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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,100
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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Photo of SFLpunk


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

750mL brown glass capped champagne bottle. No date.

Appearance: Lots of stiff bone-white head! 3+ inches on a careful pour. Hazy golden yellow.

Nose: Faint apricot, peach, and spice (cardamom, tarragon). Faint citrus and a loud Belgian pale yeast strain.

Palate: Somewhat sharp and angular with bitter herb notes right off the bat that I presume are the still young hops. Spiciness dances on the tongue with lots of that loud yeast. Some bitter orange comes through. Finish is more bitter than I would expect from a saison. Some wild notes linger in the back ground but nothing sour, tart nor woody.

Notes: A damn fine beer, but not as good as I had hoped. A little simple it seems, but certainly pleasant to drink on a hot night like tonight!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:35:16 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of SirSketch


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Monstrous white head with a consistent foam throughout and lasts for a long while. The color ranges from pale yellow to murky gold and is overall very cloudy.

S - Wonderful earthy aroma with a lot of yeast character. Lemony citrus quality as well and a wheat grain smell. Very true to authentic Belgian saisons. Slightly spicy, too.

T - All kinds of pepper spiciness in the flavor along with all the characteristics in the aroma. A little more bitter than your average saison. Very aggressive flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied and a creamy mouth. Overall an immensely drinkable saison that is well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:14:23 | More by SirSketch
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison De Lente | on-tap | 6.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: The Bruery
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Honey gold, lemon peal highlights, craggy head, decent lacing.

Brett, lemon zest, light spice

sweet, bitter, spicy, tangy and funky. The flavors come in at pears, tart apples, lemon zest, cardamom, clove and a good deal of barnyard funk.

Properly carbonated -- a feat for the Bruery.

Very nicely balanced.

Would I get it again?:

Served: at Rattle 'N Hum

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 18:00:58 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Attractive 750 capped brown bottle with nice label; says this will age/dry out up to two years

Appearance: A slow pour (or what I thought was a slow pour, at least) into my Chimay chalice produces a tiny bit of hazy straw-gold brew with a MASSIVE, whipped-cream Belgian head which, after several minutes, FINALLY begins to recede. This is practically Duvel-like. Lots of fine-bubbled carbonation. Leaves sheets of lacing in its wake, and a mountain of foam in the middle of the glass. Really quite attractive. I'll pour the rest more carefully, I expect.

Smell: Lots going on here. My first impression was of freshly-mown hay, then there's some pilsener malt, along with some tart lemon notes, and a hint of sugary sweetness. Notes of orange marmelade as this warms. Don't really get much Brett presence here, though I would expect this to emerge more as the beer ages.

Taste: This is definitely a hop-foward saison. Right up front is a kind of grassy/herbal, mildly spicy hop flavor and quite firm bitterness (some kind of Noble variety I'm assuming?) backed by some very light citrus notes and dry crackery malt. Reading the other reviews here, it seems as if most people found this to be vibrantly fruity; I'm wondering if I needed to let this have a litle bit more time for the Brett to work its magic.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp; this would be quite a nice quenching/drinkable beer for the warmer days of late spring, summer, and fall.

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Nice saison. Awesome aromas and appearance; I actually don't mind the drier/hoppier saison style here (althought I usually prefer the fruity/funky, slightly less dry saisons) but I'd like a bit more citrus and fruity flavors here. This just seems a bit lean. Still, on the plus side, this is a nice, medium-strength, crisp, and highly refreshing saison, true to the classic interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 02:54:09 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of Bendurgin


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a snifter and shared it four ways with some friends. Pours a light golden color with a big fluffy white head that takes up most of the glass. Really good head retention on this. Nice citrus aroma with a slight hint of funk to it. Taste is as it smells. Mild citrus and a nice dry bitter finish with a lit bit of funky bret and a bit of pepper. Mouth feel is light with a nice dry saison finish. Easy to drink, light and enjoyable with great flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 13:35:35 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of cbutova


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip, after I jokingly mention the etched 'D' in the bottom for making bubbles. Holy god damn crap, this one is the closes I have ever seen to Duvel. Hazy orange body with an extremely large fluffy white head with extreme retention. Leaves massive pillows of lace everywhere and a pile of foam behind after I drink the whole glass. Raises the bar one step higher for top notch looks.

