Beer: Saison de Lente
Brewery: The Bruery
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: The Shwed House
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumers: Papa Shwed, Sister Shwed, and Brother-in-Law Shw–er, Fant
Sight: Cloudy, golden honey color, with a 2-finger fluffy off-white head that lingers and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Champagne-like bubbles are seen throughout.
Smell: Mostly citrus, with a slight grassy note. After it sits, it develops an almost soapy aroma.
Flavor: The predominant note is citrus, with a slight bitter hop aftertaste.
Feel: Dry mouthfeel, with a moderate-to-high carbonation.
Concluding Remark: As the label says, the Saison de Lente from California’s The Bruery is “clean and hoppy when fresh,” with a noticeable citrus note. If aged, it will apparently taste drier and earthy–which I feel like you can still taste in its un-aged state. However, it’s not extremely dynamic–or “wild and rustic,” as the label also touts. As the Shwed Family agrees, it’s an enjoyable beer for the warmer weather, but not the best Saison ever enjoyed. And for me personally, it gave me the same feeling I get when I drink white wine: a strange allergic reaction that results in coughing and difficultly swallowing. I don’t think the flavor quite makes up for this uncomfortable side affect.