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Biere De Miel - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 385
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 32.51%
Wants: 43
Gots: 90 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-01-2014

On brewday, we added raw, Texas wildflower honey from Good Flow Honey Co. in Austin, Texas late in the boil. After the first several weeks of fermentation, we added more honey to the beer. Finally, the beer was 100% naturally refermented in bottles, kegs, and casks using more of the raw, Texas wildflower honey. In addition to the honey, Bière de Miel was brewed with Hill Country well water, malted barley, malted wheat, and hops. It is 5.8% alcohol by volume, 3.2 pH, has a finishing gravity of 1.003, and is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans.
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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Get the raw Texas honey right from the start. Very nice level or sweetness that works in harmony with the minerally base. Super clean and easy to drink. Could probably take down several of these bottles on a hot Texas day. Delicious.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #3 5.13.2015 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak, of wildflowers and honey, doesn’t last
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to five mm ring and layer
Lacing fair – partial rings and some random small islands of tiny bubbles
Body – light yellow, clear – second glass contains sediment
Flavor light, slightly sour, otherwise nondescript. Ends with tart bite. Neither pleasing no displeasing, just there. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of jrenihan
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a musty smell. The taste is a relative surprise- the honey is strong and the beer quite sweet. Also a lot of fruit. A bit cloying. Pretty good, but I find the honey to be too much, compared (for example) to Hill Farmstead's Anna.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definite JK flora on the nose but a honey note comes through along with clover, wildflowers, biscuits, toasted oats. Flavor follows...maybe there's a hint of lavender in among the flowers ... honeysuckle, orange blossoms. Finishes with a bit of a cidery note. Beautiful.

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Photo of Premo88
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. poured into tulip
(served from bottle at the brewery Aug. 8, 2015; 6.1% ABV version)

L: pineapple juice, very cloudy/murky, a little debris; huge head of white/off-white foam (about 1.5 inches tall) that's sticky at the top, keeps a huge collar

S: sour yeast, super dry white wine, sour grapes; sweetness underneath tartness ... you have to dig to find it, but the honey is really cool when it shows up; kumquats, very citrusy

T: very sour but with a bit of back-end sweetness; lots of lemon ... signature Jester King earthy tart flavors; some grain but very different from anything else I've had, almost like a big chunk of sourdough bread

F: perfect ... super carbonated but still soft enough to make it very drinkable

O: at times Biere de Miel is very unbalanced on the sour side, tasting like most other JK farmhouse ales, but given the chance, it does allow a little of the honey sweetness to peek through and makes you want to hunt for more. not a bad beer, but JK makes better

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Photo of BKotch
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3. I don't sense much influence from the honey, either in the nose or the taste. Maybe just a hint of it in the taste. Nice and tart, this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 1, from Apr 24, 2014.

Color: excellent hazy champagne gold. Some floaties. Nice white head, perhaps not quite as fluffy but coats well.

Nose: mineral hay, lemon, fairly typical JK farmhouse.

Taste: tart, but not extremely so. Like lemonade, if you forgot the sugar. Perhaps a fleeting hint of honey at the end- the flavor, I mean, without the sweetness.

Feel: pretty typical, without being boring. But that's a good, it makes it super drinkable- you don't have to wait for the carb to die down, or for the burps to emerge.

I got this in a trade a couple months ago, so it was well past a year old by the time I got it. I don't suspect it, but I'm curious if there was any residual sweetness that got sucked up in the bottle over time.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle ("batch # 3 - 05.15.2015"), poured into a Riedel Bordeaux glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, yellow gold with a frothy white head. Patchy lace and a cap of white haze persist.

Smell: Wheat, yeasty white bread, mild spice, citrus zest and farm funk.

Taste: Wheat malt, spicy yeast, white pepper, banana, faint honey sweetness. Relatively dry, hoppy finish; some herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation.

