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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 53
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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The Bruery visit their website
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 danmouer


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

This my umpteenth tasking of the Family Rue's Saison Lente, a seasonal Saison style designed, as the name suggests for Spring. I poured this lovely wheat ale from a crown-cap-finished champagne into a tulip. The explosive, shaving-cream-like billowy head quickly filled and overtopped the glass. The head is fairly persistent, eventually settling to a frothy wreath and spiders web of Brussels lace all over the sides of the glass.The brew itself is pale, light gold and milky-white with moderately dense wheat haze and some suspended yeast.

The aroma confused and intrigued me. There are clean fresh hops dominating the nose, but spicy yeast and subtle-but-undeniable Brett-funk follow quickly behind. There may be some actual spices--not just yeasty phenols--but that is more apparent in the drinking than the sniffing.

The drinking is fine!! I am a counter-hops-snob when it comes to Belgian styles, but The Bruery has managed to capture a beautiful grassy hop prominence that is balanced by--well, by everything else. I wish the fresh dry-hop character could remain and the bitter biting finish could just go away. This is a Saison that lovers of American ales will love.

Mouthfeel is rich, dry, and refreshing. Very satisfying. The alcohol isn't over the top (as it is in one of my very favorite brews, Saison Rue), but beautifully balanced.

The finish is long and satisfying, marred for me only by the bitter twang on the palate. For a brewery that vowed to never brew an American-style IPA, this beer throws way too many brumbs in the direction of the hopheads.

Nonetheless, it's a very fine beer, and I will keep on drinking it--and saving away some bottles to see how the Brett whittles away at the dextrins and starches present here. The Family Rue continues, in my less-then-humble opinion, to produce some of the very finest beers in America--and a couple of the best Saisons in the world!

08-31-2011 21:20:46 | More by danmouer
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Liam's bottle.

Hazy deep orange, 2 fingers of white fluffy head, lots of sticky lac left behind. Smell is funky with some barn like qualities, citrus, green apple, spicy pepper notes, sour tartness, yeasty, brett. Tasty has a nice malt to it, tart lemon like, lightly sour, sourdough yeastiness, citrus in finish and aftertaste. Med carb, med-full body, nice feel. Very drinkable stuff, one of my favourites from the night, would love to have this again.

08-30-2011 18:26:41 | More by peensteen
Photo of julian


3.85/5  rDev -4%

A: Well, what is otherwise a perfectly good looking Saison, with a golden orange color and a slight haze, is marred by an explosive over carbonated bottle that yielded a pour of about 95% foam. Even a 2nd glass poured extremely slowly yielded almost nothing but foam. This is one carbonated beeatch! HUGGE fluffy white head...pretty much nothing but head, which in any other circumstance is a good thing, except here. Sad...this would have rated really highly. 3.0

S: Peppery, spicy, grassy brett funk on the nose mixed with a little alcohol. 3.5

T&M: Taste is milder than the nose, but very quenching and energizing on a warm day! Carbonation is pretty high, lots of bubbles, very bloat inducing. Mouthfeel is great, and goes down smooth. Very crisp. 4 / 4

O: Other than the explosive bottle and ridiculous amount of head that takes forever to ween, this is a pretty great Saison that quenches my thirst in this nice 70F Seattle weather! 4

08-29-2011 16:46:55 | More by julian
Photo of russwbeck


3.48/5  rDev -13.2%

A: Clear yellow pour, noticeable sediment. Head explodes out of the beer, as do bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: The smell is very faint. Spicy, hints of brett.

T: The taste follows the smell, sort of faint. Spicy, light fruits to starts, followed by Brett. Dry finish.

MF: Light, bubbly, well carbonated. Great drinking beer.

O: This was forgettable. But needed in amongst a couple big beers.

08-27-2011 21:33:45 | More by russwbeck
Photo of woosterbill


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to BA vonschplieffen for sharing this one.

A: Cloudy pale orange body beneath a voluminous two-inch head of light, frothy white foam. Good retention and nice lace. Ethereally beautiful.

S: Very light, fresh, bright, and delectable. Delicate fruits are foremost, with green apple, pear, and citrus leading the way in to cherry blossom and more aromatic floral notes. Some lightly peppery phenols lend some depth, but never even get close to being medicinal. Complex and wonderful.

T: Generic fruity esters up front, with the beautiful floral and spicy notes taking over midway through. Bone dry finish. Terrific, but not as clearly complex as the nose.

M: Lively medium body. Frothy, fun, and creamy. Awesome.

O: What a fantastic beer. I love the fact that this Saison delivers a plethora of complex flavors without beating me over the head with vodka-soaked bandaids. Too often Saisons get carried away with the phenols and alcohol, but this one manages to deliver every flavor one could desire without ever losing its delicacy. Truly world-class, and definitely the best American-brewed Saison I've ever had.


