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Beekeeper - Bullfrog Brewery

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BeekeeperBeekeeper

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BA SCORE
94
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 6.85%
Wants: 165
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Beesting Saison kept for two and a half years in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with multiple strains of wild yeast.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 06-01-2008)
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Major props to KRAMER17801 for this wonderful gift!

Pours a hazy muddy brown with some sediment into a chalice. 1 finger of foamy khaki tan head resides after settling leaving behind some nice lacing. Smells of sour cherries, Brett funk, oak, red wine, honey, and vanilla. Tastes of tart cherries, honey, vanilla, red wine, vinegar, oak, grapes, and lemon peel in the finish. Medium in body with great carbonation. A nice feel that is never really sour, just puckering with tartness. Also some sweetness from wine and an oaky dryness in the back end. An amazing brew that hides its alcohol well and is very easy to drink. Definitely worth cracking open for a special occasion. Another surprise hit from Bullfrog!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:22:56 | More by HopDerek
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brian4beer

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-16-2014 17:24:13 | More by brian4beer
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

06-13-2014 16:24:07 | More by cfrances33
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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-24-2013 18:22:03 | More by jbuddle
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge thanks to Mike for this one. How often do you get to have a 12oz. pour of such a rare and unique beer? 750ml corked and caged bottle into Drie Fonteinen stemware. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a 2 finger dark, frothy, cream colored head with good retention. Lacing is think, sparse, and stringy. Thin, oily legs. Beer is a dark, clear amber. Real nice.

Nose is huge, honey notes. Very unique. Mild cherry and red fruit tartness. Pretty mellow but well balanced. Some oak overtones too. Moderately aromatic. Nice.

Opens tart cherry and red fruit tartness. Prickly tart in the middle with big, honey overtones that help smooth out the flavor. Finishes tart, oak and cherry. Mellow, clean aftertaste. The honey is very prominent in this one and really helps smooth out the entire experience. Great balance. Incredibly unique.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and foamy in the mouth and goes down aggressive and prickly. Finishes messy with a sticky but clean aftertaste. Solid.

Out of the big 3 Bullfrog beers, this one is definitely better than Blue Cheer. The honey is uniquely prominent and makes its mark known in this beer. Definitely unique, this one isn't going to change much in the coming years. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:10:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
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joel66

New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to grumpy for breaking this one out!

A - Pours dark red, with a light creamy head

S- Sweet dark fruit, berry/ cherry mixed with a woody oak character. Sour grapes and acidity come through as well

T- Sour grapes, dark fruit with a ton of oak. nice balance between sour and sweet, extremely well balanced. Light to moderate funk from the age.

M- Moderate to light carbonation with a dry sweet finish

O- I cant believe how well this bottle held up. It was delicious, and a great experience

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 15:31:46 | More by joel66
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DmanGTR

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-29-2013 00:51:25 | More by DmanGTR
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

10-28-2012 09:42:39 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, treyrab. Side-by-side with Black Cherry Bomb.

L - not very exciting hazy milk chocolate brown with a consummate khaki wide ring of foam.

S - Blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, cherry over an almost oud bruin acetic/lactic base.

T - Much like the nose, with all of the aforementioned berries playing with cherry, lactic acid, mild oak, and even a citrus rind custard finish.

M - Soft and smooth, with a viscous carbonation at the front and middle and a tannic briskness in the finish.

O - Delightful stuff. I had no idea what to expect, but this is damn tasty!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:14:40 | More by BucketBoy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

11-15-2011 22:38:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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CaptinRedBeard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-14-2011 11:28:09 | More by CaptinRedBeard
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to avalon68.

A - Surprisingly dark on the pour, with a little bit of an off-white head that faded into some random spos and decent lacework.

S - Some decent funk, fascinating barrel influence that gave it some soft vinous notes. The real kicker on this beer is the underlying honey that comes through, amazing.

T - I'm not a huge saison fan, but I love this one. It's got some greatly complex slight tart notes and some wonderful honey sweetness.

M - Nice carbonation, medium bodied.

