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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 52
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
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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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OddNotion

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into my Fantome tulip. Upon opening the bottle, there is a loud hiss.

Appearance: Semi transparent golden color with a two finger white head. A lot of carbonation bubbles running up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, the non sour component of a lemon, cloves. A tiny bit musty.

Taste: First tasted while still pretty cold. A little bland. Let me let this one warm up. Gets a little better with warmth but still nothing spectacular. I dont want to call it tart because it is not but there is a quality that makes my mouth water as I drink it. Really not too dry of a beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and very carbonated. I guess it is close to style, however I think a mouthfeel more like Fantome is favorable.

Overall: Not bad but certainly didnt blow me out of the water. Seems pretty standard for the style. The only two reasons I would pick this up again would be to age for the up to two years that the bottle says so I can see the "wild notes" mentioned from the Brett, or to introduce a person to some craft beer because it is a little lighter on flavor, though leaps and bounds above any BMC or the like.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 21:07:19 | More by OddNotion
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weazal

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SMELL: Even the aroma comes across as dry. It's somewhat mellow but warm and full of clove and spices. There's a light green apple/lemon briskness.

TASTE: Bright and sour upfront delicately transitioning into a easy sweetness with a pleasantly full mouthfeel that continues on for good while. Sweet, tangy green apple ending with a dryness that surprisingly doesn't drop the flavor - which, lingers with a pleasantly light bitter hoppiness. The whole experience is interesting and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:36:58 | More by weazal
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stewfnrocker

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right when I popped the cap off there was action, bubbles trying to escape. I poured this into a tulip shaped glass and there is a lot of action and head build up. It had a cloudy orangish/yellowish color with a very prevalent and slowly dissipating head. The smell was of mostly citrus and some hops. That first sip was quite complex, it took a few sips to get all the flavors. I tasted grapefruit, lemon/citrus, hops, some light spices, a bit of a sweet after taste. The mouthfeel was quite light for the explosion of flavor. It was evened out by the carbonation and not a hint of the 6.5% abv. I could drink a lot of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 11:00:39 | More by stewfnrocker
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tbrown4

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle -> Duvel tulip

Split this bottle with my buddy Greg and my wife over an excellent dinner. This was my second time with the brew, first from a bottle. It's been on my radar for some time now but I always avoid it due to the price. Saw it last week in PA for $9. I bit.

A - Cloudy bright gold, huge foamy white head that stays for a long time, sticky lacing, good steady carb streams

S - Yeast, lemon, pepper

T - Same as the aroma profile. Pepper up front, creamy lemon citrus in the middle, finishes crisp and tart. Strong flavors, but not overpowering at all.

M - Thin to medium in body

O - This beer encompasses all that I love in a saison. It's clean, crisp and has some awesome spice and yeast flavors. It's extremely easy to drink and is not a palate killer but stands up to strong flavored food. This style in general is a favorite of mine. I would definitely buy this again, but I wouldn't pay much more that $10 for a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 16:10:16 | More by tbrown4
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Had this one sitting in my fridge and I decided that Easter night would be as good as time as any to give this one a shot.

Pours a hazy straw color with voluminous bright white head that quickly dissipated and left not much lacing.

Smell is very Belgian. The smell is very strong on yeast, cloves and pepper. The scent is much more muted than I anticipated. It's almost like Saison Light. The taste is along the same lines. I get spice, lemon and some healthy doses of funkiness from the Brett.

The carbonation was on the light side, but it works with the style.

Overall, this is not your average saison. It's light and highly drinkable and nice for a 80 degree Easter Sunday. I can see myself seeking this one out again next spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:50:54 | More by pburland23
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Tripphop

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One year old bottle, purchased last fall. As soon as the beer hits the glass, a fine white foam shoots up to the top of the glass. This is incredibly bubbly, head is generous and fluffy, sits high atop the glass. As the beer goes down, big clumps of suds stick all around. Aromas are funky, very earthy and tropical. Citrus fruits can be detected with mango and dried hay. Flavor is very grainy, nice earthy saison. Dry dirt, hay, funky tart fruits, and corn husk dominate the palate. All in all a solid beer, aged nicely, refreshing Easter starter.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 18:36:13 | More by Tripphop
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boomer31

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright clear yellow. Tall, thick white head that sticks all the way down. Quite nice.

