Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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very good

306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-23-2002

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Photo of ukieguy
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Patrick999
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Crazycanuck17
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice honey taste, not overpowering. A must try.

Photo of silenius
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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 fitzy84
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
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 rosebud
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...).

Photo of Onibubba
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

*EDIT*

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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light gold with a large foamy white head. Nose has strong elements of yeast and lemon but only a small amount of sweet honey.

Taste is light, bready pale malt with some honey-butter sweetness. Beneath the initial impressions, there's the familiar yeasty flavor with a touch of lemon citrus and a bare hint of clove and a good bit of lactic tartness. It's not quite to the point of freshly buttered biscuits covered in honey but it's close, brings back some memories. Although the balance is more on the sweet side, its finish is quite dry and clean. No flavors or indication of its alcoholic strength at all.

Mouthfeel is light, almost effervescent, it jumps off the palate like a delicate champaigne. I love what the touch of honey brings to this beer. Not quite earthy or farmy enough for a good saison; this would compare closer to a Honey Duvel or some sort of Belgian strong pale ale.

Cork dated 2004.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with slight brown tinge, such a slight tinge that it's practically just orange. Very cloudy, slight carbonation. Head is very, very thick and off-white, sinking pretty well but leaving a good lacing ring behind. Looks great, fantastic even.

Nose is quite organic, with a lot of herbal characters, green grape skin, hint of honey, very finely balanced though. Phenomenally well balance, tart and sweet and bitter are all there, very natural, funky herbal smell. Smells like a garden in spring time. A real treat.

Taste is quite sweet, with the honey being far more prominent, and the tart characters are more bitter, with a dirty, almost oxidised character. Tastes rather like a soil and champagne mix, with hints of orange, apricot, custard almost, and distinct herbs, like basil and rosemary. Hang is there, a bit tart, but otherwise very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is full, thick and sticky - very nice, and there is not a hint of the 8% alc/vol. Very, very drinkable. A shit-fucked good beer in fact. I like this so much I love it.

Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a serious head that leaves a nice lace. pour SLOWLY. A cloudy amber color. Nose is sweet and malty. Starts sweet, smooth and malty, finishes the same. Leaves a lot of chunky bits on the bottle of the glass. The high ABV (it's 8% now) is not really noticeable. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. $6.95 for a 750ml bottle.

Photo of allengarvin
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in a Duvel glass. Cork reads '2006', this year.

Pours out a orange-amber color with a substantial head and some little chunks of yeast floating around inside. Sweet wheat-cracker aroma with bright, lightly citrusy hop notes. Light yet very flavorful malt up front, with herbal hoppy flavor, reminding me slightly of bay laurel. Finish becomes piquantly acidic and rather dry. Lots of carbonation, yet with a very light body despite the strength.

An utterly delightful, refreshing beer.

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a solid amber straw color. saison color. a little to clear for my liking. about a finger and a half of foam. light. after a few minutes dissipates to ring around the glass with light lace. smell is pollen, honey sweet but delicate. a little barn, a little grass. taste is a bit more. the honey is there and not overpowering. the pollen seems to sit with the hops. very dry crisp feeling on the tongue. very floral. light meatiness. lavender, some rosemary and thyme, grass, hop, pitch of pepper. a blend of white grape sweet with the sweet of the honey. and grape skin with the hop and grass. the density was lost about two thirds of the way. then everything began to separate. it lost the crisp dryiness on the tongue and layers as the beer lost its ring of foam. and began getting sweeter was the temperature went up. drink this cold. and i recommend maybe a bottle not tap next time.

had it on tap again about a year later and didn't seems to separate as dramatically.

Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2012, poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden copper with a huge fluffy white head.

S- Wheat, honey, floral notes, some funky yeast, touch of tart apples.

T- Honey, wheat, floral notes, some funk, some tart light fruits, great balance.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A solid Saison and a great example of why I like the style so much. Really enjoy the balance of flavors.

Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a slightly hazy honey color w/ a thick creamy dirty white head that lasts forever. Turbulent carbonation rises vigorously from the bottom of the glass, leaving behind sticky, gravity-defying clumps of lace. Gorgeous.

Aroma is typical Dupont barnyard funk along w/ a wonderful flowery honey fragrance. Smells like a field of clovers. Nice clean peppery Belgian yeast too. Really impressed w/ the delicate fragrance here; it captures the essence not only of honey, but also that of the flowers the honey came from. Smells like no other beer I've had.

Taste follows nose. Honey is abundantly apparent. There's also a waxy quality, almost as if from the honeycombs themselves. Floral, delicate, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, again w/ that floral waxiness. Smooth, creamy, great carbonation. Finishes dry of course.

Overall, yet another reason Brasserie Dupont is among my favorite breweries. Outstanding.

Photo of dave750
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of black cherries and menthol with candy sugar coming in later.Hazy gold in color with a steady stream of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A tight, medium height, off white head doesn't last too long and leaves a ring around the edge of the beer.
A sharp, nicely bitter hop and toasted grain initial taste remains throughout. A lambic-like tartness joins in at mid-taste along with oak, walnuts and earthy influences. Hints of citrus and mint pop in and out late. A mild alcohol warmth emerges as flavor comes to a close. Body is on the thin side of medium with very good carbonation and balance.
Very interesting, hard to describe flavor. Goes down smooth and easy without much indication of the alcohol content. A very enjoyable beer

Photo of brendan13
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Cork date of 2007.
A - Pours a slightly hazy orange hued dark golden with a couple of centimetres of fluffy white head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Lots of wet herbal & light spice notes up front followed through by some honey hints with some vauge pale malt notes.
T - Herbal and spicey also in the taste of course, honey comes though a lot stronger with some fruity notes as well.
M - Fairly light bodied, medium to high carbonation. The honey balances the dryness you'd find in a "typical" Saison I think.
D - 8%? Sure doesn't feel like it. I'd highly recommend this, even to non-beer geeks as it's a very approchable beer while still being interesting.

Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation is apparent as the cork was launched across the room when opened. Pours a lovely bright hazy golden color with a tall, thick, and creamy white head that dissipates into a good amount of lightly sticky lace. Nose is quite floral with notes of perfume, honeysuckle, and roses. Medium in body with a very crisp and spritzy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and fruity up front with notes of fresh honey, apricots, and lemon. Flavors then turn towards the spicy side with notes of yeast, fresh mint, and a touch of clove. Mild hop bitterness in the end leaves a dry finish with a bit of a minty aftertaste. A very nice brew, though not as good as the other Brasserie Dupont brews I’ve had.

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