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A Honey Of A Saison - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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78
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SPThirtyThree on 12-18-2012)
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1/5  rDev -70.8%

marchnlv, Jun 01, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

StoutHunter, May 19, 2014
Photo of SPThirtyThree
1.58/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

No yeast in bottle. Served warmed from fridge temps, around 45 - 50 °F .

A: Pours crystal-clear amber with a generous one-finger ecru cap. The head quickly collapses to stagnant patches of light, fine bubbles that cover about 30% of the top. The high alcohol is likely the culprit behind the disappointing head.

S: The nose is dominated by hot phenols and rubbing alcohol, making it difficult to ascern underlying notes of toasted peppercorn, sour cherries, leather, metal, and biscuits. After warming further, bitter apple and hot phenols dominate, covering any reminants of good flavor.

T: Hot and spicy. Boulder Beer touts this as a winter warmer, which it certainly is, but in the same manner, so are mineral spirits and acetone. Hot, lingering metallic notes dance on the tongue like licking dirty pennies and battery terminals.

M: Tangy, dry, crisp, slightly astringent, this 11.5%-ABV "stinger" burns the center tip of my tongue.

D: Low. Would not buy again.

This beer definitely warms, but there are just too many hot, unpalatable flavors to make it worth drinking.

SPThirtyThree, Dec 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

JLapadura, Jul 09, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

robertjskelton, Oct 02, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

sendbeer, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of babaracas
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a clear copper with insta-fade thin white head, spotty lacing. 11.5%. None of this is right, what's going on here... Smell: oh, it's not a saison at all, it's a shitty BSPA! The nice folks at Boulder Beer just thought it would be cool to disrespect their customers by lying about the style in no less that 3 places on the label! Assholes! Anyway... booze, white grape juice, sugary with a little honey funk. Taste: just tons of sugary pale malts, light spicy hopping, white grape juice, floral notes. Not the dry finish promised, massively underattenuated even though it made it to almost 12%, holy crap! Sticky, juicy, with some grit that is the closest this comes to drying. This could be a average BSPA, but it's a flippin' terrible saison, and now I'm turned off of buying anything from Boulder Beer. You've joined Left Hand on the bad $8 bomber shitlist.

babaracas, Feb 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

hoppytobehere, Sep 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle for $7.59.

It pours a clear amber with a 1 finger head of foam that leaves some nice lacing behind.

I get smells of wheat, candi sugar and I guess, honey sweetness, booze, some earthiness.

The smell was okay but the first sip in and whoa, the sweet notes are borderline overpowering. A syrupy kind of sweet that doesn't let much else through, except the booziness, and maybe that's a good thing. I get some spice but it doesn't compliment the beer much. The label says it uses Champagne yeast so there is some dryness in the finish but colour me confused. I was expecting a Saison of some sort and this does not fit the bill for me.

Good body but the carbonation is lighter than what I hoped for. Considering.

In no way is this an easy drinking beer for me, I'm now debating whether to finish the bottle or pour it down the drain. Cut the sweet in about..half, and it might not be half bad.

Bitterbill, Feb 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

crwrunner, Feb 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

tfsimpkins, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Act25
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the oddest, misguided beers I have reviewed here.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle bought for $2.50 at Whole Foods as part of a 6 craft pack of dinner bottles. (ie, sell em before they go stale!) Into my standard .5l Spaten cylinder.

A: A clear texture, with an inch of tan head that didn't last. Decent lacing. Med. carbonation. Odd amber honey color, a little too red. Alarming color.

S: Stink of bitter, turned apple cider and some frat floor, bit of ammonia stink. Maybe they cleaned the floor, maybe pissed on it. Beyond that a bit industrial, w really too little fruit, grass, hops, malt, or anything organic and tangible.

T: Too much of the smell here in the taste. But a bit better because the overwhelming alcohol insulates against the bitter turned flavor. Definitely phenolic, but thin flavor! Unpleasant and odd.
More flavors emerge as it warms, but increasing cleaning closet backdrop too.

M: Still industrial, had to agree with a review that said like licking dirty pennies and car battery terminals. I think I will see if this will chase off the moles. Pouring it down a mole hole.

O: It is the worst BSPA I have tried. Steer clear.

Act25, May 18, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A-dark amber with a nice cream colored head

S-chlorine like scent of minty herbs and lemon. Some biscuity honey

T-comes in with a flavor of chlorine and citrus. There's a slight Tate's of Belgian wit spices and bitterness. It's an odd mix. Not great. Matching after taste.

M-medium carbonation with a bitter finish

O-just a terrible beer. Difficult to finish. Hardly a Saison at all. The flavors are not of high quality and they don't mesh well.

AdamBear, Feb 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

iemailjack, Apr 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

crhuntjr, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Bung, Jun 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

pknyc, Aug 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ReeseMax3, Jan 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

MinnTwins, Jan 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

rbmjr1, Apr 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Hellpop65, Dec 15, 2013
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A Honey Of A Saison from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.