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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant creation by this bruery. Funky, brett and barnyard aromas that grows on me Cloudy orange body with white patches. Giant foaming head. A good bitterness, a creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. A touch of lactose felt, from its yeast. I like brett.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very large head filled the whole glass then subsequently three fingers of frothiness. Excellent lacing. Golden with orange hue hazy body. Aroma of yeast, generic citrus, mostly orange peel, and herbs mostly clove. Flavors are very Belgian with excellent balance between yeast mustiness and citrus tart and sweetness. Some corriander and additional herbs. Medium body and fairly light carbonation for the style and how the head looked. Dry finish. A very nice representation of he style and very drinkable

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is of grain, lemon, citrus zest, spices, yeast, and some slight funky flavors from the Brett. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a great saison, on the darker side. nice for early spring. this one pours a redish hue of sunrise orange, cloudy with some yeast floaters. smell is brett and yeast and your classic american wild ale. some delicate yeast notes present themselves upfront in the flavor, with some complex malt backing and a memorable sour finish. its not sour in the flemish sense, but it has that brett kick at the exactly right time. i really like this. feel is awesome. bubbly like a glass of champagne, sturdier side of medium on the body, and just a bit of fruity leftovers on the finish from the yeast. overall this is another exceptional product from the bruery. i am yet to have a beer by them that isnt outstanding...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Saison pours out as a really nice looking hazy golden color. The head is fluffy and white, leaving a nice lacing as it settles down. The smell of the beer had a pretty good spiciness to it along with a refreshing citrusy sweet smell. The taste has the spice in there for sure, lots of it dancing all over the tongue with every sip. The sweetness jumps in shortly after and finishes with dry hoppy taste in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, pretty smooth overall. Found this Saison to be very drinkable and really nice on a summer day.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are aromas of citrus and spices nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite spicy and has a light amount of bitterness. There are some notes of fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, but there's no way that I could have more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has that Belgian look, with a huge head perched atop the cloudy golden honey colored liquid; clumps of foam stick to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Yeasty and bready, with a modest Brett character (but this is young and likely to develop further); white pepper and coriander, too

Taste: Spicy and yeasty, up front, with a developing white pepper, coriander and sour Brett character; in addition, there is a surprisingly hoppy aspect that adds a Belgian IPA dimension; after the swallow, the tart and funky flavors linger but there is a range of complex fruit and just a touch of sweet lemon on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine interpretation of the style with a hoppy kick, to boot; one of the rare top flight American saisons; as interesting when fresh as it is with some age, when the hops fade and the Brett adds distinction

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% ABV confirmed. Seems a bit low for the style - or at least it doesn't correspond to the ABVs of great beers I've had in the style. Cost was $9.00 at Total Wine Redondo Beach. Label is a peculiar pink/lime. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. 2013 vintage. I'm pretty experienced with saisons and I've had my fair share of beers from The Bruery; expectations are fairly high.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. I let the yeast sediment remain in the glass as I poured per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a four finger head of white colour, smooth soft cream, good thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention - though the ABV is merely above average. Little lacing as the head slowly recedes. Body colour is a hazy translucent opaque yellow-orange. Fairly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing in a general sense, but it isn't ideal for the style. I'm excited to try it. There's nothing unique or special about it, though. I don't notice any overt flaws. Overall, it's an above average appearance.

Sm: Orange and lemon citrus fruit esters. Blood oranges. Pale malts. Light biscuit malt. Clove spice. Understated brettanomyces yeast. Lightly funky. I wouldn't dare call it sour. It's not very spicy for a saison. In a great example of the style, I look for peppery and milky notes; they aren't present here. Still, it's undeniably pleasant and inviting. No alcohol is detectable. I'm excited to try it.

T: Clove up front, with some nice lemon and light orange fruit esters. A bit zesty. It lacks spice, to its detriment. No peppery character or milky notes at all. Pale and biscuit malts comprise the foundation. It's pleasant to drink and enjoyable, but it lacks the complexity and subtlety necessary to really succeed in the style. You can't brew a saison as simple as this and expect to compete with Fantome or Dupont; you just can't. It's underwhelming in spite of how pleasant it is to drink. There's just not enough going on here. That said, it's well balanced. A bit grassy. Some light buried peach. Bretts are limited, to its detriment. Any hopping is minimal at best, and generic floral in character. I don't get any alcohol. It's nicely put together, yet wanting.