08-25-2011 00:14:36 | More by woosterbill
Photo of scoots511


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Pours making a tall white head. Tiny bubbles eluting out of the beer. Light amber color, between gold and amber. The head retention is lasting pretty long.

S: Light clove and malt tones, not picking up much hop scent

T: Earthy wild yeast flavors (touch of with some spicyness). No alcohol tastes picked-up

M: High carbonation felt on the tongue and roof of my mouth. Finishes tasting dry on the sides of the tongue

O: A light-bodied highly-carbonated dry saison with some light sour wild yeast flavors. A refreshing saison drink.

08-20-2011 21:31:22 | More by scoots511
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Mildly hazy golden color. Huge rocky white head. Head absolutely does not budge. Huge globs of sticky lacing cling to the glass.

S: Pilsner malt, biscuity malt scents. Clean hop aromas are grassy and herbal. Yeast is spicy. Slight hint of lemon meringue. Some pear, green apple. Clovey phenols. A touch of funk.

T: Buscuity and grainy malt tastes. Metallic tinge. Some rustic, musty funk with a slight sour edge and spicy white pepper tastes own the mid palate. Big dose of herbal hops are reminiscent of thyme. Cleans up toward the end with a flash of citrus peel flavors. Finishes very dry with herbal hops and funk.

M: Light bodied. Full and creamy. Modest amount of crisp carbonation.

O: Good. A well-made beer.

Notes: Not as funky as I expected it to be, but the funk is incorporated well.

08-20-2011 17:37:59 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of AdamBear


4.33/5  rDev +8%

A-pale light gold with a thin white head

S-some funk, lemon peel, belgian pale spices. fresh and crisp smelling. some corn scent.

T-comes in with a sharp taste of bitter pale malts. its a light taste with a good bitterness. the after-taste is of spicy belgian malts.

M-medium carbonation with a very dry finish

O-very light saison. the taste was fairly complex and balanced but the flavors were mild, even for 6.5%. It has quite a small kick at the end though. This is nice and refreshing

08-20-2011 17:28:42 | More by AdamBear
Photo of rpardon7


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from the bottle a golden straw with a thick tight creamy white head. Smell was citrus zest some spice with a tiny hint of the funk. Taste is bright sweet orange and lemon with a bit of corriander followed by some tart fruitiness just enough to pull some of the brett through. Mouthfeel is light and creamy it pulls the flavors through the beer slowly which is pleasant. Overall a very quality beer very happy to have found it on vacation thanks to the beer directories on BA!

08-17-2011 23:49:26 | More by rpardon7
Photo of dgilks


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Clear, light gold colour with a smooth, dense white head. Great head retention.

Moderate, spicy aroma with plenty of yeast phenols. There are also a ton of bright, citrus hops. Interesting.

Nice, light saison with some mild clove and citrus. Much milder than the aroma and lacking the Brett I expected.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A nice light saison which would be perfect for Spring. For me the flavour is a bit light but I can appreciate this.

08-06-2011 10:25:48 | More by dgilks
Photo of dbmernin83


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Vintage 2010.

Pours a gigantic three to four finger head that resembles cumulus clouds.
Smells floral, spiced, with a slight farmhouse funk
Just a touch of hop is washed over by lemon grass and yeast.
Highly carbonated, soft, and refreshing. Though I've only had maybe a dozen saisons, this is at the top of the list. Flavorful, complex, refreshing.

07-23-2011 01:24:31 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of ptykozoon


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

Blonde & bubbly with good layer/lacing.

Sweet candy apple, lemon, light hops.

Yeast and breadiness make this a bit more sainson-esque. Pear.

Nice light bitterness.

Solid beer, nothing complex or underlying. Could use a bit more of complexity/yeast as this tastes nothing like a belgian saison. Good though.

07-19-2011 22:27:50 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%

Pours a sparking light golden color with a massive crown of white mousse-like foam. Decent lacing.

Aromas begin with lemon peel and a nice lemon juice freshness. A little earthy and grassiness as you dive back in. Light notes of champagne, white vinous smells as well. Light Brett sourness also become more apparent as it warms.

The tastes begin with slight sour Brett and a well-balanced biscuity and sweet candy maltiness. Next you get some sweet, bitter, spicy, tangy and funkiness from the yeast presumably. As it warms it becomes less drinkable and heavy. I'm sure I dig this "full-bodied" of a Saison. This brew becomes almost cloyingly thick on the malt side which I don't appreciate for this style. It's not bad, per say, but just really too full on the malt end. I enjoy the fruitiness that is there with
pears, tart apple, lemon zest and some yeasty spiciness. Finish is not crisp enough and the mouthfeel is too full bodied and too much carbonation for such a thick light styled beer.