O - This beer is wonderful and unlike anything I've ever had. Out of the saisons I can remember having, this possibly is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 04:01:51 | More by AgentZero
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

from notes

fantastic pour here with a golden amber color that was completely hazed over and cloudy with a full three inches of head sitting on top of the glass that just dripped down the sides throughout the entire session.

aroma is deep hops and herbs right from the front. dense citrus and floral lavender and herbs come through very clearly and brightly as the smell is intoxicating and just remarkable. i really am not paying attention to those panning this one as i thought it was remarkable. such a bright and flavorful beer. deep citrus hops, lavender and chamomile, hints of herbs, fresh grasses, light spices, just sublime. smooth,

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:58:30 | More by mikesgroove
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MI Mega Tasting III, provided Jeff R aka northernbrew. Been on my wants for quite some time and the time has finally come! 750ml bottle, poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.

A - Pours a darker reddish orange, slightly rusty. Cream-colored head, quick and fizzy, then vanishes. No lace or retention to speak of after the initial pour.

S - Solid dose sour/tart notes, light acidic quality, and some oak. There's some funk still left over from the base saison beer, it seems, which really surprises me (seeing how old this beer is). Some sweet fruits are mixed in as well as some slightly sour grapes.

T - Palate is big on the oak, sour grapes, slight yeast funk. There a slight fruity sweetness on the finish, which I picked up on the nose as well. Perhaps this is some of the bugs doing? Who knows. Everything is well-balanced and enjoyable.

M - Light body, spritzy carbonation, dry oaky finish.

O - Easily the best Wild Ale I've had from Bullfrog, buy a long mile. The funk, sourness, oak, and fruity sweetness are all blended together perfectly. I wish they still make 'em like this, but now I think BF is mostly hype and a lot less show. Get this beer, if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 17:53:18 | More by Sean9689
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Early 2010 rate. I've had two bottles of this, the first was sublime and the second was just very nice. I'm kind of averaging the scores, but the review is from the first, amazing bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown, purple edges with a small soapy head and fine legs. Kind of understated nose of mild brett, wine barrel. Interesting brew here...sweet fruit, acidic vinous wine barrel, brett and lactic sourness, and a really interesting spicy quality intermingle nicely. Much different from my expectations. Chinese spices, like cloves and star anise, kind of swell up near the back palate. Somehow Oriental, with the cloves playing with these sweet and sour flavors. So different than any American sour, really such interesting depth and complexity at this age. As it opens a caramel and apple quality comes out. Depth of flavor is just endless. Freakin fantastic stuff, kind of makes me sad and happy at once.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:01:50 | More by JAXSON
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largadeer

California

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to corby112 for the chance to try this one.

Beekeeper is a hazy burgundy color in the glass, topped by a small but lasting off white head. Dark for a saison, but nice to look at.

The aroma is extremely vinous. Dry red wine, lactic sourness, tart cherries and raspberries are prominent. There's a reserved funky, musty character and a hint of leather that add depth, but the wine barrel is very dominant, almost excessively so.

Huge red wine flavor, a touch of raspberry sweetness, strong tannins, tart cherries. The wine barrel character is overwhelming, but it's delicious. High carbonation helps cut the heaviness of the body, though I still feel that it's a touch syrupy for a saison, albeit a bastardized one. The finish is heavy on the tannins, mildly acetic and slick, but ultimately drying. This is unique and quite good, but it's not something I'd want to drink often or in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:24:06 | More by largadeer
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Arbitrator

California

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared at ipa247's sour tasting by corby112. Thanks, Craig!

A: Pours a very dark, nearly opaque reddish amber. Good head with good retention, and a moderate collar.

S: Vinous (dark / red wine), oak, something flowery, mild leather, lactic sourness, chocolate, cherries.

T: That vinous character really comes out in the flavor, and it accentuates the leather nicely. Cherries are very noticeable. An undercurrent of sourness with an acetic finish. Semi-dry. I never figured out what the floral aroma was, and the chocolate never popped up in the taste.

M: Some heat. Tannic finish. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. It had some buildup / residue issues with red wine and acetic flavors, so the carbonation could stand to be a bit higher.

D: It's very good, and that surprised me. I had basically ignored Bullfrog after the accusations of Bullfrog Mafia hype, but this... well, it's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:16:54 | More by Arbitrator
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ery dark mahogany chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with a frothy two finger pale beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring. The glass is left coated with rings of soapy lacing.

