Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
2.58/5 rDev -25.6%
Had in bottle form, chez White
A: cloudy, dark amber, some head, modest lacing; good carb
S: perfumes of allspcie, nutmeg; no other parts of the beer hit the nose
T: sweet, nutmeg, honey; fall seasonal flavors; under the spicing is a diet sprite-like ale
M: thin mouthfeel
It's not all that good for a spice beer (which is not my style, anyway, but I tried to take that into account)
08-26-2013 18:59:19 | More by Arithmeticus
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +9.5%
Iam always looking to try new and interesting styles of beer and honey basil seemed like a diferent combination.Poured a dull golden with a thinner quick vanishing white head leaving no lace,the aromas were the best thing about this beer in my mind very floral with that honey being a bit more noticable than the basil.Flavors start out with that honey sweetness and steadily fades into the quite noticable herbal basil flavor also a touch of mint,the finish is lightly earthy and that basil pops up again.I kinda like it, its different but not obtrusive its on the lighter side and I think would be food friendly.
03-03-2006 22:19:32 | More by oberon
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
Appearance This is a pretty light orange in color with a nice white head.
Smell This is very herbal in nature. Its almost like smelling a spice rack. The green leafy herbs remind me less of basil though and more like parsley. The honey is hard to find, but the light grain is nice; unsweetened.
Taste Ah, yes, here comes the honey. Its more like the commercialized honey flavor you find in cereals but its good all around. The grain is trounced and barely noticeable and the light basil comes out a bit.
Mouthfeel This is light-bodied with some descent carbonation.
Drinkability I cant say that I plan on finishing the entire bomber, but its not half-bad.
05-06-2006 02:47:26 | More by RoyalT
3.61/5 rDev +4%
Poured a cloudy amber with no head. Nothing amazing, but not horrible looking. Scents of malt, basil and a slight bit of honey. It's got a bit going on here, but it's not quite strong enough to get your anticipation up. Flavor begins with sweet malt and a yeasty ale character, moves into a slight bitterness and ends with the taste of fresh basil. Basil also dominates the aftertaste. It has a medicinal quality that reminds me of chewing fresh basil. It's not bad. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Standard, easy drinking feel. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The herbal flavors imparted by the basil really work with the sweet malt flavors and the dryness from the honey, making it a nice refreshing beer. It's a nice herbed beer to try if you don't want something too extreme.
05-20-2013 07:24:26 | More by Auraan
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
I'd never heard of Bison Organic Beer before, but I couldn't pass up this 12oz single brewed with basil. Will it be herbtastically delicious or will the honey create another sweet, bland brew?
Appearance is on the yellow side of orange with a thin orange-white head. Not quite clear. Aroma is pleasant and floral and suggests just a bit of sweetness. The flower in the nose doesn't suggest hops, but perhaps clover honey (or some other bee pollen source). The basil flavor is subtle and way in the background. I think the herb actually comes across in the bitterness more than anything else. Impressively, the honey contributes the flavor of honey, i.e. that stuff that makes honey not taste like sugar syrup, without contributing sweetness -- nor without contributing a load of fermentable sugars that dry out the beer entirely. No, the beer finishes just dry enough.
Plenty drinkable, but unfortunately there isn't anything beyond the very mild taste of basil to hold my interest.
07-16-2013 03:52:15 | More by hreb
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
Received a bottle from our local rep the other day and figured I'd give it a try. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color topped by a big, foamy white head. Aroma offers what the name promises - light honey, sharp basil, some lavender notes, and some astringency. Palate is more of the same - basil is the dominant character, with light hops and a tinge of honey sweetness. Body is nice, light and refreshing, but there's a good bit of tangy astringency that's slightly off-putting. Maybe this floats some people's boats more than others, but I found it difficult to finish the bottle. Nevertheless, an interesting offering.
05-02-2006 07:57:40 | More by ElGordo
2.73/5 rDev -21.3%
A- Pours a nice clear copper color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma is dominated by the sweet honey. If I really try, I can detect some of the faint basil notes in the background but they are pretty subdued.
T- The taste is malt and some sweetness from the honey up front. There is some herbal hop notes in the finish. The finish is a little medicinal which turns me off to the taste a bit.
M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, I didn't enjoy this one all that much. As a big fan of basil, I was excited to try this offering. The basil was pretty much non-existent and the rest of the beer was uninspiring.
06-02-2011 02:23:55 | More by cjgator3
3.45/5 rDev -0.6%
12oz bottle via a Beermasons subscription and poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.
Has a ruby appearance with a one finger head of cream coloured foam that dies down quickly.
Smell is unique, the honey is certainly there, more of a bush/dark honey than a pure, light variety. Plenty of toffee in there as well and a herbal note as well. Quite different, strong and something that would not be enjoyed by many, i'd suspect.
