1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing

Not Rated.
Bison Organic Honey BasilBison Organic Honey Basil

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

164 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 164
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-01-2005)
View: Beers (21) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cdizinno:
Photo of cdizinno
cdizinno

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy amber color, almost the same as a cider. Nice off-white head with mild lacing.

S: Mild honey and I can smell the basil, knowing that it is there, otherwise I probably wouldn't be able to identify it as anything other than spices. Someone mentioned herbal tea and that is probably a good comparison.

T&M: Nice flavor with a slightly rough feel as the carbonation is light but tingling. Fairly sweet with a mainly malty character. Some very faint hop bitterness and floral taste that is probably a result of the honey more than the hops. Dry finish. Light-bodied.

This is a really good beer, probably more similar to a saison. Very drinkable if you like something a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 22:58:12 | More by cdizinno
More User Reviews:
Photo of marmstrong1212
marmstrong1212

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-16-2014 19:58:11 | More by marmstrong1212
Photo of Yoda22
Yoda22

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

07-12-2014 22:00:34 | More by Yoda22
Photo of little_star
little_star

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

05-25-2014 20:25:52 | More by little_star
Photo of silverking
silverking

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light amber, 1/2 inch of coarse off white head, patchy lacing. Decent head retention. Soon there is just a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S- at first, it's pretty dismal, some malt with a faint herbal quality. Just give it a quick swirl in the glass, and bam, there's the basil. It's bright and clean, grassy and herbal. The honey doesn't seem to be there though.

T- basil, still wonderful. It transitions nicely into a floral sweetness and then into a very slight bitterness. The honey begins to peak through in the finish, but then its muddled by a triumphant comeback of sweet herbal goodness.

M- light, the finish is clean. Lots of prickly carbonation.

O- love the basil, but it left me wanting some more honey.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 00:15:44 | More by silverking
Photo of KevMo84
KevMo84

California

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

05-23-2014 05:56:41 | More by KevMo84
Photo of TR0219
TR0219

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-18-2014 14:26:24 | More by TR0219
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Hops Burger Bar, Greensboro, NC

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of basil leaves are present in the nose along with hints of ginger.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of basil. Only hints of honey are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking beer that would seem to make a good pairing with Italian food or a veggie burger.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2014 17:49:59 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

05-17-2014 17:47:26 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of atrocity
atrocity

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

04-25-2014 15:34:22 | More by atrocity
Photo of gatorlove
gatorlove

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-18-2014 00:27:22 | More by gatorlove
Photo of tdm168
tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

03-07-2014 20:09:14 | More by tdm168
Photo of Sir_Goatman
Sir_Goatman

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

02-19-2014 07:15:02 | More by Sir_Goatman
Photo of mralphabet
mralphabet

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Mellow Mushroom in Durham NC

A: Poured a clear orange color with a 1 finger head that settled to a nice thin layer with spotty lacing from start to finish.

S: First thing I'm getting is lemon peel with a little sweetness... at the very tail end I'm getting a little of the basil. Smells a little like herbal tea.

T: Sweet malt and lemon upfront with a little honey mid palette, there is a very slight hoppiness that kicks in near the end... also at the end is a touch of basil. Very complex set of flavors going on here, very herbal tea, just like the smell.

M: Light bodied with a nice carbonation and a very clean aftertaste.

D: Very enjoyable beer, light, refreshing, complex and goes great with pizza. I'll start looking for this one in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 23:31:01 | More by mralphabet
Photo of biokid23
biokid23

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-03-2014 22:26:06 | More by biokid23
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ow damn it not only did I find this late (released 6 months ago) but it has such a low rating. To top it off I paid $2.49 for the single.

A - Looks decent enough deep amber brown with a bit of floaties and hazy. The head is pretty decent for such an old brew giving me a 1/4 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - It actually smells like a pretty good amber ale with a sweet honey tone and herbal pine. Not very off putting it smells nice.
T - Not having another other basil beer to compare it too I want to say its actually not bad. The basil at times is very herbal and grassy but the sweetness seems to balance pretty good and I am somewhat impressed that its not overly dry from the honey. Not very metallic or harsh I actually wonder why such a low rating.
M - Kind of thin and herbal. Drinakble.

Overall not that I would buy it again it was an interesting beer worth trying just to see how basil is incorporated in a beer. Its actually not as bad as other say.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:07:43 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Hopmodium
Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

01-25-2014 06:46:18 | More by Hopmodium
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-22-2014 03:16:38 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
Photo of njpencook
njpencook

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-06-2014 04:37:40 | More by njpencook
Photo of 21Maestro8
21Maestro8

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-15-2013 15:27:41 | More by 21Maestro8
Photo of DuffDaddy
DuffDaddy

Florida

2/5  rDev -42.4%

11-24-2013 04:25:04 | More by DuffDaddy
Photo of dmk91
dmk91

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-13-2013 19:13:26 | More by dmk91
Photo of WolfAlynn
WolfAlynn

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

11-11-2013 03:33:51 | More by WolfAlynn
Photo of GG_80
GG_80

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-01-2013 03:59:01 | More by GG_80
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-29-2013 02:27:40 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.