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Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Bière De Miel BiologiqueBière De Miel Biologique

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BA SCORE
87
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-23-2002)
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Photo of matzah
2/5  rDev -48.6%

matzah, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle (Best before date December 2012) served into stemware in Ghent, Antwerp. Reviewed live.

A: Half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and terrible retention. Yeast-ridden hazy honey-gold colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Honey, butterscotch, medicinal muscle spray. Floral hops. Not as bad as that description might make it sound. A moderate strength scent.

T: Honey and lavender. Cough spray. Bleh. Complicated but to its detriment. I wish it were straight simple honey. Unrefreshing. The notes on the nose are all present, but overtaken by the medicinal lavender cough spray. It's a bit similar to Vick's inhaler nose spray. Eck. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the good flavours of the body, as well as the style.

Dr: Covers up its high ABV well, but the taste is inherently flawed. Leave this one on the shelf.

kojevergas, Jun 27, 2011
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of ADR
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

ADR, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a short-lived white head.

Smell: Aroma of flowers and ripened bananas.

Taste: Sweetish, fruity bananas laden flavor with hints of honey, lemon juice, flowers, and spices. Finishes citric and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Watery texture.

Drinkability: Just another saison for me.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Havion383
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Havion383, May 24, 2012
Photo of kbub6f
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A biggish, cream-white, fine, foamy head collapses unevenly. The beer is mostly clear and orangey-gold. Nose is spicy, dusty, medicinal. It smells like those wax lips or wax harmonicas you used to eat. Some nice pepper and floral notes in the front, but bandaids and rubbing alcohol, too. Turns sweet and waxy. There's some sugar, too. But it's a little thin. A tangy, citrus finish is marred by an alcoholy sourness. Really not my cup of tea, this one.

kbub6f, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of MPLS
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cracked a bottle with friends a couple of hours ago. I have had Saison Dupont more times than I can count, but probably less the amount of times I have walked by this bottle. Glad to say that I'm on the tail end of my cold and can drink beer now.

A: Poppin' bottles. A delicate pour yields a huge amount of head that retains itself, yeast manages not dump out. Bright hazy orange body and even lighter edges. The massive head defines this one.

S: Smells dank and farmy. The honey and malt add sweetness, but it's not quite what I was expecting. Definitely funky yeast though.

T: The taste of this one is a lot funkier than the Dupont. I like the sweet elements that are coming out of this beer from the honey but perhaps more so than the malt. This beer crosses my funk threshold and does it while being medicinal too.

M: What a nice frothy head, followed by some crisp carbonation and mild warming.

D: This saison wasn't convincing me of anything, but I would venture another tasting as perhaps this particular batch/bottle is not right. Nice belgianesque head and interesting yeast though.

MPLS, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of frank4sail
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Hazy orange color. Medicine nose (cough syrup) Thick lasting white head. Alot of clove and honey sweetness to the taste as well as big medicinal notes (pepto bismal) and a slight hop bitterness to the finish. Medium to full mouth. Too medicinal and astringent for my taste.. not my thing I guess (this is why drinability is so low).

frank4sail, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 25cl bottle, best before 09/2011 drank as my second honey beer (of four) during mid Nov 2010.

Poured into my 'La Chouffe' tulip, it refused to give me any sort of head, so a still, slightly hazy, golden liquid sat in my glass, looking not too beery.

The small was mildly of honey, some summery, floral notes too.

The taste was dry, yet with a heavy honey content, I couldn't take to this beer at all. Strange brew from start to finish. The worst of the four honey beers I reviewed that night.

BlackHaddock, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of marcpal
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into wine glass from 750ml bottle. This one was not winner in my opinion.

A: Golden hue with a thick foamy head and medium lacing.

S: Confused a bit by the smell, have to say not in a good way. Didnt pick up much honey, more caramel or fainty fake sugar.

