Saison De Lente
The Bruery

Saison De LenteSaison De Lente
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Belgian Saison
4.02 | pDev: 9.45%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Saison De LenteSaison De Lente
Notes: 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 Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sparkling gold with a very large, active but airy foam settling to a lumpy, very airy blanket leaving sporadic fuzz circles on glass.

Smell is lemon rind and a bit of horse blanket with grass, hay and barnyard. Fainter hints of white grape and stinky cheese are also present. However, but all of the above are very light.

Taste is lightly tart apple and slightly tangy of wild greens with a slightly sharp and bitter bite of brett that finishes with a bready exhale.

The light body has a slowly filling carbonation, and swallows dry.

2013 vintage (!)

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle dated 12/17/13.

Deep gold/light amber color with a large white head. Big, sticky patches of lacing on the glass as this one went down.

This 3+ year old bottle hit with a big dose of rustic funk in the aroma, after which some floral and light citrus could be noted.

Tart and musty flavor. The Brett has probably had a little too long to run wild in the bottle and oxidation has begun to take its toll. Not bad, but I'm guessing very different from what it tasted like in its early life.

Bone dry in the finish. Easy to drink. A little too old, this probably hit its sweet spot around the 1-2 year mark. Still a tasty offering. Thanks to Muz for the bottle.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice hazy golden yellow to dim orange color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a good thirty seconds. There was barely any lacing anywhere on the glass. The smell had a nice sweet refreshing lemon, slightly grassy and leading into a slight dry earthy citrus. The taste was sweet and dry, a nice bitterness invades finely upon the surface of my tongue. There’s a nice bittersweet hoppy grapefruit aftertaste leading into a nice dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the saison style and for me. Overall, I like this one alot and would definitely have again.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A fitting welcome to spring that I hope to have again.
Hazy gold Looks helped by a huge head. Smells have citrus fruit and pine needles with a tad of Brett. That tart takes over in the Tastes, but the sweet malt does leave lightly. Finish is too dry and bitter and Bretty for me to have with many different foods; but a variety of appetizers will do.

Roger Probst selected Saison De Lente as among the "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die !" and has a good line worth repeating to sum up the ale and its dry finish "You can't keep a good Brett down."

I hope Patrick Rue's leadership in Belgian-inspired brewing keeps today's Brett-fad from getting extreme.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had that vibrant yellow haze like a German hefe, even more obscurity haze I'd venture to guess. Aroma was super floral.

Taste hit with some clean yeast phenols bringing lemon and light dry beechwood like grist. Lots of carbonation on this one. Clean drinking. Grassy, floral. Definitely hits those spring notes. Older bottles develop more earthiness. Maybe a smidge of pepper to it.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on from a 750ml bottle into a straight sided Collins glass.

Look is a hazy yellow orange with a thick frothy head.

Lots of funky wet blanket hay aroma.

Taste is grassy and light. Very dry thin. Excellent Easter drinker.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes over 2 years old:
Pours a hazy deep gold producing 3+ fingers of active but lasting, finely bubbled, creamy, off-white head that recedes into a moderate cap of long lasting foam that leaves blotchy webs of lace. Aroma is musty Brett, spice, lemon zest & sweet fruitiness of apple, peach & pear. Taste is a balance of sweetness & Brett yeast mustiness, apple, pear, white grape, spice & bitterness. This brew is sweet but tangy with a nice dry bitterness that intensifies from the finish into the aftertaste & lingers long. Mouthfeel is medium bodied,lively carbonation & dry. The first bottle I experienced & rated was over 2 years old. Thanks to Eric at 5 points bottle shop Athens, Georgia. Very nice.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The spring saison has a much more prominent malt foundation than the Rue & many others in the style. There is some lye aroma with notes of wheat germ & toasted rye. It also has some classic yeast aroma as well. Taste carries through the sweet malt mixed in with some dried fruit (apricot) and bready Belgian yeast. It is sudsy with a semi-bitter finish. It has definite saison notes but there is lots of golden German lager flavors flowing through this as well.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Golden haze orange in color with 3 finger white head and a column of streaming bubbels. Fades very slow and leaves behind a thick cap with heavy foam lacing.

S - Earthy hops and wet hay along with a light lemon or citrus aroma. The yeast is mellow and the funk and spice are minimal.

T - Has a nice lemony citrus flavor and is quite heavy on earthy hops. Mild spice with a Belgian yeast. Finishes with a touch or tart and bitter, but not much.

M - Light and crisp with nice carbonation and dry finish. Very refreshing.

