Friday, March 2, 2012

The Bruery Saison de Lente

Type: Saison/Farmhouse
Origin: Placentia, California
Price: $8.95/750mL at Bottlecraft
ABV: 6.5%
NSP: 5.4
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Does it seem odd that according to the Bruery this should be your beer of choice for a post-fast gorge?  Not that I care much about arcane religious practice, but isn't Lent about Jesus' blood and being guilt-tripped?   It seems like a mean imperial stout would be much better suited for that kind of pious shit.  OH WAIT, nobody in the secular world gives a flying crap - we only want to eat chocolate with a bunny.  But as Mrs. Veal might say,  I want to please you secularly, so here it is:

As a saison I think it's missing something.  It is light bodied, spicy and acidic, and marginally hoppy,  which are qualities that surely make for easy drinking beer; but, I can't escape the metallic bitterness taste in the background.  Those aren't quite the banger-in-the-mouth type flavors you'd normally want, so I think I'll pass next time.  Although, the thought of cellaring this (as the bottle suggests) sounds mildly intriguing.

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