A couple months back The Bruery celebrated their one year anniversary. I thought that was fare occasion to pick up one of their beers and see what they were all about. Of the three Bruery beers on the shelf of the better beer store, two of them were Saisons. Being that I enjoy a good Saison, I found this to be a favorable sign. I picked up a bottle of Saison De Lente, took it home, and opened it up on a nice spring day (one of very few) while sitting on my deck. I was prepared to take notes that day, but upon my first sip of the beer, I forgot about that directive and just sat their sipping the beer enjoying the day. Fortunately there were more De Lentes at the store and I compelled myself to actually take notes while drinking one.
In the tulip glass the beer poured a golden color that was so hazy I could only see indistinct shapes through the beer’s body. The beer was topped with a half finger of white head made of tiny bubbles. The head had good staying power and once receded provided a full covering. A bouquet of aromas encompassed my nose. A spicy-hop character played well with a yeast note that had a slightly sour tweak to it. There was also a lemon-citrus attribute, and a fading hint of green apples, which I only noticed some of the time. In the mouth the beer runs slightly rough due to the carbonation. Nothing overly distracting, but noticeable. As the nose of the beer was light, so was the taste. A light bread-malt profile mixes with a slight sour presence that gives the beer a small, enjoyable, and refreshing funky character. This taste profile leads to a finish of light lemon, spice and bitterness.
This was an excellent showing by The Bruery, and I rank it very highly in my ever changing “best beer” list. Definitely a beer I have no issue picking up again… and again. When producing beers like this, it is no surprise The Bruery has lasted a year, and I hope they last many more.
NB: The label mentions the beer can be aged for two years. I find that a bit funny, since the brewery has only been around one year. I assume they are making an educated guess with that statement. Alas the beer is so good I do not think I could hold on to it for that long anyway.