O - Enjoyable Saison for a warm weather day.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz poured into a tulip. The brew pours golden yellow with a frothy eggshell colored head. Trace amounts of lace left behind while drinking. Beautiful beer that is asking to be consumed outside in the brightness of a spring or summer day. Smell is of pears, green grape, green apple, lemongrass, fresh flowers, and dry cracker malts. The taste is much the same, and the mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. The Bruery knocks it out of the park again. It is a different beast from their year-round Saison Rue, taking a less yeasty and less spicy route, going more for a fresh spring floral and fruity notes.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color with a huge fluffy head. Cloudy in appearance. Decent saison but very mild, bordering on bland. Picked up no brett. Easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of thebeers
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/16/13

Effervescent gold with huge white head with thick, clumpy lacing. An initial whiff of pear, and then just a dry, yeasty smell. Extremely dry, light and delicate tasting. Some fruity notes are very far in the background, and some stale hops are still detectable. No funk or sourness to speak of. Label says it can be aged for up to two years, but would have liked to try it fresh.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barnyard fruit and spice on the nose. Pours hazy gold under a 2” white foam cap that dissipates to a persistent clump and leaves thick lace. Fresh and over ripe fruit on the palate, medium to medium light body and a very luscious, creamy texture. A bitter hop accent on the finish.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one had been unintentionally aged for a while and I picked it up on a steal at a local shop. I was hoping it had not gone bad. Thankfully it had not.

Appearance: Straw yellow, some haze in the glass but pretty much what you expect from a Saison. Head was pretty full light and fluffy white.

Nose: Green apples, some funk and light grassy notes. Smells like spring!

Taste: Very nice, there was a tartness to this one but not overly so, very nice clean taste, not really funky at all a mild sour note in there with some peppery green apple and fresh grassy notes.

Overall: It was a super deal on this one and very enjoyable for the style. The esters had faded over time and it was a tasty saison well worth the price I paid for it!

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Photo of PGD120
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 12/16/13 poured into snifter

appearance: nice translucent golden color with some visible carbonation. bright white 3 finger head. lots of lacing.

aroma: right away you smell the brettyness horse blanket smell. very yeasty. some iscuity malt and lemongrass and lemon

taste: lemon and lemon grass, some brett funkiness, Belgian yeast. sweet crackery yeast. pepper but more a white a pink pepper

feel: light and refreshing and dry. lots of carbonation

overall: a nice saison. wish i had it fresh but im real happy with how the brett developed over the past year and 3 months

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Photo of Hab11
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 750ml from 2013.
Look: 4 finger pearl white head. Clingy pockets of white lacing. Pineapple orange juice in color. The head is frothy mix of big and small bubbles in the head.
Smell: Fruit bomb! Lemon check, tangerine check, lemon grass, orange, blood orange, Tupelo honey, black pepper, turmeric/Basel.
Taste:hmm peculiar not what I was expecting Pepper (white/black, more white than black) bitter straight bitters, orange bitters even tangerine bitters? Kind of rindy. Has a Cracker Jack sweetness. Malty sugars. Slight pineapple. Seems like I'm talking a lot of complex flavors but plays very simple on the tongue.
Feel: the pepper has some bite maybe to much but without the complimentary flavor. It's effervescent up front but it doesn't last mid tongue or to the back of the mouth. Based on the pepper I would expect more bite at the throat. It's not there for me. Overall feel for me is average.
Overall: it hits the style and combining taste and smell is fairly complex but to me the aroma and taste just don't come together like I think it could. This is a fine beer. Just wouldn't put it at the top of the list for its style more a middle run for me and at what it sells for I would go for other things before it. It's almost a bit pretentious to me. I will admit though that I need to try it younger. Might work better for me.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split With Hab11. Bottled on 12/17/2013.

Appearance: very active three+ finger head slowly dissipates leaving behind so much soapy lacing and a beautiful Julius colored orange glow.

Smell: what a smell! I have had so many of these fresh and loved them. First time I was able to sit on a bottle. The lemony character from the Brett or really shining through. So nice. So much of the rustic barnyard funk is there too! Earthy lemon? Sign me up. Really nice balance. Really nice pepper from the said on yeast too. What a great mix! Earthy almost turmeric aroma as well. Very complex.

Taste: Well that wasn't expected. Super peppery. Bitter orange rind. It's like someone tossed more than a dash of bitters in my cocktail. Peculiar. Slightly tart which is good but really bitter. Candied pineapple. Candied orange. Very complex flavor profile. Not at all what I was expecting but certainly not disappointing. The longer I sit here contemplating this beer the more I am enjoying it.

Mouth: silky, quite frothy medium heavy body. It's like an orange milkshake in my.mouth. quite good feel on this.

