Saison De Lente | The Bruery

Saison De LenteSaison De Lente
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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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Ratings: 1,230 |  Reviews: 499
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4/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from the Bruery, I scored a bottle of this while in Orlando last month. Figuring I'd better get this open and consumed sooner than later, I was immediately grabbing for a towel as foam steadily crept out of the bottle. Upon landing this ale into my glass chalice I noticed the towering foamy head. Once this frothiness settled I notice the bubble activity rising from the golden-yellow body of this brew. Refreshing and crisp, I am only reminded of a beer I happened to drink just hours earlier, Orval !! I hardly would have expected this (I'm used to a Saison having a sweet fruit-funkiness due to my frequent samplings of Boulevard's Tank 7, but I guess I need to try more of this style to get the right outlook on what to expect). Malty, flavorful with tangy spicy notes. I wish the dryness I sense after each sip was somehow more muted. Overall this is solid to me; I'm too much a fan of this style (albeit a newer one) to be disappointed. I want to seek out other notable farmhouse styles to compare, but this one I'll grab again anytime (if geography allows).

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Hazy orange with decent white head.

Nice barnyard characters in the nose. Some funk and mild lemon notes.

Taste is spritzy with mild tartness. Hay and earthy characteristics. Very pleasing overall. Sharp bits from the brett but very well rounded and enjoyable. Light citrus that doesn't take away from the Brett.

A great example and unique enough to set it apart. Glad to see the Bruery step up and set the bar high for this Farmhouse Ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2011. Poured this one into my Philly Beer Scene chalice that I got at that Brewer's by the Bay in Lewes, DE on 6/30/12.

A: This one pours a little orange yellow color. Tons of carbonation. Three fingers of bright white fluffy head. Sticks around for a long time and leaves some lacing sheeting. Some yeast floaty particles.

S: Peppery notes. Lots of citrus. Hops have faded out but the Brett has come up. Good amount of funky barnyard.

T: Tip of the tongue you get some nice spice. Lemon. Pepper. Funk. The Brett character is really nice in there. I like it. I actually enjoy that the hops have faded letting the Brett come up more.

M: Medium bodied.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into clear plastic cup (camping trip). Pours a rusty golden color with thick white head. Great belgian yeast and wheaty grass aromas mixed with some nice floral hops and malts. Great traditional saison flavors of light grass, hops, wheaty malts with slight pepper and spice. Nicely balanced, refreshing, fresh, and full of flavor. Really great saison and well worth a try. Great pairing with any spring/summer meal or situation.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazey golden color with a huge four fingers worth of froathy white foam. Good retention. Eventually it decreases down to a fingers worth leaving just a touch of lacing.

S - aroma is distinctly Belgian. Bready and yeasty notes mingle with sweet fruit, mostly pears and grapes with a hint of citrus. There is a prickly note of brett giving the ale a slightly rustic feel along with a bright note of basil/rosemary.

T - interesting flavors up front. Reminiscent of sugar coated pound cake. A brisk hop bitterness enters mid-palate along with prickly and slightly funky hints of brett and pepper spice. Lemony acidity (which does seem like lemonaid with the sugary flavors) on the backend with a fairly quick finish with just hints of hops lingering.

M - light to medium bodied. High carbonation. With a slick slightly oily texture.

O - a very refreshing and flavorful ale. It sort of bridges the gap between Saison and triple styles. Something I would definitely buy again.

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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on the border of over carbonation it seems like - lots of foam.

a straw/golden yellow hazy pour with a ton of visible carbonation bubbles steadily going up the center of the tulip. tons of head, which caused for great lacing.

smell is a bit like apple cider.. not really getting the typical saison smells of herbs on this one. a bit of pepper smell is present.

taste is pretty smooth. has a peppery kick to it, a very yeasty flavor is present throughout - this may be the first time i enjoy brett in a beer. the brett kind of overtakes the majority of the flavor, so if there is anything else there - i'm not really getting much of it. this is delicious though.

for the amount of carbonation it looked like it had, it is going down really smooth and doesn't feel all that carbonated. light-medium body with a slight creamy feel yet very crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.

overall this is a very nice saison. a great use of brett (gotta admit, i'm generally not a fan of it at all) for a very refreshing summer beer. i'd like to try more saisons using brett, maybe it'll get me started on sours which i've been hearing are all the hype nowadays.

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3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a medium-light gold color with a very active white head that was over 2 inches (partially due to an accidentally aggressive pour. But even the subsequent pours produced a lot of head), and had very good retention with moderate lacing.

The aroma and taste were very much in lock-step, none of the usual variation I generally get with my limited sense of smell. There was the typical yeast and mild spiciness expected from the style, along with just a very slight bit of funk. I didn't pick up the strong hops the label said the beer had.

The body was good, as I find most Saisons to be, medium and smooth, fairly typical. The beer was one of the driest finishing brews I've had in quite some while however, and I really enjoyed this aspect.

Drinkability was very good, again, as I find the majority of the style to be extremely drinkable. Overall, a good, solid take on one of my favorite styles. Certainly worth trying if you see it, but it's not really head & shoulders above the crowd, so I wouldn't put a lot of effort into trying to obtain a bottle.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 6/16/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with huge white head. lacing is everywhere from this beer.

Smell: yeasty, peppery, foral, and mild sweet maybe biscuit with honey.

Taste: Little bit of everything in this saison. little bit of yeast, little bit of citrusy hops, mild lemon tartness, peppery element to it as well. Wheaty breadiness that tastes light.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. Dry and aggressive carbonation. This beer takes a small hit because the carbonation is a bit too much. its overcarbonated.

Overall: Another good saison by the bruery. It was enjoyable. The low point was the carbonation, but it did not ruin the experience.

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a hazy tangerine orange with a huge (3-4 finger) white fluffy head that mostly diminished, down to a few fluffy puddles with a large collar and excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a musty Belgian Brett yeast, floral and grass hops and some light grain malts with notes of apple, banana, citrus (lemon and orange) and a hint of honey.

The taste was mildly sweet and a bit acidic with a hints of apple, banana and a touch of honey early on, becoming slightly yeasty with a nice hoppiness and had a mild sour citrus taste towards the end. The flavor stuck around for a nice long while, being mostly of a sour citrus taste with a nice hoppy finish that lingered for a good duration on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with an almost ticklish carbonation.

Overall a very unique tasting Saison, one that has the hops and yeast working very well along with the mild sourness, making this brew and very enjoyable drinking experience...

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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pint glass (I know, I can't read instructions).

A: This is a hazy, light golden color. Forms a huge fluffy white head that looks like that is the shape & consistency of the head on a root beer float. There is a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Grainy, yeast, lemon, funky pineapple, barnyard funk.

T: Rather typical for a saison (yeast, lemony, a little grassy) but with some serious Brett funk as a counterpoint. Very interesting.

M: Fairly light, as expected for a saison. Has a somewhat sour, dry finish with some tang.

O: This is good, and a Brett serves to make it a bit of a different take on a saison. I think it works well, but likely wouldn't be my go-to saison. I do wish I'd bought more bottles though...

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010. Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a bubbly, white head. Little lace but good retention.

S: Subtle funk, earth, brett, hay.

T: Deliciously delicate and funky, barny, earthy, grassy.

M: Smooth, sweet, delicious with great flavor.

O: Pretty solid aged Saison.

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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
Beer rating: 84.6% out of 100 with 1,230 ratings
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