Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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Reviews by drperm:
4.75/5 rDev +21.8%
God, this is good stuff. Where has it been hiding all my beer-drinking life?
on-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville.
Appearance: Looks suspiciously like mead.
Aroma: Wildflowers, honey, and malt.
Taste: Hominy, and non-sweet honey.
Palate: PERFECT! Smooth with a bit of spritz.
Overall: Quite refreshing and thirst-quenching. The fact that it's 8% ABV is WELL hidden. Saison-ish. The fact that it's a Dupont creation is not surprising given the high level of quality. The fact that it's organic makes me very happy. Amazing beer. More of this. Often.
05-10-2008 05:03:49 | More by drperm
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a somewhat hazy orange/yellow with a huge blooming head what a nice sight to see,the aroma has some smoky hints to it with some lighter honey notes.A very diferent tasting beer I get some spiciness and the spicy yeast trait with the honey coming in late but not overpoweringly so,wow this beer is prety complex.I really like this beer I am still tryin to make out the different complexities to it,a real nice find.
12-21-2003 02:39:15 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):
Hey, honey, how you doin’? Lacing is anything but amazing; hazy golden glow invites us for a sip or two. Exotic fruit, fresh-cut flowers, faint honey sweetness, doughy malt and some faint medicinal notes in the aroma. Smooth and creamy, even with a super-dry palate. Earthy, vegetal, nutty and slightly tart. Push of alcoholic warmth runs slow but steady, backed by a pleasing ripe tropical fruit essence. Honey is a factor with the alcohol and some flavor; finish lingers with some herbal flavor. Really good drinking here—a light sipper, but one you can hang on to for a good while.
08-25-2011 00:48:21 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.79/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured into an Affligem goblet, just to mix things up, see if it yields a better result. Light honey-grapefruit in colour, hazy, and with a big half inch of head that receded into a thin ring and some swirls of foam.
Nose is raw honey, honey bread, musk, herbal and floral hops, farmyard grain.
This brew is one of the few that utilizes and specifically features honey that actually tastes of honey, and not just a mild sugary sweetness. The nice thing about this honey is that it tastes more like a wild, unprocessed honey than something out of a little bear-shaped jar. This is helped along by a mild musky and herbal hop backing that gives this brew a pastoral flavor. Despite the honey sweetness, it finishes somewhat dry.
Moderate bodied, mild carbonation, dry to the finish.
I liked this one, although the hops were a little off - the medicinal, herbal hops just didn't quite balance. Maybe cellaring this brew for a few months will smooth things out. Still, a beer worth giving a go!
04-12-2013 00:12:52 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
750ml corked & caged bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a smallthin white head. Nose is light honey and sweet malt with a tiny bit of funk.
Taste has a bit of honey but it's quite subtle. It's sharp with good carbonation, the funk comes in more strongly. Overall very tasty and drinkable.
07-23-2010 23:23:20 | More by kingcrowing
2.73/5 rDev -30%
Heavily sedimented peach appearance, creamy head that settles in at just under 1/2 an inch. Clingy and fairly complicated lace. Malty aroma, brown sugar and a nut skin impression that's a touch medicinal. Thickish mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Seems a little too honey influenced in initial flavor, with a wild pollen-like quality but also a reflection of the odd nuttiness from the aroma. Finishes out with a paste board sensation. Doesn't move off from its primary statement. Too heavy and glue-y and unbalanced without a lot of interest, this is a beer that just doesn't strike me.
06-27-2004 19:24:27 | More by ADR
4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
750 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.
Pours a hazy honey-orange color with a moderate size head that settles too quickly and leaves no lasting lacing.
Aroma: Very appealing mix of light fruits, honey and hops. Some alcohol after warming.
Taste: as expected after the nose, the flavor is also quite fruity, with hints of apple juice, pears, grapes and raisins. Sweet, with a clear presence of natural honey. Somehow not too sweet, with a significant hop component that partly counters the sweetness and add some spiciness. Somehow not too sweet, with a very natural honey flavor. Nicely spicey and peppery too. Fine lingering aftertaste of spiced biscuit with honey.
Feel: Medium-high carbonation; crisp; medium body.
O: Marvelously well-crafted with excellent balance (level) and mix (aromas and flavors) of honey, yeast, malt and hops. The most honey flavor I have had in a beer, and certainly one of the best honey beers (thinking of Hopslam too). Although sweet and in rather large quantity (750 ml), I enjoyed this more and more as time passed. Extraordinary.
04-25-2013 23:40:44 | More by chinchill
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Served in a tulip glass
cork says 2011
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body that gets hazier with each pour. There is a thick rocky snow white head that hold above the glass and turns sticky with each sip. There are strands of microbubbles that trail to the surface.
S- The aroma of cereal is faint and blends into a sweet masa aroma that turns just a bit floral and finishes with a dry wild honey note.
T- The dry mead character has a hint of wasp spray, but in a good way, with a wildflower dry honey taste in the finish. A faint bubble gum ester comes through when it really opens. A nice crisp pils malt flavor turns into sweet masa flavor that grows but is never overpowering.
M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.
O- This beer is light and delicate with a nice subtle complexity that balances mead and beer very nicely.
08-20-2012 13:59:44 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +2.6%
250ml bottle. An organic, strong honey saison - sure, why the hell not?
This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves little in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.
It smells of toasted bready, biscuity malt, musty, earthy honey, phenolic black pepper and clove spice, warm lemon juice, mildly astringent yeast, and leafy, herbal hops. The taste is more of the same - a thick doughy, lightly biscuity pale malt, husky, grassy honey, softly heated citrus, wafting coriander and green peppercorn spice, and a slight medicinal booze warming.
