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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 58
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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Photo of DCon
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ (750 ML) Bottle of this from Kahns Fine Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis, IN for $12.99. Poured Easter Egg looking bottle (green, yellow, pink tie died) Bottle into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass and does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a citrus aroma from the start, bit of sourness and light spice also. Very hoppy (spice and citrus) and this is the most dominant attribute. Not sure it I've smelt this high of hop in a Saison before...

Appearance- Pours a 6 finger head that is frothy and stays forever! Has a hazy, pale orange color body that leaves nice, thick lacing.

Flavor- Has strong earthy notes and much different than any other Saison. Is very effervescent but then its almost like a Belgian IPA at times of the taste. Sweet, light spiciness, but no sourness. Has a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Overly Highly Carbonated, Smooth, has good citrus finish but no sour/tart notes once again.

Overall Impression- For the price, I'd rather have grabbed a Fantome. The Bruery always has awesome brews but this one was much too light and has no sourness to it. Also very, VERY carbonated. Enjoyed but still can't say I will be going back to this one. Will be trying to get my hands on the Saison Rue soon!

Photo of fo5s
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served in a sam adams perfect pint. The bottle recommends serving in a tulip or wine glass, but I prefer my saisons served differently. Apparently a spring release that I assume has been sitting on shelves since then.

A- pours a cloudy, light gold. Massive, soft head.

S- mostly brettiness, barnyardy, a touch of alcohol in the back.

T- dry brett, some hop bitterness on the tail. Not much earthiness (as mentioned on the bottle), but clean. (edit) Not getting any of the pepper I see mentioned in other reviews.

M- very dry, smooth. Well carbonated.

O- overall a well done beer by the Bruery. Despite a rocky start with me, they're 2 for 2 on saisons, and this certainly beats out saison rue. Bottle for bottle I prefer Boulevard's Saison-Brett, but given this is more readily available (to me) and cheaper, it's not a bad consolation.

Photo of SHODriver
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a pretty light shade of gold, almost yellow with a huge fluffy white head
S: huge nose full of sweetness, some spice, lemony citrus, and a bit grassy. All those typical saison notes you know love and expect. Very apparent as well you don't need to stick your nose in it to get a feel for it.
T: not a lot going on at the front end, a bit of spice flavor and some light malts then a huge punch in the mouth from some sour lemon flavor, followed toward the back end with a bit of grassyness and a kiss of oily hop flavor on the swallow with lingering flavors of spice coating the mouth
M: light and crisp in the mouth a bit watery and prickly carbonation
O: A pretty good saison, I might have let this one sit in the fridge a bit long but still pretty good.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by Danny, thanks! Poured into a 7oz glass.

Unique appearance, pale golden around the edges and more of a deep gold towards the middle. Has plenty of off-white foam that pillows down slowly over time.

Aroma is a decent mix of bretty funk and yeast. The brett being the first thing i picked up and the yeast works off the back of it and comes to prominence later. A little earthy as well. Not massive aromas or plenty of them, but they tie in well together.

Tastes yeasty throughout, the brett serves to dry it up a little bit and adds a little extra complexity to it. Slightly spicy at the end, with a touch of pepper.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin early, but continues to build. The wild yeast serves to stop a total takeover with a yeasty bite and helps to tart it up.

Overall a nice twist on a saison. A little complex, refreshing, drinkable. A good spring seasonal.

Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma has definite notes of lemon, with peppery spices, yeast and a small hint of sweet esters. Good, complex mixture.

Pours bright golden, cloudy in complexion. Head is very large and fluffy, with pretty good retention. Very aggressive bubbling.

Taste comes across as mildly sweet, with a strong note of lemon and a touch of pepper in the background. Bitterness on the finish is pretty stingy for style here, and definitely gives the beer a dry note to finish on and linger. Carbonation is very high and prickly, and it shows in the pour.

Good beer...certainly has a bitter punch as compared to many saisons I've been able to sample as well as a very high level of carbonation. Took me a while to drink because of that.

Photo of richkrull
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in the Refreshing Summer BIF from rocporterfanatic. Thanks a lot!

Poured a hazy golden color with a ton of fluffy white head on it.

Smell was very nice spicy and floral aroma.

Taste was malty and spicy up front with some citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Very carbonated.

Overall a really good beer. This is one of my first saisons and I really enjoyed it. I'd definitely try this one again.

Photo of FunkyFibes
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow, lending more orange hue as the bottle draws to a close. It produces very active carbonation that requires a patient steady hand to control. Thin lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Hits with a nice whiff of that beautiful saison funk, and a lovely bouquet of lemons with a floral background.

T- I was a little over zealous, and started enjoying the beer a little too cold. The barnyard funk is more intense as colder, and balances in to the flavor as it warms to a more appropriate temperature. The lemon is present from beginning to end, with a back note of pepper in the middle. An outstanding balance of flavors that is a great representation of the style.

M- The high carbonation helps to smooth out all the flavors as it dances on your tongue. A perfect light body and very clean finish, with a light lingering flavor to remind you why another sip is such a great idea.

O- The Bruery has certainly jumped out as one of my favorite new finds as of recent. Their saisons are world class, and should be enjoyed by every fan of the style. What a great treat this would make after a long day in the Florida sun.

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up in NYC, from Whole Foods Bowery. 750ml into some tulips.

Poured a hazy golden yellow, voluminous bright white head. Great retention and some sticky and spotty lace. Nice solid funk, lemon and bright citrus all contribute equally to the nose. Taste has more spice and pepper, with less funk. Gentle tart lemon and wheat notes. Light spritzy mouthfeel and a spicy finish. Quite drinkable spicy saison. Would've been more suited to the Easter time of year (in terms of compatibility with the weather), but enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoggy tangerine colored topped with several inches of whipped white froth. Retention and lacing are very good.
Aromatic of lavender, cotton candy, chalkboards, and lemongrass.
Dry and crackery malt lay across the tongue first. It sweetens some with pear and apple peel notes and general wheatiness, but still leans towards the dry end of the spectrum. Yeast hits with pepper, concrete, and old suede, though the funky Brett characteristics are generally low. Hops are botanical, floral, and bright. Bringing clover, roses, lavender, and lilac, with a brisk petalled bitterness.
Relatively light bodied with a swirling eddies of CO2. Hugely drinkable, this is a solid, authentic feeling Saison that could go toe-to-toe with the finest from the style's motherland.

Photo of danmouer
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of julian
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of russwbeck
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

Photo of scoots511
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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

Photo of rpardon7
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of claspada
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ummswimmin
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.