Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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5/5 rDev +28.2%
Superb, the aroma of honey and the refreshing taste are hypnotizing...or perhaps it is the 8% vol? Either way you'll love it. Great summer BBQ beer !!! Buy a bottle...or two, I actually got the whole case, and enjoy the experience.
Pair it with some goat cheese and apricots, desserts such as scones, or grilled pork tenderloin with carrots and spinach. Your girlfriend/wife might like it too since it has that nice honeyed smell.
06-09-2009 02:22:47 | More by ukieguy
4.95/5 rDev +26.9%
A - Typical Dupont loud, violent cork-pop, a very good sign! Poured into an Ommegang goblet. Radiant unfiltered cloudy gold, loads of head, excellent retention. Looks the way a saison should look, but not quite the lacing I expect. 2006 on the cork, so this has a *little* age on it.
S - Big time nose we have here. I do sense the sweet honey immediately, over a bit of leathery, wet earth farmhouse aroma. Peppery. Some fruity esters I am struggling to identify. There's a lot there, and it just beckons a taste.
T - Absolutely superb, everything the aroma offers and more. Peppery and hoppy enough to cut through spicy food, indeed I am having this with a pork chipotle pepper burrito. A little yeasty funk, and a verdant, luxurious essence of honey, though this honey contributes only trace amounts of sweetness, as this is a dry beer through and through like other offerings from Dupont. The honey. Aftertaste is long on lemon-y hop, yeast, and all that beautiful wild mountain honey. Damn, this is a superb beer.
F - Weighs on the palate with a minimalist touch. Prickly carbonation cleanses the palate in a hurry and gets you primed for the next sip. Don't see how the mouthfeel could get much better.
D - Like Foret, Avec Les Bons Voeux, and regular Saison Dupont, this is a masterpiece, and is about as drinkable as it gets. Will pair extremely, extremely well with just about any food. We have a winner here. I could have easily given this straight 5s, but I had to knock a half-point off for the relative lack of lacing in the appearance. Virtually flawless by my reckoning. The contents of the 750 ml bottle have just about disappeared, and that makes me sad. Another underrated saison - I don't see how this is not an A++ beer. Could easily be my favorite beer, period.
03-08-2008 21:18:51 | More by Patrick999
4.85/5 rDev +24.4%
Had on draft at The Publick House. Poured a beautiful amber color with a nice two finger head, and retained a small head the entire time.
The aroma is amazing, very complex aromatics. When I tasted it, I knew this was the best beer I've ever tried. Everyone at my table that tried it had beer envy, and ordered it next. The flavor is refreshing and delicious and ever changing. The honey is not overwhelming at all, but adds just a touch of sweetness to counteract the hops and yeast.
I bought a case two days after this sample, and treasure opening every bottle.
03-08-2008 18:45:23 | More by BeTheBall
4.8/5 rDev +23.1%
In a Duvel glass at 50 degrees F. 2001 date on the cork. Pours a nice hazy golden orange sunset like color with an creamy off-white head that starts big then quickly recedes to a thin layer. No lacing here.
Great mix of smells with coriander, lavender, licorice, general florals (but not too sweet) and those chalky wafer candies whose name escapes me. Very inviting. No hoppy aroma detected here.
Refreshing taste for sure with a great mouthfeel! Hits with a mouthwatering burst of some mellow citrus-like character along with a sweetness that shifts into a nice spice bite. Very nice taste here that begs for roasted chicken. As it warms slightly it takes on a slight spiced apple cider aftertaste. Yum!
Mouthfeel is a slickness with a creamy carbonation that is in support to keep it cleansing. A truly impressive carbonation injection that has bubbles so tiny it is almost like a nito-tap texture. A slight drying at the end leaves my palate clean.
Drinkability is high due to the wonderful combination of smells, flavors, and textures. Superb!
I didn't think I was going to like this beer as much as I did. B. Dupont's other organic beer was good, but not impressive. This one wowed me!
This brewery produces truly impressive beers!
09-02-2004 02:20:32 | More by silenius
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
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
4.72/5 rDev +21%
This one is truly exceptional. A hybrid between a saison and a braggot. Niiice. Beautiful saison yeasty spiciness. Mostly dry, but a little residual sweetness that goes well with the honey flavor. Hops are very subdued. Nice mouthfeel from a very high carbonation level. The 8% alcohol is not at all noticeable. This one goes down easy and is supremely enjoyable. Far more interesting than Saison Dupont.
