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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is very carbonated.. Takes a few minutes to settle down. Pours golden color with rich, fully white head. Smells of a typical Saison a little on the lighter side. Tastes fruity, like apples and pears, a little lavender, there is a definite spice and funk from the yeast (brettanomyces) there. Very good and well balanced. Smooth all around. 

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Pours a clear golden color with a huge white head that takes forever to die down. Scent is quite funky with immediately apparent barnyard notes that fade to earthy, floral notes. A lot of spice and zesty fruit aromas as well. A bit of hoppiness. Taste is initially spicy with nice pepper notes to it. Then just a tiny bit of Belgian yeast and floral flavors. A bit of grass and hoppy flavors come through, immediately followed by bitter lemon flavors. Finishes bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a fantastic saison. I remember having this fresh and not enjoying it as much. I especially love how mellow the Belgian yeast flavors are (compared to a lot of other saisons out there). Wish it wasn't so damn cold outside, as this is perfect for a hot/warm day.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color. Pours a very thick 3 inch white head that slowly fades. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Estery, citrus, florarl while cold, musty, earty, hoppy as it warms.

Taste: Peppery, citrus, floral, earthy, hoppy, slight funk, green apples, pear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, lots of carbonation, dry, boozy as it warms.

Overall: A very drinkable saison. COmplex flavors and aromas. I'd like to age one longer and see how the beer continues to develop over time.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

sticker reads 2010 vintage on the bottle I don't remember purchasing. Tonight was randomly warm, so when I got off work I was longing for something to match the weather. I noticed this in the back of the wine fridge, so I figured tonight was as good a night as any.

Poured into a taster tulip.

A: Shaved ice crystalline white dishwasher soap suds on a foggy lemon body. Looks a bit like a lemon or persimmon bakers jam, as the body is fairly clear. A solid stream of carbonation flows like a school of fish to refuel the snowy cap. Major sticky iceberg tufts of lacing off the head. Looks like super carbonated white spritzer.

S: Nose was a bit tamer than I expected given that it's at least a year old Brett beer. Candied lemon rinds that don't come off too sugary. Nose is faintly fruity, but not juicy enough for me to be able to pick out the subtle bouquet. Definitely a white grape character, really low alcohol wine nose. Wee bit of pear apple. The yeast twists the fruit a bit to give a suggestion of a white cranberry tartness. Not much in terms of barnyard or funk, the yeast just puts a subtle blanket on the white wine character.

T: White wine with a faint brown paper bag musky yeast filter. Hard to explain the flavor, but It definitely seems to have its momentary gaps. Lingering white wine fruitiness is maimed by a bitter presence of what I suppose could be the hops. It's hard to believe the hops could still be kicking with any sort of alpha acid potency after this amount of time, but maybe this is a hoppy beer fresh. Some oddly sweet flavor that is somewhere between turnips and mashed potatoes. Soft, not too sweet, but definitely an earthy character that could use some seasoning. A lot of really tame flavor.

M: The best part of this beer has got to be the mouth. The body on this thing is really amazing. I figured it would probably hold up really well on the feels after looking at the beer, but it's really a like a pair of pajamas for the mouth. Soft and soothing, drinking this is like cranking the lullaby box. Smooth sensual feels that make my mouth ready for bed. Very full, only the mildest satin finish, and it elegantly navigates the mildest astringency.

O: This is certainly easy to drink, but it's a hard one to taste. Some nice floral flavors that are accommodated by a somewhat awkward bitterness. I wouldn't have minded if the beer stayed more in terms of earthy flavor tones, but no there was truly like a hop bitterness that seemed to fight the yeast. The ingredients were having a bit of a civil war, but the mouth feel assured me that at least all the battles were being fought in only the most beautiful of settings. As the beer warmed up it went more into potpouri flavors. Light sage, pickled lavender, and faint candy shells. Would have liked the brett character to be more alive in this, but it was okay. The flavor was the laggard in this beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ (750 ML) Bottle of this from Kahns Fine Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis, IN for $12.99. Poured Easter Egg looking bottle (green, yellow, pink tie died) Bottle into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass and does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a citrus aroma from the start, bit of sourness and light spice also. Very hoppy (spice and citrus) and this is the most dominant attribute. Not sure it I've smelt this high of hop in a Saison before...

Appearance- Pours a 6 finger head that is frothy and stays forever! Has a hazy, pale orange color body that leaves nice, thick lacing.

Flavor- Has strong earthy notes and much different than any other Saison. Is very effervescent but then its almost like a Belgian IPA at times of the taste. Sweet, light spiciness, but no sourness. Has a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Overly Highly Carbonated, Smooth, has good citrus finish but no sour/tart notes once again.

Overall Impression- For the price, I'd rather have grabbed a Fantome. The Bruery always has awesome brews but this one was much too light and has no sourness to it. Also very, VERY carbonated. Enjoyed but still can't say I will be going back to this one. Will be trying to get my hands on the Saison Rue soon!

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Saison De Lente from The Bruery
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