Overall: Misses some of the complexity of other JK offerings, but still a nicely funky, drinkable saison.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as quite flavorful and complex as Hill Farmstead's Anna (to compare to another honey saison), but this is a very nicely balanced, easy drinking honey saison. Nice little tart/funky backbone. I definitely want to get another bottle of this.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer had a good up front taste with little nose, but was not an enjoyable finish. Overall this was a solid but nothing special. Honey usually does it for me but i didnt get much.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow, big white head. Perfect carb and balance. Round body from the honey but only a hint of sweetness. Almost a floral quality to the yeast and honey. Complex, dry, and bright. Excellent saison.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2.

Appearance - Very light yellow body. Clear with a big head and lots of lacing. Great retention.

Smell - Lots of honey. Doesn't smell that sweet. Very yeasty. Slightly phenolic.

Taste - Less intense on the honey. Much stronger yeast flavors. Very mild acidity, but nothing I'd call sour or even tart. Sharp fruity yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Not a very exciting or flavorful beer.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Batch 1. Created April 2014, Consumed Feb 2015. Slightly sweeter and more sour than I remember having on draft last year. The honey is a bit more noticeable in the aroma and taste. The body seems to be a tad heavier, as well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, honey, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, spice, chalk, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a mild sourness and solid earth and spice qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

like all of jester kings beer, this one is artfully done, with a ton of wild honey in here, its a real unique brew. pale yellow in color, hazy and thick looking, like honey itself, with a tall white head, wispy and delicate, but long lasting. the nose is was less funky than other stuff from these guys, i get the honey not the brett and bugs first. its not sweet, but rather floral and pollen laden, and its strong. there is some tartness to the flavor, but this isnt a sour beer. wheat malt provides the base from what i gather, its pretty big too, fluffy but sturdy in texture. honey takes on a sort of white wine aspect to it as part of it being fermented down, with a little acidity and fruitiness there, but not on the level of their sours. this one seems reserved, more a showcase of the honey than of their house cultures. full body and still enough carbonation to cut it, honey lasts on the tongue after the swallow with a unique but not sour yeast aspect. overall an outstanding and creative brew. jester king can do no wrong right now.

edit: the bottle i had before must have been really young and underdeveloped or something, as much as i liked it, but i shared a bottle last night and it was extremely sour, like sour candy, almost caustic on the tongue and teeth in a good way. this definitely evolves pretty quickly in the bottle, i was shocked how sour and acidic it has become.

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Photo of Tommo
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amazing when i first tasted it. However, recently at jester king i found this not sour and very ho-hum

Update, batch 2. 6 months later, drinks like anna from HF. amazing,very dry with good honey flavor. wonderful

Batch 3- released in the last few weeks. Incredible, dry crisp light, best beer of the summer. Impeccable for the style

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Generously provided by Miles....thanks so much buddy. I'll find a way....someday....

Cloudy and hazed yellow with some splotching

Smells of corn and grains with a touch of yeast

Very corn-y....like a boatload of sweet corn was soured and bottled. Slap of tart and light sour notes on the finish.

Very easy to drink despite the odd and pervasive sour corn notes.

Appreciate Miles....you're a good egg!

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Somehow this is my first Jester King despite having been to Austin. Very nice one too. Fantastic lemony, funky aroma and flavor. Lots of lemon and lime in the taste with some funk and other notes still able to shine through. Refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw color capped by an inch of foam; a few strands leave a nice pattern on the glass

Smell: Floral lemon and bread, with a hint of honey

Taste: The tip of the tongue detects the initial honey flavor and keeps it there throughout, but it takes about a millisecond for the lemony tartness to build and dominate; bread and funk tones add complexity, with a nice floral aspect that complements the honey in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a prickly aspect

Overall: I was expecting something more like DuPont's Bière de Miel and was ecstatic when I realized this was a Wild Ale; the honey adds a delightful edge; highly recommended

Thanks, air, for the opportunity

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Photo of MarcWP
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Jester King wine stem.

Pours out hazy as hell, faded light yellow gold color, with white head which settles to sticky ring of froth around the edges.

Aroma brings corn flakes, old dried out lemon, slight vinous notes, Jester King musk, and a touch of rich sourdough breadiness. The house culture is evident as in the rest of the beers. Very rustic nose though it fights to be delicate.