S- Barnyard grassy notes. Some light fruit notes for sure. The yeast lends some funk, breadiness and spice. Decent strength slowly fades.

T- Well done, lots going on. Belgian yeast spice and light fruit along with some barnyard funk and grassy, earthy, floral hop notes. A great peach note hits in the middle of the sip. A good amount of citrus along with it. Nice and dry. A nice malt biscuit backbone.

MF- Nice and warm for only 6.50%. A good deal of bitterness. Creamy body with smooth, moderate carbonation.

DB- Probably my favorite Saison and one of the best Belgian style ales I have had. A great balance of many flavors that work very well together. A reason to try more beer from The Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 00:08:37 | More by cbutova
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a large head that thins into lacing. The color is super light golden and barely hazy. The head is white. The smell indicates ripe apples and a hint of spice. The taste is spicy yeast contrasting with fruityness. The finish is long, dry, and very pleasant. The super light body and marriage of fruit and spice make this a star.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:42:18 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of tedsox31


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the usual 750 ml into a tulip glass. The beer is colored hazy orange and a huge white head that persists long after the pour.

The aroma is somewhat funky, along with some nice orange/lemon notes and a slight bit of clove.

The taste is very bitter and slightly sour. As it warms I get more of the citrus that I originally detected in the nose, along with some fruitiness. Interestingly, I didn't get any of the clove.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated and extremely dry. A bitter/sour note lingers after I swallow.

This is an excellent beer, but probably one that would be enjoyed only once in awhile. I found the bitterness and funkiness very pleasing, but was satisfied with the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 19:46:25 | More by tedsox31
Photo of roosevelt25


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

A-golden color, about 1 finger of pure white head with good retention

S-Needs to warm up some before anything comes across. As it warms becomes much more fruity, with a lot of lemon, and some orange peel. Not as grassy as I expected.

T-Somewhat plain, far more bitter than I was expecting. Very light barnyard flavors, unlike other saisons I have had. Also not terribly sour. Dry finish.

M-Light body, heavy carbonation.

D-Compared to other saisons, this does not stand up. I feel like I am underrating this, given all of the people who have recommended it. I certainly would not turn this down if given to me, but there are many other saisons I would rather have.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 03:17:03 | More by roosevelt25
Photo of JToad


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel goblet a nice golden amber. Absolutely huge head, probably the biggest I've seen in a beer. Very thick off- white lacing, head stays for a long time.

Smells of lemon grass, earthy, almost dirt like. Crisp and clean, with some sweetness upfront followed by a very dry, bitter finish. Flavor profile changes while going down your throat. Very interesting. Medium bodied.

I am by no means a Saison expert, but the ones I've had I enjoy. This was a very solid beer, interesting flavor. I'd definetely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 18:43:03 | More by JToad
Photo of dasenebler


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy medium amber with orange highlights. One of the best heads I've had in a while. Huge and topographical. Awesome.

Aroma has a touch of funky Brett character but is mostly rindy, earthy and citrusy.

The flavor is incredibly dry and very bitter. There is a slightly bready or wheaty malt character, but it is outdone by the funk and bitterness this beer displays. Tart, earthy and Bretty, though not too much so. There is a hint of citrusy hops that compliments the fruity esters and dry, rindy finish. The mouthfeel is huge, full of high but soft carbonation, creating plush pillows in the mouth.

Quite refreshing and authentic tasting. A delight to drink, but definitely for those who like a bitter Saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:00:51 | More by dasenebler
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a clean pale yellow color, with a big white fluffy head. In the aroma, yeasty and a lemon zest. In the taste, yeasty, lemony, spices like cinnamon, and a small tartness. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, yeasty spice, peppery aftertaste. A nice small sourness to a spicy and yeasty saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 15:38:03 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of bbeane


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... starts with a ridiculous white head that fills the second half of the glass and continues to pile above the rim... has great retention and leave an abundance of lacing behind. Beer is a cloudy straw color with light activity

S- Sweet wheat, citrus, bit of brett

T- Sweet wheat and citrus, spices, with a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. Don't get much of that brett-taste

M- Light/medium body with light/medium carbonation

D- I really enjoy this beer. One of, if not my favorite saison out there...


Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:21:12 | More by bbeane
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an excessively tall, foamy, bright white head that held strong. Hazy golden beer holds a swarm of carbonation.

Tart lemony aroma with hints of hay and wheat.

Strong, yet delicate flavors lemon, wheat, and an earthy undertone up front. Spicy hops quickly become bitter and only a mild lemony note is able to sustain the assualt. A hint of alcohol and candied lemon linger on the breath after the finish.

Medium bodied beer with moderately strong carbonation make for a fairly big beer that still feels light on the tongue.

A delicately flavored and complex beer. My only complaint is the heavy handed bitterness. Luckily it becomes less noticeable as the beer goes down.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 18:52:00 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of nelnutter


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured 750ml bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a ginormous head! Probably a good 4:1 ratio of head to beer! And man did the head stay around forever! Left lacing everywhere once it decided to go down a bit.
S: Pepper, spice, and yeast in the nose. Slight floral qualities, and noticeable Brett.
T: Fruity sweetness at first; green apple and lemon, but then suddenly gives way to an earthy hoppiness that dominates the finish.
M: Medium-light in body. Surprisingly, I felt like a few sips were a bit on the watery side, but only very slightly.
D: Tasty, complex, and very refreshing! Very glad to have picked this one up, and I would seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 04:35:55 | More by nelnutter
Photo of Shaken9

North Carolina

1.98/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't know if I got a bad bottle, a young bottle or if that's just the way it's supposed to taste, but this beer was very unbalanced and not drinkable at all.

The appearance was great, golden straw color, fairly clear for a bottle conditioned beer and a massive rocky head that lasted for a long time. Poured into a tulip glass. Once the head died down a bit, there was quite a bit of lacing.

The aroma was thin, a little earthy, very little Brett. character, no funkiness. There was a tiny bit of tart lemony smell but was rather weak overall.

Taste was WAY out of balance, I tasted no specific hoppiness, but it was harshly bitter, barely detected any malt to go along with the bittering. What malt was there was not sweet; it was slightly bready, but that's about all the malt contributed.

Mouth feel was a little odd, very chalky and dry at first yielding to a full bodied creaminess. The carbonation was certainly a contributing factor to the creaminess. To use a phrase from a fellow beer judge "it was a foam sammich". Highly carbonated.

Drinkability suffered due to the unbalanced flavor of the beer. I LOVE hoppy beers, but the bitterness was over the top. The chalky mouthfeel also killed it for me. I found it hard to finish the two glasses I poured.

Overall, I WANTED to like this beer after reading all the positive reviews, but the bottle I had was HARSH and nothing like saisons I've had before. I might not have even minded the bitterness if there was also hop flavor and aroma to go along with it, but this was like drinking a witbier hopped like an IPA, with all the hop additions at 60 minutes.

The only thing I can guess is that this beer needed more age or I got a bad bottle. I'll grab another (on reputation alone) and keep it for a year or so and see if it fares any better. I was very disappointed with this beer

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 03:43:28 | More by Shaken9
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: First pour yielded two fingers of beer and about six of head. Even worse, the head retention is pretty damn good. Hazy golden yellow color. Head is very whippy with good retention and lots of irregular lacing.

4.0 S: Yeast and hay are most apparent. Some mustiness with a touch of green apple. Brett contributions are moderate at best. Lemon, pepper, and corriander spiciness. Herbal hops.

3.5 T: Weird thing happens with every sip. Starts out reasonably sweet, but then a wave of dryness washes over. It's almost like there's a "sweetness drain" at the back of my mouth in which all the sweetness goes and is lost forever. Hay and corriander are strongest flavors. Brett funk is much more apparent than in the nose. Musty basement and old socks. Apple and peachy fruitiness on onset, but this is fleeting. Bitterness is a bit too strong for my liking.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is too aggressive, but okay if you fix it with a few stirs before drinking. Very creamy for a saison. Super dry finish. Good here.

