Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

305 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 305
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 emyers
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Appearance: Clear straw with a huge, billowing fluffy white head.

Smell: Strong fruity esters with subtle honey and some noble hops.

Taste: Like a good saison with a touch of honey (honey is very subtle but there). Finishes a tad sweet.Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice and crisp carbonation, but stays very smooth. Excellent.

Overall: Very good.

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 dukeufo
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Moeder Lambic

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 jsh420
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Jeffofdeath
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong honey taste, and not light like many honey beers. Great beer.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft @ Moeder

A large fluffy white head crowns a hazy golden body.

Sweet honey, earth, grain and spice on the nose.

Palate follows along the aroma.

The texture of the mouthfeel is quite nice letting the honey notes pop as it envelops your mouth.

Quite an enjoyable beer here. DuPont always comes through.

Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

250ml bottle poured into wine glass 12/10/14

A murky orange liquid with loads of sediment, a finger of bone white foam slowly falls to a thin film leaving a few patches of lace, looks like thick liquid

S lots of yeast, honey, cereal, some spice and lemon, smells pretty good

T spicy, yeasty, reminds me of a honey lemon cough drop, not what I was expecting after the nose, a step backwards but still decent

M leaning towards full, enough bubbles to give it some life, a little booze on the way down, sweet and spicy finish

O interesting beer, I wasn't really sure what to expect but it went down fairly fast, worth a try

I never noticed this one before on a shelf in Alberta, a little hard to keep track in these parts I suppose

Photo of keithmurray
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy golden color with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, honeycomb

Taste - ginger, lemongrass, lemon

Mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation, dry finish

Overall - honey was supposed to be a part of the mix of the flavor profile, but I didn't get any. Overall, an ok beer

Price Point - $10.99/750ML BOTTLE

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, honey, and white grape juice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, chalk, spice, earth, honey, and white grape juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with flavors that are more earthy than the smell indicates to me.

Photo of byronic
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden but slightly hazy. This white head with minimal lacing.

Definitely alcohol forwards with hints of citrus. Earthy and musty.

Bready, malty and grassy. Initially a bit bitter/tart followed by honey sweetness. The alcohol is only present in the finish.

Slightly heavy and a bit syrupy. Nice acidity paired well with the carbonation.

Definitely an interesting brew although I'm not sure I would rush out to try it again.

Photo of More_betterness
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Glowing hazy golden body topped with a massive creamy white head. Tons of lacing persists on the glass.

S: Potent clove and peppery phenolics. Borderline medicinal in a positive way. A bit of overripe banana.

T: Sweet honey, more yeasty clove, and floral hops. Slight citrus with a moderately bitter finish.

M: Airy mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing. No trace of the ABV. Very balanced but not exceptional in any aspect. Still glad I grabbed this one.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DenisKolkin
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Purchased 250 ml bottle from LCBO for $2.95 CDN. Was intrigued by this as it was something i haven't seen before in these parts so figured it may be worth a try. Served cool into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden color with many hues of dark orange. Nice 1/2 finger of white head came and went quickly but left a decent soapy residue on top of the glass. Some effervescent bubbles are present and maybe even tiny yeast particles are also in there.Some lacing once the beer is partially consumed.

Smell - Boozy with honey maybe melon and a undercurrent of clean sanitary smells. The last is a little strange but doesn't completely wreck this as it somehow works with the booziness and the sweetness of honey and melon. Also a bit of a smokiness to my nose which may actually be than cleanness I smelled on the first whiff. Anyway there's a lot going on and it smells different but quite appealing.

Edit - after having the taste I figured the cleanness smokiness smelled a lot like minty mouthwash.

Taste - Starts fairly sweet with the honey flavors and seems very light and floral tasting on the tongue. then the alcohol kicks in and it becomes a little more like minty mouthwash. Also finishes with a bit of heat which is probably alcohol induced. Although as it warms the mouthwash resemblance slowly disappears.

Mouthfeel - Fairly rich and decadent while at the same time remaining light on its feet. Slightly dry finish, but nothing out of the norm.

Overall - While crafted and certainly different, but didn't like the seemingly mint flavors in the beer and the heat afterwards was not really to my liking. The one thing it didn't to that i had hoped it would is that the beer was not terribly refreshing. Any while certain beers styles do that more than others, at the end of the day it's just something I wouldn't buy again.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 donkeyrunner
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$9 for CL at Atwoods, Somerville MA

Gold with a tight white head that only lasted a few minutes. Off with it's head. Smells like honey. Has an earthy, springtime lean too. Like motoboating mother nature after a shower. Tastes like it smells with an airy herbal bitter in back. Some dryness to help balance the sweet honey and tropical fruits underneath.

I don't often like honey beers but this was a good one.

Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a somewhat loose foam. Looks like a couple of yeasty chunks got in this pour.

S - Nose is medicinal lemon-citrus/orange. A bit earthy/musty, fruity and floral.

T - Dry,-ish, very lightly bitter and a bit herbal. Yeasty, spicy cloves, and light fruitiness. Takes a while but the alcohol finally comes through, giving a bit more depth.

M - Medium-light. Appropriate carbonation.

