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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,170
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 56
Gots: 111 | FT: 2
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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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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
Photo of davidbowers13
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

davidbowers13, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

mcallister, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

ehammond1, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

aasher, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +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.

superspak, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of mckeowbc
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

mckeowbc, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

emmasdad, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Daniellobo, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of uturn
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

uturn, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

xnicknj, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of betsona
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

betsona, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of SABERG
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

SABERG, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

champ103, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

uustal, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

burnheartsMKE, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 2011 edition of Saison De Lente. One of my favorite styles and breweries so I'm excited about this one. Enjoyed on 03/25/11.

A - Great looking beer. Pale straw light gold color with a huge white head that takes a while to dissipate. Leaves chunky lacing on the sides. About a half inch of head remains.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, lemon, bready malts. Aroma is not as complex as I was hoping but still pretty good.

T - Pretty similar to the nose. Belgian yeast and spice with some lemony citrus. Some doughy bread notes and a little peppery spice linger on the tongue. A good beer but nothing overly unique.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is spot on, could be a little creamier, but good overall.

O - Overall, this was a good beer. I expected a little something more unique from the Brett, but I can hardly tell it's present. A good beer though, I would purchase again.

Janderson91, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale, slightly hazy straw colored with a huge foamy head that takes a bit of time to dissipate.

S - As soon as I cracked the bottle I smelled some funk wafting out, the scent in glass isn't as overpowering. Scents of grass, earth, grapes and a noticeable hop tang.

T - A light and sweet maltiness that is complemented nicely by the hops. A bit of funk that adds a bit of a wild side to an already rustic style; typical of the Bruery. Grass and light fruits like pears and grapes come through the funkiness.

M - Fairly light in body and high in carbonation. Refreshing and not at all sticky or cloying.

O - Refreshing and complex for a Spring seasonal and one of the better deals money-wise from the Bruery. I recommend.

LiquidCucumber, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into Bruery tulip glass at The Cheeky Monk downtown Denver
A - Cloudy golden yellow with a 2 finger off-white head with moderate rate of dissipation, good lacing for the whole serving 4
S - Floral bouquet, sweet malts, moderately yeasty, orange citrus 4
T - Malts forward with a nice citrus slightly bitter finish, very crisp with dryness on the finish 4
M - Smooth carbonation, light to moderate mouth feel, mildly chalky 4
O - An easy drinking good beer, while not one i would classify as a "must try" an enjoyable saison. I would certainly have it again, but I also have a lot of other beers I've not yet had. 4

rsdaugherty, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Lothore
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden hue with a thin, wispy, off white head.

S- Belgian yeast, fresh baked bread.

T- Belgian yeast, undertones of wheat, orange, spice.

M- Thin to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- While there is nothing objectionable about this beer I found it to lack any distinguishing characteristics that really pulled me in.

Lothore, Mar 20, 2011
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.