Mf: Coarseness and dryness aren't quite there; they missed the mark. Carbonation is quite good. Presence on the palate is good. Body is good. Slightly acidic. Not particularly creamy. Suits the flavours well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. A bit too thick for the lack of flavour depth and diversity. Slightly sharp.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from exemplary. Priced high. Hides its merely above average ABV well. A decent saison from The Bruery, but by no means one I'd get again. Saisons require complexity and subtlety, and this does not bring much to the table. A decent effort, but it falls short. I'll be sticking with other better brewers of the style if I'm going to buy a saison I've had before. That said, it's certainly worth trying. I wouldn't bother aging it. Like it, don't love it.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, gold color with a three-finger, white head of pillowy foam. It left some great lace.

S - It smelled of horse blanket and lots of funky notes.

T - A great spicy and funky flavor. It had a tart apple taste with some sweet caramel backbone.

M - A very crisp and sharp saison. It was light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a really good saison that is easy-drinking and well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, light straw color with a large white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some nice Brett characteristics with light earth, funk, and hay. A bit of lemon and light citrus as well.

The taste brings the Brett notes forward well. A good dose of nice, light hay, funk, and earthiness. There is a bit of lemon and some nice dryness. Fairly light mouthfeel. A very nicely done saison.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a ridiculously giant, four finger head of rocky, white foam. The body is a hazy, yellow-orange filled with rising bubbles of carbonation. The foam settles slowly and leaves very thick lace.

S - A musty, hoppy aroma with notes of rich malt, pears and pepper. Some light funk and vanilla in the background.

T - Some tart wheat up front with lots of earthy, spicy hops. The hops intensify in the middle with a light bitterness beginning to come on as well as some pear and pepper yeast notes. Finishes with strong musty hop flavor and fairly heavy, but smooth, hop bitterness. Lingering earthy hops with bready malt and black pepper.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an assertively hoppy saison with a nice yeast character in the aroma. The pear and vanilla in the aroma match perfectly with the rich malt and earthy hops. The flavor is more hop dominated with only hints of the yeast and malt that were present in the aroma. The powerful hoppiness is refreshing and will be especially pleasant for those with a love of musty European style hop varieties. Personally I like the hops but prefer the yeast and would like to have seen more of the yeast and malt balance that was present in the aroma. This beer is certainly worth trying, even at the price Bruery beer usually seem to go for, and I would recommend picking up a bottle or two to age as well. I can imagine this beer improving significantly with time as the hops fade a bit and the brett brings out more fruity complexity and perhaps a bit of acidity.

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with ThePeskyDingo

Poured into my La Chouffe Tulip

Pours 2 fingers of white pillow topped head. Color is a very hazed mango orange. Good head retention. Some splattered lace. A very appealing beer.

Aroma: Black peppers, orange peel, spices, yeast, brett. A nice funky farmhouse aroma.

Taste: Initially there is a big farmhouse funk. Then some spices with a mix of citrus comes out. Black pepper and orange peel. Finally, a big yeasty taste comes out. All this mixes in with a big taste of brett to create a nice farmhouse taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and funky. Light-medium bodied. A fairly good level of carbonation. Ends with a funky/sticky aftertaste. Very fitting for a saison.

Overall, I really, like this beer. It is very fitting to the style and the brett really pulls this beer together for that big funky taste. My half of the bottle is going fast.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroon here in Greensboro.Poured a hazed lither yellow with some burnt orange hue,a fluffy,sticky one finger white head atop.A mix of slight phenolic yeastiness and lemon essence,as it warmed the funk came thru more.Flavors are lighter on the phenols and funk wich I like,there is a noticeable yeasty component but the citrusy flavors combat them well.A refresher with just enough complexity,I really liked this first Bruery beer I have tried.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a cask, just tapped.

A: Hazy golden-orange body. White head. Good retention. Good lacing.
S: Yeast in the nose! Also floral and wheaty with a bit of fruit. Subtle Brett.
T: The flavor offers fruit (apple, citrus peel: orange, lemon), wheat, a chalky dryness, subtle spice, and a mild bitterness. Some mineralish/earthy notes and a hint of piquant tartness liven it. It finishes dry with residual notes of tangerine.
M: Medium-light in body. Obviously softer than normal due to cask-conditioning.
D: Complex and interesting, and also readily consumable. Refreshing. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Yet another underwhelming, overrated beer from the Bruery. Hazy coppery-yellow color, with a delicate puff of fluffy white head. Aroma of pale malts, light citrus, and crisp, herby hops. Light taste of thin, pale malts, herbs, grass and flowers, light lemon zest, musty, hints of overripe melons. A good amount of complexity going on, but still pretty watery and not very flavorful. Light-medium mouthfeel and fairly drinkable, but not really anything special. Aka a typical Bruery offering. I'm really starting to think they water down their beer...and obviously over-inflate their prices.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very cloudy medium golden apricot with significant amounts of white yeast sediment, some very light amounts of gentle carbonation, and orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly redues to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed. Note that I had the final pour from the bottle so got the majority of the yeast.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts, Belgian yeast, white pepper spices, and just a touch of barnyard funk - hay and grass. Additionally there are light amounts of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with some Belgian yeast and spiciness - white pepper stands out. Light amounts of hay and grass with some lemon citrus. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which linger for a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer but the dryness in the mouthfeel would make it tough to have more than one of these. I enjoy the flavor combinations and would recommend this as a nice beer to try - went over pretty well with the extended family and not everyone is a huge beer person.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling honey gold with lemon peel highlights and a massive crown of mousse-like foam. The head is more ecru than ivory and develops a beautiful craggy rockiness as it melts. It's also sticky enough to lay down assorted squiggles of lace that become thick sheets and small chunks on subsequent pours.

