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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 StaveHooks
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of spicelab
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biga7346
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Luchman
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of swthomas55
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of barknee
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy light golden color with a behemoth fluffy meringue ladened head that lasts for as long as you'll permit it to exist!

The nose is soft with barely detectable wild yeast elements; wet dough, clear malts infused with a touch of lemon zest.

What I find exceptionally enjoyable is the lack of the typical overly indulgent additions of spices that are so frequently found in many other farmhouse ales.

This brew is pure, clean and natural where the base elements of the beer take prominence. Exceptionally well executed and styled, this is a premiere example of the style though perhaps lacking a bit of the "wild side" I enjoy so very much in these type of products.

Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a pale golden orange color with a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with hints of candy sugar, crisp light fruit, yeast bubblegum and Belgian estery fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and even strawberry in the nose.

Medium bodied and similar to the aroma with a prominent zesty spice character up front that lingers throughout into a dry finish. This s countered by some faint malt and a strong ester/fruit presence. Lots of light berries, apple and pear along with some earthy straw and grass.

Photo of axeman9182
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rattle n Hum 6/6. This was a 12oz pour in a tall, thin glass.

Saison de Lente pours a mildly hazy orange. There's about two fingers of off white head, and could have been more but it was poured off by the bartender. Retention is solid, but lacing is a bit spotty. The nose has a lot going on, but manages to bring everything together nicely. There's the smell of slightly musty pale fruits, as well as some lemon zest and a slight clove-herbal note. The flavor re-balances those different influences, with the result that the fruity sweet aspect of the beer takes a back seat to everything else. The very mild brett presence gains a bit more of a foothold in the flavor profile as the beer warms. The body is surprisingly full for a relatively dry beer, I might even say a little bit too much so for a saison. The carbonation is wonderful though, it's bubbly but in a very subtle way that's not even close to approaching abrasive. Saison de Lente is a solid, refreshing, easy drinking saison fresh, and I think some age could turn it into a very different (but still tasty) brew.

Photo of alamere
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chalice...

A - Looks like a saison should, it's SUPER carbonated and pours a huge head that I had to wait to dissipate before trying to drink. That being said, it's a hazy yellow/orange with some cloudiness to it and is exactly what I think saison should look like.

S - Smells of pear and light phenolics. It's so carbonated you can almost smell the spritziness of it.

T - This beer excels in the taste dept.. it's got a light bitterness to it and a certain barnyard/leather characteristic from the Brett that I just love. It's so light and carbonated that it just falls off your tongue. It's pretty light in the bitter dept and has more of a grapefruit rind type bitterness combined with a sour apple or pear tasting body. Probably not the right fruits, but it has a fruitiness that is hard to describe and with this bottle.. harder to taste. This bottle has more of the brett character than others that I've tried.

M - well, it's super carbonated.. almost a champaigne and literally just falls off of your tongue. Yet, retains a decent body and aftertaste. This is what I hope for in Saison.

O - I really like this beer.. I've purchased a few bottles of it locally and each has been slightly different, but in the best of ways. The first had a stronger fruit character but this one, which I'd suspect is older, is more highly carbonated and has much more of the earthy brett character. This is definitely worth a try... and like I said, I've purchased multiple bottles of this one. (which I can't say about every saison that I've tried)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip shaped beer glass; Huge off white head, 2" thick in the glass, and it stays for the entirety; color is hazy gold to amber.

Smell is light malt sweetness with notes of spice, but somewhat clean; hints of tart aromas as it warms

Taste is clean malt that is quickly wiped away by a flavors of spice, yeast, notes of esters and hints of a light tart/sourness.

Mouthfeel is very nice, flavors are there through the taste but finish cleanly with a nice bite of carbonation through the mouth.

Overall, very nicely done, good flavors, interesting aroma, and very nice clean finish.

Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE head--initially 95% of the glass. It settles slowly in a dramatically lumpy fashion leaving a tremendous amount of chunky and webby lace. The broth is a yellow gold with a chilled haze.

Sour and mildly hoppy like a good saison. There's a light yeast bite. What is interesting is what is missing--there are no barn yard smells. It smells....clean.

The brew starts of of mildly malty but quickly shifts to a prickly tart/bitter flavor of hop and soured grain. The body is spritzy and full. The aftertaste is similar to the end of the taste: tart and bitter, lasting a long time.

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Saison pours out as a really nice looking hazy golden color. The head is fluffy and white, leaving a nice lacing as it settles down. The smell of the beer had a pretty good spiciness to it along with a refreshing citrusy sweet smell. The taste has the spice in there for sure, lots of it dancing all over the tongue with every sip. The sweetness jumps in shortly after and finishes with dry hoppy taste in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, pretty smooth overall. Found this Saison to be very drinkable and really nice on a summer day.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Saison Dupont glass... no evident dating on bottle

A- Pours a bright golden orange color with the most massive head I have ever seen on a beer without a crazy vigourous pour. This head just rises out of nowhere as the beer is poured; its crazy... Also, head is moderately stable and leaves ideal ringing lacing on the glass.

S- Mostly floral and citrus aromas. The most citrus I get is an orange/tangerine forefront. A little bit of saison spice mixes well with the flowery component and sweet wheat-y aroma. Lastly, it finishes the nose a bit tart (in a good way) and with some yeasty saison funk...

T/M- Must similar to the nose except the funk is much more subtle than I would have thought/prefer. Pretty citrusy that does have a very very slight alcohol warmth to it; doesn't ruin it, but isn't incredibly pleasing. As the saison ends dry it gets that benchmark peppery taste that rounds it all out. Very effervescent carbonation makes this refreshing for a hot summer day in TN.

O- Great saison, but not the best. I love this style so I tend to always rate these high. Subjectively this is probably middle of the road when it comes to saisons for me. It didn't have quite enough saison characteristics that I yearn for with each one of these I drink. For the price I will keep going back to Dupont again and again...

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.

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.

Photo of Auracom
3.44/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

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.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of jamescain
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Wadsey
3.52/5  rDev -12%
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. 

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