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Saison De Lente - The Bruery

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1,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 53
Gots: 104 | 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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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

750 ml bottle shared via fisherman34- pours light yellow, hazy with thick offwhite head. Nose- lemon, pepper, earthy funk. Taste- the brett has really had a chance to do some good work here as it really shines through this beer. Spritzy lemons, earthy rope like, bready malts and some light spicing and hopping. Excellent beer!

04-11-2010 17:04:41 | More by oakbluff
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25%

Poured into a MJ Tasting Glass. Purchased at my local Binny's.

A - Pours with a thick white head with lots of large bubbles. Leaves copious amount of lace down sides of glass. Head stands up like meringue. Beer is the color of my favorite coed in college - hazy blonde.

S - Aromas of malt, musty, and my favorite saison word - clean. Nothing too assertive.

T - first sip is slightly bitter, earthy, peppery. Very thirst quenching. Everything is in balance with a little hop bitterness in the fore.

M- mouthfeel is dead-on saison - dry, but not astringent. Very nice after a long day "spring cleaning" in the yard.

D - exceptional. Everything you want in a saison, dry, thirst-quenching, not too high in alcohol, slightly bitter, a little pepper spiciness. Overall, in my opinion, a landmark saison. I'd put it up against Dupont. Very nice beer.

04-11-2010 00:27:54 | More by JamnesCameron
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Gtreid

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

750 ml bottle poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Cloudy, golden straw color. A soft pour dropped a huge three finger puffy cream head, that left some fat lace.

A: Notes of bubblegum and wheat. Some tart grapefruit, earthy grass, and belgian yeast. Not getting too much funk.

T: Same notes of bubblegum and wheat with a small tanginess from the brett. Dry grassy hops, grapefruit, and straw notes. Finishes dry and slightly sweet.

M: Light to medium body, aggressive carbonation, and sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty nice, but the sharpness on the palate will limit it some. Overall, I really like this beer, but I find myself comparing it to Saison Rue which I liked much better. It's a good beer, but I think it may be a little young. Maybe some time will help the brett devlop better. Will have agian. Skal.

04-10-2010 19:17:15 | More by Gtreid
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caresville

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

a- hazy and cloudy, golden amber with an enormous fluffy off white head with tons and tons of carbonation and great lacing

s- subtle hoppy aromas, hints of grass and straw, a little funky but nothing crazy.

t&m- very crisp and clean citrus fruity taste with a floral/garden flower type aftertaste. subtle amounts of hops and brett. flows very nice and smooth, im really getting into this style of saison's made with brett.

d- second to none, one of the best of this funky saison brett styles out there in my opinion. no bad aftertaste and no gross type of tart going on here.

04-09-2010 08:12:11 | More by caresville
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hawks10

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

750ml bottle poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip...

Even with a very careful pour, I could not control the amount of head...4 fingers of pillowy white head erupts, meringue-like, leaving huge chunks of lacing behind. Color is a a hazy golden orange...

Slightly spicy in the nose, pepper and a bit of clove. Some brett, funk character and an overall earthy/grassy hop aroma with a bit of spicy yeast smell as well...

Tastes dry and earthy. Hops take precedent here as does a peppery spice and earthy/funky brett character. Slightly citrus, but not much...

Medium bodied with tons of carbonation, almost a bit too carbonated in the mouth as any swishing for flavor results in a lot of foam...crisp and clean however...

A little too much spice in this one for me as I like my saisons to lean more to the citrus side versus the spicy side...gonna age my other bottle and see what happens...

04-09-2010 02:45:44 | More by hawks10
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer was a hazy gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lacing. A musty aroma, some citrus and spice. Taste of coriander, a bit of lemon, and pretty big hops. I liked the sweet to bitter mouthfeel, thought it was crisp. Nice beer.

04-08-2010 00:26:18 | More by lordofthewiens
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cdizinno

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -28%

Hey! Easter Beer. De Lente.... of/from Lent.

A: Larger than desired head of white merengue topping(I stole that from a previous review because it's the best description)

S: Spicy scent with mild hop and malt scent. More yeasty as with the Saisons. Mostly pepper spices.

T&M: Nice and crisp. Similar to aroma but very light for a saison. Light citrus flavor but mostly peppery spice and bitter hop on the finish. Light bodied with heavy carbonation. I let the growler sit for a day with a missing 16-20 oz. and the carbonation died to a more reasonable feel.

I usually like saisons, but this one was disappointing. I notice that the bottle reviews are much higher overall and this may be one that needs to sit with bottle conditioning. I recommend the bottle on this one and may try to find one to taste the difference. Easy to drink but nothing spectacular. It really came off more like a high quality pilsner to me.

