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Biere De Miel - Jester King Brewery

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-01-2014)
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WTKeene

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 23:57:17 | More by WTKeene
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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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Biere De Miel from Jester King Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.