3.5 D: Quite complex, but the flavors don't mesh as well as I'd like. I'd like the sweetness to last longer and the bitterness to be lowered.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 03:26:26 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of meatyard


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

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a large, puffy white head that has good retention. Only light, spotty lacing is left as it is wet and follows the head down the glass. A solid stream of carbonation forms from the nucleation point in my glass.
The smell is pepper, yeast and lemon.
The taste is much the same as the aroma with the addition of a very small amount of brett character.
Mouthfeel is medium, highly carbonated and finishes quite dry.
Drinkability: Yes, it's very drinkable. This is a pleasant spring/summer beer worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 22:06:04 | More by meatyard
Photo of sweemzander


4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy goldenrod color that produced a huge and massive foamy white head that has awesome retention behind it. Huge legs of clumped lacing left behind.

(S)- A big dry grassy hay aroma with bits of lemon.

(T)- Again, a dry grassy hay bitterness with a twist of lemon in front of a dry funky brett finish.

(M)- A lively carbonation level with a good balance to it as well. Dry, with a light lemon sweetness. Funky with the brett addition.

(D)- A solid to great Saison that fits the style well. Crisp and refreshing. An excellent beer to enjoy on the 4th of July like I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 02:31:50 | More by sweemzander
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

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

Fantastic beer. I think it's a little tastier with a few months in the bottle. I'd love to try a year old one. Hazy gold with a white head that holds and leaves lots of webby lace. Nose is earth, funk, citrus, barn and a touch of spice. The US hops add a really nice, sweet citrus character. It's all there in the taste, with slightly tart dirty lemon pepper in the finish. Medium body. Well attenuated with almost prickly carbonation. Awesome. This is my kind of beer. Summer evening with saison and camembert. Yum. Saision De Lente, we'll meet again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 02:21:15 | More by timtim
Photo of jsanford


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

Part of an Epic Bruery tasting night, poured into a Unibroue tulip on 6/6/10.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a huge creamy head. Lively carbonation, great lacing.

S - Very floral, citrus, white pepper. Belgian "funk".

T - Light biscuit malt, very "bready". Grassy hop bitterness. Brett barnyard "funk".

M - Crisp and creamy. Great carbonation. Light bodied, great for a late spring day.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Refreshing. This is one of my girlfriend favorite beers, so I'll bump it up a bit. Great job, Patrick & Co. ;)

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:29:03 | More by jsanford
Photo of wspscott


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in Duvel tulips

A: Pours with a huge fluffy white head, very meringue-like. Dark straw/golden color. It was crystal clear unitl a little yeast got in the glass.
S: Earthy, a little tartness, not much else.
T: Tart in front with earth/dirt rounding thing out. Hints of lemon and black pepper with a little hop bitterness in the background. Becomes more dirty as it warms.
M: Crisp, high attenuation, lots of carbonation.
D: A great summer beer, very refreshing with a nice level of complexity without being overwhelming or cloying. I could easily have another one. Worth seeking out, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 22:09:10 | More by wspscott
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light orange creamsicle color with a massive 4 finger head. Body is murky, unfiltered looking with lots of nice bubbles rising to the top. head retention is superb and leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: Has an amazing floral aroma to it, like potpurri. Has some nice citrus, white pepper, and a nice grainy component.

Taste: Tastes extremely balanced and refreshing. Lots of floral citrus bite initially and finishes dry as can be. Perfect with shellfish.

Mouthfeel: Although very carbonated, lots of tiny bubbles wake the palate up. Nice light body and smooth finish.

Drinkability: One of the lower abv saisons out there. perfect mouthfeel for the style and goes with just about everything on the lighter fare side. well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:37:18 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of jpoder


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had lots of GREAT beers from The Bruery, but thought this one was not one of their best (still pretty good, though)

a: hazy straw yellow/gold with BIG creamy head with excellent retention

s: hop flowery, straw, little bit yeasty

t: quite a bit hoppier than their saison rue, very good. I did not get any funk...young bottle? ...was expecting at least a note of funk/hay/etc, but did not find it.

m: good, pretty dry, highly carbonated

d: very drinkable. I prefer their Saison Rue, but this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 13:37:07 | More by jpoder
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm surprised I haven't had or reviewed this beer before. I've had a lot of the Bruery's beer and have like all of them. This one is very mellow for them. Very drinkable, not too much belgian character in the yeast, no sourness, just great pale dry flavor. I'm so glad I have 750ml of this and cant' wait to buy another one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 22:37:54 | More by david18
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.