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 brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle into Tulip. No date on bottle, but just picked up today so I'm assuming this is the 2011 release.

Not getting the huge white head that other reviewers mention, just a finger or so, which I imagine supports that this is a new bottling.

Smells of belgian yeast and zesty light lemon. Bright and lightly sweet. Not much of a brett funk smell. Taste is initially peppery, coats the mouth and tongue quite nicely, middle sweetens up and the finish is crisp. A respectable hop presence. There is a bit more funk in the flavor than the nose. Quite a creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. This is when I love having a 750ml on hand.

I was really thirsty when I poured this beer. That coupled with its somewhat gentle style is making it go down quick. Overall I would categorize this as an American-ized Saison (which is a no-brainer given the brewer)

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Photo of Ynot2
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter.

The head on this beer does not stop. No matter how slow and easy I poured a huge white head was eveident. The liquid is a golden yellow, really nice colors in the glass.

S Lemon jumps out at me first, followed by a grassy aroma. As the beer warms a little I get the funky barnyard brett that I expected.

T The lemon aroma did not come through as strong on the taste as I expected, more of an earthy malt flavor. The finish is a real grassy flavor, but in a nice way.

M The mouth is light on carbonation considering the head, a really medium body with good acidity, ends really dry.

D Not the best choice for a cool California evening, more suited for those spring days where you want the refreshing blast. A very drinkable beer. I will enjoy more of these as the weather warms.

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Photo of nas5755
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this bottle had a plain bottle-cap versus the new Bruery labeled bottle-cap

A - A hazy golden beer with a massive frothy head, and thick lacing

S - Spicy brett and saison yeast dominate the nose with bready malts blended in with a nice grassy note, I was expecting more funk

T- Spicy, with a nice malts and some grass flavors, a slight lemon flavor and a considerable amount of bitter hops in the finish. Very bitter and not what I am used to in saison.

M - slightly on the creamy side for a 6.50% abv beer with brett, nice carbonation in higher ranges of the scale.

D- Overall, this is a solid saison, more hops than I was expecting and less barnyard funk, very spicy and refreshing. A solid beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft service into a goblet at the Bruery tasting room in Placentia.
This review is for the 2011 batch, consumed the weekend of its release.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright acidic yeast, grassy hops, and toasted grain come across mostly clean, with minimal funkiness.

T: Begins dry, with toasted malt and bright lemony tartness at the fore. The middle is noteworthy in its dissimilarity to last year's batch, possessing bold Brettanomyces character that is unmistakable. Acidity remains elevated here to the benefit of the flavor profile, preventing the Brett from becoming oppressive on the palate. Mild bitterness and faint green grass mark the clean finish--not a whiff of goat pasture lingers.

M: Thin viscosity, fluid but slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Showing some significant changes for 2011, this beer gains clarity and a double dose of Brett over the 2010 batch, but also seems to suffer depletions. Its former wheat-like ability to coat the palate to a satisfying end is missing here, as is the occasional snap of black pepper. The conspicuously funky Brett that dominates the middle has the potential to wear on the palate, reminding of Russian River's batch of Sanctification from 2009 more than it does the previous vintage of Saison de Lente. While still a good American-brewed saison, it doesn't quite scratch the itch like it has in the past, although Brett-lovers will likely disagree.

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Photo of Schreibeers
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a whole case of this. As I have had three now, each one is a slightly different experience. I look forward to drinking the rest.

A: Pouring this beer is an adventure. Make sure you are ready to spend some time. I poured into two large goblets to make the process move faster. Regardless. Watching the large thick beautiful head recede as it leaves lacing on the glass each time is a real treat. Color is a bright golden color, as a bottle conditioned beer there is some yeast particles at the end of the pour. Depending on your preference, your beer could end up quite hazey.

S: The smell is quite pleasant as you can pick up some light malts, sweet citrus, mild hops, straw, bananas, and cloves. Overall mild and refreshing.

T: Almost a light straw-like maltiness seems to be the backbone. There is some acidity here, maybe a little bit of dry bitterness as well, it seems to all be tied together by a little sweetness, not quite as much bannana/yeast as I might like in the taste.

M/D: Light to Medium body, Effervesant, refreshing, what you expect from a Saison.

Overall. I highly recommend this beer. I love this beer with a nice dinner. It is so diverse, it can work with almost anything.

