Saison De Lente | The Bruery

Saison De LenteSaison De Lente
1,230 Ratings
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 +2.5%
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 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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 kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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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