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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Our first spring seasonal - Bruery's Saison de Lente

We are finally diving into spring seasonals here on JGF and to start us off we are going to take a look at The Bruery’s Saison de Lente.

The label is very pastel and Easter eggy. 
Wow, that is not what I expected. It has a crisp bite on the drink with a pleasant carbonation that dances on the tongue. What caught me off guard was it was not as fruity as I expected and there is a pronounced bitterness in the aftertaste. Both of those traits are a little different than the Belgian saisons I have tried previously. The aftertaste clears out rather quickly leaving a dryness in the mouth.

Beer poured hazy with a golden wheat color. It has a white head that stuck around for awhile and clung to the side as I worked my way through the glass. There is some hop in the glass but it is not overpowering. This is best when it is just cool, not cold and I drank it out of a tulip glass. Like other Bruery beers I have enjoyed this is one would work well with a meal. I could see enjoying this with an Easter ham. This beer grew on me as I drank it, at the start I was slightly put off by the bitterness but as you get used to the taste it works to amplify the rest.

This beer can be cellared, but I wouldn’t go beyond a year and few months. The label recommends 24 months at most. I think I will get an extra bottle to do just that.

Here is the “party line” on this beer.

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. Perfect for warmer weather and Spring celebrations. 

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