A Honey Of A Saison - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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3.06/5 rDev -11.3%
Served in a snifter.
A - Cloudy amber hue with a one-finger ivory head. Good lacing after average retention.
S - Pear, white grapes, booze and a pinch of honey.
T - Sticky honey and caramel sweetness, booze, floral notes and spices. The booze overpowers everything that this had going...
M- Heavy on the mouth. Viscous composition with sharp booze alongside the floral notes on the finish. Not very good.
O - This is a big beer that I would not return to. Interesting idea, but way off balance for any Saison or BSPA I would keep in my fridge. Over half the bomber got poured down my drain.
03-13-2013 02:38:53 | More by mscudder
4.15/5 rDev +20.3%
Served on tap in a snifter glass
Appearance – Served a clear amber color with a one finger white head. The head has a light level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is sweet and wheaty. A strong wheat aroma mixed with a light fruit aroma of grapes, pear and peach create the bulk of the smell. Mixed with these is a lighter honey aroma as well as a little bit of notes of a floral like aroma. Overall it is quite pleasant.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with a little bit of wheat mixed within. With these more malty tastes, is a sweet flavor of caramel and honey upfront. The caramel is soon lost, but the honey flavor persists throughout the taste. In the middle of the taste flavors of light fruits of grape and pear enter and last till the end. Flavors of some alcohol and a bit of bitterness and sourness comes to the tongue more at the end of the taste. These flavors actually help round out some of the sweeter flavors, in the end leaving a rather nice warming and semi-sweet flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average as well. The medium body and higher carbonation (at least for a brew of 11.5%) was good for the sweeter flavors of the brew, but was not too over the top in thinness or carbonation to take away from the more boozy and malty flavors of the brew.
Overall- Its packs a sweet punch upfront and is quite high in alcohol, but still maintains a nice easy drinkability about it. I rather enjoyed this beer and would recommend it as a good sipper after dinner or a nice dessert style brew.
02-28-2013 14:57:18 | More by Darkmagus82
2.5/5 rDev -27.5%
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.
02-10-2013 15:32:24 | More by Bitterbill
2.48/5 rDev -28.1%
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.
02-09-2013 03:53:35 | More by babaracas
4.04/5 rDev +17.1%
A - orangish with a huge, dense, soft, off white head that has great retention
S - white grapes, some apple, pear, alcohol, some Belgian funk
T - pear, apple, some white grapes, very faint spice, Belgian funk, some warming alcohol in the finish, mildly bitter hop finish
M - medium to full bodied, warm, well carbonated
This is a pretty decent beer. It relies heavily on the yeasty esters, but they seem to be enough. The alcohol is fairly well masked for a bold 11.5%. This is one of the better Boulder offerings that I've had. If you're a Belgian beer fan this is probably worth a try.
02-08-2013 01:42:52 | More by tdm168
3.81/5 rDev +10.4%
this beer was a nice surprise. i have started to really like saisons over the past 2 years.this one is a great little twist on the saison style. the color is a really nice golden brown, looks very close to actual honey. the smell is not very potent. the taste is very earthy/grassy like a good saison but it carries a real rich sweetness along for the ride. there is a pretty heavy alcohol flavor but being a 11.5% that is understandable. i like this beer.
02-07-2013 00:28:04 | More by mattkoon
2.98/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
02-03-2013 02:51:08 | More by AdamBear
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
kind of sloppy for a saison, which everyone thinks they can brew these days. this one pours seemingly too dark and too clear to be true to style. its pushing copper in color, and seems to have no sediment at all. head is nice though, white and thick and two inches tall. the nose is pretty sweet from the honey, which wasn't added as a nuance, its really intense. the yeast isn't as funky or farmy as ive come to expect from a good saison, but its there, doughy and dry. flavor is really sweet and alcoholic, too much so, almost hurts the teeth, and the yeast is only really tasted in the finish. its not quite bold enough to stand up to the alcohol or the sweet, which hurts the cause here. I expect yeast forward saisons. anyways, its got fine carbonation but again seemingly too much body. this is more of a wheatwine or something, not a bad beer, but doesn't quite fit the bill as a saison. continued mediocrity from boulder beer.
02-01-2013 16:23:18 | More by StonedTrippin
A Honey Of A Saison from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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