Biere De Miel - Jester King Brewery

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Biere De MielBiere De Miel

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 44
Gots: 55 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 20
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of h0ppster
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

IMO this is one of the best saisons JK has released. Nice and funky when its fresh and gets more tart character with age.

Photo of Tommo
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Bottle opened on 6.16.14
Batch #1 Ril 24, 2014

Tart lemon citrus, funky, earthy,sweet honey finish.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing light orange color. Looks gorgeous as do almost every one of Jester Kings beers. I'm not sure if it's magic, or just the glasses, but they always look incredibly inviting. Smell is lightly funky yeast with the faintest hint of honey soaked cereal in the background; more so as it warms. Taste is tart, lemony and faintly of honey in the aftertaste after it dissipates in the mouth. Carbonation was fairly light. Overall a very tasty, tart and refreshing beer. Bought a bottle for a future try as well.

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of WTKeene
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of kevanb
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weird peanut butter smell and taste.

Photo of MarcWP
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of ckocay
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome nose! Opens with the honey but dissipates pretty quickly. If you are a fan of Dichotomous you will be a fan of this (they are pretty similar), although I think that was a bit better. I don't think it packs the intensity as Dichotomous but it is probably a bit easier to drink 4 in a row. I don't know of anything much better than this on a hot summer day.

Biere De Miel from Jester King Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.