Saison De Lente
The Bruery

Saison De LenteSaison De Lente
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Farmhouse Ale - 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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 11, 2015
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a lightly hazed light amber/gold. it's got a big frothy head that lasts.
the nose has got a big brett character with that dry earthy barnyard smell. not too funky in that respect though, it sticks with soft hay/horseblanket and freshly turned soil. there are also some powdery dried tropical fruits, watermelon rind, and maybe some herbal hoppage.
the taste is nice and dry, with slightly underripe pineapple, star fruit, and tnagy pear; these are all subtle though, i've only included them first because they're what i detected most easily. it seems to have some wheat in the mix, faint corriander too. some creamy vanilla flavors mingle with the fruit and then are pushed aside by a slightly stronger than moderate chalky bitterness. it's mostly herbal and almost tea-like actually. i get touches of asprin in there as well. lemony rind and yellow grapefruit comes out with some warmth.
just shy of medium bodied with frothy carbonation.
this is one highly drinkable beer. it's got tons of subtle flavors, and is quite dry, giving it a very quenching aspect. this is one champagne bottle that disappears way too quickly.

May 16, 2009
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nov 14, 2011
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Mattias from Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Jan 25, 2013
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Duvel tulip the beer arrives a crystal clear pale orange yellow color with a nice 3 finsger white cap, good retention and lacing throughout. A very floral nose with citrus fruit character, hints if peppery spice, earthy hops, and a gentle yeast to balance out. Excellent nose. The flavor very much follows suit with a more pronounced fruity character: pineapple, orange, lemon. The peppery spice blends well as does a hint of the saison yeast. Sweet but not overly so the beer finishes crisp with a lingering fruity character and mild bitterness on the tongue. Good carbonation and lighter bodied. Overall, this is a treat. Highly recommended.

Mar 26, 2012
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alaimoa from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice straw light/golden yellow with 2inch head
Smells fruity like berry and slight hops in the backdrop
Taste/mouthfeel quite nice with a medium saison body, mouthfeel doesn't linger much but has a crispness to it with the fruit and tartness coming through
Overall a tasty saison I could definitely drink on a warm day

Jun 05, 2013
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WesWes from New York

4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful pale and wheat malt scent along the funky Brett yeast esters. It's dry with a nice fruitiness and a farmyard funk. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor with a noticeable hop character. It goes down easy and finishes bitter with a nice Brett funk. There is an excellent earthy character as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn drinkable beer. These guys know how to brew up some Belgian style ales. Recommended!!

May 12, 2009
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Offa from California

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good, but not very impressive. I let it sit for several months, but perhaps I should have let it go a little longer to get more earthy "wild" elements and tone down the sharp bitterness.

Anyway, it is slightly hazy deep straw with a very huge off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin rocky top and leaving a few weak bits of lace.

Aroma is yeasty with bright, fresh pear, apple, hints of herbs, hay, grain, hint of pepperiness. It is bright and crisp.

Taste is light fruitiness with pear, apple, yeasty grain and light sweetness up front. Then, peppery-leafy, aromatic woody bitterness takes over. It has some good character, but it is a bit unbalanced and thin, and the bitterness too sharp, bitter, and astringent in the finish and aftertaste, which is too bad because I found elements of this to be very good and promising. These downsides reduce my interest in the beer and the drinkability quite a bit.

Nov 09, 2010
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mrebeka from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Jun 27, 2013
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JimmyTango from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Apr 16, 2012
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Hopheadhiker from New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aug 21, 2013
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arizcards from Arizona

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

Picked up a 750ml bottle in early August from Total Wine for $7.99.

Beer poured golden with a big billowy long lasting white head. Nose is interesting, earthy, sour apple, floral hops. Taste is hint of sour apple, wood, leading to a dry peppery finish. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with a lot of zip from the carbonation. Drinkability is good. This is a well put together beer that is a nice representation of the style.

Nov 28, 2009
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photomike from California

5/5  rDev +24.4%

Dec 15, 2011
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Jan 11, 2013
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4thelvofbeer from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice Saison. I enjoyed a 750ml Saison de Lente 21 March 2012 (while grilling shish-kabobs in about 72 degree weather...sunny). Nice refreshing crisp slightly hoppy flavors..citrus, clean and bubbly. Not the best Saison I have ever had but a really nice, very very drinkable Saison (the 750ml was easy to put down by myself...with some awesome shish-kabobs!!). If you like Saisons, this is a nice beer to try and enjoy!!

Mar 22, 2012
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ShriverMO from New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aug 06, 2014
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Slight haze in an otherwise glowing, dark lemon yellow body. Rocky, cumulonimbus, off-white head that is very frothy and marshmallowy. Great lacing. Luscious nose of fresh hay, some light tropical fruits, a dusting of powdered sugar, and the light metallic, earthy funk of Brett. There's even a little horse blanket in there. Reminiscent of Orval.

Herbal hops and mildly citrus mineral water bitterness up front. This segues nicely into more of a full-blown Brett-infused peppery, earthy funk. Meanwhile, tropical fruity malts with moderate sweetness come in. These dry up by the finish, which is marked by lingering mix of Brett, pepper, and faintly citrus hop bitterness. Soft feel with lively, yet natural-feeling, carbonation. The bitterness is a little bit heavy in the finish, but this is still a very nice beer!

Dec 05, 2009
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mar 28, 2010
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Sam21 from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml champagne-style bottle from the 2010 March release. Poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Upon popping the cap the beer comes to life as if flipped by a switch. Carbonation begins rushing up from the bottom of the bottle and a thick mat of bubbles gathers in the neck. Pouring is difficult as even the lightest trickle down the side of the glass creates an immediate blob of foam. Eventually I am able to get a good pour and it look beautiful. Great amber-orange body with a massive fluffy white head. Slightly hazy. A beautiful saison.

Smell - Lots of lemon, orange, and light clove spice jump out of the glass. There is that fantastic phenolic note tying it all together with a nice thick blanketing of funk. The brett is not as overwhelming as I thought it would be given the 8 months this beer has spent in the bottle.

Taste - The flavor is nicely contained and is very mellow actually. Light citrus fruits dance across the tongue with additions of spice and a medicinal bitterness in the back. The finish is pleasant and chock full of sweet doughy malt, earthy hops and bitterness. I was expecting to be beat over the head with brett upon opening this beer, but am pleasantly surprised at how integrated it is into the overall profile.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. The carbonation is interesting in this beer. While this beer is heavily carbonated, the carbonation is not as tingly on the tongue as other saisons. Rather, it is full of huge, soft and filling bubbles.

Drinkability - This is a very easy-drinking saison that would be fantastic on the first warm days of Spring. Not as spicy as Saison Rue, this is a delicious golden brew that I would always welcome. The Bruery knows how to make a tasty beer.

Dec 14, 2010
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dgeebs07 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Nov 22, 2014
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3Pope7 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Apr 13, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright beige color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry European hops with some light fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by some dry hops with a typical Belgian malt bill and some very subtle fruity ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no alcohol is apparent. Not too bad but additional complexity through ester or even more hops would have benefited this one.

Aug 16, 2009
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hansgruber from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jul 13, 2013
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MCDub from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

May 10, 2013
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Altenor from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jul 25, 2013
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