Overall this is a miss for me. Not a bad flavor profile; just not to style and quite thick and abrasive. Lingers on the palate too long for my taste. Misses the drinkability mark by a mile in my opinion.

07-16-2011 23:53:28 | More by claspada
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.33/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a cloudy yellow with a wild four finger white head. The head is very puffy, and not that solid. The lacing is about average. Looks pretty damn tasty, though

S- getting a lot of that Belgian yeast character and a lot of lemongrass. Smells like summer. Hooray!

T- that spicy Belgian character comes to the forefront. The finish is mildly bitter lemongrass. There seems to be a touch of brett in there as well, because I'm also getting a lingering sourness. Excellent

M- the body is solid...maybe a little on the thin side. I wouldn't want anymore out of it, though

O- yeah, this is pretty great for the warm weather. Excellent beer

07-16-2011 01:01:43 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1%

I really appreciate having a saison in the summer. The sweetness in flavor really offsets the heavier body. Having the seasonings really feels like a warm summer evening.

I especially appreciate this higher quality saison offering from the Bruery.

This beer pours with a load of head. It was very light with a lot of fragrance.

There is a lot of flavor in this beer. I pick up sage and belgian yeast.

I am definitely adding it to the shopping list for the next time I drop by the liquor store.

07-12-2011 00:21:49 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Cresant


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured this 750 mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. There was a huge crisp white head that stayed but left no lacing. The body was bright yellow gold. The first pour was surprisingly clear.

The smell was fruity and yeasty. Wet concrete that I associate with saisons. Pear too. Interesting.

The taste was not especially complex but very satisfying. Szechuan peppercorns. Pear. There was a very light twang but this one finishes dry. Nice flavors. I would gladly drink this one again.

The mouthfeel was medium and had a prickly carbonation.

07-05-2011 02:22:53 | More by Cresant
Photo of StaveHooks


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden straw with a huge 3 finger head that looked like meringue. Nice uniform patterns of lace left behind.

S - Pears, apples, white grapes, earthy grass, a slight acidic woody aroma, honey, cloves.

T - Grassy citrus bitterness up front, apple, pear, and grape skins, lemon peel, pepper, soft Brett character in the background. Finishes with earthy grains and very dry.

M - Medium bodied, very crisp and dry throughout.

Excellent! Yeast provides nice fruit esters and finishes crisp and dry. Very balanced.

07-04-2011 01:21:08 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of spicelab


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

Thanks to Beermasons for hooking this up. Poured into a De Dolle stemmed tulip.

Straw-honey, brilliantly clear, with a huge rocky white head. Leaves a random sparse lace pattern and a slightly raised ring.

Gorgeous spicy phenol and ester profile. Lemon pith, musk, pear, lashings of pepper, marjoram and elusive Brett character. It's all happening here. Seriously good.

Citrus rind also leads the taste, with rockmelon, barely sweet honey, sour apples and a tantalising dank mustiness (really) integrating in a very satisfying fashion.

Medium bodied, with just a hint of metallic character on the mid-palate crisp and a dry finish.

Pretty flawless Saison that is both brimming with character and manages to keep all elements co-operating with each other.

07-02-2011 09:18:15 | More by spicelab
Photo of stakem


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

750ml bottle shared with wishuwerebeer and poured into a couple of snifters. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a mountainous 3 fingers of slightly off-white head. Big bubbly head appears with a sticky coating of lacework all over the glass. A swirl revives a finger of head that lasts throughout the duration of the experience.

The smell of this brew is spicy with fruity rind character. A little bit of peppery inclusion and a touch of funk and earthy elements like barnyard quality rounds out the nose and deepens it's enjoyment factor. Some phenolic yeast notes are evident with slight notes of plastic and sulfur through the back.

The taste is dry and peppery with some fruity rind that provides a mild bitterness. A little herbal at times with earthy spice flavors just like the aroma indicates. Phenolic yeast flavor follows with lots of drying rind flavors and bitterness. It is floral at times with light plastic notes and a faint touch of sulfur. The aroma of this brew really transcends into the flavors of this brew quite well.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a high amount of carbonation. Very well balanced and easy drinking. It included a pleasant amount of warmth down the back of the throat and lots of spiced flavor without the alcohol getting out of line. I was really in the mood for a saison and this one did a great job of filling that void.

06-30-2011 21:29:36 | More by stakem
Photo of biga7346


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Aged 1-2 years, poured into a Lion tulip

A - Huge, aggressive coning head, ice-cream like. Appearance is a firm golden, straw color.

