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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 timtim
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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. ;)

Photo of wspscott
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of jpoder
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of david18
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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

Picked this one up the same weekend as our tasting for the ages, and figured that it was time to crack a nice summer brew. I've been lazy as hell, and am logging this after detailed notes taken on 5/17.

Pours typical saison...hazy golden straw, filled with hints of brown highlights. However, the Belgian yeast in this one is a bit too much to handle. While not a gusher, even with a light pour down the side, this beer foams right up to the rim of my glass almost immediately.

Grassy and earthy hops highlight the aroma. The barnyard funk and wet hay from the brett really bring this aroma towards the top of my list of saison aromas. On the palate, the grassy noble hops really take command. After trying Ground Break, I really like the Americanized saison, and the European hops add another layer to this one. Cloves, white pepper, and a dry spiced character are the other characteristics, mixed with a touch of horseblanket and wet hay.

Nicely carbonated (obviously), but the hops and brett really make this enjoyable. I wouldn't go to great lengths to find this, but I would certainly try it again.

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

Cloudy golden color with huge puffy white head.

Aromas of tart citrus blossoms, earth/ minerals, and yeast.

Crisp earthy metallic flavors with a bitter yeasty and citrus bite.

medium body with sharp prickly carbonation leading to a tart and yeasty finish.

Good stuff - another Belgian feather in the Yankee cap.

Photo of Aenema
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale yellow with a thin white head.
Smell - Strong floral aroma.
Taste - Light, slight hop note, overall though weakly flavored.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Easy drinking, but doesn't do any one thing well enough that I would want to session it.
Overall - Easy drinking and very interesting initial nose, though I didn't find much of a taste or reason to return anytime soon. Disappointed there wasn't much to it.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the head on this beer. Four fingers of awesome bone white fluff. But when this recedes, theres nothing left but a little stickage lacing. The bubblings ok amidst My golden hay and copper color with a faint haze.

Fresh milled and toasted barley with the smell of a just snapped maple branch right off the tree. Grass, malt, maybe some soft citrus. This beer smells like Spring! An aroma to look forward to every Spring.

You can feel more carbonation than you see right up front. Just so springy in flavor and texture. Great toasted malt flavor lending flavors of baked outsie and soft inside bread. The hops add citric grass flavors. Combined, the flavor gives the illusion of walking through a flower field that leads into a forest.

Great saiosn from The Bruery and look forward to this beer next Spring.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- The first pours is a full glass of ivory head that eventually settles into boiling carbonation of a butterscotch colored body. With each pour the body becomes a bit more cloudy.
S- The soft slightly sweet pale malt aroma takes on a more floral perfume quality with each new glass, but other wise the aroma is pretty clean.
T- The light dry taste of honey malt has some soft floral and spice notes blended in. Then there is a watery flavor that has a slight plastic note before the bitter hops finish dry and then linger.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a scrubbing bubble finish. No alcohol was noted. D- This beer is very dry with a soft brett note but no other saison yeasty qualities. This beer might age well but there are not bottle dates. There are a few off flavors but otherwise it is a pretty clean flavor.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirty blonde body with a large, expansive, white head.

Smell: Lightly doughy maltiness encompassed with notes smelling of potent herbs, green apples, musty sweat-soaked leather, sour lemon, and decaying, discarded melon rinds.

Taste: Crisp malted barley with a mingling of whole grain crackers. Very subdued, very fleeting sweetness. Surge of tongue-coating phenols usher in tastes of peppercorns, nutmeg, dehydrated herbs, past-its-prime lemon juice, and stale cantaloupe. Shot of Granny Smith apple juice. Modest amount of farmhouse funk lurking within. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: While it seems others sure did enjoy this release, it just didn't hit the spot with me. Maybe I'll give it another shot sometime. Maybe.

