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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 53
Gots: 107 | 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 sixerofelixir
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Psychedelic, pastel-colored rabbit & easter egg thing going on with the art, ha ha!

Pours a cloudy, light-golden yellow. Head is rocky and GIGANTIC. Spackles all over my tulip glass. Aroma is striking at first; herbal, peppery, and plain-out fresh. Taste is bold; crackery malts unfold into a floral, then citrusy hop bottom. Aftertaste is bitter and long-lasting. A bit of burn at the end is my only detraction. Other than that, a well-crafted beer. Very good.

sixerofelixir, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours mid to mid/dark golden with a big frothy white head into a tulip. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S- Belgian yeast, slight lemon.

T- Cloves, first and foremost. Bananas...peppercorn? Yeasty but not overdone.

M- Very well carbonated. Dry finish.

D/O- Well this one ranks right up there as one of the best saisons I've had. Enjoyed it a lot and was gone before I wanted the ride to end.

Duff27, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Auracom
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend shared a bomber of this at a party this past week. Poured on June 3rd, 2011 into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Very clear golden coloring with a ton of carbonation extending from the bottom of the glass. Thick white, foamy head retains itself quite well throughout the drink.

S - Lemon peel among a combination of fruit, yeast undertones.

T - More interesting and complex than aroma. Further citrus along with thick yeast exhibiting some sort of spice and a bready finish.

M - Thin/medium body. Very crisp, tons of carbonation. Not particularly smooth. Long finish with some bitterness on backend.

D - Pretty good. No abv presence anywhere in the drink. More crisp than clean, per-say, and fits the seasonal timing very well.

Auracom, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dullish lemony peel gold color with a massive capping of quick to top white foam. The roof of foam settles slowly to a dense skim that never leaves from its seat. Boney fingered lacing and some other big blotchy spattering engraves itself across the goblet.

Big floral dry yeast aroma, present with Brett, with a bit of brightly tinted lemon and/or lime peel and orange zest. Solid Saison nose.

Nice mellow tone on taste with a semi airy flintyness of Brett yeasty dryness. Some melon rind, lemon peel, and corrainder take up some of it middle ground. A touch peppery with a white Belgian petal floralness. Yet a softness lurks just behind its pep in a wonderful fluffy, flakey, doughy, maltyness. Just enough for a tender sweet balance behind its spices of yeast, citrus, and dryness.

Again, a well toned, airy like body with a firm tender mediumness of malt keeping the yeasty dryness in a nice balance of check. Definately read the back label for the recommended serving temp as it suits it very well. Anything colder and you'll be sorry...

tavernjef, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of foamy white head that retains fairly well. The aroma has note of citrus and banana, with some malty sweetness. The taste starts with banana and citrus notes and then finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced, with a good helping of carbonation. Overall a pretty good saison.

csiewert, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Awesome looking beer! Golden honey-like color with a very pillowy white head and visible carbonation bubbles supporting it.

S: I love the way saison smells. It has that 'barnyard' character that most Brett beers do. Its fruity, earthy, and smells kinda like spring.

T: Defiantly more funk than anything else on the palate, though, I just had a cigar. It is peppery, yeasty, funky, and quite balanced.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Because of the carbonation, it feels lighter on the palate than it probably is.

D: I like to sip these beers, so I'd say that drinkability is moderate, despite being quite drinkable.

tlazaroff, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one

Appearance: Orange-copper with a very fluffy head almost 3 inches high, depending on who is pouring it was taller.

Aroma: Spicy currant and bready with subtle hints of lemon and coriander.

Taste: Floral and zesty but hard to tell what else is there due to the carbonation. There is a slight tart tinge at the end.

Mouthfeel: The finish is very dry and the carbonation is very high. Personally I feel the carbonation is too high and it distracts from the taste.

Overall: I like it but the carbonation is hard to get over. This is the one down side to the beer for me. The plus side to the beer being highly effervescent makes it easy to drink, as it should be, since it’s a summer session beer.

jamescain, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The Bruery Saison de Lente 2010

Served in New Belgium tulip. 

A: Pours clear, pale gold, bordering on straw. Huge, cloudy head erupts and melts slowly, leaving impressive Brussels lacing. 

S: Spice and black pepper and grainy cereal. A bit of funk plays a secondary, and pleasant, role in smell.  

T: The beer is well integrated so pulling apart taste proves challenging.  Spice yeast, especially black pepper, and light citrus up front; next grainy cereal. Oddly enough aspirin/St. Joseph's follows and leads into classic Brettanomyces' barnyard funk and tang.  The Brettanomyces character waxes and wanes on palate throughout drinking experience.  Bitterness rises across taste and becomes somewhat distracting. Dry, dry finish. More earthy than acidic or estery. 

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. The carbonation is lower than appropriate but seems to work well for this beer. 

O:  Although smell and mouthfeel are less than stellar, Saison de Lente's appearance is very good and its taste is unique and impressive. Competent and enjoyable Saison from an upstart American brewer. 

Wadsey, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of alf212
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden yellow color a little darker than straw pilsener
Poured a big head with tons of bubbles

Smell: Sour lemon with some spiciness and bread smells

Taste: Very doughy upfront but comes around with some lemony and grassy notes

Drinkability: carbonated mouthfeel and dry finish with lemon staying behind

Overall: Very good rep of what a saison should be props to the brewers at THE bruery

alf212, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml into RR stemware.

Pours a golden straw color with a pillowy head. Healthy lacing that looks similar to soap suds as you drink down your glass.