S - Zesty belgian yeast, lemon, citrus and some hay from the brett. Not quite funky but close. TOuch of spice in the back, almost hits your thoat when you swirl your glass. Pleasent.

T - Bread ad spice. Gone are the citrus notes from the nose. Much more pronounced bread hay. Again, not quite funky but this may become a nice brett bomb with time.

M - Dry but surprisingly rich in on the palate. Dry still as it warms

O - Overall a solid beer. Not quite as satisfying as Boulevard's Saison Brett but close and wider availability. This could become great with time as the brett peaks more but right now a solid beer for early spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 17:11:37 | More by boomer31
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's. Figured it would be a nice way to end Lent to have a bottle of this saison.

A - Poured into a Palm tulip a crystal clear golden straw colour with a massive fluffy almost 3 finger head that fades slowly to leave a thick blanket and very little side lacing.

S - This is a very light saison. Very soft yeast, barnyard funk, pepper. Very soft earth aromas.

T - Very similar to the nose being a very soft saison. Very, very light on the barnyard funk, perhaps, a bit too light.

M - Starts off very cabonated, then fades to really enjoyable. That being said, not one to nurse, as after a while it goes nearly flat. Very dry finish.

O - Another enjoyable brew from The Bruery. Its a really nice saison, though, a bit on the light side. Very subtle and enjoyable but might be overpowered easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 06:23:46 | More by rudzud
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CHickman

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle; it pours hazy gold with a foamy 2 finger cloud white head that faded very slowly and left good foamy lacing sliding down the glass, with bubbles racing up the glass.

Smells of yeast, wheat, pepper, clove, flowers, citrus hops, peat moss, grass, hay and an overall soft earthy aroma; nice nose that is slightly funky.

Tastes sweet and fruity, with sweet malt up front, followed by yeast, lemon, orange peel, wheat, grass, pepper, clove, flowers, floral hops, citrus hops, light spices, hay and light grains for an overall earthy flavor; nice sweet, soft taste that had a funky dry finish with a slight prickle on the tongue. This is a very good beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with little to no carbonation, it's very crisp, and a tart yeasty overall feel that is on the dry side with a light body. Very high drinkability, this was easy to put down, refreshing and quite enjoyable. High recommendation on this beer as it had just enough funk to represent the style but not kill the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:08:13 | More by CHickman
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davidbowers13

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review. I received this bottle as a gift from a friend and split it with my wife over dinner tonight. Normally we shy away from wheat beers or saisons, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance was a nice golden color with an ample head of 3-4 fingers. Slight cloudyness to the beer, true to style.

Smell of citrus and fruit.

Taste of wheat, citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel could have used more carbonation. Very light with the exception of the wheat.

Overall - Saison's are typically a beer I don't go out of my way to order. However, I can see this being a great beer on a warm summer day and I could see myself recommending it to someone that is looking for a light, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:46:43 | More by davidbowers13
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mcallister

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nothing makes this stand out from a style standpoint of a saison. Rocky white head of 4 fingers with a semi-translucent golden copper color and sticky lacing.

Great nose however of tart fruits, skittles, spicey yeast, earthy hops, delicate malts, floral estery aspects, apricot, orange marmalade, and berry. Very nice.

Carbonation seems a little light which in turn takes away from the body and mouthfeel and leaves the flavors washing haphazardly here and there on the palate. More in the way of skittle and berry fruit in the nose but some still there in the mouth. Light acidity which I wish there were more of. Bready in the middle than earthy, floral, and effervescent on the finish. Something just slightly missing on this for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 20:55:34 | More by mcallister
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ehammond1


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A beautiful clear golden and yellow ale with an off white head. Plenty of sticky lacing down the glass, minimal head.

This beer must warm up to truly be appreciated by the nose. At first, I was very disappointed as I could hardly smell a thing. But as it warms, the nose becomes special. There's a pleasant mixture of Brett and sweet apple and a bit of welcome barnyard/hay. Very nice, but very subdued at lower temperatures...

...but this beer tastes remarkable! It's a beautiful combination of hay and barnyard, sweet apple, some bitterness, and some sweet lemon. It's funky, sweet, and bitter all at once. An incredible mixture and truly something I could sip on forever! Wow!

