Saison De Lente | The Bruery

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Saison De LenteSaison De Lente

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

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Photo of JamnesCameron
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle poured into a Hennepin flute.

Beautiful, impressive beer. Pours up golden honey-hued, the color of ginger ale, with two and a half-three fingers of off-white chunky foam. Considerable lacing.

Nose is funkay. Like James Brown funkay. Plenty of barnyard combined with a clean, crisp grassy hop aromatic. The blend of wet hay and fresh grass is almost picture perfect as a complement to spring. The yeast is playful--yes, I said playful--and a bit floral with what seems to be, for the style, decent hopping.

Flavor profile is similar to the nose. Ultra-refreshing blend of fruits that tastes more like their flowers, more perfumey, than the actual fruit. So, so delicate and nice. A very dry saison, a lot like Saison Dupont in that way, though with more hops and less lemon on the tongue. Citric is dialed down on this in favor of delicate florals and bittering hops. In the middle it's plenty more funky hay tastes.

Mouthfeel is light without being watery, with plenty of soft champagne bubbles. Pretty much the rosé of beers. Very fresh, very dewy--perfect for the season. I'd drink the hell outta this beer, and iffen I can find it on-tap you KNOW I'm gonna re-review, as I can only imagine what that experience is like.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of mattgreger
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on Draft at Eulogy Tavern in Old City, Philadelphia

The brew was amazing from the start. It was poured on tap into a goblet style glass. It was a beautiful golden, orange/yellow color with one the most amazing, fluffy/foamy white head that I have seen on a beer of this style. You almost don't want to touch it. As you consume the brew, the lacing is sticky

As the head on the brew fades just a bit you begin to get the wonderfully complex aromas. It is a very earthy brew. It has a nice grassy aroma, it has nice blend of lemons, spices, and a bit of a yeasty aroma. As the brew warms, a nice floral aroma hits the nose, causing a nice hoppy smell. It rounds out well, coming back to what almost smells like fresh cut grass.

The flavor on this brew is everything I expect out of a great Saison. It began with a flavor of grass, peppers, and orange/lemon zest. It then feeds into a flavor palate of earthy cedar/pine. Again, as the brew warms it gives some flavors that weren't at the forefront of the brew. There is hoppy floral like flavor, and a honey sweetiness that finishes everything off.

Mouthful on this brew was perfect. It was creamy, almost silklike. It was a medium body brew, that finished smooth and dry. The carbonation was also key, it gave this brew a life that touched every taste bud.

The brew has a great drinkability. A beautiful represenation of a saison. It has amazing flavors and texture. It is super complex, but is rounded out perfect that makes it a great brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lent Season is over, but it's not too late to try this beer. 750 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Poured into a tulip, no exploding bottle here. The head is big, fluffy, and creamy in texture. Underneath sits a pretty golden blonde with haze in the body. Looks great. Smells great too. A mix of dry rustic flavors. There are notes of leather, apple skins, pepper, lemon rind....I could sit back and inhale for awhile.

Surprisingly light in flavor, yet very easy to kick back and drink on. Dry and rustic without the imported drawbacks, just the way the style should be. Slightly fruity, but with a kick of wool and leather blanketing the palate. Mild pepper flavor too. There's a light touch of ripe candied apricots. Oh, and there's the brett, with a sour lemon-like pucker. Finishes very dry, with the rye lingering on.

Oh. My. Goodness. I am impressed by Patrick Rue, again. I expected this to be really good, but I am floored by this offering. I can't find any flaws with the beer's flavor and feel. As for drinkability? 750 ml is not enough! Good thing for growler refills, but I will have to do it soon before this year's supply runs dry (no pun intended).

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Photo of meeekyh
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.


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Photo of Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden body with voluptuous amounts of carbonation surfacing. Needles to say, the carbonation looks to be quite ample. Aroma is nice. Doughy maltiness spiced with pepper and hints of lemon as well. Vibrant nose. Effervescent feel to this beer. It has a high amount of carbonation without being gaseous. Light to light-medium in body. This one is exceptional. It doesn't get any better than this for a saison. Crisp and refreshing....quenching. And very tasty. Doughy malt flavor is center of it all, but not singular or overbearing. Honey maltiness adds into the equation. Lemon and pepper spice things up as well. And a little mustiness and hay and other spice are added bonuses. Very well done.

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Photo of FunkyFibes
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow, lending more orange hue as the bottle draws to a close. It produces very active carbonation that requires a patient steady hand to control. Thin lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Hits with a nice whiff of that beautiful saison funk, and a lovely bouquet of lemons with a floral background.

T- I was a little over zealous, and started enjoying the beer a little too cold. The barnyard funk is more intense as colder, and balances in to the flavor as it warms to a more appropriate temperature. The lemon is present from beginning to end, with a back note of pepper in the middle. An outstanding balance of flavors that is a great representation of the style.