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: westmalle chalice, huge rocky foam head with excellent retention, the beer is a golden amber in color with a constant stream of bubbles to the surface

s: first to the nose are white bread yeasts, mild hops bring aromas of dried grass and citrus, clean pilsner malt body, not really funky but with a nice tart green apple side

m: carbonation is high and pretty prickly, light bodied, dry throughout

t: fully fermented pilsner malts - completely dry, glimpses of dried lemon rind, bready yeasts, grassy hops bring a nicely bitter edge to the finish with flavors of hop pulp lingering, the brett influence is restrained - light tartness without much funk, solid

d: great drinkability - dry and crisp in the finish

750 from Whole Foods, Arlington

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a huge white head. The aroma is a mix of citrus, yeast and white pepper. The flavor is heavy on the citrus notes with lots of lemon and orange notes. There is also some pepper, Belgian yeast and some medium hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and very high, prickly carbonation. The only complaint I have is that the carbonation was a bit high for my liking.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance is cloudy golden color with a massive fluffy white head that kept the glass filled for several minutes. Great retention and lacing.

Smell is a nice dose of citrus and yeast. A little bit of spiciness in there as well. Overall a nice earthy aroma.

Taste upfront hits with tangy citrus with a good amount of lemon. Yeast follows, a good earthy quality and a nice hope bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkablity is good. It goes down easy and is tasty, however I felt I would have rather had a smaller bottle. The whole 750ml felt like it was a bit much for me to have alone in one sitting. Not because of abv but just the volume. Nonetheless its still a nice example of the style.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay branded chalice.

A: Cloudy and unfiltered with a nice head that lasts and leaves good amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: Sour and bready with apple and yeast hints in there as well.

T: Dry and hoppy with a nice crisp sour finish.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation with big bubbles.

D: Easy to drink, but I didn't really want more after splitting a 750ml with a buddy of mine.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/15/10

It took a while to get this one in the glass; right off the bat the head flared up massively - a full three fingers of porous foam. The color is a fitting pineapple/tangerine; pale, faded & of the cloudy order. Despite being light in color, it's a dense beer. I've waited several minutes & the head has thinned a lot. Retention is quite thin, but solid; lacing is sparse.

The aroma has a lot going on & I like it. There are lots of clean earthy notes that come through at first: fresh cut hay, prairie grass & grains. Livelier spice notes come through, namely clove. There's a nice hoppiness that comes across via lemon zest. The Brett yeast isn't too overbearing; it actually adds a pleasant musty funk to an otherwise bright-smelling beer. There seems to be a touch of banana & pear, but with so much going on it's tough to ascertain.

The taste is impressive as well. Zesty lemon & tangerine notes hit upfront, mingling with spicy clove. It's none too hoppy but a mild bitterness develops toward the finish. There are airy, grassy overtones to the hilt. Definitely reminds me of relaxing in a prairie on a brisk day. As with the nose, the Brett yeast doesn't seem too pronounced, offering a subtle twinge of mustiness. All told, everything seems very well situated.

Saison de Lent is more toward light body than medium; certainly an appropriate heft. Carbonation is spot on; just enough prickliness to hoist the beer, leaving ample space for the flavor profile to develop. Lemon, grass & clove linger on the finish.

Drinkability is awesome. Overall this is a great beer; solid from start to finish. I find precious little to fault. Definitely recommended.

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Oddly bitter but flavorful Saison.

Sensational whipped cream head, best in a wide chalice glass. Straw yellow and cloudy in appearance. Great aroma, like a swamp in spring. First few sips are pleasant, and invites you with the complexity of flavors. The strong bitter aftertaste, however, becomes the dominant flavor, and it just doesn't go away. Interesting sour notes, funky aromas, sharpness like unripe fruit, but here comes that bitter freight train.

I don't know if the brett ages to a more bitter taste, but I think younger is better with this wild Saison.

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

Pours a perfect golden color in my tulip glass with a huge white head like whipped cream. The head is so massive that it takes me about five minutes to pour a glass while waiting for the head to subside a little.

It has a spicy, yeasty aroma that's pure Belgian: coriander, lemon, pepper.