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

Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop (in Super Jr. Market)

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a huge white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of lemon and funky Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose with lemon flavors and funky Belgian yeast

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Yet another excellent beer from the Bruery very easy to drink with its very good tastes this is a beer to get your hands on to try sometime

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Photo of Sam21
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml champagne-style bottle from the 2010 March release. Poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Upon popping the cap the beer comes to life as if flipped by a switch. Carbonation begins rushing up from the bottom of the bottle and a thick mat of bubbles gathers in the neck. Pouring is difficult as even the lightest trickle down the side of the glass creates an immediate blob of foam. Eventually I am able to get a good pour and it look beautiful. Great amber-orange body with a massive fluffy white head. Slightly hazy. A beautiful saison.

Smell - Lots of lemon, orange, and light clove spice jump out of the glass. There is that fantastic phenolic note tying it all together with a nice thick blanketing of funk. The brett is not as overwhelming as I thought it would be given the 8 months this beer has spent in the bottle.

Taste - The flavor is nicely contained and is very mellow actually. Light citrus fruits dance across the tongue with additions of spice and a medicinal bitterness in the back. The finish is pleasant and chock full of sweet doughy malt, earthy hops and bitterness. I was expecting to be beat over the head with brett upon opening this beer, but am pleasantly surprised at how integrated it is into the overall profile.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. The carbonation is interesting in this beer. While this beer is heavily carbonated, the carbonation is not as tingly on the tongue as other saisons. Rather, it is full of huge, soft and filling bubbles.

Drinkability - This is a very easy-drinking saison that would be fantastic on the first warm days of Spring. Not as spicy as Saison Rue, this is a delicious golden brew that I would always welcome. The Bruery knows how to make a tasty beer.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky yellow with slight orangy tint. A hugeee fluffy white head.

Smell of orange, lemon, and slight biscut. Nice mouthfeel with lots of bubbles.

The taste of brett is in the forefront when its cold but as it warms up more flavors pull through. Tartness citrus with a slight alcohol and a dry finish.

Not my favorite beer in the world so Id probably go with another Bruery selection if available.

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle to tulip. Sampled 10/25/10.

A: A huge off-white head of 5 fingers begins to wear out it's welcome with a retention that could seemingly be measured in days. The cap appears light and full of air, eventually collapsing in on itself. As the head slowly pulls away from the glass's edge, it leaves a sticky, perfectly intermittent web of lace. The body is 70% opaque with a medium value peachy-orange hue.

S: Light malts of toasted grains and straw give way to a heavy hop character. Aromas of lemon and orange zest stand out above underlying earthy and grassy notes. There is a healthy contribution of barnyard funk.

T: Saison de Lente is bretty by saison standards and the use of this yeast strain is highly evident from the onset. No complaints from me since it works well, particulary with the accompanying flavors of pear and apple. Lightly sour. Dust and cardboard are mixed in, which are flavors that lend themselves effortlessly to a dry mouthfeel.

M: Dry all the way through. Medium body with a creamy texture and very mild carbonation. Under carbonated in fact. The mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of the brew by far, which is a flaw that I find all too common in The Bruery's beers.

D: Above average drinkability. SdL could be a great beer if the bottle conditioning was more successful. I'll re-visit in a year or two.

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Photo of boss302
3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Golden, not clear, looks appropriate for the style.

S Estery yeast aroma. Not much hop aroma, not much citrus as I would have expected there to be. A little wild yeast aroma.

T Bitter drying astringency is the first impression. Astringency seems more from fermentation than from hops.

M Medium body, carbonation is high but appropriate for a Saison.

D Not a must have second for me. A decent beer, but I probably won't be purchasing another.

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Photo of LevitatedEep
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle with a friend in my Chimay glass.

A - One of the thickest heads I have ever seen, looks like lemon meringue pie...also reminds me of a giant thunderhead with a tornado of carbonated bubbles going from the head to the bottom of the glass that will not quit. Very cloudy yellow as the head begins to settle.

S - Smells very fresh but funky. I can smell pears, spices, pepper and a few other smells I cannot nail down.

T - Decent taste but nothing to special....has a odd offtaste but still has some good spicey and fruity tastes and a little bitter finish.

M - Pretty thin mouthfeel and very carbonated.

D - Goes down relatively easily but that offtaste keeps getting in the way of the other flavors.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle and into the glass and right away the thick white foamy head built and overflowed the glass. The bottle kept bubbling and bubbling. The head looks like whipped cream. After the head settled, I only have 1/4 of the brew in the glass so had to pour more. As a result, more overflowing.
Lots of sediment floating and carbonation. The beer itself is orange.
Smell is not too strong, but "clean" With fruits such as pears and pineapple. Some corriander is present.
Taste is good, with lots of spice and malt. Very dry. A burnt plastic off-flavor is present but not too much of a problem. A short bitter after taste is present.
Not my favorite Brewery beer, but still decent.

