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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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

2011 bottle; notes from 5/11/11

A - Pours a clear golden brown with massive head that has great retention. Lots of carbonation rising. Nice lacing.

S - Nice brett aroma up front, accompanied by lemon and earthiness.

T - Crisp, clean taste with lemon and earthy hops. Brett character somewhat subdued in the taste, but a nice earthy finish.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with some prickly carbonation. Finishes moderately dry.

O - A very enjoyable saison, I have a second bottle that I look forward to trying after a couple years to see how this develops, but it is very good fresh, if a bit like a slightly funky Belgian pale ale.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look – light amber/caramel in color, clear, with good carbonation and about three fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – very fruity and herbal-like aroma, with a hint of spices and clove.

Taste – very much a clove-like taste, just a tinsy bit dry, with more of a feel of hops than a taste of them. The clove and spices seem to permeate throughout the tasting.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans just a slight bit more on the watery side.

Overall – very good-tasting brew, and pretty interesting to think about.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottle date, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, produces a huge creamy white head with great retention and lots of lacing.

S- Citric and spicy, lots of yeast funk.

T- Big spices, coriander, orange peel, pepper, has a crispy fruit character with lots of pear. Yeast funk and earthy hops provide the rest.

M- Light to medium body, lots of carbonation with a crisp, dry feel.

A very good Saison, crazy drinkable, the spice and fruit flavors are great.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Russian River chalice from bottle.

Appearance: Pretty golden color with a thick white head. Great retention. A lot of lacing as well.

Smell: Funky. Brett definitely present. A bit citrusy.

Taste: Grainy, bready, and...Bretty. Extremely dry with a lingering bitter finish. Lemony. A little spicy. Not that great, but it works for me. Ehh.

Mouthfeel: Light, good carbonation. Little alcohol.

Overall: Decent beer. I expected more, but I still enjoyed it. Not that special, but a good saison nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev 0%

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.Tulip glass.Enjoyed on jun´11. Golden color. Cloudy. Yeast in suspension.Off-white,large bubbled froth. Pretty good retention. Pepper, acid apple,lemon peel & slightly malty aromas. Sharp sour/acidic at first sip.Smooth flavor lingers with an scratchy feeling.Bready & buttery mouthfeel with underlying sourness. Medium body,medium carbonation.Quite rough & earthy.Winey finish. Green apricot on the aftertaste.Refreshing.

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Photo of emilylee
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Duvel tulip the beer arrives a crystal clear pale orange yellow color with a nice 3 finsger white cap, good retention and lacing throughout. A very floral nose with citrus fruit character, hints if peppery spice, earthy hops, and a gentle yeast to balance out. Excellent nose. The flavor very much follows suit with a more pronounced fruity character: pineapple, orange, lemon. The peppery spice blends well as does a hint of the saison yeast. Sweet but not overly so the beer finishes crisp with a lingering fruity character and mild bitterness on the tongue. Good carbonation and lighter bodied. Overall, this is a treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 25.4 oz bottle

Appearance - White grape, light orange, monster 3+ inch head and and some nice lacing.

Smell - Floral fruits, orange, grape, lemon, pineapple. Spices and added fruits, yeast, and some earthy hops.

Taste - Light floral fruits mixed with some yeast and spices. Lots of lemon and a nice peppery flavor. Some added sugars works along with the hops to balance everything well.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp and smooth. Tounge gets alot of spices and floral fruits, palette gets yeast, some hops and a little peppery sting. Aftertaste is bitter, dry and a little yeasty.

Overall - Smooth, flavorful and easy to drink and enjoy. Lots of fruits, spices and hops makes this balanced and tasty. A great light saison to drink along with low alcohol, this is a winner.

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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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App- A soft golden color with some yellows thrown in. A small 1/2 finger of white foam falls leaving a soapy looking stick. Very clear in the glass.

Smell- A classic small saison. A bit of lemon with some small funk in it and a little bit of cheese rind.

Taste- Much like the nose. It was a little small but being a spring saison I expected that. A nice bit of cheesy bite like the nose with some small brett notes as well. Bits of wheat and lemon mix in for me.

Mouth- A nice light medium body with a medium carbonation level. Mild lemon wheaty funk residual flavors.

Drink- A nice little beer. I could see having this one aged a few years. I might need to start grabbing those older bottles.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look is cloudy golden with brown hues. A huge dirty white heat is quick to leave with not much lacing, but good retention.

Smell starts out like a Belgian, yeasty, light apple fruit, tangy, and a some brett funkiness as it warms.

Taste is light and crisp, a bit of that fruitiness. A splash of sweet in the middle and finished off by a sourdough bitterness. Nicely complex.

Texture is light and bubbly, almost too much carbonation. Easy to drink, but not one I will seek out again.


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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice Saison. I enjoyed a 750ml Saison de Lente 21 March 2012 (while grilling shish-kabobs in about 72 degree weather...sunny). Nice refreshing crisp slightly hoppy flavors..citrus, clean and bubbly. Not the best Saison I have ever had but a really nice, very very drinkable Saison (the 750ml was easy to put down by myself...with some awesome shish-kabobs!!). If you like Saisons, this is a nice beer to try and enjoy!!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Poured into a Stella chalice, Saison de Lente has a mostly clear golden-amber color with a fluffy 3 finger head. The foamy head falls to a finger or so where it seems to have settled, while leaving plenty of sticky lacing along the way.

After a good swirl, the aroma gives off lots of grassy and lemony hops. Hints of peppery spice, powdery soft yeast, flowers, and a very slight hint of tart barnyard funk.

The flavor starts off spicy and hoppy: citrusy, grassy… All in all, very lemony. The middle introduces a bit of grainy and bready malt to the flavor, but still kept quite light and crisp. The finish is where Saison de Lente really shines. Mildly tart Brett yeast flavors become noticeable, while mixing perfectly with the hops, as well as more standard belgian style yeast flavors. While not bone dry, the finish is definitely on the dry side, think belgian pale ale, but a bit lighter.

Saison de Lente is only the second saison I've ever had, the other being Saison Rue from the Bruery. And if I'm being honest, I'm setting the bar for saisons way too high. The style always seemed a bit boring and high priced to me, since it's more of a lighter spring/summer style. But Saison de Lente does not disappoint! There is plenty of hop flavor, while maintaining light/crisp drinkability, plus the Brett yeast that adds an extra dimension of funkiness that we all love. At least I know I do.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice lightly cloudy deep straw color with a nice fluffy white head

S: A little bit of light lemon, some barnyard and hit of spice

T: A light must greets you as does a bit of lemon, pear some hay

M: Rather nice, medium body and well carbonated, some light spice and hay on the palate

O: Pretty good

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Photo of rinhaak
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a hazy orange hue, the nice foamy head fades fast without a trace of lace. Mild in general, this beer is about subtly and won't sock you with flavor. That said, there are very pleasant grassy notes to both the nose and mouth that are complemted nicely by slight citrus. Overall pleasant and immensely drinkable, it's the ideal light saison.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Saison De Lente from The Bruery
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