The flavor comes in with an assertive tartness and deeper, brighter citrus notes. The honey is also more evident as it lends a tangy/sweet character. That typical salinity I get from JK beers is also here lending a gorgeous counter balance to the pucker, tang, and sugar aspects. Not sweet though, just a kiss of a syrup like embodiment there to caress the tongue. So damn tasty.

Body is nice light to heavier light. Carbonation is soft and borderline spritzy. Sweet middle palate but dry, tart finish.

Overall one of the better Jester Kings I've had, and they are altasty. The taste comes out playing harder than the nose and that's much appreciated. Very easy to drink for a wild ale as I'd never call this a saison. It's too tart, citric, and one directional to be called a saison. But it's a damn fine wild ale if you can cope with a less agressive acidity than most carry. Love that faint honey tanginess and subtle funk from the native yeasts.

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Photo of kevanb
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a Jester King oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a nice golden straw color, super hazy with a thick, foamy, white head that has nice retention but leaves little in the way of lace. The aroma is lovely, lots of wildflower, raw rustic honey, grains, light spiciness, mild lemon citrus with some delicate funk. The flavors are very enjoyable, more complex than the nose led on, lots of wildflower, bright and floral with some tangy citrus, almost juicy with some mild berry fruits, rustic grains, raw honey, mild funkiness with some enjoyable tartness, not quite sour, but a light tanginess that is very nice. The balance is well struck and the brightness of the flavors is very well done, but perhaps the yeast and funk could have played a larger role. The mouthfeel is great, soft and full bodied, coats the mouth very well, light zippiness with a soft finish.

Verdict: A very nice and light saison from Jester King. The delicate and bright nature of the beer really speaks to my palate, right in my wheelhouse. The balance is great, the rustic flavors go well with the citrusy and floral components, one of the better farmhouse ales to be brewed stateside.

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Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Batch #2, bottled July 1, 2014. 7.0%ABV. Poured into a JK wine glass after sitting on the counter ~20 minutes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden honey color with a 2 finger foamy white head. Sporadic lacing down the glass.

Smell: Malty grains, yeast funk, slight sour in the background.

Taste: Mostly follows the nose, with some sweetness & a floral quality. Tart & refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Carb is prickly, finish is clean & dry.

Overall: I prefer the lower carb & abv of the draft version, but this a versatile farmhouse ale that'll pair well with most dishes.

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Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a few at the Hay Merchant Jester King cask take take over.

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Basement like funk up front. Followed quickly by a a sharp acidic/tart twang. Fruity lemon and orange rind. A bit of sweetness lingers, from the honey I assume or I am just ricking myself.
T: A light basement funk, that is tart and acidic lemony flavor up front. That quickly fades to a sweetness that is most certainly honey.
M/D: A light body, weak carbonation, and fairly thin. Finishing a little sweet for the style as well. I had a few glasses and enjoyed them. Something I would be interested to try again.

I like this a lot more than I thought I would. Up front is funky and lightly acidic, with a sweetness that does not kill the beer. Though I do wish it finished dryer with a more substantial body. Even for a cask. Still, I will look for some bottles if I get a chance.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle generously goandpickitupformebro'd by gfg0200 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: Light golden honey color, a lightly fizzy white head (like champagne) that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Tart lemons and Jester King funk, with a very prominent vanilla like sweetness that I've determined must come from the honey. Very nice.

Taste: Semi-tart, in a lemony sort of way. The honey adds a bit of a clover type flavor, but this is definitely not a sweet beer. A little bit of crackery malt comes through on the finish. This is very sessionable, I like it.

Mouthfeel: Rather light which just makes it all the more sessionable. Prickly carbonation, but not excessive.

Overall: Very good beer for the summer. Hope to get more of this at some point. Great job, once again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear pale gold with a finger of white head. Plenty of lace left down the glass.

The aroma is floral, peppery, and has some sourdough.

There's a mild honey flavor to it that is quickly overwhelmed by peppery yeast, floral character, and nice level of sourness.

The body is light with ample tingly carbonation and ends bone dry.

I can only imagine drinking this out on the Jester King property would be pure bliss. The perfect summer beer for Texas. Nice flavor and drinkability.

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