The taste is earthy with notes of spice and hints of bread and biscuits, with a nice bitterness. I'm a little disappointed after the great appearance, but this is by no means knocking the beer's taste.

Bubbly body that compliments the spices.

Overall a perfect-looking beer that tastes pretty good.

Photo of kirkmichel
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, fluffy, peaked white head that is huge - you could seriously make some foam sculptures out of this stuff, since it stayed about 5 inches tall for 5 minutes. Clear but slightly hazy sunny golden color with a slight orange tinge. Not very highly carbonated, but wouldn't expect that from this beer (except that it had such a huge amount of foam!)
S - Yeasty bread and lemony with some mineral and funky tinges as expected.
T - Taste is also fairly straighforward yeasty lemon. Even though there did not appear to be much carbonation, that which is there zings the tip of your toungue. The finish is VERY bitter and gives a zing as if you were chewing lemon peels. And the bitterness sticks with you for a while.
M - Nice if not for the exceptionally bitter aftertaste. Medium body is refreshing.
D - Not bad, but certainly not one of my favorite Saisons to date, which is kind of disappointing from a producer whose products I generally like so much. The bitter aftertaste significantly limits this beer's drinkability.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice white head, lacing around the tulip, golden yellow color, beautiful beer.

Barnyard funk smell, classic saison smell with some delicious candied malts thrown in.

Classic saison taste with brett up front, hoppy finish and nice body.

Great saison for a warm weather day.

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A fairly standard pour leads to a monstrous white head that is tightly compact, fluffy, delicate and slightly rocky atop... Excellent retention... A hazy medium golden color with a slight orange hue... Fairly still though some carbonation appears when the glass is agitated... A slight film and some lacing clings to the sides of the tulip as the session progresses...

S - Classic textbook Farmhouse aroma... Yeasty... Lemony... A little bit of funk... A small spicy kick... A touch of fresh cut grass... Not overly complex... Not overly assertive... Just solid and inviting all the way around...

T - Awesome flavor to start... Yeast... Lemon... Pepper... Funk... Grass... Pear... Green Apple... These initial flavors don't last for long and give way to an extremely potent aftertaste loaded with funk and a bitter hoppiness which begins to detract for an otherwise enjoyable palette experience...

M - Medium bodied... A strong sturdy carbonation... Slightly seek... Slightly chewy... Even... Dry and slightly chalky finish...

D - To me one of the hallmark calling cards of the Saison style is drinkability... Unfortunately, the extreme funkiness and lingering aftertaste significantly hinder drinkability in this case... I'm not sure why, but I always seem to be slightly underwhelmed by offerings from the Bruery... This one is no exception...

Photo of bump8628
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a huge, mousse-like, white head.

Bright and fruity from both the yeast and hops with a background of black pepper, lemon zest, freshly cut hay, earthy bitterness, and a slight mineral edge. A thin vein of the Brettanomyces runs throughout, but it's quite subtle. Nice and dry on the back end with a crisp, cleansing finish.

All of the components are very well-balanced and integrated, yet each can be picked out on it's own. Very refreshing.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bunnies on the label were a nice touch.

A: Super clear golden color with 2 plus fingers of white head. Quite a bit of lacing as well. Really nice looking beer.

S: Lots of citrus and some other light fruits with bret thrown in. Not a ton of complexity but it smelled really good.

T: Bret up front. Little bit spicy in the middle. Peppery. Very crisp and fresh tasting. Just a super complex beer for the ABV.

M:Super charged carbonation. Dry.

D: This might have been my favorite beer of the day during a small sour tasting we had. I really like the stuff these guys are putting out.

Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a Duvel-like foam crown that forms a dome on top and it lasts. The beer is an amber color.

Wet hay-ish bretty aromas bounce with orange zest and herbs.

At first the carbontion is off-putting in the volume which it presents itself, but subsides with some vigourous swirling. Damp hay, bitter orange peel, and a tease of sweetness before reaching a dry, peppery hop finish.

Solid Saison, though never quite engaging for me. Almost there.

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