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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Auraan
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of stampfler07
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy, lemon yellow into my Bruery tulip. Three fingers of fluffy white foam float atop the sunshine gold and slowly fades leaving chunks of sticky lacing all around the glass.

S- Lemon, white pepper, little touches of tangerine peel, clove, banana and yeast. It's got a subtle touch of funk and barnyard. Nicely crisp, fruity and dry. Fresh cut grass and much sweeter than I rememberin the nose.

T- Candied lemon peel, white and pink peppercorn, banana, old dry grass, compost, manure, and a sweet graininess. Notes of dry biscuits, clove. The Brett is somewhat faint and may need some time to develop. Sweeter than I remeber this Saison being.

M- Pretty flat, not much in the way of carbonation. A tad on the sweet side and less dry and puckering than most saisons.

O- A decent saison at best. Mouthfeel not what I would consider normal for the style. Lack of carbonation hurts this one. Alot less Brett funk at this time, but it may develop over time. Definately worth grabbing a bottle of and putting some age on it.

Photo of Maxwell
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a beautiful light fiery orange with a big, blank white head of tiny little creamy bubbles. The beer’s body is clean with a nice light haze and tons of tiny carbonation bubbles racing to refill the head. The beer leaves a thick fluffy lacing behind made up of tightly packed bubbles that look sheet cloud-like on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells sweet with a lovely herbal funk that moves from lemon bread to slight parsley and very faint citrusy cheese. The malt is light and very faintly hints at wheat and cereal grains on the nose. The yeast however, is the main player on this beer’s nose, and it smells fresh and sweetly funky. On the tongue, sweet and slightly funky with a nice back bitter and only the faintest touch of acidity. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet slightly funked malt, blooming into citrusy lemon bread with hay-like characteristics, slight green apple flavors and a great background of grassy bitters that balance out the sweeter elements of the beer and make it quite refreshing. The finish is of sweet yeasty grass, and washes down to leave a powerful aftershock of lemon citrus and a light brett funk which eventually fades to simple grassy bitters. This beer has a long finish, and some serious nuances of lovely simplistic saison. The more I sip the beer I get a slight parsley spice at the beginning of the sip that is quickly washed away by the carbonation. In the mouth, the beer feels quite fluffy in carbonation with only the slightest tingle assaulting the tongue. The beer feels medium light in body, and leaves the mouth slightly dry, but overall clean and refreshed. Overall, this is an awesome saison that is very in season with spring and Lente, and is very refreshing in the mouth. It has wonderful classic saison qualities while still existing slightly outside of traditional saison category. Try this beer for sure!

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very cloudy medium golden apricot with significant amounts of white yeast sediment, some very light amounts of gentle carbonation, and orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly redues to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed. Note that I had the final pour from the bottle so got the majority of the yeast.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, Belgian yeast, white pepper spices, and just a touch of barnyard funk - hay and grass. Additionally there are light amounts of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with some Belgian yeast and spiciness - white pepper stands out. Light amounts of hay and grass with some lemon citrus. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which linger for a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer but the dryness in the mouthfeel would make it tough to have more than one of these. I enjoy the flavor combinations and would recommend this as a nice beer to try - went over pretty well with the extended family and not everyone is a huge beer person.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Blue Dog and it was most excellent. I would of had another but I was there for sampling other hard to find beers so maybe another time.
Has a cloudy and hazy honey orange color with a dense tall white head on top, quite pleasing to gaze upon. The head lasts, well pass the half way point and loosens as it shrinks. Fine sheets of lacing coat the glass.
Aroma has alot of complexity. It's tangy and sweet and spicy and has some maltiness. All interwoven with some brett funk.
Taste is most excellent as well with a deep depth of flavor and complexity too.
It's bitter and has a semi dry bite, it is tangy or sour like in the nose. Yeasty esters produce a sutle fruitness as well as other spices of some sort. Brett gives the beer your funkiness.
Feels thin on the palate and prickly from carbs drinks dry and semi-bitter and really very little aftertaste as you finish.
One of the best Beligums I;ve had to date.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of cvm4
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden straw in color with a bright white 2 finger head.

S - Barnyard (hay, straw, grass), white pepper and light belgian yeast notes.

T - Grassiness, lemon, pepper, some funkyness with a slightly bitter finish ending.

M - Crisp, refreshing & easy drinking.

O - Lovely & so good from the first sip.

Photo of spoony
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (dated December 19, 2012) into a globe glass.

A-A normal pour produces a tall, barely-off-white head that drops quickly into a thick cap of foam. The brew is mostly clear and bright hay colored.

S-I smell a lot of sharp grass, straw, and pepper. There is also a healthy dose of brett, but the brew is not overly funky or barnyard-smelling. Some fruity alcohol and banana-like saison yeast are also noticeable.

T-The taste is like a scaled back version of the smell, i.e., grass, straw, pepper, brett, some lemon, and some sweet saison yeast, but not as intense as you detect in the nose. There is a touch of hop spice, too. The flavors work and I could easily drink a lot of this on a nice spring day (like today).

M-The brew is clean, crisp, and relatively light in body, and it matches the style well. There is a fine, slightly prickly carbonation to help things out.

O-This was a pleasing, above-average saison. The flavors are on par for the style, although not amazing, and the mouthfeel is quite good. The flavor is bigger than the ABV would suggest, and I would happily drink more of this.

Photo of sourgrass
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DoomVM
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of JesseLara
4/5  rDev 0%

Saison De Lente from The Bruery
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