04-06-2010 17:52:21 | More by cdizinno
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -24.3%

Pours a massive larger than desired head of white merengue topping. Smell of banana, cloves, apple and a white pepper dusting.

Taste was very similar to aroma, only I thought it was lighter than many other Saisons that I have had. A light citrus flavor is also present from some light hop additions. High carbonation and light mouthfeel. I like saisons, this one was just a little too clean tasting for my liking.

A good amount of carbonation on the forefront finishes with a slick body that coats the mouth. Easy to drink , nothing spectacular.

04-05-2010 23:08:51 | More by alpinebryant
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

A. Poured into a tulip. Beautiful thick, creamy head on top of a hazy golden brew.

S. Citrus up front with grass, pepper, and earthy tones.

T. Hits your tongue with the barnyard funk that's expected of a saison, then the coiander shows up for some spiciness; the brew fades away with hoppy citrus and a hops/grass aftertaste.

M. Full body that coats your tongue with a refreshing level of carbonation.

D. Beautiful saison that I could drink all day while watching the grass grow.

04-05-2010 03:16:53 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

750 ml bottle, 6.5% abv. Pours a cloudy golden color. White, airy head that holds together very well for a long time. Nice patches of lace. A good stream of bubbles rising to the surface.

Tart fruity aroma, apples come to mind. A bit floral. Slight yeasty and earthy notes.

A bit tart up front, with a slight leathery feel. Pale malts, with a slight cracker flavor. Lots of earthy flavor, which seems to take over the fruity flavors. Finished dry with lingering earthy bitterness.

Lighter body, with a good amount of carbonation. Alchol is well hidden. The earthy flavors dominates a bit too much for me, but this is still a nice beer.

04-04-2010 22:03:00 | More by Bierguy5
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from bottle into Duvel snifter.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden color with two fingers of pure white foam on top that maintains pretty well throughout the entire time.

Smell: Citrus zest, hay/grass, bready, and funk from the Brett. Really like this aroma.

Taste: Lemon up front, clove, banana, and an earthy aftertaste from the Brett.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: I will be picking up a few more bottles while it's available this year, some to drink and some to age. Very good beer, curious as to what some age will do to it.

04-04-2010 18:59:49 | More by Axic10
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Lemony yellow hue, lightly hazy, with a big frothy head that recedes to a long-lasting blanket of foam.

S - Ginger, lemon-lime, a little honey-ish sweetness, mango-banana and a little hay funkiness.

T - Ginger ale, tart lemon and bitter citric hop. Spicy notes of celery and coriander, and herbal, resiny hop finish. Not much funk and no tartness or sourness to speak of at this point. Good tasting beer, very crisp and quite bitter. I imagine it will cellar well, and I look forward to re-reviewing it a year or two down the line.

M - Light and refreshing, good feel.

D - Good stuff overall. I like it. A bit like a Belgian IPA, but milder.

04-04-2010 16:19:00 | More by ktrillionaire
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babaracas

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with two finger fluffy white head, leaving chunks of styrofoamy lace. Smell: a little hay and funk, slightly lemony, spicy, a little pepper. Taste: a little funky, spicy, a light citrus tartness, lightly bready and sweet. Medium bodied with active carbonation. It's a pretty straightforward take on the style, but I like it quite a bit.

04-03-2010 03:21:17 | More by babaracas
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: Enormous, catered head that won't go away; almost made it difficult to drink. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Pour is a light lemon honey sunshine color.

Smell: Brett dominates with some earthy must, some lemon zest and spiceness and wheatiness.

Taste: Brett, lemon zest, clove, and some barnyard funk. Nice grassy element.

Mouthfeel: A bit light and over carbonated.

Drinkability: Dinged due to over carbonation; a decent saison, even a good one. But not a great saison.

04-02-2010 02:55:41 | More by craytonic
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Westsidebuddha

California

4/5  rDev 0%

On Tap at The Bruery

Poured a golden color into tulip glass. Nice fruity smell. Taste of a nice mellow ale. Nice mellow mouthfeel. Very good drinkabliliy that it's not overwhelming to the palate. A definitive kill the bottle and then have some more kind of beer.

03-30-2010 07:23:48 | More by Westsidebuddha
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours slightly murky golden yellow with a very large white ice-cream-float-head. Leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Slightly tart (not sour) lemon zest upfront in the aroma, with pine and grapefruit. Wet hay, earthy, and bready.