09-21-2007 20:20:38 | More by Bonhoeffer
4.7/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
05-17-2008 18:20:40 | More by fitzy84
4.6/5 rDev +17.9%
A honey beer with a nice golden color with an earthy/spicy aroma. Nice tight white head that leaves a nice lace in the glass. Has a wonderful mouthfeel that has a dry, minty finish, with almost an "apricot" flavor. This beer is a difinately worth trying, especially if you like tripels. I've had two vintages, 2000 and 2001. I have to say, the 2000 was the nicer of the two, refining the fruitiness of the beer and mellowing the carbonation out a bit.
08-23-2002 19:03:28 | More by rosebud
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
Bottle is a 2009 vintage. Picked this sucker up almost a year ago at a beerfest. Loved the honey aroma and flavor.
A - Massive three finger head that left big, clumpy lacing down the sides of the glass. A really nice looking golden colour with lots of carbonation bubbles. Not quite 100% crystal clear; it is full of tiny suspended particles.
S - Huge, huge funk. This is what people mean when they say barnyard funk. Mixed in with all that dank barnyard is the sweet smells of honey.
T - Just like the nose just more intense. big funky flavors backed up by that sweet honey. A really pleasant taste of funk, honey, and just a solid dry, crisp finish.
M - Light, almost medium carbonation. For the amount of bubbles the actual carbonation is a bit lacking from what I remember. Maybe thats the age showing though. Dry, dry, dry and the light slickness due to that sweet honey.
D - Just as good as I remembered it. The honey really works wonderfully with the funkyness. The 8% ABV is completely nonexistant with this one. Just goes down easy and is genuinely delicious. Glad I'm ending the summer with this great brew.
09-18-2010 05:10:59 | More by rudzud
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
A heavy 750 ml green glass bottle with a concave bottom. Image on the label looks like a traditional engraving, several barrels topped with a beehive, a pile of loose hay nearby. Caged & corked (dated 2.006) and poured to a pair of small wine goblets on our weekend getaway to Manzanita, OR; enjoyed with several varieties of meats, cheeses and crackers during a heated game of 'Yahtzee'. Received this bottle a couple months back from Metalmonk...thank you, sir!
A: Hazy golden wheat, the color of baked bread crust. Copious amounts of small, fast-rising carbonation beneath a fizzy 1-finger white cap. Head drops rapidly to a thin sparkling film. Only a few hanging bits of lace. careful with the last third of the bottle, as even a careful pour yields a milky tan soupiness.
S: Huge aroma of grass/hay, baked bread with barnyard yeastiness, tart apples, sweetened dry apricots. A little sugary sweet, a little sharp fruitiness, a healthy nose-tickling funk, even a twinge of 'skunk' (curse you, green bottle!); all combine for a rustic aroma that is quintessentially 'Belgian' farmhouse.
T: Tartness jumps out, tangy-sweet apricots, pears and apples, skins included (bitterness). Though this 'Ale Flavored with Honey', the sweetness seemed subdued; the 'honey' quality seemed more evident in the grassy green-ness, the flowery clover, the dried hay and the bittersweet 'field greens' I found throughout. Doughy yeast softens cuts acidity and a grainy malt backing is where the sugars are located. Finished dry, with plenty of black pepper.
M: Biting acidic crispness with lots of tiny, effervescing carbonation. The prickle and lasting tang (a little salty?) reminds me of seltzer or mineral water. Body is light-medium, 8% alcohol is completely masked.
D: Drinkability is quite high; this is a very likable, top-notch example of the saison/farmhouse style by the masters at Dupont. No doubt we'll be returning to this one.
As a side note, we probably would never have discovered this fine beer if not for a visit to 'La Caves Dupont' in Tourpes, BE. Thank you, 'Beer Strangler', wherever you are (I'm guessing probably in that same intoxicated state, in that same bar...).
03-03-2008 02:38:35 | More by msubulldog25
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
Been wanting to try this. Cork reads 2004. Pour is a very dark gold - can't see your hand through the glass. Head is smaller than I would have thought and looks a bit on the foamy/soapy side. Not picking up much honey in the smell. Carbonation looks high. Bubbles seem suspended - hugging the walls of the glass.
Taste is similar to the normal Dupont, but slightly sweeter and much less earthy. Little to no bitterness. Honey flavor is not overwhlmingly strong, just a subtle sweetness. Very smooth, luscious mouthfeel. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. This bottle was drained in no time. Glad I bought a few more bottle of this. Really wonderful stuff.
Tried another bottle of my '04 stock this weekend. Something has happened. Tart, sour and plain bad. If this is the year you see on the cork, you may want to avoid.
01-16-2007 15:30:00 | More by Onibubba
Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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