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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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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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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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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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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4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
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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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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