T: Sugar flavorings and malt, not really honey. As I drank it more, picked up some of the honey but it just confusing on the palate. It seemed like a saison that was much more of something trying too hard to be complex without destroying flavor.The honey is really showcased in this beer. Sweetness was not saison-like.

M: Highly carbonated that had nothing really on the background to balance out the sweetness.

D: Cant call this one drinkable. The honey was nothing to write home about and I really expected a lot more from the style matched with this brewer. May have to try again but cant call this one a winner.

marcpal, Jan 10, 2008
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2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07/13/05- Purchased at Nugget Market in Vacaville, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Not dating listed.

Appearance- Wonderful full white head, golden murky pour with very nice lacing.

Smell- Damn, you lost me here. Has that barnyard scent with some citrus fruit as well, but it also has a funky medicinal/green olive scent that is really turning me off.

Taste- Spices galore here. Too many IMO. Corriander and clove and tons of pepper. With a barage of about 100 different fruits. Way, wayyyy to much here for me. It's overkill IMO. A bit of a sweet and sour beer combined.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation for a saison. Taste stays in your mouth for quite a while.

Drinkability- Not one of my favorite saisons. Can't wait to try the regular Dupont Saison though. This one was just a bit too much of everything for me.

GClarkage, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of warmstorage
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

3 euro 25cl bottle at Bier Circus in brussels. Menu states biologique (organic), 8%.

Hazy medium orange, with moderate to high rocky head, moderate lacing.

Nose is honey, vegetal, metallic.

Taste is honey, dry, vegetal, metallic, flat, a little earthy, tangy, some flowers.

Mouth is dry and flat.

A fun beer, as the honey does come through and isn't fermented out, but not particularly drinkable or pleasant.

warmstorage, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Immortale25
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish signature glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a 1/2 inch head that's very loud and fizzy but retains decently enough before arriving at an 1/8 inch head. Not much lacing.

S- Uh-oh. I was hesitant to purchase this since it's in green glass plus I got it at a Whole Foods and, sure enough, there's definitely a powerful wet cardboard smell that's, almost without a doubt, due to skunking. A little bit of sweetness from the honey, but the wet cardboard prevails in the aroma.

T- Improves a little in the flavor but not much. Mainly wet cardboard and a touch of sweetness from the honey. This beer, after making the far trip across the Atlantic only to sit on the shelf for who knows how long, is just a shell of its former self.

M- High carbonation is the one thing making it drinkable. Very spritzy, almost like seltzer water since the body is so light.

O- What a disappointment. Saison DuPont is one of my favorite beers, but I wanted to try something different by these guys. Lesson learned: always be wary of buying beer at a grocery store, especially if it's in a green bottle.

Immortale25, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Sspeer1, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

tempest, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of marc77
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in hue w/ a light haze. The lively, effervescent carbonation supports a fluffy, well retained ivory white head. A waft of sweet nectar and distinctly floral honey upfront in aroma along with notes of perfume, rose petals and an odd herbal hint of dried oregano. Mild clove winds its way through, lending a unique spicy and floral melanage aromawise. Initial snap of crisp honey like sweetness is ceded by light must and mellow tart fruitiness. Herbal notes of dried oregano and perhaps rosemary continue from the aroma, and unfortunately combine with the underlying clove to form a slightly rubbery, medicinal impression. Hop bitterness is meager, but does offset malt sweetness enough to lend a fairly balanced overall profile. Fruitiness is citrusy, being comprised of light lemony tartness. Lightly bodied and well attenuated, w/ a crisp, lightly spritzy mouthfeel that belies the relative strength. Finishes dry, w/ that phenolic and herbal mix lingering on the palate. Biere de Miel is a very odd brew. It's certainly quite flavorful and unique, but that rubbery / herbal flavor creeps up in intensity and becomes distracting. Fortunately, there is sufficient complexity to prevent that flavor from being overbearing. Surprisingly light on the palate for the ABV. Bottled in 2000.

