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 crob3888
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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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArtZan
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color with a huge fluffy head. Cloudy in appearance. Decent saison but very mild, bordering on bland. Picked up no brett. Easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of bwarren82
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jessealmlie
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of IronTom
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swanfungus
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlissJunkie
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Preluderl
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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 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 IPAbastard760
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acostuhhh
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PGD120
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 12/16/13 poured into snifter

appearance: nice translucent golden color with some visible carbonation. bright white 3 finger head. lots of lacing.

aroma: right away you smell the brettyness horse blanket smell. very yeasty. some iscuity malt and lemongrass and lemon

taste: lemon and lemon grass, some brett funkiness, Belgian yeast. sweet crackery yeast. pepper but more a white a pink pepper

feel: light and refreshing and dry. lots of carbonation

overall: a nice saison. wish i had it fresh but im real happy with how the brett developed over the past year and 3 months

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Photo of stephensinner
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hab11
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 750ml from 2013.
Look: 4 finger pearl white head. Clingy pockets of white lacing. Pineapple orange juice in color. The head is frothy mix of big and small bubbles in the head.
Smell: Fruit bomb! Lemon check, tangerine check, lemon grass, orange, blood orange, Tupelo honey, black pepper, turmeric/Basel.
Taste:hmm peculiar not what I was expecting Pepper (white/black, more white than black) bitter straight bitters, orange bitters even tangerine bitters? Kind of rindy. Has a Cracker Jack sweetness. Malty sugars. Slight pineapple. Seems like I'm talking a lot of complex flavors but plays very simple on the tongue.
Feel: the pepper has some bite maybe to much but without the complimentary flavor. It's effervescent up front but it doesn't last mid tongue or to the back of the mouth. Based on the pepper I would expect more bite at the throat. It's not there for me. Overall feel for me is average.
Overall: it hits the style and combining taste and smell is fairly complex but to me the aroma and taste just don't come together like I think it could. This is a fine beer. Just wouldn't put it at the top of the list for its style more a middle run for me and at what it sells for I would go for other things before it. It's almost a bit pretentious to me. I will admit though that I need to try it younger. Might work better for me.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split With Hab11. Bottled on 12/17/2013.

Appearance: very active three+ finger head slowly dissipates leaving behind so much soapy lacing and a beautiful Julius colored orange glow.

Smell: what a smell! I have had so many of these fresh and loved them. First time I was able to sit on a bottle. The lemony character from the Brett or really shining through. So nice. So much of the rustic barnyard funk is there too! Earthy lemon? Sign me up. Really nice balance. Really nice pepper from the said on yeast too. What a great mix! Earthy almost turmeric aroma as well. Very complex.

Taste: Well that wasn't expected. Super peppery. Bitter orange rind. It's like someone tossed more than a dash of bitters in my cocktail. Peculiar. Slightly tart which is good but really bitter. Candied pineapple. Candied orange. Very complex flavor profile. Not at all what I was expecting but certainly not disappointing. The longer I sit here contemplating this beer the more I am enjoying it.

Mouth: silky, quite frothy medium heavy body. It's like an orange milkshake in my.mouth. quite good feel on this.

Overall: I love this beer fresh. I live the earthy rustic flavor that comes through with the pepper in the background. With age though this has become quite a different beer. So much citrus in the nose and taste. The pepper comes through a lot more aggressively. Lots of bitter and candied citrus fruits come in to play. The lactic acid also presents a great mouth. I am thoroughly impressed with how this one has aged. Far far from my favorite but a pretty darn good one for the price. Would and will buy again.

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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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