The carbonation is light, a tad frothy, yet still a bit astringent at times, the body a heady medium weight for the style, and more or less smooth, the extra weight from the honey aiding and abetting. It finishes sweet, I think - it's hard to tell, what with all the musty, herbal, and yeasty essences lurking about.
I don't think that I've ever smelled, and consequently tasted, a beer like this. It's a saison, all right, and a warm one at that, but the addition of the honey, and maybe all that organic earth mother stuff really gives this a smelly hippie (in a good way this time!) character, one that makes me want to sit back in a sunny meadow somewhere sipping away, and carrying on.
08-30-2013 04:19:21 | More by biboergosum
4.72/5 rDev +21%
Corks reads 2006. Hmm...I hope it's still okay.* Poured into a Moinette goblet, which may not be the recommended glassware, but it seemed appropriate enough...
Hella-big "POP!" as the cork is pulled. Head is tightly-wrapped bubbles frothing and popping atop a mildly hazed straw-golden body with a zillion dancing bubbles making their way frantically toward the top. Head retains extremely well, and becomes creamier on the surface as it sits. Lace is abundant and beautiful. Even if the rest sucks, it sure is a beauty to look at.
Aroma finds mild, earthy honeycomb comfortably sharing space with fruity, slightly dirty yeast. Fresh-baled hay, white grape, and more zesty fruit/yeast partnership. Delightful. No mistaking what part of the world this beer comes from.
The succulence of honey is present in the flavor immediately, but a tartness comes along with it, as does a very well-controlled candy sweetness reminding of red "licorice" whips. Mildness of water crackers and/or fresh-baked white bread lends something gentle to the flavor. The typically "farmhouse" yeast funk lays low...it's there, but rather than slamming you over the head with Brett, it remains merely one remarkable component of this delicious, delicate beer. The mouthfeel helps the delivery of flavor with a light airiness and a fairly dry finish that manages to keep the yeast and floral elements rolling.
So insanely close to perfect. Hadn't had this in years, and if it weren't for msubulldog25 (let's call him Brian) reminding me of its greatness, I might not have picked it up for awhile. Cheers, Brian, and cheers to Brasserie Dupont for another winner.
*oh yeah, it's pretty fu**in' okay.
12-07-2007 00:45:08 | More by Metalmonk
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
A--Dark apricot color with small head. Fairly weak head retention, very little lacing.
S--Very spicy, with heavy pepper notes and some definite funk. A strange chemical note in there too. Not sure what that's about.
T--Banana bread, with heavy tropical fruit notes...maybe some papaya? A little short on the finish. Tastes slightly imbalanced.
M--Unremarkable, but okay. Seems undercarbonated.
D--For this style, it's okay, though I've had far better, and from a bottle no less. Wouldn't seek it out again, but if it was free...well, still meh.
Served in brand chalice at Lucky Baldwin's, Pasadena, CA
09-23-2009 02:04:52 | More by Spiderhouse
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
A nice part of the LCBO release. Lasting head on light colored body. A mild honey aroma. The taste features the honey and a significant bitterness. A spot of funkiness. That's all we got. Decent drinkability.Middling mouthfeel.A little lemon. Something unique, and akin to a Belgian pale, why we can't rate strictly by style.
05-17-2013 22:57:32 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
I was quite shocked to find that this beer really holds its honey character, even after a few years in the cellar!
The long-standing bottle poured a fairly clear golden body beneath a dollop of froth that settled shortly into a compact head of dense off-white foam.
The honey is present in the nose, but no so much as it is in the flavor. It's candy-like malt and honey are surrounded by delicate, refreshing notes of grassy hops, soft summer fruits, and a touch of peppery spice.
The flavor follows suit, but the sweet malt prevails above the yeasty fruitiness, spiciness, and hop character. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, although it's sweetish, it is well-balanced with lemon, grass, a flicker of alcohol, and specks of cracked black pepper helping to dry it a bit in the finish. This is meant to be a bit of a sipper, not a quaffer, and in that regard it works quite well.
I'd imagine that this would pair quite nicely with a soft buttery cheese and some crusty bread. It seems a bit bigger and more malty than the standard Saison Dupont, but it's an interesting beer in and of itself, and makes a nice change. Well worth trying!
09-09-2007 13:48:52 | More by NeroFiddled
4.25/5 rDev +9%
750 ml bottle with a date code I don't understand
There's plenty going on, just in the pour. It's got a beautiful golden copper color, but it's full of floaties and other goodness. The bottom of the bottle is about as thick as any beer I can recall and requires a pretty good swirl to mix it up. The head is standard thickness, but never fully dissipates. It's a nice looking beer.
You can smell it across the room. Very champagne like with pepper and green grape. A bit of lemon and as the bottle suggests, honey. Faint pineapple as well.
There's a strangeness to it, like most saisons, but it's just the honey. I generally don't like honey in beer, but this is superior honey. Lots of fruit, apple and green grape. Pepper spice.
Has most of the bases covered with sweetness and spice, slight bitterness, acidity, carbonation. Medium bodied. While the ABV is up there, it's masked well. The finish is dry and crisp with only the spice lingering a bit.
This is a really good beer to sit back in a recliner and sip out of a snifter so you can pick up the scents as well as the flavors. It's easy to drink because the flavors and mouthfeel are pleasant. It's got good ABV and a solid beer.
06-08-2013 02:58:37 | More by RickS95
3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
Had a glass at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. I have to say this was an interesting beer, but not one I'd order again. The hazy yellow beer was dominated by a thick, floral honey aroma and flavor. It reminded me of beers like Hops Infusion, where the brewers goes overboard on a single flavor and it no longer tastes good. This may not have been over-hopped, but something in the character has taken this beer over.
07-26-2010 18:44:32 | More by tempest
Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.