marc77, Dec 02, 2002
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3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a turbid golden wheat with a massive 4 inch fluffy white head that leaves soap like lacing all the way down the glass. Holy honey Batman. This beer smells like Drambuie. Sweet comb honey mixed with lemon meringue and a bit of booze. While sweet, a good spice comes through with freshly ground white pepper, clove, coriander and dried lemon zest with yeasty biscuits coming up in the tail end of the nose. The flavor is really sweet for a saison. There are definite fresh comb honey flavors mixed with a heavy spice that surprisingly shows through the honey. Big ground white pepper and coriander. A bit of clove mixed with bruised pears. There is very little bready qualities to the flavor profile and the alcohol comes is a bit heavy. I like my Saisons to have the alcohol hidden just a bit better. The mouthfeel is light and creamy. My overall thoughts on this beer is that it's just to sweet. The honey is overwhelming. Probably my least favorite beer by Brasserie Dupont.

hwwty4, Feb 14, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Color is fittingly honeyish, maybe a little paler. Head is white and extremely fizzy. No lacing or retention.

Aroma is floral and sweet but boozy. Grassy hops and honey.

Bittersweet honey flavor, with an herbal dry hoppiness. Some fleshy fruit, but mostly honey and grass.

Mouthfeel is pretty poor. The body is paper thin and delicate, and there's way too much carbonation. It's literally difficult to sip this beer because it's so prickly and invariably causes burping. This knocks the drinkability down.

illidurit, Mar 04, 2008
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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Les Caves. Pour is deep amber orange with a fluffy tan head. The nose has tons of candied sugar and pine syrup. The honey is over powering with sticky caramel sitting lightly in there as well. The flavor is very sweet, light notes of yeasty spice as the honey takes over and dominates. There is a light citrus hop presence and bitterness to round it out. Full bodied and syrupy, very thick with a rough carbonation in the finish.
***
Bottle 10/8/10
A-glowing golden yellow with a big pure white head with lacing left behind.

S-nose is big, just a hint of honey up front with hints of barnyard musk, a fair bit of leather and touch of cheese, the yeast and peppery spice comes in behind but play a small role.

T-the flavor is exactly the same, a little more sweet honey up front with a slightly more leathery funk as the cheese and musk are present but lighter. the yeast is behind with just a hint of peppery spice. hay like hops and light bitterness round this off.

M-lively carbonation that tingles throughout with a medium to light body and crisp strong bite that finishes semi dry.

D-loads of funk for a saison, almost too much. not enough peppery spice to it and yeast as I would have liked to see, but the complexity and funk make this something unique and still quite tasty.

cpetrone84, Jan 26, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep yellow-orange color with a minimal off white head. The aroma herbal and yeasty with a slightly fruity melon smell. It has just a touch of honey. The flavor is light and herbal with a lightly fruity, yeasty characteristic. Nothing special. I wanna give props to Stu mutha fn Bob for drinking this bottle with me.

BeerBuilder, Jan 02, 2005
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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a low white head that worked hard but never really laced the glass.

The aroma was medicinal with honey. A slight belgian yeast spice character was shrouded by a band-aid, rubbery aroma. The honey aroma that was present was well done.

The flavor was medicinal with honey flavor, but no honey sweetness. The spice was understated and overwhelmed by the other characteristics.

The finish was dry with a lasting rubbery flavor. The body was medium. I would not suggest this beer.


750 ml corked and bailed bottle. 2.002 on cork.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of impending
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SF Toronado. Served in a tulip. Hazy bright honey yellow, dense froth, nice lacing.

Smell of honey rolled yeast, spices, flowers atop a lager. No earth.

Honey upfront and a floral phenolic note in the final taste defines this brew. Sweet with some fruit. The aftertaste that remains after all else has faded is an herbal note - not camomile or lavender but of that style - this aspect will decide if you like this brew. Nothing about this says saison but it remains ok.
cheers
jd

impending, Oct 31, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

BGDrock, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of allenson21
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

allenson21, Feb 01, 2014
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Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.