N - Lemongrass, lemon peel, fresh herbs, lots and lots of white peppercorn, a nice citrusy hoppiness, spritzy white wine-like, crisp wheat, some granny smith apple balanced by barnyard mustiness.

T/M - Dense oak, leather, wet hay and barnyard notes, freshly cut grass maybe some dark fruits like apricot and/or figs; short-lived citrus hops up front and a cloyingly long, drying finish. Almost reminds me of dry vermouth. I've had this fresh and now w/ a little age, and without a doubt this is better with years on it. The mossy barnyard notes developed nicely.

D - The drying effect would probably limit me to just one of these, a nicely developed saison for spring and summer.

06-27-2011 01:46:47 | More by biga7346
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.65/5  rDev -9%

750ml bottle split with my wife. Both pours into tulips.

A - Holy crap is this thing carbonated. The slowest pour possible and it just foamed up like crazy. It took a good 15 minutes to get about an 8oz pour. Once is settled down the head was quite nice, but geez...Pours a mid-haze yellowish, head was white.

S - Orchard fruits (apples, oranges, pears) with some funky yeast too, pretty good.

T - Lots of apples and pears, almost cider like without the punch. I do get some raw grains, some grassy bitterness and distinct yeast. Some pepper and even lavender too.

M - Crisp and light, but the carbonation killed this. Way too effervescent.

O - Less carbonation would allow the flavours to come out more prominently but this one is tasty and Tis the Season for saisons!

06-20-2011 15:59:58 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of Luchman


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

First review in years! It's hot here, so a Saison sounded perfect and was happy to finally have found a beer from these guys.

A: Light amber/orange color, almost golden yellow when held to the light. Thick foam head on top.

S: Fruits, pears, apples, and bananas specifically, with a nice slight skunkiness. Not a strong smell, but very pleasant.

T: Like the smell, but better! Perfectly balanced with a very mild Belgian spice note - which I'm relieved to taste. Very refreshing and tasty!

M: Perfect. Goes down easy and light.

O: Good stuff. I think this would be a perfect beer to introduce into the Saison/Belgian style. I'll be drinking this again.

06-20-2011 01:09:39 | More by Luchman
Photo of swthomas55


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Sample of 2010 vintage from the 750 bottle at the tap room.

A: fruity with leather and spice notes, and some bready malt.
A: hazy gold with a big, rocky cream color head.
F: pleasantly subdued blend of fruit, spice, and Brett funk. There's a hint of oxidation, but not intrusive. Finish is fruit, pepper, medium dry.
M: moussy, fills the mouth, dry and medium body.
O: very pleasant and drinkable. Smooth all the way through with a wonderfully balanced set of flavors.

06-19-2011 22:23:14 | More by swthomas55
Photo of jwhancher


4.05/5  rDev +1%

Visited the Bruery last Sunday on a trip out to Orange County. Bought a 750 ml bottle to take home to Philly with me. Employee there recommended the 2010 version because it was a little drier. Sure enough, my bottle has a little "vintage 2010" sticker on it.

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a behemoth white head on it. Got to love bottle conditioned brews - they have a life of their own.

Smells dry, almost champagne like. I get a little saffron and some musty character from the Brett. Also some green apple scents. A nice floral aroma is there likely from the hops, although the hops are nice & faint - have likely faded from the bottle aging.

Tastes like a fine champagne. A vey nice light, yet frothy mouthfeel. Because of the monster head, it almost takes on a milkshake like quality. Trust me. The head really sticks around!!! This translates into one very unique drinking experience.

Has some subtle orange flavors and a nice bittering hop bite to it. Great on a hot summer-like day. Nice & refreshing.

06-18-2011 21:07:55 | More by jwhancher
Photo of dbossman


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Beautiful golden hue with a huge, frothy head--great retention; so bubbly--the bubbles just rest on top of each other with such ease; lacing is decent

S: Mostly a fruity citrus quality up front: banana, apples, pears, lemons, and apricots but there is a funky earthy and grassy grain presence under neath; this smells good but just a tad on the subdued side

T: Even though this is a year and a half old there is a pleasant citrus hop bitterness up front, which is followed by more dry fruits--especially apple--as well as a slight pepper spice; the dry fruits mixed with a slightly grassy wet hay funk make for most of the after taste along with just a touch of an herbal and alcohol presence

F: Nice mouth feel--though pretty dry, but that works well in this saison; the beer really sticks to the sides and roof of the mouth

O: A great saison, which is to be expected from these guys; I kind of wish there was more funk but I like what I did get and I really like how the dry fruity quality plays off of what funk there is

06-17-2011 16:27:25 | More by dbossman
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
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