Sparkles with tart lemons and grapefruit followed by bananas, yeasty and earthy, wet hay. Finishes with dry bitter hops and bready malt.

A good amount of carbonation on the forefront finishes with a slick body that coats the mouth.

Not as easy drinking in relation to the relatively modest ABV, but it's delicious and still pretty refreshing.

03-28-2010 20:02:42 | More by sjccmd
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Overlord

California

3.68/5  rDev -8%

Pours a light golden color. Huge white foam head.

Smells faintly of grass/hay, also faintly of brett/funk, and strongly of muddled spiced bananas and apple pith.

Taste is pretty much what it smells like. The brett/funk might come across more strongly in the flavor, and there's an interesting spiced pepperiness that floats along, but it's a solid, fairly typical farmhouse style saison.

Nice fluffy mouthfeel.

03-28-2010 04:13:45 | More by Overlord
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ebin6

California

3.68/5  rDev -8%

A - Poured into a tulip; nice think head that stuck around from start to finish

S - Nothing too special here, but definitely not lacking anything. I gave it a solid 3.0

T - One of the better American Saisons IMO. Good taste from start to finish with floral, funky notes and a hint of Brett

M - Again, nothing special, but solid.

D - Very drinkable; had an entire bottle and could have had more :)

03-27-2010 17:59:31 | More by ebin6
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +15%

Poured into a tulip. A huge white head billows up. Massive. The head falls slowly leaving a lace of soft meringue. Slightly hazy sunflower yellow. Plenty of playful carbonation supplying that huge head.
Smell and taste is classic saison, a mix of banana fruit, clove spiciness, lemon peel freshness and bread over a lovely funk. Bitterness was nicely balanced and not very strong (though I had a couple of IPAs earlier in the day so...) Nice dry finish and good carbonation on the tongue.

A sexcellent saison. I enjoy the lower abv since saisons to tend to slide down easy.

03-26-2010 16:45:54 | More by goatgoat
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Served on the growler station at Greens on Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

Pours a murky, golden straw color with a huge, rocky, dense head. The head is as stiff as meringue and remains about one finger in size for nearly five minutes. A great deal of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is spicy and funky. Quite a bit of lemon rind in the nose as well. Wheat seems to present in the aroma. The funkiness is minimal but there is a significant yeast smell.

Really good flavor. Grainy and slightly grassy. The fresh barley taste is great and is almost like a fresh German beer. Strong yeast presence in the flavor. The lemon flavor is missing but the overall flavor is very nice. Quite bitter as well.

Loads of hop bitterness in the finish, which is really clean and dry. This was a great beer to have on the growler. It tasted very fresh and pungent and great for an early spring day.

03-25-2010 20:12:18 | More by SaCkErZ9
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

750ml bomber for $10 at Total Wine in Greenville, SC

A: Pours a transparent, but slightly cloudy apricot color. The head is pure white, dense, rocky, and retains very well, leaving thick sheets of foam along the glass.

S: The nose begins with a wonderful Brett-inspired aroma. Light clove, banana, light citrus zest, and just awesome fruity esters (over-ripe apple and pear). The Brett is less pronounced than I had expected, but still lends some very nice qualities nonetheless. I am not really getting any barnyard or horseblanket aromas, but there is a faint funk to it. The hops are slightly tart and grassy.

T: Very mellow, yet powerful if that makes any sense. Light flavors, but rich complexity. Fruity and estery; apple (similar to apple juice), pear, peach, and citrus zest (lemon). Spicy as well with a little clove, a tinge of cardamom, and banana. The Brett plays a much better role in the flavor profile, giving a little funk (and yes, it is a little more barnyard than the nose)- really a lot going on here. There is also a notable hop presence that adds a bit of bitterness and dryness that balances well with some light light malts and wheat. As it decants, slight coconut and a touch of lactose are felt. Perfectly balanced and surprisingly complex.

MF/D: Dry feel, with a lingering estery/barnyard funk to it. Carbonation is spot on and fizzly. Amazing drinkability- alcohol is completely discrete, not even warming, the flavors are light enough to enjoy without compromising your palate, and a perfect warm weather brew!

This is my first Bruery offering, with 2 Turtle Doves in the cellar, so I am definitely looking forward to trying more when I can find them. Highly recommended.

03-24-2010 22:54:30 | More by scottyshades
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Shared with a friend.
A- Slightly clouded bright yellow with a huge white head. This foam is unstoppable. Some lively carbonation in the glass.

S- The brett funk really isnt powerful at all. Its hidden under some grassy hops white pepper spice and light fruits. I would have liked to see a little bit more funk, but this is well balanced and complex

T- Again, the brett is just barely there. I think that might be a good thing, but it was not what I was expecting. I wanted a touch more funk from this. Lots of peppery spice and light fruits. Apples pears etc.