Very vinous earthy aroma with a lot of oaky tannis subtle vanilla and HUGE vinous red wine presence. Lots of dark fruit notes especially grape, sour dark cherry and plum. There is also a slight malt presence with maybe some chocolate.

Very vinous slightly tart and puckering medium body that is not acidic in the least bit with a very prominent red wine flavor. Subtle oak and vanilla notes and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Lots of dark fruit notes, especially grape, dark cherry and plum. Sweet and vinous with slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 02:37:27 | More by corby112
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emerge077

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Alex for sharing a beer I was sure i'd never try...

It poured a rusty, murky, orangey brown. Some spotty lace dotted the tulip glass, and a webby skim stretched out across the surface. It was well carbonated with visible bubbles surfacing in the foam. Notes of cranberry, dried dark fruits and cherry pit in the nose, with a clear origin from a wine barrel. Acetic, dry woody Cab barrel flavor, it certainly overstimulates the salivary glands in the best way. Earthy currants, with a firm gripping tartness, and oaky traces in the dry finish. Spritzy and prickly tart feel. It flashes quickly on the palate and dries out just as lightning fast. Complex and interesting, I had no expectations before trying this. Thanks again Alex for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:48:25 | More by emerge077
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joe1510

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Thanks go out to MasterSki for bringing this one to a tasting yesterday. Beekeeper enters my small snifter a muddy caramel brown with hints at rust and some tiny suspended particulate. The light beige head grows to one finger in height and while falling slowly does show some solid retention. Left behind after each drink is small but sticky lacing.

The cab barrel is upfront in the aroma with strong vinous notes. A plethora of fruitiness comes along next; cherry and red grape being most prominent with a low level of horsey funkiness. There's a little mineral quality in the form of wet rock with soft caramel sweetness and a touch of distilled vinegar.

The flavor has many of the same characteristics but they come together a little more muddled than in the nose. Vinous barrel characters with a light acidity and mild funkiness remain throughout each drink. Dry woodiness shows up here and there with the damp rock mineral qualities that were present in the nose. The finish brings a mild plastic character that throws me off a bit but is light enough to not be too distracting and finishes with a slight sweetness I can't wrap my head around.

The carbonation is fairly airy and when combined with the moderate body makes for a soft feel. A little prickly carbonation bite hits the side of the tongue but is soft through the middle.

This was an all around refreshing, easy drinking beer. The higher abv is very well hidden and makes the glass tough to set down.

Beekeeper was an overall well rounded, tasty American Wild. I think the hype around this brew has gotten the best of me because before going in I honestly expected more. With that said it's a damn fine brew and the best I've had from the fellows over at Bullfrog. Thanks again for bringing this incredibly hard to obtain bottle, Alex!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 21:21:42 | More by joe1510
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mark (mba3243) for trading this to me - shared with a bunch of fellow BAs, as promised! Served in a tulip glass.

A - I got the first pour, so it was extra foamy - two fingers of light tan foam that slowly dissipated and left a crapload of lacing. Slightly hazy copper-red orange color when held to the light. Much darker than I expected from a saison - even a funky one.

S - It's definitely funky, with some strong horsey and overripe fruit flavors, but there's also a strong sour component with red wine and acidic vinegary elements. There is an underlying honey and graham cracker sweetness that keeps things together. Potent nose and quite complex.

T - The taste is more tart than I anticipated, with less of the bretty funk and more raspberry flavor to it. The finish is pretty tannic and is the biggest barrel presence in this brew. It's a little less complex than the terrific smell, but still quite nice.

M - Light-medium body, with a huge amount of dryness in the finish. Moderate carbonation that never gets in the way. Some solid residual sticky candy sensations.

D - None of the flavors get out of control, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I would have been very happy to have more of this stuff.

Excellent sour brew - not sure where the saison part fits in though. On par with the regular Russian River lineup.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:11:32 | More by MasterSki
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Didn't think I would be trying this one anytime soon! Generously poured from a 750mL. The body is a deep hazy magenta with amber and copper hues. Carbonation bubbles line the glass initially, and a nice clean white low carbonated head rests on top.