Brettanomyces dominates the aroma, as it so often does whenever it's used. That isn't a bad thing, though, especially if you're a fan of wild ales. Lemon zestiness and a 'white' spiciness manage to get through as well, which adds to olfactory complexity. Warming opens things up in a major way.

Saison De Lente is exceptionally well-balanced beer in terms of sweet, bitter, spicy, tangy and funky. It also tastes authentically Belgian in a way that few The Bruery ales have so far. Both are major positives. It looks like these guys are finally started to realize some of their potential.

The flavor profile includes snappy pears, tart apples, lemon zest, cardamom, clove and an ideal amount of barnyard funk. It's almost time for this year's SDL to be released, so the fact that this one still has so much hop leafy bitterness is surprising. The finish is slightly tight, but it isn't crisp.

At long last... a beer from this brewery that is properly carbonated. And it only took 7 bottles to get there. Although it won't be mistaken for a world-class Belgian ale, the mouthfeel is solid. It's closer to medium than light and contains the ideal amount of energy.

Saison De Lente (Spring Saison) is my favorite The Bruery beer so far... hands down. It's a terrific Brettanomyces-accented farmhouse ale that can stand toe-to-toe with some of Belgium's best. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one out of the fridge this afternoon to enjoy while being outside in the wretched hot weather. Served cold, this one was consumed on 07/26/2009.

Appearance - Very nice pour. Huge billowing white head that left a ton of lacing on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Light golden color with a good amount of haze to it. Very solid indeed.

Smell - The aroma was solid as well. Light brett notes, hints of pears and light grains, a touch of a fresh grass like note coming through as it finishes up.

Taste - Light, airy, with a nice touch of brett up front. Light fruit notes bouncing around throughout the profile and a really solid, very well put together flavor. Light grain and a touch of lit hops finish it off very well.

Feel - Very light, very crisp and well carbonated . This was a no brainer to enjoy on a hot day,

Drinkability - Easy smooth and refreshing, this was light enough to really enjoy.

Overall a very solid lighter offering from the bruery. I would have no issue with putting this down again any day.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured a bright hazy golden color with a huge thick and chunky white head taking up half of the glass. The head had some nice retention to it, lasting well into drinking it.

The aroma has an earthy, dry, peppery spice to it with some sharp acidic, citrus, orange and lemony notes. It has a mild wild and funky Brett characteristic that I'm sure would develop more over time.

The taste has a lot of the peppery, earthy spice that the nose had. It also has the lemon, orange peel and coriander citrusness that gives it a kind of sharp taste. Also like the nose the Brett flavor is pretty mild. It finishes dry and leaves a long lasting peppery spice on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is decent, it had some nice flavors and was pretty enjoyable overall. I did feel that it had a little too much peppery spice to it that hurt the drinkability a little for me.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE head--initially 95% of the glass. It settles slowly in a dramatically lumpy fashion leaving a tremendous amount of chunky and webby lace. The broth is a yellow gold with a chilled haze.

Sour and mildly hoppy like a good saison. There's a light yeast bite. What is interesting is what is missing--there are no barn yard smells. It smells....clean.

The brew starts of of mildly malty but quickly shifts to a prickly tart/bitter flavor of hop and soured grain. The body is spritzy and full. The aftertaste is similar to the end of the taste: tart and bitter, lasting a long time.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale golden color with a very large fluffy white head.

S: Spice and caramel, and maybe some candi sugar. Some fruit, pears and orange. Was expecting some solid funkiness to this beer.

T: A slight bitterness, some very mild funk, spice (clove), and some fruit qualities.

M: Medium body, not too much carbonation.

D: Not exactly what I was hoping for, but still a pretty good beer.

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