Medium bodied, well carbonated, nearly perfect mouthfeel. I wish it could feel just a touch more airy and light, but it's really close to perfect!

This beer is close to perfect. I was floored the first time I tasted it and it only got better. The nose is a touch disappointing early on but it opens up and becomes very pleasant. This is a wonderful beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 01:41:00 | More by ehammond1
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aasher

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was the 2010 vintage. It poured a pretty clear golden yellow with a two finger foamy, sudsy white head. It smells of rich spices and pale malts with light bitterness. The flavor is where this goes from pretty standard to not very drinkable for me. It's not as yeasty as I prefer my saisons. It's pretty light. But the most off putting aspect is the bitterness in the flavor. I know it says it's a saison with "fresh hoppiness" and that it has a "rustic Brett character" but they just don't mesh well in my opinion. You don't get funk or a lot of spice, just a lot of bitterness and it's not in an appealing way. This beer isn't aided by its extremely light body. I prefer my saisons murky and medium in body. This one is clear and light. It fits its description as a spring time saison but this one just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 22:24:07 | More by aasher
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superspak

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip, 2010 bottle. Pours slightly hazy light amber color with a huge 3 finger white head that seems to last forever that reduces to a lacing cap. Some thick and foamy lacing on the glass, very nice. Aromas of grapes, lemon, honey, grass and spicy yeast. Taste of slightly tart lemon, grapes, honey, spices, and a bit of yeast. There is a bitterness that shows up after the finish that lingers for a bit with spicy flavors. It has a fairly high carbonation with a medium body. Very smooth drink, with no alcohol noted other than a very small warming after the finish. Overall an incredibly enjoyable saison. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:25:01 | More by superspak
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow like a hefe, more cloudy I'd guess, white head. Aroma was like hibiscus flowers, interesting.

Taste, expected more of a brett characteristic, really just was a lemony, yeasty brew that didn't seem to have too much going for it in complexity. I was thinking already it was one of my least favorite Bruery beers already. Comes off feeling 'clean' rather than having any funkiness to it. High carbonation to it. Will have to revisit a bottle of this come pool weather. Just couldn't justify almost spending $10 on a bottle of this really.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 17:01:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mckeowbc

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden colored, slightly cloudy, ample amounts of foamy head. Good lacing on the glass.
S - Smell is fruity with hints of sourness.
T - Tasty is sour and fruity but a little dry for my tastes. Something about this beer just didn't jive for me.
M - Mouthfeel is about average, but right on for a saison. Not watery, but not big or heavy.
D - The taste of this beer threw me off a bit. I'm not sure I'd really want to have much of it. Perhaps if I get another bottle and let it age it will smooth out.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 16:40:46 | More by mckeowbc
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up the other day at Mile High Wine, still trying to satiate this insane brett craving that developed within me last weekend. Poured a beautiful bronze color with a huge fluffy white head that all but disappeared within a few minutes. Lightly tart and yeasty on the nose. Light to medium bodied and drinkable, with flavors of lemon, spice, yeast with a slightly tart finish. I may have to pick up a few bottles to let them sit.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:43:03 | More by emmasdad
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasing saison with a very soft, almost unperceivable bretty edge on this batch.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Label with the overall branding of the Bruery, green and pink tones, with an Easter egg at the center and a an array of green bunnies circling it. Front label notes briefly main ingredients, style, intent, and unfiltered nature of the brew. Back label notes lifespan and serving instructions. Lacks bottling or freshness date, and shows 6.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale to deep gold pour, generous head, good retention, and nice lacing.

S - Rich fruity and spicy nose, very subtle brett.

T - Complex and inviting flavor, fruity, dry, with a slight funky touch, and a sense of fresh hops. Sweet dry and citrusy finish.

M - Light to light-medium body, medium carbonation, nice dry finish.

O - A very drinkable brew. Fresh and complex in a rather inviting way.

Notes: Nice offering from the Bruery. It´s a bit short on the funk, which is nowhere as near as expected, almost not even worth mentioning. But since the brew stands well on all its sides that is a forgettable matter.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 12:53:05 | More by Daniellobo
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uturn

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle poured into The Bruery tulip.

A: This beer poured an opaque golden color with a very large 3 finger fluffy white head leaving a thick lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was mildly funky with hints of grapefruit.

T: The taste starts off dry and only mild funkiness was tasted. The middle of the taste was of spices and grapefruit rind and then ended very dry.