Overall: I love this beer fresh. I live the earthy rustic flavor that comes through with the pepper in the background. With age though this has become quite a different beer. So much citrus in the nose and taste. The pepper comes through a lot more aggressively. Lots of bitter and candied citrus fruits come in to play. The lactic acid also presents a great mouth. I am thoroughly impressed with how this one has aged. Far far from my favorite but a pretty darn good one for the price. Would and will buy again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/10/13.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a large three-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates slowly leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Lots of Belgian yeast, pepper, lemon, yeast, and grassiness.

T - The taste starts with heavy Belgian yeast, pepper, and lemon. Some citrus and pepper spiciness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Dry finish.

O - Very crisp and delightful Saison. LIght and refreshing? Very enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/19/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, peach, pineapple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, peach, pineapple, white grape, pepper, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure the regular price of this beer but I got it on discount from 15.95 for just 9 bucks. Must be old at least a few months to possibly a year from last spring you never know with beers from this place.

A - Very carbonated I got well over two inches that fades rather slowly. Probably to a good lace ring... yep! Color is a hazy opaque yellow color with no chunks so thankfully it's not TOO old or stored wrong.
S - Fresh and full of Brett that tickles the nostrils like a fresh squeezed lemon. Beneath this I do get some dry funky yeast and maybe some peppery spice but it's mostly sour.
T - Not sure how but I get no sour flavors in the taste is just comes off dry with some bready yeast and very little if any pepper corn or funk. Kind of plain really for such an expensive drink.
M - Bubbly and light Its not too dry and goes down smooth.

Overall I really like the idea of a sour Saison it covered up most of the drying qualities I hate in the style but it really didn't taste very Brett like. In fact it seems like it killed the base a bit since I don't taste many bready malts or pepper corns or anything. Interesting idea but an overpriced flop if you asked me.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright, transparent golden-straw color with a lively, fluffy white head. Lots of effervescing bubbles; it looks like a refreshing beer! Smell is very bready, with heavy brett influence. Some alkali tartness / bitterness comes through. Mild citrusy hops and black pepper. Taste is more subdued than the nose, plenty of brett funk, citrus, fresh dough, pepper, not much for real tartness like the nose would lead you to expect. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and very refreshing. Overall, very enjoyable, only complaint is I think some more sour or tartness on the palate would work wonders with this flavor profile.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a hazy light yellow, with some bright orange tinges. One inch head, lots of lacing.

Smells like lemon, hay, black pepper, Belgian yeast, etc.

The taste is similar. There is a nice peppery spice bite up front, with a yeasty, chalky Belgian yeast blast afterwards. Some spicy grain, lemon hay, grass, and citrus zest. Very tasty.

Light bodied, crisp, smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very, very drinkable.

A lot of people dog on the Bruery, but they really do make some incredible stuff when they avoid infection problems. This is just delicious.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle poured into Unibroue glass. *This is my first beer from The Bruery

A- Light goldern color. No sediment on first pour. Tall fluffy white head.
S - Light citrus, farmhouse yeasts. Subtle
T- Very well balanced saison. The farm house yeastiness is the star of the show, but still mellow and inviting. No harshness or sharp edges on this one. Really peaks mid palet and fades quickly inviting you in for another sip. Slight sourness, but just for fraction of a second.
M- Very drinkable and smooth.
O- This is a super well put together saison. Not in your face or "showy". Easy drinking and enjoyable. I picture taking this to a the park, spreading a blanket, and consuming with some cheese and meat.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014

Overall taste is nice, and it plays a lot on the pallet. Lemon, with a very slight orange peel texture to the flavor. You get the sourness on the nose, but very little in the taste. The Belgian yeast comes through, not much like other brews from american style Belgian beers. I don't get a feel that this beer is a saison, very small character comes through. A very slight hoppy feel, very slight.

Overall a nice saison, good overall, but I've had better from The Bruery.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a warm hazy goldenrod with a big beautiful beige head that is very active and lumberingly settles from three to two fingers. Excellent retention; isolated sticky lacing.

Sweet and bready. Light floral aromas with doughy yeast, tangy bright wine, leather.

Funky, dry, and refreshing. Earthy and vaguely sweet up front with an almost lacquer-like dryness in the middle and an herbal, barny, funky finish.

Medium body with nice carbonation and a dry character. Medium finish and very drinkable and enjoyable.

Really interesting take on a Saison.
This is a nice beer all around and is just different enough to really establish itself in my mind. Pours looking gorgeously Belgian and features a delicious and complex nose. The beer is a pleasure to drink and tastes as Saisony as I think it could. There is the tiniest tinge of Brett in the aroma and flavor, but it is just a hint.
Would certainly have again; well worth looking for.

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