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Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

292 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color, with a nice big, fluffy white head. In the aroma, clove, small hint of coriander, and a bit yeasty. In the taste, small tobacco hints and a dry, yeasty hint of orange. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry clove and pinch of orange in the aftertaste. Quite nice and easy to drink.

Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (cork dated 2008) poured into a tumbler is a cloudy dull gold with a white head that leaves sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is a bit of honey and fruity saison esters, nice.

Taste is big honey flavor, not as great as the last time I had it on draught. There's a sharpness to it, not off, but a bit metallic, basically a yeasty bite to it. Better cooler then cellar temp, but not fridge cold.

Mouthfeel is swishy, highly carbonated but not overly so, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is pretty good. I've had times where I've love this beer so much I was mad at myself for not drinking it more regularly, yet this bottle isn't blowing me away in the same manner. Maybe better fresh.

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Novare Res 5/1
Poured in to a tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy honey color with no head, and some spots of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of belgian yeast, hints of spice, honey, and apples.

T: Taste starts with Belgian spicing up front, corriander, and hints of pepper. This is quickly turned in to a light yeast with some honey flavoring. Finish has a hint of dark cherries and a tart apple in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, lightly coats the tongue with a bit of oil.

D: Rather tasty, goes down easily, a nice summer beer to sit with for a few glasses.

Photo of Gorgoroth
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged (purchased at Half Acre Brewing in Chicago)

Dense yeast caking and sediment clouding near bottom of bottle; cork reads "2.009"

Glassware - generic chalice

A - pours a clear pale amber with orangey hues, lively carbonation visible, dense eggshell-white head with good retention, leaves a delicate spotted lace

S - honey, grain, and Belgian yeast pervade with notes of barnyard and fresh cut flowers

T - palate presents honey, a yeasty barnyard funk, malted barley and wheat; aftertaste yields a crisp but subtle hop bitterness and lingering multi-grain toast

M - light-to-medium body with plenty of fizzy, champagne-like carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth to the finish; dry on the palate and dry going down with a notable filmy sensation probably due to the honey

D - fairly complex in the nose but simpler on the palate; light, dry and sweet makes for a very drinkable beer

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a very funky farmhouse beer. It pours a bright cloudy orange with a massive white foamy head. The nose is wet, and dank with sweet notes of honey and malts and some really funky smelling yeast. The palate is just like the nose sweet and malty with funky tasting yeast but with some corriander and other spice notes. Overall it ws interesting to try but it won't be a regular in my line up.

Photo of MPLS
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big pop and pours a murky darkish wheat. Near white tight bubbled head leaves to a disk pretty quick. Some tight bubbled lace.

S - Like a very rich euro pils, with some spices like coriander and pepper.

T - Spice and barn flavors more evident in taste. Malt flavor wraps itself around these notes.

M - Very carbonated (maybe too for me), somewhat creamy, kind a messy finish.

D - Pretty tasty. Could have a few.

Photo of knight84
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-gold honey color, generous foamy eggshell white head that settles to a nice cap. The nose is all Belgian, yeast dominates along with fresh-cut flowers, clover fields, a little sour apple, orange zest, and a touch of cloves. Finishes with a touch of sweetness in the back of the nose. The taste is also very yeasty, like good bread dough, has a solid dose of honey sweetness and a slight barnyard funk, tart apples are there too but not overwhelmingly so. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent, the carbonation is very nice and refreshing, not syrupy at all. Overall a pretty good beer, but I was left feeling a little let down. In my opinion the taste just doesn't live up to the hopes that the nose set.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose gives off a smell of honey is very strong faith pleasant. Moreover, brands are amber coat mottling of the beverage as a reminder that this is a honey beer. However, it is by no means a sweet beer, she keeps the acidity and bitterness characteristic of the brewery Dupont, honey is only diluted the flavors taste, which are however very different than a Barbar, another honey beer. As for the aftertaste, especially if they paid the dregs, it is slightly alcoholic and gives a slight spice to this good organic beer.

Photo of phattysbox
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed a brew in a while so here we go...

Poured from a caged and cork green bottle (24oz) into a popperings snifter glass. Nice label and says it was brewed with honey and spiced with coriander and curacao. Pours a hazy straw color with a really nice pillowy head. Lively and spritzy like carbonation props up the head for a long time. Nice looking brew.

Smell is all floral but not in a hoppy way. Similar to fresh cut flowers. Bringing my nose in closer I can smell more of the farmhouse characterstics that make Dupont famous - earthy, spicy and some hay funk. Belgain yeast strain is also notable in the nose - very complex with some clover honey coming through at the end.

Taste - Belgian peppery yeast and farmhouse funk. Not quite sour but similar to eating aged manchego (which would go really well with this brew). Coriander follows quickly and gives it a sharp bite - slightly overpowering but nothing too bad. The honey is vague, but noticable - clearly dominated by the yeast profile in my opinion. Belgains pilsner malts round out the brew giving it a great taste profile.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, but not thin, and a spritzy carbonation. Spot on IMHO.

Drinkability is FANTASTIC as a summer refreshing brew. Even in December this brew goes down quickly! So quickly in fact that the 8% ABV creeps up and surprises at the end.

Definitely a solid offerign from Dupont.

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9.4oz. bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: An orange honey comb that is very cloudy, with a towering white fluffy head just begging to be sniffed.

S: Honey, yeasty, lemon grass, citrus y zest. With an amazing floral aroma reminding us of a spring morning.

T: Warm grade "A" honey, caramel, hints of vanilla, cinnamon,nutmeg, with a zesty orange flavor bringing up the rear.

M: Highly carbonated, but smooth and light bodied. No alcohol presence at all.

D: Very easy to quaff... Nice and chilled it would make a highly refreshing summer treat.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this guy on tap at Armsby Abbey.