Smells floral and spicy. Like fresh cut flowers and herbs, with a spicy yeast backbone. Some fresh baked sourdough smells in there, as well as citrus zest. As it warms, the bready and spice characteristics come out a bit more.

Lots of floral like tastes in there at first, then some grassy and zest notes as well that fade into a drying bread like quality. Great flavors in this one. Can't really taste the brett yet but I'd be interested to see what a year or more would do to this bottle since it is relatively fresh.

It feels thin-medium with a decent amount of bubbles and some drying aspects to the beverage, pretty true to the style.

Overall, this beer is a great example of the style and something I will have to suggest to people from now on since the flavors aren't overbearing in any way. Just a great Belgian saison with some hop character to it.

auroracrisis, May 26, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery, Famille Rue, Unfiltered Bottle Conditioned, Saison De Lente, Belgian-style saison ale. A decorated egg rests behind the word "de", and green rabbits bound across a pink backdrop. A pastel, pastoral design, meant to evoke the sights and symbols of Easter. Well, there it is right on the front label description which I try to avoid reading before I drink, in order to escape having suggestions of descriptions entering my brain. "…this saison of Spring is perfect for warmer weather and Easter celebrations." Well, it's getting warmer now, so let's dig in.

Clear and golden appearance, majestic ivory head. Looks beautiful and inviting.

Aroma, lightly spiced, airy, minor citrus notes. None too boisterous, but perfectly pleasant.

Taste: fresh, vibrant, and zesty. Slightly sour, lactic component, followed by clean refreshment. Further sips in, the flavor gets bigger, louder, brasher, makes a bit more noise in the mouth. Mouthfeel widens, spice grows, lemon looms. More and more tactile on the tongue, more and more as we go.

Long and lovely finish, light/medium body, exquisite consumability (my new replacement for "drinkable"), consummate refreshment. Another delight from The Bruery. Mmmm, mmm.

feloniousmonk, May 24, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear gold with a foamy white head.

Smells like cloves and zesty hops. Very earthy and dry.

Taste is similar. Earthy, spicy, and dry, pepper and belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium and very well carbonated.

Overall is excellent and one of my favorite Bruery beers.

daveytheformer, May 22, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slept through Easter & served everyone Yuengling with the holiday ham, my bad. Bottle into my favorite Ommegang anniversary glass.

Filtered, deep golden color. Frothy, engorged white wash head. Lots of activity.

Lemons & bready yeast. Leafy greens & herbals. Bit disappointing in scent.

Half sour, pickled opening. Yeasty, very grassy flavor. Everything else plays second fiddle. Soapy citrus, flowers & bitter herbs. Grainy malt. Almost tart. Mostly dry throughout. Plastic, orangy rind finish. Lingering herbal.

Plenty of carbonation. A bit tacky. Frothy.

A well done, hoppy saison.

PEBKAC, May 14, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden body with voluptuous amounts of carbonation surfacing. Needles to say, the carbonation looks to be quite ample. Aroma is nice. Doughy maltiness spiced with pepper and hints of lemon as well. Vibrant nose. Effervescent feel to this beer. It has a high amount of carbonation without being gaseous. Light to light-medium in body. This one is exceptional. It doesn't get any better than this for a saison. Crisp and refreshing....quenching. And very tasty. Doughy malt flavor is center of it all, but not singular or overbearing. Honey maltiness adds into the equation. Lemon and pepper spice things up as well. And a little mustiness and hay and other spice are added bonuses. Very well done.

Bighuge, May 13, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on Draft at Eulogy Tavern in Old City, Philadelphia

The brew was amazing from the start. It was poured on tap into a goblet style glass. It was a beautiful golden, orange/yellow color with one the most amazing, fluffy/foamy white head that I have seen on a beer of this style. You almost don't want to touch it. As you consume the brew, the lacing is sticky

As the head on the brew fades just a bit you begin to get the wonderfully complex aromas. It is a very earthy brew. It has a nice grassy aroma, it has nice blend of lemons, spices, and a bit of a yeasty aroma. As the brew warms, a nice floral aroma hits the nose, causing a nice hoppy smell. It rounds out well, coming back to what almost smells like fresh cut grass.

The flavor on this brew is everything I expect out of a great Saison. It began with a flavor of grass, peppers, and orange/lemon zest. It then feeds into a flavor palate of earthy cedar/pine. Again, as the brew warms it gives some flavors that weren't at the forefront of the brew. There is hoppy floral like flavor, and a honey sweetiness that finishes everything off.

Mouthful on this brew was perfect. It was creamy, almost silklike. It was a medium body brew, that finished smooth and dry. The carbonation was also key, it gave this brew a life that touched every taste bud.

The brew has a great drinkability. A beautiful represenation of a saison. It has amazing flavors and texture. It is super complex, but is rounded out perfect that makes it a great brew.

mattgreger, May 07, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 750 ml bottle

A- pours a hazy pale yellow/orange color with a white fluffy head and lots of sticky lacing

S- funk,fruit,lemongrass

T- is good its has a fruit and clove taste with a slight lemon peel note it followed by a
hint of pepper with some oats and hops..a touch of banana and clove

M- is crisp with medium carbonation.dry on the finish

O- a nice spring saison light fruity and spice its tasting good..the label says it can be aged for 2 years..might have to put one in the cellar

gatornation, May 06, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

OddNotion, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of weazal
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

weazal, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of stewfnrocker
4.72/5  rDev +18%
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.

stewfnrocker, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of tbrown4
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

tbrown4, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

pburland23, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Tripphop, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of boomer31
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

boomer31, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

rudzud, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

CHickman, Apr 23, 2011
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.