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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a big foamy white head. Light spotty lacing.

S: There is a good amount of Brett funk to the smell. Also light grain aromas, lemon and spices.

T: Spices are more prominent than in the aroma. Chamomile and mild pepper flavors. Very mildly funky. Some bitter, herbal and floral hops combine linger in the aftertaste. There is a light, enjoyable alcohol heat.

M: Light bodied with effervescent carbonation.

O: A fairly good saison. I was hoping it would be a little bit funkier but there are still some good Brett notes. Easy drinking and pleasantly spiced.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Picked up a 750mL of this beautiful farmhouse-style ale. Excited to have this year's edition of Saison de Lente! Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Looks like orange juice. Yellow orange. Burnt orange highlights. Huge pillowy three finger head. Had from the bottle, which was a "gusher". The head on this baby lasts for days–impressive. Serious points!

Smell (4.5/5): Funky Brett and citrus and wheat in the aroma. Pear, apple, bright fruitiness and slight candy like malt. Extremely fresh and green smelling. Yeastiness flexes in there quite a bit. I would call this on the "semi-sweet" smelling side of things. A bit sweet, but not very.

Taste (4.5/5): Lots of Brett funk and tart. Peppery. A bit more hoppy than your average Saison, but the hops are not biting or puckering–there to add texture and counterbalance the malt. Beautiful wheaty and citrusy flavors. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Nice medium carbonation and beautiful medium body body. Light and spritely, tingly mouthfeel. Not the most body, but that's not the point of this beer. Warms up and opens up exceptionally well.

Overall (4.5/5): Saison de Lente is one of the best beers made with Brettanomyces I've ever had, if not the absolute best. But there's more to the beer than just Brett. It has great fruity yeastiness and a subtle hoppiness. Excellent flavors by–in my opinion–one of the best breweries in the entire world. Great, great stuff. My favorite saison!

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into chalice. Aged two years.

A: Bright, hazy orange with a huge fist head.

S: Lots of orange, lemon, earth, and bread.

T: Sweet citrus fruit upfront switches to strong earthy flavors and bitterness. It is a very spicy beer.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Two years has changed this beer slightly. The fruit has calmed, and the spicy earthy nature has taken over.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice tangerine gold with a big billowy slightly off-white head. The two and a half fingers of foam settle slowly on the top of the beer, leaving behind a rocky cake of bubbles.

S: I get a good amount of spice. I'm picking up coriander, clove, lemon peel, and ginger. There is also a serious amount dirt and grass earthiness to this beer. I get a stinging tart yeasty note in there as well. It's really nice.

T: The first hit is some great mild citrus and sweetness, but as it lingers on the palate, the spices begin to dominate. It becomes pretty tart and bitter in the finish. It's almost like there are remnants of actually lemon peels sticking around.

M: Light bodied beer. This brew starts out light and bubbly but finishes super bitter and drying.

O: This beer is pretty good, but it's just not doing it for me. I like it, but there doesn't seem to have anything special going for it. The finish is super bitter. With so many other great saisons out there, I don't think I'll be buying a bottles of this again.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nezelrac
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes; one of six saisons at a blind tasting (thanks, again, Benz!)

A - pale straw; good clarity in this context; nice dense fine beaded white head; good persistence; moderate lacing

S - some spicy notes; mid-low fruitiness; a little reticent; some funky notes in the background (brett?)

T - delicious! embedded spice and yeast notes; fruity as well; a little more funky-brett here; very good length

M - very balanced; good CO2

O - i like this a bunch, seek it out

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped bomber into an oversized wine glass- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice one finger head (large surface area), decent retention, and a splash of lacing.

Smell is big and Brett-y. That wonderful tart funk that we all know and love. Plain and simple.

In terms of taste, I get a get some tartness up front, followed by sweet pale malt, then some floral hop bitterness that bleeds into a funky, earthy, yeastiness. The tartness comes back at the end but in general not as tart as the smell. Brett is a marvelous strain.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally crisp- light body, lots of bubbles. It's like champagne only better. If you like Brett, get this beer.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Saison De Lente from The Bruery
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