than usual. The taste brings in more of the same, the fruit and yeast awash in mounds of earth and a twinge of funk. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid enough saison, but one that's a tad too earthy for my tastes. It's possible that this was an older-than-preferable bottle, as Bruery beers don't really fly off the shelves 'round these parts, but I've been told my mileage syncs with those of others. (857 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from the bottle into a pilsner glass back in June, wrote down my review on word but didn't get around to posting it until now. I think this may have been the first saison I tried!

A - 4.50 - Amber/orange color with white head, cloudy, yeast chunks floating in it. 2 finger white head with great retention and chunks of lace.

S - 4.25 - Wheat, brett, orange, citrus, tiny bit of hops

T - 4.25 - little bit of tartness at first with some orange and wheat flavor coming in, some citrusy/piney bitterness on the finish, brett character all around, funky

M - 4.50 - light mouthfeel, doesn't leave a heavy aftertaste/light aftertaste, good carbonation, wheat/bread finish

O - 4.50 - Never had a Saison before this, didn't have a basis for comparison, gave it a 4.5. I will admit that now I know this is one of my least favorite beer genres, I think I just don't like the Brett flavor. I guess I'll see what I think as my tastes mature. (948 characters)

Photo of jinjeski
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, nice clean look.The nose was full and somewhat grain filled and quite pleasant. Refreshing taste that matched well with somewhat lighter food fare. Good balance of weight and taste. Very definitely on my must have list along with other brews from The Bruery. (272 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Golden with a white half-finger head that dissipates pretty fast. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Citrus, floral. Apricots abide.

T: Smooth, tart, dry. lemons, pepper. Belgian yeast. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Frothy. Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A great saison. Very summery. Light the light flow in. (339 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing

S-grains, lemon, spices, yeast, slight funk and sourness

T-grainy malt, lemongrass, yeasty funk, pepper, light tartness, dry and moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-really enjoyed this Saison, think I actually may prefer it to their Saison Rue (359 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber colored beer, with maybe 2 finger's worth of fluffy white head on the top.

S: Very earthy, a hefty load of Belgian wheat, and cracked grain. There is a bit of spice and funk to the beer as well.

T: Earthy is the name of the game on this beer. The beer starts off with cereal grains and a nice grassiness. The middle of the beer is chocked full of yeast. The woody hops bring a nice bitterness at the end, and a lingering bitterness from both the yeast and the hops finishes the beer off.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation. not a whole lot remarkable in terms of the body.

O: The only complaint that I have for this beer is that i wish that there was a little more funk/spice to the flavor profile. That being said, the beer is a great balance of earthy/bitter/grainy flavors. It is drinkable and well worth the price. (842 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison De Lente pours a golden-yellow color with some darker hints of amber towards the middle. It's translucent and shows a substantial haze, to be expected from an unfiltered farmhouse ale. The head is incredible; huge, foamy, and bone-white in color. It takes seemingly forever to recede and leaves some very nice, chunky lacing on its way down.

A very nice mixture of some lightly tart fruits and well-integrated Brett-funk collide in the aroma and completely take over the senses. Zesty lemon, apple skins, must, mildly sweaty barnyard, and the impression of wet, funky hay. Both funky and lightly tart with a mild, white pepper-ish spice in the finish. Refreshing to say the least, and reminiscent of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Biere.

You get hit with a solid bitterness out of the gate, but it's far from being out of kilter. It works really well, and it's expected for the most part. The bitterness is met quickly with some lemon and lime-like tartness that starts settling the grand scheme into a more balanced medium. Some Belgian yeasty-spice starts creeping its way in slowly, too.

Plenty of Brett, plenty of funk; corky, horsey, and musty; full of life, with a good harmony between being tart, funky, and spicy all at once. The finish is pretty dry, and almost hints that the beer was made with rye or aged in oak barrels, though I don't believe either of those things are true here. Crisp, soft mouth feel with lively carbonation and a snappy, dry finish.

