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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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90
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1,144 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 53
Gots: 107 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Sludgeman, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev 0%

nzerbe, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

muskiesman, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% ABV confirmed. Seems a bit low for the style - or at least it doesn't correspond to the ABVs of great beers I've had in the style. Cost was $9.00 at Total Wine Redondo Beach. Label is a peculiar pink/lime. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 2013 vintage. I'm pretty experienced with saisons and I've had my fair share of beers from The Bruery; expectations are fairly high.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I let the yeast sediment remain in the glass as I poured per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a four finger head of white colour, smooth soft cream, good thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Little lacing as the head slowly recedes. Body colour is a hazy translucent opaque yellow-orange. Fairly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing in a general sense, but it isn't ideal for the style. I'm excited to try it. There's nothing unique or special about it, though. I don't notice any overt flaws. Overall, it's an above average appearance.

Sm: Orange and lemon citrus fruit esters. Blood oranges. Pale malts. Light biscuit malt. Clove spice. Understated brettanomyces yeast. Lightly funky. I wouldn't dare call it sour. It's not very spicy for a saison. In a great example of the style, I look for peppery and milky notes; they aren't present here. Still, it's undeniably pleasant and inviting. No alcohol is detectable. I'm excited to try it.

T: Clove up front, with some nice lemon and light orange fruit esters. A bit zesty. It lacks spice, to its detriment. No peppery character or milky notes at all. Pale and biscuit malts comprise the foundation. It's pleasant to drink and enjoyable, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety necessary to really succeed in the style. You can't brew a saison as simple as this and expect to compete with Fantome or Dupont; you just can't. It's underwhelming in spite of how pleasant it is to drink. There's just not enough going on here. That said, it's well balanced. A bit grassy. Some light buried peach. Bretts are limited, to its detriment. Any hopping is minimal at best, and generic floral in character. I don't get any alcohol. It's nicely put together, yet wanting.

Mf: Coarseness and dryness aren't quite there; they missed the mark. Carbonation is quite good. Presence on the palate is good. Body is good. Slightly acidic. Not particularly creamy. Suits the flavours well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. A bit too thick for the lack of flavour depth and diversity. Slightly sharp.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from exemplary. Priced high. Hides its merely above average ABV well. A decent saison from The Bruery, but by no means one I'd get again. Saisons require complexity and subtlety, and this does not bring much to the table. A decent effort, but it falls short. I'll be sticking with other better brewers of the style if I'm going to buy a saison I've had before. That said, it's certainly worth trying. I wouldn't bother aging it. Like it, don't love it.

B-

kojevergas, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

od_sf, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of EdelweissDad
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

EdelweissDad, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a moderately hazy copper color. The head is a two finger white shade that intensely forms bubbles as it's poured. It recedes fairly quick, and leaves spotty rings of lacing down the glass.

S: There's a nice funky barnyard tone, and a lesser inhale of both citrus and apple peel. The citrusy qualities almost seem hop-derived; always a good thing in my book. Aromatically, it's a little mild for my tastes, but nonetheless pleasant.

T: At first, citrus qualities hit the tongue are quite pleasant, before the funkiness starts to build up. The finish is a combination of citrusy/grassy hops, herbs, and barnyard flavors. I feel like the modicum of complexity it offers isn't quite enough to inspire further sips out of interest. Generally, the flavors here are extremely nondescript, to a fault - and even worse is a note on the back end which is distinctly mineral-esque to the point of being metallic. It's not bad, just insipid.

M: The feel starts off with a decent creaminess, before fading to a moderately dirty dryness on the finish and aftertaste. This dryness doesn't fully last; a syrupy linger coats the palate - one that inhibits drinkability. It seems like the wet, creamy feel exasperates the strength of the already high carbonation to me. On the positive side, it certainly feels lively.

O: This one isn't that great. I can see this one appealing to the masses - but the drinkability isn't fantastic, and it doesn't feature the requisite depth to make it interesting, either. At least this is one of The Bruery's cheapest offerings...at $10/750ml. I've certainly had far more interesting 4/6 packs at the same price (and even far more interesting saisons, for that matter...can you say Tank 7?)

ThisWangsChung, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dark golden color with a two inch head with tiny bubbles that sticks around for a while
straight out the gate you get a nice leather earthy dirt smell followed by a small amount of hops.
the taste is like a tart peach with a bit a bitterness and very earthy but not piney hops.
this saison is super dry and leaves your palate feeling that way.
overall I wish I let this age out for a few more months to see the brett really come through. its really nice and fairly clean but I was just hoping it would be a bit more dirty

MRsojourner, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

xdefeatsy, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mbw314, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yep, I took the plunge and popped this WAY before lent. So sue me....