M- The high carbonation helps to smooth out all the flavors as it dances on your tongue. A perfect light body and very clean finish, with a light lingering flavor to remind you why another sip is such a great idea.

O- The Bruery has certainly jumped out as one of my favorite new finds as of recent. Their saisons are world class, and should be enjoyed by every fan of the style. What a great treat this would make after a long day in the Florida sun.

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Photo of stewfnrocker
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right when I popped the cap off there was action, bubbles trying to escape. I poured this into a tulip shaped glass and there is a lot of action and head build up. It had a cloudy orangish/yellowish color with a very prevalent and slowly dissipating head. The smell was of mostly citrus and some hops. That first sip was quite complex, it took a few sips to get all the flavors. I tasted grapefruit, lemon/citrus, hops, some light spices, a bit of a sweet after taste. The mouthfeel was quite light for the explosion of flavor. It was evened out by the carbonation and not a hint of the 6.5% abv. I could drink a lot of this for sure.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a snifter glass and was greeted to a laughably robust head. Gave me about 1 finger of beer and a snifter-full-o-foam. The peaks are pretty incredible as I'm watching this settle out. Might be the best head I've ever seen on a beer... of course it also happens to be frustrating as all heck to wait for... but it hangs around and claws at the side of the glass beautifully. The body color of the beer is a deep orange / medium grade honey with about 70% opacity.

S - Rich and earthy. Grass, washed lemons, touch of unflavored chewing gum, thyme, pink peppercorns.

T - Grass, orange zest, black pepper, green bananas. Touch of cedar, pine, and unsalted butter on the back end. Carries a light lace of floral, honey-like sweetness throughout the profile.

M - The foam is creamy enough that it's worth mentioning as a serious component of the mouthfeel. It has a texture of silky marshmallows and pop-rocks as the micro-foam tingles away on your tongue. The drink itself has a medium body that starts with a strong effervescence and finishes smooth and just a shade dry.

D - Fantastic flavor, and an inviting mouthfeel. Thank god this comes in 750ml bottles.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to BA vonschplieffen for sharing this one.

A: Cloudy pale orange body beneath a voluminous two-inch head of light, frothy white foam. Good retention and nice lace. Ethereally beautiful.

S: Very light, fresh, bright, and delectable. Delicate fruits are foremost, with green apple, pear, and citrus leading the way in to cherry blossom and more aromatic floral notes. Some lightly peppery phenols lend some depth, but never even get close to being medicinal. Complex and wonderful.

T: Generic fruity esters up front, with the beautiful floral and spicy notes taking over midway through. Bone dry finish. Terrific, but not as clearly complex as the nose.

M: Lively medium body. Frothy, fun, and creamy. Awesome.

O: What a fantastic beer. I love the fact that this Saison delivers a plethora of complex flavors without beating me over the head with vodka-soaked bandaids. Too often Saisons get carried away with the phenols and alcohol, but this one manages to deliver every flavor one could desire without ever losing its delicacy. Truly world-class, and definitely the best American-brewed Saison I've ever had.


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Photo of goatgoat
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a chardonnay glass, wide wide mouth, color is a hazy light golden copper white solid white head

sweet malt upfront, apples, spices, slight yeasty notes, very enticing

sweetish malt upfront followed by solid spice, green apples, piney and grassy hops leading to a crisp, malty, slightly peppery finish

smooth, medium bodied, with a long subtle finish that just begs the beer to be sipped. good layers to pick through which only come out more as the beer warms

smooth, crisp malty flavors with a solid spiced and yeasty backbone with a semi dry finish and subtle flavors throughout. a delicious example of a saison, although not as dry or foral as dupont, but who cares

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good to see Patrick's stuff making the rounds amongst us Massholes finally. I celebrate the arrival by putting this fine effort into my trusty St. Bernie's chalice...

Pours a great citrus honey color - classic Saison look with bluish-thin head and yeast wisps up top. A little cloudiness and ample carbonation at speed of traffic flow.

...that orange zest, hay & barnyard scent from the mild Brett is combined with lots of soft vanilla sweetness and light yeast electricity. Soft caramel with mild peppercorn spice. The whole is much larger than the sum of its parts, though. Put in some nice pininess to the hops and stewed wheat and warmth and this is really perfect. As I told several people, I wanna bury my nose in this chalice like Tony Montana did with the mountain of coke in "Scarface." This is really fucking outstanding.

It all comes together on the palate...the mild Brett funkiness, the yeast and big stewy grain electricity, the soft coriander and orange peel with a tiny hint of ginger, and a softly austere piney hop presence (Styrian Goldings?). Classic Old World with just a bit of new world hoppiness to bridge the frontier. NOW I feel like Chairman Kaga as he snickers after chomping on the bell pepper in the intro to "Iron Chef."

Palate feel is also classic Saison...a little funk, quite yeasty and spicy with a little citrus bent. Those piney hops put it all together in Beautiful Chemistry and the finish is the gift that keeps on giving. Classic example of style.