Taste has some good toffee, burnt caramel with some honey sweetness mixed in. Seems to meld in quite well together and is nice and rich.
Body is decent and suits the rich flavour, has a little bitterness at the end to keep it from being cloying.
Some good points, some not so good points. Different and probably more of a nice tick than anything else. Not something that will be selling keg after keg of (or bottle after bottle for that matter), but an interesting mix of ingredients and some point of difference.
10-09-2011 11:26:46 | More by MrKennedy
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
A- I really liked the appearance on this beer. It poured an amber red, orange, brown color. It had about 1/2 a finger head, and then just laced the glass. Carbonation was springing from the bottom.
S- Well, honey and basil, what else would you expect? I smell more honey than basil. The baisl is sublte.
T- Honey, basil, orange, and lemon.
M- Very light. Fresh and crisp. Despite that carbonation, tastes flat at the back of the mouth.
O- This beer is good and fresh. I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it. I mean, I had this at a beer tasting and I enjoyed it so I picked up a bottle. It was something new and different (for me).
06-17-2011 21:15:19 | More by aleckpa
2.8/5 rDev -19.3%
Picked this up in a sixer-mixer pack at the Bier Stein.
A: A light brown/amber color with a minimal amount of head, and light bubbly carbonation bubbles streaming up the side.
S: I could really pick up some honey notes at first whiff, followed up by a little bit of basil. I guess that's expected. Not too much other than a dry malty smell.
T: More basil and other greenery taste (lettuce, Broccli) than the honey. Not really what I enjoy in my beer.
M: Smooth, not too overbearing. Could not taste the alcohol aftertaste at all. Pretty decent for a 6 abv. beer.
O: Sort of impressed, but not all that really. The roomate enjoys these types of beers with fruits and honey and such, but I'd prefer a nice dark stout instead.
05-28-2011 02:16:46 | More by bradleyp
2.3/5 rDev -33.7%
I've been wanting to brew a beer with basil for a while now so I'm excited to try this one. Semi-hazy orange marmalade hue. half finger white head. Smells like basil. Straight up basil.
Kind of a one trick pony of a beer but the basil taste is different and refreshing. You can tell its a beer with some light graininess but other than that it just tastes like liquid basil. I'm picking up none of the honey. As much as I love basil, this beer isn't really anything great. just a basil showcase. slightly overspiced finish. If you love basil or beers that remind you of pizza you'll love it, otherwise it's just a novelty.
Overall very pretty sweet which is probably due to all the basil.
07-09-2012 04:47:41 | More by jtierney89
3.1/5 rDev -10.7%
(On draught at Papago). Pours clear golden-orange color with white head. Aroma has loads of basil, sage, herbs and honey. Taste is surprisingly bitter with a sweet honey-like malt backbone. Medium bodied with oily, slick texture. Bitter finish. OK, but something I would not search out
05-29-2011 04:49:59 | More by trappistlover
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
12 ounce bottle, $7.99 a 4-pack. Served in a tulip glass as recommended on Bison's website, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The aroma is weak, but nice. It smells like honey, basil, and herbal aromas in general. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, it tastes like honey, basil and herbs, but there's also a slight medicinal flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Overall I think this brew is just average. It's not bad, but it's not exactly good either. Worth a try, although I think given the chance I definitely would have been better off buying a single bottle instead of 4.
08-13-2011 23:40:59 | More by bluejacket74
4.33/5 rDev +24.8%
Served in a pint glass.
This beer pours an nice orange-amber color, somewhat clear but not superclear. I like.
The smell is herbal basily, brings to mind juniper.
The taste is similar to the smell. Nice and sweet, malty basil flavor, reminds me somewhat of a Sahti I had recently. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability? Uhh... I could drink this all day!
This brew is truly novel and balanced, a balance between the unfamiliar and that which is comfortable, it has me feeling bright. I once again could drink it all day.
Cheers to Bison for rockin' tasty, Organic, Living brews.
02-23-2011 04:05:49 | More by DopeRawBrewing
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured a 22 oz bomber for my friend and I; he took one sip and wanted nothing to do with this beer. So there, I've warned you. If you think it sounds weird and you aren't into different flavors, then stay away. I tried it, I had a "very strange" initial reaction, but I kept going, and in the end, it was weird, but not so bad. Not something I would have on a regular basis, but interesting.
I know basil is an herb, and so that's what I expected, and this was full of grassy, weedy, herbal aromas and flavors. But I couldn't place them. I think the main reason for the honey is just to tone down these other flavors; it doesn't really do anything in and of itself. While I was drinking it, a cook friend of mine helped me out by saying "you know, basil, like pesto sauce". It immediately hit me. That is the flavor of this beer. A pesto sauce beer!
An interesting try once beer, but I feel no need to return.
12-12-2005 01:28:34 | More by Dukeofearl
Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.