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

poured a pale murky yellow with pineapple yellow highlights and had a finger of head but left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was a little fruity and funky consisting of maybe pear and apples but did have the bretty characteristics. It also had some citrus and spice nots as well. On the taste the brett character was also noticeable with fruity applsauce, spice, coriander, and citrus accents; pretty solid saison. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, betty, slight citrusy, but spice, and bubbly finish. It drank really good and would probably be able to take down maybe 2 bombers in one sitting. It's been good on tap and in bottle.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in into an over sized wine glass.

A - pours a huge thick, fluffy, chunky head that just won't quit and I mean that in a good way. I even poured slowly and still got this impressive piece of work. Lots of lacing. Pretty dark golden color, cloudy.

S - funky, citrusy, spicy smells. Coriander, yeasty, pleasant on the nose. probably one of the best smelling beers I've had.

T - spicy, citrusy tartness, especially lemon. Green apple is also present, adds a sweetness to the sour, tart flavor. Very drinkable, alcohol content is very well masked. Banana is roaming around in here somewhere as well. Almost had the characteristics of a belgian tripel. Really delicious

M - smooth, light bodied, but that shouldn't mean its not complex, which it certainly is. Very drinkable. Wish I had a second bottle around.

D - really easy to get lost in this beer and forget its alcohol content. I spilt a bottle with my buddy and we were left wanting more. Great saison, easily one of the best I've ever had. Another great offering from the Bruery.

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Photo of Offa
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good, but not very impressive. I let it sit for several months, but perhaps I should have let it go a little longer to get more earthy "wild" elements and tone down the sharp bitterness.

Anyway, it is slightly hazy deep straw with a very huge off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin rocky top and leaving a few weak bits of lace.

Aroma is yeasty with bright, fresh pear, apple, hints of herbs, hay, grain, hint of pepperiness. It is bright and crisp.

Taste is light fruitiness with pear, apple, yeasty grain and light sweetness up front. Then, peppery-leafy, aromatic woody bitterness takes over. It has some good character, but it is a bit unbalanced and thin, and the bitterness too sharp, bitter, and astringent in the finish and aftertaste, which is too bad because I found elements of this to be very good and promising. These downsides reduce my interest in the beer and the drinkability quite a bit.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A pale yellow, hazy color with a very large rocky white head. The head stays for quite some time, almost refusing to disappearing as the sticky lacing clings in patches to the side of the glass.

S- There are malty bready characteristics of the smell that start the smell as the spicy funk of the saison quickly asserts itself as a major aspect of the beer.

T- Starts off with much of the bready characteristics that were present in the nose. The taste progresses into a sweet Belgian candy flavor before hightening into the spicy and funky characteristics of the brett. Really the defining characteristics of the beer and incredibly refreshing as the beer finishes with a slight hop presence and slightly tart and sour characteristics.

M- Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Dry finish leaves this beer very refreshing.

D- I found myself going through this beer almost alarming fast. I only wish I could get more now.

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

Am a huge fan of The Bruery so I had really high expectations for their Saison de Lente. And loved it!

Poured it into a large pilsner-style glass - beautiful pale honey yellow color. Massive and I mean massive head - just a an ounce or two in the glass and foam had risen to the brim. Generous quanity of puffy white foam that leaves abstract globes around the glass.

Aroma is wonderful light lemon/citrus and wild yeast like a fabulous Tripel - smells clean and fresh and inviting.

Taste is delicious well balanced wild ale and hops - light and refreshing and the 6.5% alcohol is not overwelming so you can sip for a nice long while.

Great job here - try it.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling honey gold with a massive crown of mousse-like foam. This head was the most massive persistent head I have ever seen on a beer. Monstrous.

Aroma exhibited lemony and spicy.

The beer is well-balanced in terms of sweet, bitter, spicy, tangy and funky. The flavor includes snappy pears, tart apples, lemon zest, clove and some barnyard funk. The finish is clean.

The mouthfeel is solid. It's closer to medium than light.

Saison De Lente (Spring Saison) is a fun and complex beer. I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, light straw color with a large white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some nice Brett characteristics with light earth, funk, and hay. A bit of lemon and light citrus as well.

The taste brings the Brett notes forward well. A good dose of nice, light hay, funk, and earthiness. There is a bit of lemon and some nice dryness. Fairly light mouthfeel. A very nicely done saison.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Drinking some in the fall as the warmth struggles to hold on.