I remembered that Patrick & Co. made some fine stuff from last fall's Belgian Beer Fest but this is insane. Well-crafted, traditional enough to be strictly on point for style but enough of a twist to break new ground. This one floored me and the next day I went out and found a few more bottles. Outstanding.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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 NoLiberty
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interested in trying this, another saison, from The Bruery.

Pours a frothy, clear light orange color that eventually seems to turn into a very light yellow. Definitely on the lighter side for a saison but still attractive. A thick white head builds after the immediate pour then settles into light spotty cap with strong edging and dollops of lace here-and-there.

Smell is delicious. A totally defined yeasty farmhouse smell - fresh and funky, slightly spicy, peppery with peach and pear-like fruitiness. This is the perfect springtime aroma, like blossoms and exposed decomposition. A light alcohol and really low-key hop smell gives it depth and warmth.

Flavor is fresh of grass, lemon, yeast, fruit and moves into a mild hop middle with a spiciness toward the end. A moderate sweetness rides underneath the whole time and creates great drinkability.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, light bodied and highly refreshing. Carbonation is very present and strong, large bubbles, not the subtle champagne like carbonation of it's Belgian cousins. Would definitely look for this again and again, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Duvel tulip. As usual, cool labeling from them. No dating info but I know it's from this year and it's a spring seasonal so few months on it. It was a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Carb fount in center from etching. Good sticky white lace as well. Even with a gentle pour so not disturb the sediment, I got a massive white head that took several long minutes to subside enough to drink.

The aroma was spicy, fruity, sweet (all the classic saison aromas) with a good dose of earthy/funky brett in there as well. Combined really well with the brett taking a slight lead. Had a couple saisons mixed with brett lately and this one so far has pulled it off the best in aroma and flavor. The flavor follows the aroma very closely. Brett in the lead with a great saison base underneath. The finish is less dry than most saisons but works well with this one. Spicy aftertaste - peppery.

Overall, an excellent saison. I've been disappointed with the other Bruery's that I've had but this is a definite winner. When I'm in the mood for a saison, this one would be near top of the list. Highly recommend. Rotation: not available here..yet. If it was this would be a mainstay in the saison rotation.


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Photo of callmemickey
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow-orange body with the trademark massive fluffy white head which I've come to expect from the Bruery... great retention and lovely clinging lace

S: Lemon, clove, yeast, brett, honey, banana ... nice and funky

T: Much like the nose, there is a nice sharp lemon bitterness which is superbly balanced by the funky brett and the more typical belgian flavorings (yeast, clove, banana)...

M: Light bodied with a bold crisp finish. The carbonation is just right and leaves with a slightly drying finish. Refreshing as should be expected.

D: Very nice in the bottle, I'd rate it a tad better than the on-tap offering but not quite like the firkin that I first had this from.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750mL of this beautiful farmhouse-style ale. Excited to have this year's edition of Saison de Lente! Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Looks like orange juice. Yellow orange. Burnt orange highlights. Huge pillowy three finger head. Had from the bottle, which was a "gusher". The head on this baby lasts for days–impressive. Serious points!

Smell (4.5/5): Funky Brett and citrus and wheat in the aroma. Pear, apple, bright fruitiness and slight candy like malt. Extremely fresh and green smelling. Yeastiness flexes in there quite a bit. I would call this on the "semi-sweet" smelling side of things. A bit sweet, but not very.

Taste (4.5/5): Lots of Brett funk and tart. Peppery. A bit more hoppy than your average Saison, but the hops are not biting or puckering–there to add texture and counterbalance the malt. Beautiful wheaty and citrusy flavors. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Nice medium carbonation and beautiful medium body body. Light and spritely, tingly mouthfeel. Not the most body, but that's not the point of this beer. Warms up and opens up exceptionally well.

Overall (4.5/5): Saison de Lente is one of the best beers made with Brettanomyces I've ever had, if not the absolute best. But there's more to the beer than just Brett. It has great fruity yeastiness and a subtle hoppiness. Excellent flavors by–in my opinion–one of the best breweries in the entire world. Great, great stuff. My favorite saison!

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Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours an incredible looking hazy-peach color with a two-finger, bright-white head that retains forever and leaves a wonderfully lacey mess in the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuits, citrus, coriander, toasted malt, and maybe some candi sugar. Slightly funky...most certainly spicy. Grassy hops. Hints of peach, pear, and apple.

T: See above. First pour is full of toasty and spicy flavors as well as lemon, grassy green hops, white pepper, and sweet orchard fruit/candi sugar. The second pour follows a distinctly tart and spicy tack with help from coriander, more peach/pear/apple, more spicy green hops, and my old friend Brett. Simply fantastic!

M: Dry and toasty with a tangy citric profile as well as an "edge smoothing" touch of sweetness. White pepper and spice add yet another layer of complexity.

D: An exercise in simple complexity...if that makes any sense. Low (but typical for the style) abv and a wealth of rich flavors and aromas make for an experience that is hard to beat.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
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