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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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79
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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
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)
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-ronin-

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.8%

05-17-2013 02:04:59 | More by -ronin-
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Sati

Washington

4/5  rDev +14.9%

05-16-2013 16:09:34 | More by Sati
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-03-2013 05:26:43 | More by Beerswag
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hepcat

California

3/5  rDev -13.8%

04-29-2013 01:58:15 | More by hepcat
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Nayr

Hawaii

3/5  rDev -13.8%

04-08-2013 02:46:40 | More by Nayr
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mactrail

Washington

3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 06:50:30 | More by mactrail
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ryandotfox

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -21%

03-28-2013 03:56:17 | More by ryandotfox
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DuaneCree

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

03-25-2013 18:43:19 | More by DuaneCree
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-24-2013 04:52:45 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Samuel906

California

2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:44:43 | More by Samuel906
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jnance34

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-11-2013 02:32:27 | More by jnance34
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Flashyspoons

Florida

5/5  rDev +43.7%

02-18-2013 22:41:17 | More by Flashyspoons
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-28-2013 02:12:12 | More by 2neardead
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flagmantho

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of pillowy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast to it. Head doesn't have a whole lot of retention.

Smell: sweet malt with a bit of a toasty/biscuity quality to it and a definite aroma of basil. I have never had basil in a beer and I wanted to give it a whirl. It is actually not too bad, provided basil beer is what you are expecting. Maybe not the most successful experiment, but interesting nonetheless.

Taste: the basil works better in the flavor than in the aroma; I feel it is better-integrated. The malt is sweeter than the aroma, with the biscuitiness toned down a bit. All of that said, this is still a particularly weird beer. For me, basil is not a winning ingredient, but I applaud the experimentation here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a satisfying, persistent creaminess. More evidence that this is a good beer, carefully crafted, but using an ingredient that just doesn't seem to work out.

Overall: if you really want a basil beer, then absolutely go for this one. However, don't be surprised at what you get -- this beer is absolutely as-advertised.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 22:40:35 | More by flagmantho
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-22-2012 14:26:10 | More by Lukass
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harpus

Alabama

2/5  rDev -42.5%

11-27-2012 17:46:29 | More by harpus
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laurenos

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-26-2012 02:00:12 | More by laurenos
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours clear amber with an off white film for a head.

Smells of caramel, ready malts, and mild herbal notes.

Caramel and buttered bread flavors mix with an herbal mild bitterness.

Medium to full body with prickly carbonation on the tongue.

A really good flavorful and unique ale, drinks easy and tastes good. Something I could drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:21:53 | More by Cylinsier
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TerrapinWakenBake

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-18-2012 20:21:09 | More by TerrapinWakenBake
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

10-29-2012 15:59:21 | More by dunix
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sh00ky

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

10-26-2012 02:36:56 | More by sh00ky
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jnoelani

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

10-17-2012 02:54:23 | More by jnoelani
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is a reddish amber with a thin tan head. The smell is very much like an italian cafe, the basil is subtle but somehow very apparent, the honey is integrated well adding sweetness and depth, also notes of peppery spice and some oregano. Seems well balanced but just not aromas I like together or in beer. Taste is the same with notes of dough, this is basil pizza esq. the honey is subdued and the basil is forward with spice and oregano. Strange stuff but well made for what it is intended to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 18:46:54 | More by cpetrone84
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

10-08-2012 02:11:57 | More by Birdlegs
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shand

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It came from ... the back of the fridge! Found this lonely looking Spring seasonal hanging out in the back of my fridge. Bison Organic Honey Basil pours out a red-amber color with a finger of head. The aroma is basically what the nose says. Honey and basil. On the tongue though ... hey, is this a pumpkin beer with honey? Of course, pumpkin beers very rarely taste of pumpkin, they taste of the various spices. And I'm getting this big-time behind the basil and the honey. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability isn't all that great. Too much on the spice for me. Overall, less interesting than I expected to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 01:49:38 | More by shand
Bison Organic Honey Basil from Bison Brewing
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