I smelled this beer for a great two minutes before tasting. Decadent! Unbelievable cabernet sauvignon accented by ultra tart lemon and horse blanket. Very vinous in nature, with a beautiful tart cherry and raspberry scent that lingers ever so delicately in the background.

I didn't think that it was possible for the smell to be topped, and then I took my first sip. WOW!!! In addition to what was found in the smell, my palate pulled through the complexity to discover extraordinary oak, vanilla, and honey flavors. Everything blended together perfectly, I thought I was in heaven. Proof that Bullfrog produces some of the best sour ales available, this beer deserves every bit of recognition it has received and then some. This tasted near perfect with +3.5 years on the base beer, I can not wait to see what more time will do to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 19:09:23 | More by CoolJosh
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treyrab

California

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, huge thanks goes to Nate for bringing this to the Pittsburgh tasting last Sunday at Sharp Edge. Never in my wildest beer fantasy would I have thought I would have tried this on that brutal, 90F humid afternoon.

A: Pours a muddy copper brown, almost crimson or mahogany or burgundy with a nice, fluffy eggshell white spritzy head. The beer was very hazy and completely opaque. Rust. I think that would be the best color to describe it. Rust. The head did not last long, as I expected, and receded to a small skim of bubbles hugging the side of the glass.

S: Without a doubt the best part of this beer. This smelled completely unreal. The aroma really blew out of the tasting glass and engulfed the outdoor patio. Very, very vinous with nice red wine and slight vinegary plump red grapes. Tons of funky Brett that complements the lemon and dry oak flavors fantastically.

T: Unlike any wild I have tasted. The dark red wine vinous characteristics stuck out like a sore thumb, but in a very good way. The dry red grapes really blended well with the lemon flavors, dry oak, and slight vinegar finish.

M/D: All in all, this was a masterpiece. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:17:31 | More by treyrab
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged foil topped bottle into a couple of goblets. Big thanks to HopDerek for splitting this with me.

Pours a deep & hazy ruddy colored amber with a tight finger of off-white head. Retains with about half that size, settling into a smooth and creamy layer which stays rich and leaves back a delicate latticework of lacing. The aroma is very astringent smelling up front with oaky qualities, as well as an abundance of tart fruit that settles into the middle section of the nose. I'm actually having a tough time separating the fruit from the tartness of the Brett, they are so smooth and well integrated together. Candied sugars and honeyed sweetness glides underneath as well, adding an extra layer to this already pretty complex bouquet. A bit of warmth eventually emerges as well, giving this some extra gravitas in the nose.

The taste is vinous red wine character coming out to me from the get go, that coupled with astringency of the barrel in the backend of the profile really forms the base of the taste here for me. It's in the middle that the fun happens. The crispness of the Brett mingles with spices and fruity notes of green apple, white grapes, and lemon zest. Toasted malts, honey, and vanilla mix in to give this a sweet candy feel that helps balance some of the tartness out. At no point does this ever become acidic or souring, instead overall imparting an extremely satisfying tart feel here, with the flavors intermingling effortlessly and leaving a heavy dryness on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the feel and a little fuller in the carbonation, with a prickly feel at first that helps the tartness pop and then a thicker and more viscous layer underneath, which carries a lot of the woody astringency and a good bit of any alcohol beef that is present. Speaking of alcohol, it's presence in no way inhibits the drinkibility of this in any way, shape, or form. Instead the feel remains very easy, really adding to the crispness and refreshing quality of this.

Wow, what an excellent beer! Wonderfully complex yet balanced, with the Saison, Brett, and barrel all coming together into one exquisite package. And a wonderfully easy drinkibility for a beer of this size is only the icing on the cake. This Bullfrog offering did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 19:21:53 | More by Kegatron
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this bottle...
Appears a hazy, dark mahogany with a small off-white head that slowly fades into a mild, floating collar. Scattered rings and streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of cabernet, French oak, vanilla, some barnyard funk, black grapes, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with logs of cherry pie, and vinuous notes pulling through the tart cherries, vanilla, and oak.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a tart oakiness rounding out the finish. This is like a wonderful Flemish Red. The cabernet notes really make this a winner. I couldn't stop coming back to this one. If only I had more.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 20:35:25 | More by weeare138
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Beekeeper from Bullfrog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.