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A Honey Of A Saison - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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A Honey Of A SaisonA Honey Of A Saison

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.96%
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:
Beer added by: SPThirtyThree on 12-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love it when people try to bring back old-timey slang... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of lightly dirty-white foam. The nose comprises light hay, vague citrus, dusty biscuit, and vague sweetness. The taste holds notes of brighter citrus, cracked wheat, clove, light nutmeg, candied orange peel, and smashed banana. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent saison, one that doesn't impress, but also one that doesn't offend.

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Act25
2.77/5  rDev -19%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured form the tap.

The beer was a nice, copper/red colour with good clarity. The nose was sweet with Belgian yeast, citrus hops, floral hops, and the honey was noticeable. It tasted sweet wheatiness that transitioned into a brief pepper/spiciness, and had a tangy-yeasty finish. The aftertaste was sweet and floral.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

**Reviewed before realizing the actual style classification on BA. Adjusted scores to style after the fact.

Hazy amber with some red in it. Frothy topper leaves some lacing. Looks rich for a saison.

Familiar aromas of farmhouse yeast, honey, green apple, toasted malts, rooibos, and light pepper. Not bad.

Big yeast and alcohol notes trailblaze with strength, nuttiness, and pomme fruits. Darker notes of honey and raisin enter, making this one burly saison. Borderline quad in flavor. Peppery spice and root vegetable flutters in the finish. Tea-like hops have flavor and bitterness that come in the middle-to-end. As it warms, it becomes almost like a BSPA with more apple-pear-cherry-golden raisin character. Interesting.

Massive for a saison. Booze is... well, we're dialed up to 11.5% here. Body is thicker than just medium. And, sticky, too. Carbonation wants to fall away in the feel.

Just too much for what I want in a saison. Not disappointing. Just a different kind of Belgian ale.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of mscudder
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

A Honey Of A Saison from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.