D - Feels like a sipper to me. Goes down quickly for an 8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Biere de Miel snifter.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A pleasant creamy white head settles shortly, but can be revived with a few strong swirls of the glass. Minimal wisps and patches of lacing slide back down into the glass.

S: Honeyed sweetness rides alongside biscuity malts. Slight acidic lemony tartness and hints of must. Clove-like phenol and estery aromas of nectarine. Tame herbal hop component.

T: Honey sweetness greets the palate, but is quickly countered by a subtle acidic tartness. Clovey phenols precede a delicate touch of alcohol that is barely perceptible. Biscuity malt is blanketed by the honey. Yeasty spice and a dried banana fruitiness add to the complexity. Playful tropical esters of pineapple, nectarine, and marmalade really start to pop as the beer warms. Grassy and herbal hops complete the deft balancing act. Finishes semi-sweet with some lingering honey, doughy yeast, and fading herbs.

M: Hefty medium body. Somewhat weighted feel. Slightly syrupy and chewy, presumably from the honey. A moderate amount of scrubbing carbonation lifts this syrupy texture just enough. Filling and creamy in the mouth.

O: The main attraction of this delightful nectar are its many contrasting flavor profiles. In that light, Biere de Miel is a tightrope walk. Tip the scale too far in any one direction and the beer would lose its balance and suffer. Thankfully that doesn't happen. All of these opposing flavors are able to come together and achieve a perfect harmony that rewards the drinker with a deep complexity. The sweetness, syrupy texture, and comparatively weighty body make it a great bottle to share with a friend, as either a digestif or perhaps even a primer to the meal.

Photo of RickS95
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/yeast, honey, wet hay

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some honey and hay. There is also some tart lemon and some yeast. It ends with tart yet sweet honey aftertaste.

Overall - Not something I'd drink a whole lot of.. but definitely an interesting brew. Not sure I've ever had anything quite like it. It has a little something for everyone taste wise.. sweet/tart/funk. Worth trying to keep things interesting.

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, the layer of sludge visible at the bottom of the bottle actually stayed there. The beer is therefore left translucent, albeit significantly blurred. Its golden smog imparts a rather viscous, sticky appearance; this thing definitely looks the part for a honey beer.

Bière De Miel is one interesting smelling beer. Both grainy and grassy, it showcases a selection of flavours that include corn, cantaloupe, lemon, plain white crackers, chamomile, sage and, of course, a divine wildflower honey which veils the beer in an air of sweetness and mustiness.

It's clear from the first sip that Billy Bee had no part in this recipe. The honey used is evidently of the utmost quality and was surely blended with pollen, beeswax and all (unadulterated and unfiltered). It carries with it (like a good honey should) strong floral and earthy elements that compliment the savory and spicy notes of the yeast and graininess of the malt.

I've no idea what kind of honey was used but the strong citrus accenting suggests orange blossom, the spicy grassiness reminds me of alfalfa, the leafy mintiness I imagine as eucalyptus, the flowery aspect one logically assumes maybe clover or general wildflower. These are just uneducated guesses, but they indicate the complexity and variety of flavours.

Brasserie Dupont's Bière De Miel strikes me as the ideal beer pairing for salty, tangy cheeses. Just the thought of a big bottle of this alongside some melon, berries, rustic bread, prosciutto, roasted almonds, honey-drizzled farmhouse cheeses and, of course, a bright sun and blue sky... Sheeeiit. Sounds to me like heaven on earth.

Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy sediment clouding my glass, but not much settling. Sits a burnt orange color. Looks like pond water mixed with lemonade. The head looked solid before I re-topped my glass. Still holds pretty dear.

Has a distinct honey and cherry blossom aroma. A little syrupy. Decent heft from that farmhouse yeast. Very Belgique. Notes of stone fruits and pear with an almost sage-y element of spice. A burgeoning alcohol wants to make itself known, rather against my wishes. I need it to 'keep it down'.

Still a big Belgian yeast presence, but the saison notes have been blanketed by generous honey and other fruity and flowery yeast esters. Lots of pear, cherry, and apricot. Hiding beneath it all is a prominent sweetness that provides some tackiness in the feel. It creates a more syrupy body than would be expected from a beer of this style. Floral notes include cherry blossom and very light chamomile. A little peppery (with notes of wild sage) when rested on the tongue during the carbonation burst. Feels wet, still, as I wish some weight could be lifted. It would seriously promote drinkability. Anything to rush the fumes of a writhing booze note down the hatch. Instead, has a slight warming effect, especially on this warm spring night.

Glad I got to try one of these. Always saw it at my local supply store, until about a year-and-a-half ago. Spotted one on a shelf in the outskirts of town. Had to give it a whirl. Happy I did.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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 chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 jrenihan
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB 11/2014

Beer is golden-hued with a smallish white head. Fades fairly quickly, but not totally.

The smell is intensely floral, quite perfume-like. The honey is noticeable. Yeast is also prominent, with some dry spice and light fruits. A bit bready. Unusual. In some ways I quite like it, but it gets a bit tiresome.

Taste is similar to the smell. Honey, bready malt, yeast, white pepper, light fruits. A bit of bubblegum. There is a sweetness, but overall the flavour is quite dry.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth.

Overall, interesting and pretty good, but would not want to have it often.

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Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
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