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Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

301 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-23-2002

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Ratings: 301 | Reviews: 174
Reviews by drperm:
Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Biere de Miel pours hazy gold with a light copper tint under a 2” creamy, persistent, rocky off white foam cap that leaves thick, clumpy lace. Floral, honey notes start the nose with light grains and hints of fruit. Rich malts with light fruits initiate the palate with a light hop accent on the finish. The honey grows through the journey across the tongue and fresh white bread flavors join in mid palate, evoking a light baguette smeared with honey. As you drink the honey coats your mouth growing stronger as the glass lowers. Honey, malt and bread flavors linger for several minutes. Medium body with a rich creamy texture and very fine soft carbonation.

Photo of ADR
2.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Spiderhouse
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of tempest
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DESTRO
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

being a fan of their foret, it nabbed this one up too. it pours a hazy gold with a nice plump white head. lovely. a swirl of the glass and big aromas of honey rise as well as grass/hay and yeast. the flavor is big on honey, light earthy undertones and grassy barnyard (bad word i know, but it's meant in a good way) flavors come through. sweet and mellow, its hides it's alcohol well. champagne like body, light and bubbly and a pleasure to drink. a good beer that is unique and a treat in its own special way.

$5.99 for 750ml

Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a big airy rocky head. Pours a orange gold on the second pour with the yeast being stirred up. Carbonation is high in the bottle. Belgian yeast phenols are high, a pleasant earthiness. The smell is not as dry as you would think, and the taste has a cerain sweetness to it in addition to that dupont saison taste, but its still pretty dry. Verrrry drinkable saison.

Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with an orange hue. The head is pure white and is dense but not huge, settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is sweet and floral. Some bubble gum and clove from the yeast, which I expect from Dupont. Some apple fruitiness. There is a soapy lavendar aroma which must come from the honey. The honey itself is noticable as well. Unique aroma.

The taste starts off with the traditional belgian yeast characteristics. Clove and other medicinal notes provide a spicy character. There is some tart apple to go with a dry malt flavor. The honey makes its way towards the finish and provides a smooth sweetness. Not nearly has floral in the flavor as the aroma. A good amount of grassy hops in the end.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet, floral, peppery and lightly bitter on the palate but well balanced. The malt is quite dry.

Another winner from this brewery. A slightly beefer saison with the addition of the honey.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a New Belgium Goblet at about 45F.

Very nice and super earthy "organic" saison from the masters of the style. Lovely glowing orange with a very creamy and resilient head. Plenty of biscuity malt , honey sweetness, citrus esters and barnyard phunk on the nose. Taste is similar: grassy / herbal hops, balanced by tangerine / nectarine citrus, light dry maltiness and a very earthy , organic Brett funk. The honey serves as kind of an integrator to round it all out and tie it together. Probably a little bit heavier bodied and less peppery of a finish than a classic Dupont Saison, but very nice. 8% is undetectable and you could easily get in trouble with this one. I could session the hell out of this beer.

Another Belgian Classique.

4.0 / 5.0

Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006.

Pours a hazed golden with tangerine tones towards the middle of the body. Fluffy, clingy head stays put thanks to some rather active carbonation ascending the glass. Head sticks to the glass and leaves some streaked lacing patterns. Aroma is fruity: white grape, pear, apple, with some honey tones and yeast spiciness. Herbal hops almost give this a minty background quality. Honey comes out quite a bit in the flavor, giviing this a sweeter touch than some other saisons. I get more white grape and spiciness as the honey washes over the palate. Finishes slightly dry and almost tannic. Aftertaste is of a "flat" yeastiness. Mouthfeel is light in spite of the high alcohol, and the carbonation is lively, but never pricks. All around, this is a damn good saison with an interesting honey sweetness adding to the usual saison characteristics.

Photo of jsh420
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

cork reads 2012
taste does not match the look and nose
very mild and a little watered down

Photo of fitzy84
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Its appearance was extremely murky orange colors. The head laced away very quickly. The aromas were very strong as well: icy sharp honey and hops. Taste was exceptional: rich, earthy, quasi-smoked, sweet honey flavors. The mouthfeel had a great carbonation and crispness to it also. Overall, really awesome.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of overcooked vegetable and corn is very disappointing considering the brewery while the funky yeast notes kind of redeem this one a bit. Taste is also dominated by this weird malt taste with some gross sweet notes. I am wondering if I got a bad bottle or if something turned wrong as I was expecting a lot more considering it is one of my favourite breweries. This is definitely not something I would go for on a regular basis.

Photo of goldbot
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange and hazy. Lots of carbonation with airy, voluminous, white head.

Spicy phenols - cloves and peppercorn dominate. A bit musty and yeasty. Hints of orange and lemon zest, with a light, dry maltiness.

Flavors of bready malt, more peppery spice notes. Somewhat sweet citrus fruitiness. Earthy yeast flavors permeate. Very little alcohol warmth.

Medium to full body and a nice sweetness. Crisp with lots of active carbonation. A well balanced, strong saison.

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Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.