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Miel Sauvage - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 50
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Bayou Teche Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-13-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 50
Photo of infinitebruner
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

April 26, 2015

22 oz. bomber, snifter

A – Deep, rich copper to light brown, a little big hazy. A half inch of off-white to light tan bubbly head with moderate-low retention.

S – This one smells like the barrel it aged in, boozy with bourbon, vanilla, and caramel-toffee prominent. Some fruity sweetness, like Madeira, probably some contribution of honey. Smells like a barrel-aged English barley wine. Little in the way of hops, yeast.

T – A lot of rich sweetness, honey, caramel, raisin, with a touch of nuttiness. Along with vanilla, an impression of real maple syrup. Hops are very low, slightly spicy or woodsy.

M – Fairly rich, moderate-heavy in body. Carbonation is moderate-high, thick and sudsy. The sweetness is all very rich and not at all cloying. Licking my lips after the drink I get leftover sugar/honey. Only a touch of bitterness on the finish. Juicy, not at all dry.

O – Not at all what I expected from a braggot, likely primarily due to the barrel aging. Comes off more as an old ale or English barley wine. Fantastic beer, barrel character is awesome, definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. Deep brown Old Ale-ish color with a head that stays forever. Great lacing. Aroma is subtle honey with definite bourbon barrel. Taste is the same. Got for a bargain at $2.99 for bomber. More left in the store, will go back for more.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avenue Pub. This keg was aged in Jack Daniels barrels.

A: A dusty amber, almost the color of a barleywine. A one-finger off-white head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Honey notes with a bourbon background. Sweet, cloying (but in a nice way).

T: The honey slides in like a deadly little bee. Sweet, smooth, dangerous. Just the right amount of sweetness. Highly drinkable. The barrel aging gives it a nice bourbon kick on the finish. This was the hit of the 5th Anniversary party, for sure.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: One of the Teche's best offerings, next to Loup Garou. A terrific braggot. Great for a nice afternoon on the balcony, awaiting the parades. Terrific.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a thick beige head and minimal lacing but good retention. Color is a hazy, deep copper. Aroma is esters, honey sweet, vanilla and floral. Flavor is strong on honey and vanilla and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is full and thick. Overall a great braggot.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a good braggot. A nice strong honey flavor combined with a nice bitter hoppiness. It's not a light, sweet honey either, but a good dark, flavorful honey. The whole thing is deepened and rounded by aging in "spirit barrels". Quite flavorful, not too sweet, and a lovely almost vinous aroma. Very satisfying, doubly so to share a bottle with my wife for Mardi Gras!

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Photo of cvm4
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark red mahogany with a light tan one finger head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Noticeably sweet with the honey. The "spirit" barrel, as said on the bottle, does give off light oak, vanilla and whiskey.

T - The taste pretty much mirrors the smell except that the "spirit" barrel is more front and center with the sweet honey taking a back seat. Like said in an earlier review,

M - Medium bodied and low carbonation. It has a wet finish and I can see how some might see how the sweetness might be cloying.

O - It's probably one of the best beers I've had from Bayou Teche so far. It's unique, refreshing and gives me the whiskey flavor I like.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

650 ml bottle poured into a Parish Brewing tulip.

This is my first braggot. Not much carbonation on the pour, but it is a beautiful dark ruby red color. It is translucent and leaves almost no lacing, just a ring of foam around the edge. The smell is sweet, but not like those artificially sweetened beers. A strong honey scent dominates this beer, the whiskey barrel is not so prominent but still present and balances the honey very well. Slick but not sticky on the palate. And again, not too much carbonation but it works well. I usually don't like lightly carbonated beers but this one is the exception... The taste is almost the same as the smell but with a little more of the whiskey barrel shining through. This beer was one of my favorites if not my favorite from Bayou Teche so far. I will definitely get another bottle to save and one to send as an extra on a future trade. Highly recommended...

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet smelling, noticeable honey but not too sweet, which is a plus. The whiskey barrel is mild, but strong at the same time. Hard to explain, but its less whiskey barrel, but more whiskey...and I can't shake the idea that the whiskey smells cheap. Same thing translates into the taste really. Not syrupy, a solid medium body and good feel. Aside from the sometimes strong spirit notes, the fermented alcohol is fair,y well hidden, mostly in the taste. It's unique, refreshingly not cloying. I think I'll get another bottle to age, this might be a much better beer a year or more down the line.

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Miel Sauvage from Bayou Teche Brewery
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