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 DustinSmall
4/5  rDev -1%

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

Pours golden with fluffy thick white head that lasts forever and tons of lacing on sides of Cigar City snifter.

Smell is citrus (lemon and orange rind) with a bit of funk.

Taste is sweet citrus. There is lots of funk for me. Good bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall good. More bitterness than I like in this style but worth a try.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with big white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of slightly tart fruit and floral notes with hints of orange peel and some spice along with corn, DMS (though it is much less than a lot of saisons). Pretty good, typical saison smell.

Taste is up front dms with bread, lighter pear, orange, banana fruit, some spice and tart funk appear as well. there is a fair amount of bitterness, which is good for the style. Lingering floral/fruit. Nice.

Lighter to medium body with high carbonation is right.

Really good, straightforward saison. Nails all of what I think about when I think saison. I'd get it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/10/12 notes. Had this on tap at Rustico in Ballston, VA. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent medium orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of mint, spice, pepper, Belgian yeast, grains, and bready malts. Decent nose, a little heavy on the spices and pepper.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, funk, light brett, light apples, light fruits, grains, bready malts, and earthy notes. Some nice funk and less pepper, much better then the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink. Nice body.

o - Overall another nice saison from the Bruery. The nose is a little too hevay on the spices and pepper for me but if you like that in a saison you'd probably like this more then me. The taste was much better as the brett and funk came through more, as did a little fruit. Would have it again.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, poured from 750ml bottle to tulip, bottle dated 4-2011:

Cap explodes off the bottle. Pours a tangerine gold with a huge growing egg shell head and tons of healthy lacing. The nose features bitter citrus, esters, spicy clove, very inviting. The taste brings all sorts of barnyard funk, Belgian yeast, black pepper and something sweet. It’s light and fluffy on the palate, satisfying. Overall, not even a whole year on this one and it’s evolved beautifully. I would recommend this saison fresh or not so fresh - either way it’s very good.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a rusty golden orange with 4 fingers of huge fluffy head. Thick clouds of lacing line the glass. Hazy with yeast sediment settling at the bottom.

N: Golden delicious apple, pear, coriander, pepper and some light lactic acid.

T: Upfront are some huge notes of golden delicious apple and pear. Mid-palate brings in some lemon, cereal grains, apple cider, white pepper and a touch of lactic acid. Finishes funky and dry with barnyard, hay, earth, coriander and peppercorn.

M: Light-medium bodied, chalky, crisp, clean and extra dry.

O: Crisp, dry and refreshing. Pear and apple are plentiful along with a subtle tartness. Could definitely use more funk but overall and excellent spring Saison.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of KMcG
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I had this during lent on March 3rd - not that I observe lent anymore, but I thought the timing was appropriate. The review is from notes taken on my phone.

Rich huge head - It's a feisty one. There is fine effervescence present and a frothy head on a light golden colored ale.

Aroma is a bit dank. Lemon peels , white bread, and the Brett is apparent.

Earthy wet hay, a bit if spice (coriander?), pears, lavender. Lemon on the finish.

Dry finish. A bitter edge. I can see this is good during a nice spring day.

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Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Agold
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a very nice dense white head. Outstanding retention and lacing. The beer is mildly hazy and a nice light orange color. With the aroma, I get a ton of citrus, maybe tangerine or clementine. I also maybe get some pears as it warms a bit. I don't get much funk or mustiness at all. Flavor has a lot of citrus rind and a touch of spice and a very light musty flavor. A bit bitter and that pear keeps coming back. As the beer warms a bit more funk comes through. Mouthfeel is light with very nice carbonation. Definitely on the drier side. This beer is very enjoyable. Brett could be a bit more pronounced, but it is still very nice.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

no bottled on date, but i just got this so it was bottled either late 2011 or early 2012. 750mL poured into tulip.

A: hazy, orangey/yellow pale looking brew. head is off-white and hefty. retention and lacing are as expected and fantastic.

S: apples. pear. green grapes. a little bit of horsehair. pretty significant hop aroma. however this is expected considering how fresh this bottle is.

T: green grapes. ther bitterness is very earthy/herbal/prominent. a little barny/woody/hay-like flavors. finish is crisp and dry.

M: tons of carbonation on a medium body.

D: slightly surprised im not getting a lot of Brett/barn aspects. slightly disappointing. perhaps too fresh...? otherwise, a very easy drinking/full-flavored saison.

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Photo of DM1293
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample Cup of it.

Taste - This needs to be had cold. If its warm, it ruins it a little. It otherwise reminds me of something like a Bavarian wheat, with a light, hoppy lemony citrus in the background. Its really hard for me to really just reminds me of a wheat beer, with a bit of a toasty malt and some hops giving it a lemony flavor.

Overall - If I had just gotten it cold, I'm sure it would've gone down better. As it stands, Its not bad. Its very drinkable, and the flavors are great for the season its released. Spring/Summer beers like this are welcome in California weather.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Presumably from this year, although there's no bottle date information (c'mon Bruery, really?).

Appearance - I wanted to split this into two glasses, but it took 5. The head just billows over the top of any glass. Clings to the glass and leaves lacing everywhere. It dies down to a layer of foam and I never really see the surface of the beer.

Smell - Brett all over the place. Yeasty funk and grainy malts. Lemongrass comes through a bit, but it's all about the brett.

Taste - Dominated by brett. Grainy malt flavor and just a touch of lemony fruitiness. It's so bretty and dry that it kills other flavors. It tastes ok, but it's so one-dimensional. I can't imagine if you let this sit. It must turn into the driest brett bomb. A bitter finish that is accentuated by a lack of residual sugars.

Mouthfeel - Light and well carbonated. So extremely dry. Drinkable, but the flavors aren't there to make it that tempting.

Overall - I guess I'm disappointed by the lack of other flavors present. Dry, bretty, and lemony. Otherwise, nothing else going on.

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Photo of TeamD
1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

a saison with spice notes although i don't think this anything was added. this one looks quite the part but has a minerality that could turn some away. great fennel notes. hits all the quality with an accent all its own. proper look. with a nice lemon zest and golden sterling. a bit perfume. very easy drink but goes slow because of the mineral notes. hints of chalk and toasted wheat. has a barn yeast note but not much of a brett sour at this stage. but i'm having this during lent which i think is implied. nice pepper dry. great with chicken. and would imagine eggplant and zucchini. fantastic cheese beer. matched sharp minerality. not an american temperament first and foremost.

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Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of KDawg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a nice solid orange color with a good foamy head

Well balanced and deep aromas of fresh citrus, spices, white florals, spice tones and a touch of funk+orange peels. Excellent depth with very good complexity

medium/full bodied with a silky smooth feel. Polished with great flavors of orange peels, fresh picked citrus, white florals and some bits of spices

One of my favorite beers on the whole. This is as good as it's ever been. I'll certainly sit on a few more bottles to let the brett characteristics show through more

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Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rauchfest
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Rifugium
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Yet another underwhelming, overrated beer from the Bruery. Hazy coppery-yellow color, with a delicate puff of fluffy white head. Aroma of pale malts, light citrus, and crisp, herby hops. Light taste of thin, pale malts, herbs, grass and flowers, light lemon zest, musty, hints of overripe melons. A good amount of complexity going on, but still pretty watery and not very flavorful. Light-medium mouthfeel and fairly drinkable, but not really anything special. Aka a typical Bruery offering. I'm really starting to think they water down their beer...and obviously over-inflate their prices.

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Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev -1%

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