Served in an oversized DFH Alehouse snifter.

A: Poured a ridiculously cloudy, apricot color, with a massive, 2 finger white head that had tremendous staying power.

S: Awesome scent (yet understated) of citrus, Flintstone Vitamins, and with a nice hop bill. Inviting!

T: I definitely got the Brett contribution. It really rounded out corners of the brew, decreasing it's sugar content, and giving this a different breed of funk. Still, this was tangy enough.

M: Spritzy as hell, lots of lacing, and no booze detected. Nice sweet fruit notes on the back end.

O: I love saisons designed to be aged. I'll grab more of these, including at least one for Easter.

Chaney, Mar 02, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really funky and musty. Thin body with light effervescence. Funky sour belgian flavors on the tip of the tongue roll into farmhouse like flavors with a musty vinous quality. Like a sour sauvignon blanc. Lots of acidity and a surprising amount of bitterness on the back end with a raw underlying hop flavor. The drying hop bitterness and acidic quality create a really unique savory and long finish. Really different. I like it. Bitterness really helps this beer differentiate from others.

jtierney89, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of csurowiec
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

csurowiec, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

pmoney, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Bnoise11, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

EyePeeAyBryan, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Philousa
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Imbibed at Harry's Hofbrau San Jose for their Bruery tap takeover 2/12/13

Pours a murky yellow with a frothy white head. Lots of lemon and tart citrus up front in the nose accompanied by gentle allspice and clove. A swirl brings out the light pilsner malt base. Flavor is grounded in the slightly tart and metallic Belgian pilsner. Lemon and dull allspice follow with a really mild but noticeable floral hop bitterness. The feel is slightly viscous with a very dry finish. This is a great saison, but I think I prefer Saison Rue.

Philousa, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of danedelman
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Maudite tulip glass and the head rose a ton!!

A-amber with huge huge huge 6 finger head. And it kept getting bigger!! Cloudy appearance too.

S-lemon tartness with dry light malt characteristics.

T-dry tartness almost grapefruit/lemon is the jist of it. Very dry to finish this near perfect Saison. Has a nice hoppiness too that may be from the yeast, I'm just not sure. Very clean. I could see aging this for a few years to get an awesome flavor from the Brett.

O- for the $10 price well worth it and just a great Saison!!

danedelman, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of KhangGarrett
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

KhangGarrett, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None, Spring 2012 bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a towering head of many centimeters which is predominantly made up of medium and large-sized bubbles. The head is loosely structured as a result, looking like an interesting mess of precarious stacked bubbles. Retention is above average, lasting several minutes in a general collapse to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing left is moderate, with waves, streaks, and splotches Body is a copper orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Beer is rather hazy, but carbonation remains visible rising from the center and sides of the glass.

Aroma is light and spritzy, with citrus notes (lemon zest, orange zest), semi-sweet malts, hints of cereal, and Brettanomyces (mild moldy hay, burnt plastic/electrical wires). The idea of a light saison for spring works very well here and the scents come together quite nicely.

Front of palate is sweet with mild citrus, honey, and Brettanomyces (wet hay, burnt electrical wires). Mid-palate is of Brettanomyces (mild moldy hay, burnt plastic/electrical wires), slight acetone, sweet pale malts, and a touch of citrus. Back of palate finds mild hop bitterness with Brettanomyces and some light, slightly sweet malt characters. Aftertaste is primarily bitter, with hints of Brettanomyces influences.

Beer is medium-light to light in body with high levels of carbonation, resulting in a rather foamy, bubbly mouthfeel that is not particularly crisp (like champagne), but softer and easily enjoyed across the palate. Finishes rather dry, with very light to negligible stickiness lingering across the palate.

falloutsnow, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Dat
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Dat, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very large head filled the whole glass then subsequently three fingers of frothiness. Excellent lacing. Golden with orange hue hazy body. Aroma of yeast, generic citrus, mostly orange peel, and herbs mostly clove. Flavors are very Belgian with excellent balance between yeast mustiness and citrus tart and sweetness. Some corriander and additional herbs. Medium body and fairly light carbonation for the style and how the head looked. Dry finish. A very nice representation of he style and very drinkable

kylehay2004, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

sonorb7, Feb 01, 2013
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.