Super refreshing saison. As a whole, it did remind me of a "less tart" version of Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Biere. Something that would be great to have in the summer months and shows no signs of deterioration from the spring. I might be inclined to purchase this more often if the price tag wasn't so high. (1,768 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml. Bright yellow/light gold pour. Huge billowing head, but not completely annoying like some. Much lacing left.

Aroma, some musty yeast, more citrus. Coriander, very light clove.

Taste, a little carmelly malt and hay. Some grass and citrus zest, light lemongrass. The yeast is very under control. Maybe a little peppercorn. Clean dry finish. Just a faint lingering bitter.

It is lighter, almost to a fault. Very drinkable and refreshing, but feels like it could use a little "more" here. Maybe get a little crazier with the yeast. Still very good, maybe a tick high price wise, but worth it at least once. (612 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice straw light/golden yellow with 2inch head
Smells fruity like berry and slight hops in the backdrop
Taste/mouthfeel quite nice with a medium saison body, mouthfeel doesn't linger much but has a crispness to it with the fruit and tartness coming through
Overall a tasty saison I could definitely drink on a warm day (327 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange. Yeast chunks floating around in the body. Fluffy 2 finger white head with great retention at a full finger and great chunks of lace.

S - Strong Brett. Some orange, hops, and wheat.

T - Bretty again with sweet spice and a little hop.

M - Good carbonation, medium body. Brett yeast and wheaty finish.

O/D - A neat saison. Good Brett element. Easy to drink and tasty. I expected a bit more, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Brett didn't dominate and was a nice compliment. (547 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, peppery spices and some grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some lemon, a nice grassiness, a slight earthiness, light citrus, peppery spices, and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. (560 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for splitting the 750ml.

Pour to an oversized wine glass yields a very hazy golden orange beer. White head turns to a thin cap and thick ring.

Scent has a sharp yeasty lemon twang, some farm, light brett, cracker-y malts.

Taste is on the simple side for a saison but it's very solid. Lots of yeast, hay, grassy hops. Brett is good, on the lighter side but brings its influence with lemon, grapefruit, citrus, and some funk. Well-rounded.

Good mouthfeel with high carbonation. No real alcohol presence. Crisp and pretty easy drinking.

Great balance here, authentic Belgian flavor with a good amount of brett and hops. Definitely one of the Bruery's better offerings I'd say. Might be interesting to age. (723 characters)

Photo of brian60625
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle for $8.99, doled out in a few glasses. Aroma packs hops and pepper, lime and pine. Appearance is a dark yellow, no head, no lacing. Taste is douglas fir, rosemary, and white grapes. It was a strange combo, and it was all in a pretty light bodied package. Mild carbonation. (288 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden color with a one finger white head, gorgeous. Scents of brett funk, apricot, and slight barnyard aromas. Flavor begins with brett sour notes, moving into mild fruity citrus and apricot character with a mild hop bitterness present, the brett asserts it self more on the finish which is sour with an aftertaste of apricot, bitter hops and brett sourness. Mouthfeel is light, with low carbonation. A good saison, with far less of the brett character that has defined some saisons I have tried, but still a nice bit of sour character and a good depth of flavor that is crisp and refreshing. Recommended. (625 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey-amber. Tulip glass gave me a rich white head. Serious about sticking and sticking around. Looks marvelous.

Dry and lightly spicy aroma. Peppery and a little funky. Very light and subtly fruity. Notes of cardamom and lemon pith.

A lot spicier than I could have imagined. White pepper, coriander, sage, straw, mushroom, and a tiny hint of pithy citrus. Decently bitter. Uber-refreshing. Malty honey flavor way in the background. Super dry. Grippingly so in the finish. Really, quite a showing of maltiness here. The beer sweetens a little as it warms; shows off some clove. Floral hops come out of the woodwork to greet the palate more and more. Intriguingly complex.

Spiny-tailed carbonation almost sanitizes the mouth. Tingling, like mouthwash. The body is pretty wet once you get past all of those tiny little bubbles. Refreshing as all hell. Pretty masterful.

A saison that others can call their superior. Well-crafted. Easy to enjoy. Easy to savor. Fun to dissect. Recommended. 4.25 (1,003 characters)

Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.