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Bison Organic Honey Basil - Bison Brewing

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Bison Organic Honey BasilBison Organic Honey Basil

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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)
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Brewski, Jul 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

grittybrews, Jul 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

nrs207, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of hreb
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

hreb, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

freewill35, Jul 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

jmathis, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Rivenin, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

sevenshubby, Jun 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

2GOOFY, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

YobroitsJoe, May 24, 2013
Photo of Auraan
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Auraan, May 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

-ronin-, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Sati, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Beerswag, May 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

hepcat, Apr 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Nayr, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber in the pint shaker with an unremarkable head. Sharply spritzy and rather tart. The herbal flavor comes on top of a warm malty taste. A flavor of green beans and honey in the aroma. Honey also proves to be a really nice flavoring here, contrary to the sweet 'n' nasty taste so often encountered.

The basil provides a perfumey complexity, though it's quite sharp and slides over to the acidic side. However, this must be the best basil beer I've had. It's a tough proposition but they made it drinkable. Also the only drinkable Bison beer I've had. On tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego.

mactrail, Apr 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

ryandotfox, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

DuaneCree, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

stereosforgeeks, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Samuel906
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was pretty excited to try this just because of how crazy the idea was. I've definitely never had a beer advertising basil as part of its formulation. Poured a nice amber color, slightly cloudy, but no head, and what little there was had no retention. Aroma is underwhelming; some honey, florals and a touch of pepper. Anyone who is claiming they smell basil is lying, or has never smelled fresh basil before. It's simply not there. Dry taste, mild honey, very very slight basil at the end. Mediocre hops. Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Overall a strange beer; I wish it were a little more robust. If your going to do something weird that go for it all in. Even if the flavors end up not working, at least you went full force with the flavor instead of doing a psuedo unique beer like this.

Samuel906, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jnance34, Mar 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

Flashyspoons, Feb 18, 2013
Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.