Biere De Miel | Jester King Brewery

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Biere De MielBiere De Miel
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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 445
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a yellowish color. Deeper yellow. Aroma was not very insane. Hints of funk. Sweetness. A bit floral. Some earthiness. Flavor is also pretty mellow. Sweet, here is that honey I guess. Some funk and barn. Musty. Soft. Grainy. Finish falls off quickly. A mild beer that is only mildly interesting.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, gold colour. Smells like sweet honey, malts, Belgian yeast, and fruity. Slightly thicker mouthfeel, tastes of honey, mead, sweet, with fruity yeast. Like a Weissebier and a mead.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love this beer. Beautiful hazy amber honey gold. Aroma is melons and farm. Love the taste here, layered beautifully, funk forward leads to that crazy honey finish. Seriously, wildflower honey just coming through so nice. Real terroir in this bottle. Lovely.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy/carbonated head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Aroma of sweet farmhouse ale. Some hay is there. I think the sweetness is from the honey but don't get an overpowering honey aroma. If you sniff deeply, there is a funk at the end. The taste is very smooth. Farmhouse yeasts with a good amount of honey and citrus at the end. I really do like this beer.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fruity- the smell is a little weak in my opinion. Pretty bready. The taste is decent but still too bready and yeasty to me. I probably wouldn't have this again but Jester King is awesome and has 100s of beers available. God bless Texas.

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Photo of stakem
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew appears a hazy copper color with off-white cap that fades leaving stringy patches of lace.

It smells herbal and sweet like minty clover honey with some spiciness and straw-like grain.

The taste has an initial feel of tea astringency with clover honey then herbal bitterness. It is peculiar how the honey character reminds despite it being void of sweetness. I kinda like it.

This is light in body with moderate carbonation. An interesting brew that is worth your time and money to try and seek out.

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Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow from a bomber, producing a beautiful fluffy white head and nice lacing. Pleasant sweet floral smell. The taste was of herbs and fruit, definitely some funky tastes as well. Many tastes come through as it warms. A fun beer!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch 5 from Oct 2015.

A clear light copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is solid, with a clove-heavy Brett note, hay, dust and straw. There isn't much of a floral honey character here, though there is a little bit of a rounded/slightly oxidized honey sweetness that's quite pleasant. There's also a mild white honey character that becomes apparent as it warms up.

The palate is a lot more expressive with a blend of clove (almost plastic-like at times), straw and hay up front with the honey appearing on the mid-palate. Fruity, mildly floral with a faint stone fruit character, the honey character is quite nice. Grainy, mildly wheaty with some tannins and tartness from what feels like the husk is present, along with a faint sweetness. Light in body with a crisp carbonation, this beer has a lingering finish with flavors of clove, a little plastic and a mildly sticky honey character. The blend of mild sweetness and funk makes this enjoyable.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(L) Dark yellow and murky like apple juice, with a very thick white head.

(A) Pleasant aroma of lemon and perhaps tropical fruit

(T) Wheat, some yeast, citrus, tart, and the wild flower honey.

(F) Significant carbonation, no alcohol taste, very drinkable.

I was a bit sweet and tart and juicy but I liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of chrismann65
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice , raw honey, white pepper, earthy, light Brett, hint of tartness, light wheat ! what a nice blend , very nice blend , well done J.K. Thanks as always ! J.K....!!! Great Brew . !

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev +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 -10.8%
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 -3.4%
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 +1.5%
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 -4.7%
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%
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 +1.7%
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 -2.7%
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 +8.8%
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 -9.6%
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 +7.6%
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 -22.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -12%
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 +3.7%
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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Biere De Miel from Jester King Brewery
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