A - Pours a very nice hazy golden straw color with and immensely tall fluffy white head that is about 3 in tall. Very pillowy, sticky and dense. There are some nice orange hints to the beer as well.

S - Nice spice such as coriander and great Brett funk with some nice slight clove hints. There is some slight sweet apple and pear hints as well. The funk in this beer is very appealing.

T & M - Great spicy and tingly hop notes in this nice and interesting Saison. Some slight tart and lemon peel flavors. there is great coriander and pepper on the palette. There is some nice citrus note to this beer and a slight sweet apple notes on the palette but the hops seem to overtake these flavors. A very nice take on the style. The spice character in this beer is delicious and so intense. There is also a very nice funk but its a distinct Brett funk with a dry character and a cleaner corn husk flavor. As opposed to other more "farmhosue" tasting beers. Very good crisp and clean body. Refreshing and delicious.

D - Very yummy Saison. Great ABV and good clean flavors. Good hops and a great Brett character.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased in Chicago, somewhere around $10. The first noteworthy observation is the intense head. There was no gushing from the bottle but each pour generated inches of foam, threatening overspill from the rising suds. The foam itself is dry looking and laces in thick clumps, looks like Duvel in that regard. The liquid is hazy and pale golden colored.

There's a lot in the aroma, with honey and brettanomyces being the dominant themes. A little yeastiness in the background, reminiscent of St Bernardus Tripel.

This beer tastes very good, exceptionally good, lemon, spice, fermented honey, and just a little bret character giving some wild notes. Dry finish, only slightly bitter.

Light carbonation which was odd with the thick foam, I guess everything it had went into the head. Very good and completely recommended, just be careful with the pours.

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Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a gigantic, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A great-looking saison.

S: A sharp, sweet aroma of citrus, hops, spices and that barnyard funk.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, pepper, some hops and the previously mentioned funk. Nicely complex and focused.

M: A lot of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable saison. One of the better American examples of the style.

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Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle, served in a 10oz tulip

A - pours with a MASSIVE amount of fluffy and thick white foam which billows up and over the rim of the glass. take it easy with the pour! eventually settles down but leaves big, chunky lacing behind. the beer is hazy, pale gold in color.

S - notes of fruity lemon, apples cut into by slightly funky Brett. field grains and slightly grassy, piney hops finish it up. good, if not a little subdued.

T - dominated in the front by zesty lemon, pear and slightly sour green apples. Brett takes over in the middle bringing just a small bit of bandaid, fields, and black pepper. hops are pungent, bright grassy with a kiss of lemon and pine. yum.

M - light yet delicate and refreshing body amped by tight punchy carbonation. creamy until it fizzles in your mouth. finishes slightly dry, with lingering grassy hops and a bit of funky yeast.

D - very good beer all around. glad to have another bottle of this laying around as I'd like to see the Brett come out a bit more and the hops mellow a bit. still, this went insanely well with some spicy fried rice.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely, slightly cloudy shade of golden. The head is a wonderful whipped white cap of foam that has marathon staying power and leaves huge swaths of lace.

The aroma is full of funky brett character. Slightly tart and cellar like with some nice wheat and pale malt sweetness that is pretty well buried by the funk. It also has some lemon and orchard fruit aromas that come out more as it warms.

The flavor is quite interesting. It has a very nice, slightly spicy tartness to it and some coriander. Lemon and sour apple mingle with sweet wheaty pale malt and some earthy notes. Funky character is also present, and seems to be accented by a fairly pronounced bitterness. There is so much going on in this beer, and everything remains fairly balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium with lively carbonation and a fairly dry finish. It is a bit sticky dry, leaving some nice peppery flavors on the tongue.

Not as drinkable as a lot of other saisons, probably due to all the funk, but it goes down fairly well and is quite tasty. A quality saison that has held up well since its spring release.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a massive white head that hangs around for a long time. Even with a careful poor this beer just does not hit the glass nicely, had to wait a good amount of time for the head to dissipate before I could have a sip.

S: Has a very citrusy and hoppy scent to it, there is an earthy nose to this beer. Small hints of fruits and a bit of yeast which is typical for Belgian beer. Seems to be lacking in the nose, at least to me.

T: The taste is sweet up front with a lemony flavor and has some yeast characteristics to it as well. Has a dry finish with some bitter hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Is pretty smooth on the palate.

D: This is a pretty decent beer overall, aside from the enormous head and the lack of a big scent it is very drinkable. The alcohol is subtle and can be consumed with ease.

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