M- A pretty dry beer, yet juicy at the same time... Light, crisp and refreshing.

D- Im starting to really love Saisons. It might be my new favorite style, at least for warm weather. Saison De Lente is a good example but is not near Fantome.

03-23-2010 14:24:25 | More by MbpBugeye
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meeekyh

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +21.3%

I found this beer today at one of my local LQs and figured I'd try it based on the many good things I have heard about The Bruery and the fact I generally enjoy a saison. Price was just under $12.

I opted to serve this beer in a Fin Du Monde glass which is basically a tulip. The bottle is a 750ml brown and has a semi-psychedelic pink and green label. The beer is a hazy light golden-yellow with a slight orange tint. The head is huge, white, and displays considerable staying-power and ample lacing.

I will point out that the first thing I noticed from this beer (after the label and distinct 'pop' upon prying the steel cap off) was the brettyness in the nose, not a bad thing but some dislike it so I will mention it up front. I suppose those people are not really likely to choose this beer on account of the label clearly noting the brettanomyces is in the beer. Apart from that there is apricot, bubblegum and a bit of black pepper, a neat combination of smells.

Taste, mmm I do love a good saison. There is this complexity in the light style that rivals most anything I have sampled, and this beer does not disappoint. There is sweetness, though just a little; tartness, but likewise sparing; just a bit of bitterness up front and then more so in the finish, both subtle {edit: I am not sure what I was doing before this review but upon second taste I have overstated the subtlety. If one has recently been to the dentist, maybe}. The combination comes off variously as citrus, biscuits, hints of anise and grass. This is a good saison in flavor and it carries off the ultra refreshing paradigm well.

As for the mouthfeel of this one, it is, in a word, perfect. This beer is dry all around, but not drying. It is on the medium bodied side of light but has a fullness to the mouthfeel brought by the high carbonation as it effervesces all over your palate.

Drinkability: great.

As far as I can tell this beer has hit every mark and then rubs your nose in it a little. It kicks ass. I would be glad to drink more, many more, and to share with my friends and loved ones.

Slainte!

03-23-2010 01:40:28 | More by meeekyh
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snpub540

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a golden orange hue that is pretty hazy. Light ring of off-white bubbles make up the head, but they do leave some very clingy lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mixture of a fruity, yeastiness and some floral hops. There is also a nice citrus mix goin on as well.

Taste was very crisp and refreshing. Bready and sweet up front with a nice earthiness, I'm guessing from the yeast. Citrus and floral hops made for a nice bitter and clean after taste. Also some spicy pepperiness in there as well.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. The drinkability was great. Its perfect for the spring weather as it is crisp to drink on a warm day, but still has a little spice for you during the cold nights.

03-22-2010 16:45:54 | More by snpub540
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance is excellent, this stuff is deep golden a bit foggy with yeast suspended, I can see shadows of my fingers on the other side of the glass. Head is fine bubbled pure effervescence, bright white egg shell colored head with fine intricate even Belgian styled lacing.

Aroma is very much a perfume like note with floral and herbal hops flowing. A touch of honey and biscuit malts with a wild brett mild funkiness going on in the background. Slight acidity comes with the barnyard, very grassy and spiced delicately. Tropical fruit some mango peach tea like notes coming through, complex brew for sure.

Flavors have a harsh bitterness between the brettanomyces, with herbal, citric, and earthy hops backing it up. Light biscuit malts have a grassiness that blend with phenols nicely juicy tropical fruits hints of mango and pineapple notes. An overall harsh quality is present I'm guessing it's the carbonation that seems a bit forced in most of the Bruery brews that I've tried. Horse blanket just works for the brett infused funk this beer brings, about right in alcohol for a saison style ale. Another complex Bruery offering, I'm becoming a fan of the past few brews I've sampled including Hottenroth and Mischief.

Mouthfeel has an strong sturdy effervescence that seems a bit forced at times, overall body leaves a bitter herbal dryness over the palate. Light to medium bodied, CO2 levels can be a bit overwhelming, the label says to leave behind the yeast sediment in the bottle. I can't help it, I wanna taste more funk.

Drinkability is complex invitingly flavorful and bitter, this is a perfect beer for the lenten season. It screams complexity and I may have to snag another bottle to go with some lamb on Easter Sunday, what a better way to complement family and friends feasting together.

03-22-2010 16:05:26 | More by WVbeergeek
Saison De Lente from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,127 ratings.