M: The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D: The drinkability was very good and like the label states, is ideal for drinking in warmer weather.

Overall this is a very pleasant saison and I enjoyed it as it warmed and got a bit more funky. Even though I have had many other saison I like better than this one, I'll still buy it again. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 22:53:08 | More by uturn
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at eulogy in philly

Pours hazed burnt orange, huge frothed head which bubbles up everywhere, patchy lacing all over the glass.

Super fragrant with floral hops and soft fruit with peach and apple, some sweetness too.

Slightly bitter floral hops with pleasant fruit edges. Mango, apricot and pear. Hop bitterness tempered by fruit sweetness. A nice dash of bitter juicy hops in the finish.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and dry. Drinks nice, really refreshing, tasty saison which is pretty much ideal for the season.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 04:41:32 | More by xnicknj
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betsona

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip as per the bottles recommendation. No date on bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with at least four finger of cappuccino white fluffy head. I let it sit for two minutes before filling the tulip all the way up. Lots of retention with at least a half finger of head remaining throughout the drink. Lacing on the glass in tight packs.

S- Hints of lemon like a hefe when cooler. As it warms up, I am getting some earthy tones and a little hay. It is a subtle smelling beer.

T- Very dry at the front. There is some peppery spice to it. Got a bit of green apple, which is quite light. Some lemon zest. At the end I got some funk (barnyard type taste) probably from the Brett.

M- Light body with enough carbonation to lift me right out of my seat.

O- Tasty. I really enjoyed this without really placing my finger on a reason why. The taste is enjoyable and smell isn't off-putting. It is drinkable, but the carbonation is a tad much to drink too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:07:29 | More by betsona
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SABERG

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip galss from a 22 oz bottle. No production or best by date.

A - Beautiful deep golden color, great lacing and a lively head. Lacing all along the glass.

S - Tart honey, not to funky. Floral front with some hints of leather (the good kind).

T - White pepper, wildflower, some honey. Lively with a nice dry middle. Carrying through to a lingering bite. No real break through flavor, which is a great aspect of this beer.

M - Even across the palate, nice tinge of oils at the end. Overall a fine feeling.

Overall a nice representation of the style, I like the hints of complex pepper, floral components and the lingering finish.

Great job from the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 19:19:30 | More by SABERG
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champ103

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to armock for the trade.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. Very lively looking with lots of bubbles rising to the top on first pour. A massive, rocky, white head forms with excellent retention. Sticky lace crawls along the glass.
S: The nose is subtle, but it builds in complexity as this warms. Earthy, husky, hay. A dry yeast character. Lingering hops.
T: This is excellent. Very earthy and dry up front. Funky yeast, and some peppery spice. Grassy hops linger that are slightly bitter in the finish.
M/D: A medium body with lively carbonation. Not overly effervescent, but lively. Perfectly crisp, clean, and dry. So easy to drink. The bottle is gone in no time, and I don't want it to end.

Another excellent Saison by the Bruery. Really enjoyable, and I love it. The Brett is not overly done here, and instead the main character is the dry, slightly funky, and earthy yeast. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:16:37 | More by champ103
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uustal

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a fluffy two finger pure white head. Off the charts lacing and head retention. Aroma of lemon peel, grass, Belgian spices, yeast and floral notes. A lot of subtle flavors combine to make up this flavor profile. Yeast, green apple, lemon zest, wheat, banana stand out the most. Belgian spices and a very tiny amount of pepper as well. A little funk at the finish. Finishes perfectly dry making you crave another sip. Nice crisp, compact and really dry brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:18:08 | More by uustal
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is spring liquified.

It pours like a dewy, mellow morning sunshine with a fluffy white head that brings back recent memories of freshly melted snow.
The nose is lemongrass, ocean breeze and a light rain on fresh soil, fresh.

The taste is more of the well-laundered earthiness that I got in the nose with an added touch of white pepper. Fresh with subtle nuance and wink at a nubile Mother Earth.

Overall, a very easy to drink and easy to sell beer from one of the best new breweries in the country. It's a perfect American-style saison especially for people who may otherwise shy away from the style. It's restraint from the funky barn-yard overtones associated with the it's Belgian brethren; simple, clean and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 20:15:36 | More by burnheartsMKE
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.