A: Thick frothy 2 finger head with nice lacing around the glass as it fades. Super cloudy and hazy with a pale orange brown color.

N: Very saison farmhouse like nose with some citrus, orange zest, lemon grass, slight creamy vanilla, slight oak, and some Belgian malts and yeast.

T: Also very saison farmhouse, spices, Belgian malts, yeast, some alcohol taste, citrus, lemon grass, a touch of honey, juicy, and slightly bitter, and pretty dry.

M: Semi thin with a boatload of carbonation, spicey and alcohol warmth.

F: Finishes very dry and slightly bitter, its also pretty earthy and has a slightly wild funk taste. Pretty clean finish otherwise.

Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. I have some floaties in the glass. Others here have said this is a clear beer, but mine is not. At first a bubbly two finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace.
S: Sweet honey right away. Slightly sour apples, some funkiness, and yeast. Some floral and grassy aromas linger.
T: Sweet honey and fruity esters again. Kind of rough and gritty around the edges.
M/D: A medium body, but very seltzer like. There is a lot of prickly carbonation that is kind of annoying. The high carbonation even takes away from the flavors subtleties. If it was not for the prickly carbonation, this would be much easier to drink. As is, it is not hard to sip on.

This is a unique beer. I am not sure if I like it all that much though. The carbonation almost ruins this beer for me. I would say it is worth a try, just not for me.

Photo of Tom8Analise
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light clear golden honey color with a light fluffy head. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Smells a little sweet like honey mixed with fruit, but then there's also a lot of hoppy and floral notes which kinda gives it a sour smell.

T-Taste is a lot like the way it smelt. Sweet but bitter, has some spicy,honey,fruity(apples) flavoring but not much at all. The bitterness is what you mostly taste which is a lot of strong citrus and yeast.

M- Has a nice smooth feeling at first but then after you swallow your mouth completely dries up. Not pleasant at all.
D- It was a good beer to try but not our style. This beer would probably be a lot better in the summer time.

Cheers and enjoy
Tom and Analise

Photo of Spiderhouse
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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 corby112
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy golden orange color with a HUGE frothy, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap, leaving chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Crisp golden fruit aroma with a bit of earthy hops and very subtle sweet honey. Apple, pear and grape notes from the Belgian yeast strain. Slightly spicey and peppery with some lemon zest.

Very carbonated up front with a nice crisp medium body. Spicy/peppery with a nice amount of light crisp fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and grape are accompanied by subtle hops and subtle sweet honey. When I heard honey I thought sweet, sweet, sweet but it was actually quite tame and natural and not artificially cloying. Also, surprisingly hoppy with a slightly bitter dry finish.

Photo of yelterdow
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2007 vintage served at between fridge and cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clear gold with crisp, defined bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass. The four finger white crown is a massive display of hardiness, breaking apart slowly and leaving behind shattered patches of sticky foam.

Smell- Beautifully fragrant, the Belgian honey and spices leap forth from the glass. The aromas here are so bold that they mask any real indication of malt and hops.

Taste- The palate abundantly reveals honey and spice, with a very noticable dryness in the finish. I'd love some contribution from the malt to complement the rich, clean flavors coming forth from the other ingredients... for a Saison, it lacks complexity.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Right from the start, the texture foams and creates a microscopic carbonation that flows effortlessly through the mouth. It's easy but very enjoyable, staying alive all the while it rolls across the tongue. Due to the specificity of character, especially regarding such a generous use of Belgian honey, I'd find this difficult to enjoy more than once in a while.

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 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 lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy orange yellow, with a huge and boisterous head of white bubbles. Lacing is thick and solid - it's hard to tell where the head finishes and the lacing begins. Minimal carbonation, but an excellent looking beer - really full and happy and exciting.

Lots of wonderful funk on the nose - hints of barnyard, wet leather, curucao, Belgian yeast and soaked grains. Very Belgian in character to my mind, plenty of that funky yeast, and it's pungent and rank as hell. Woohoo!

Taste is surprisingly smooth, with a thick, meaty character running throughout, and a light dry sweetness on the back. I can't believe how smooth this is, given the probable alcohol content and the rich aroma. The taste is just clean and pleasant, with a light phenolic character and a light tomato yeast note. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

This is amazingly smooth and clean, and very refreshing, considering it has a pretty high alcohol content. I just love the flavours - plenty of funk, plenty of smoothness and plenty of deliciousness. Perhaps the smoothest Belgian beer I've ever tasted. Just wonderful.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy wheatstraw color with a big head that leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Farmhouse aroma of hay, white pepper, yeast and, of course, honey

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing peppery herbacious flavor; the floral and honey aspects develop after the swallow and persist, along with the pepper, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I had expected this to be far sweeter, but the balance between the saison farmhouse flavors and the fermented honey is compelling

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 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 lehkost
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I will start by saying that I really like this beer. I would rate it more highly on my personal taste, but I am trying my best to be objective, at least with my ratings.

That said, Biere de Miel is a unique brew, jacked up with a secondary fermentation with honey, revived by the celebrated Brasserie Dupont in recent years. Some years back I shared a bottle of this with a friend, and I would have to say I was not prepared to contend with it. Now I think I am.

This beer is a faithful farmhouse-style ale in most ways. I feel that its unique characteristics do not go so far as to defy its style, though the pronounced lack of boldness in spice and dry finish is a notable departure from the standard, not to mention the high alcohol.

This beer is not sweet. There is a huge amount of honey on the nose and in the flavor, but still a good balance of malt, and a quenching dry finish. Other than that, in appearance and behavior, it's pretty much the same as Saison Dupont, only a slightly deeper gold hue.

Highly worth a shot for its uniqueness alone.

Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.