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Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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goochpunch

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006.

Pours a hazed golden with tangerine tones towards the middle of the body. Fluffy, clingy head stays put thanks to some rather active carbonation ascending the glass. Head sticks to the glass and leaves some streaked lacing patterns. Aroma is fruity: white grape, pear, apple, with some honey tones and yeast spiciness. Herbal hops almost give this a minty background quality. Honey comes out quite a bit in the flavor, giviing this a sweeter touch than some other saisons. I get more white grape and spiciness as the honey washes over the palate. Finishes slightly dry and almost tannic. Aftertaste is of a "flat" yeastiness. Mouthfeel is light in spite of the high alcohol, and the carbonation is lively, but never pricks. All around, this is a damn good saison with an interesting honey sweetness adding to the usual saison characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 03:00:08 | More by goochpunch
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mherring

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just bought this earlier today and have been eager to try it for a while now. The color is a nice light brown/gold, almost the color of honey. I got about an inch of foam to top it off...very nice. The smell is nice, sweet, and inviting. The taste definitely lets you know it was brewed with honey, though might be a little sweet for my liking because there is lots of sweetness in this beer. I'm not sure I could drink lots and lots of it (i.e. more than 3 pints) but it still hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 05:38:54 | More by mherring
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 15:30:00 | More by Onibubba
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 03:02:52 | More by assurbanipaul
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aquatonex

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last interesting beer after the excursion back to Spirit Haus...

Well, as soon as I popped the cork, the foam came spewing forth and I had to rush to the sink. I don't think the gf shook it, must have been pretty primed. Pours partially cloudy (sounds like a weather report) golden with a thick foamy head, but dissipation is immediate. Quite effervescent, like a champagne. Nose is sweet and sour, lots of yeastiness. Taste is a bit strong, a bit acrid from the yeast along with sweetness, not so much honey tasting but definitely a general sweetness that is not sugary. Antique or ancient feel, not your normal beer by any means. Alcohols are a bit noticeable, which does put a slight damper on the brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 03:26:54 | More by aquatonex
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allengarvin

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 02:12:05 | More by allengarvin
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instrumentality

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena on the recommendation of the bartender. I had never heard of it at the time. He described it as a honey blonde, but apparently it's a saison. It's a good thing he somewhat misled me, because if he had said it was a saison, I probably wouldn't have tried it, and I would have missed out. (My first saison experience was not pleasing).

Keyword: honey. Apparently, it's brewed with the stuff, and it's obvious every step of the way.

The bartender poured it into a goblet. There was a slight creamy white head resting on a transparent golden honey body with heavy carbonation.

The odor was a bit smoky with an obvious quality of honey.

The taste shared the same qualities but was nicely balanced. It had a bit of a smoky/clovey quality to it, which I don't like, but it was mild enough where it didn't kill the taste or the drinkability. The rest was primarily malt and honey. I wouldn't call it *smooth* per se, but given my dislike for clove flavor in beer, it was about as good as I could expect. The carbonation was a little intense, but the alcohol was somewhat well hidden and the aftertaste was very clean. The honey was not to sweet but definitely present, and it was refreshing both in terms of being soothing after a long day at work and in terms of being a nice change of pace.

Best of all, it's renewed my interest in saisons and encouraged me to continue to explore this relatively unfamiliar style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2006 20:40:13 | More by instrumentality
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of horseblanket, lemon, grassy hops, marshmallow, and white wine. Peppery flavors mix well with notes of toasted marhsmallow, light malt, and grape leaves. Very dry on the palate with no alcohol burn. A very refreshing and complex beer. Similar to the regular Dupont saison, but with more compexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 15:00:21 | More by fisherman34
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cheers2beers

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a wine glass

Apperance: Pours a opaqe gold and honey colored hue. The head stacked up only two fingers but stayed around for 10 minutes or so.
Moderate lacing and sediment are noted as well.

Smell: The aroma is complex but not overly appetizing. Mead and smoke jump right out. Funky corn tortillas. Just odd all around. Unlike any aroma I have encountered before.

Taste: The honey is really showcased in this beer. I cant help but think that this tastes like a thinner mead. There are some bitter components but I can't say for certain that its hops im tasting. I felt that I had a rather acute palate but after tasting this Im not so certain anymore. Fruity, funky, grassy, herbacious, mellow honey. Alcohol starts to shine through as it appraoches room temprature. Total jumble and brain scramble on this one.

Mouthfeel: Very spritzy and bubley. Medium body that is suprisingly slick as it starts to warm.

Drinkability: Due to my inexperience with this style and its overall strange factor I had to knock drinkability down a few notches. I enjoyed Saison Dupont, but the addition of honey took this one to places it should not have gone. Its worth a try but dont expect to fall in love.

Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 02:16:04 | More by cheers2beers
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that once it was uncorked I noticed the date on the cork being 2002. Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a good sized white head that dropped out of sight fairly quickly. Faint tart fruity notes with some odd herbal spicy notes. Mild earthy notes as well. Sweet fruits with interesting tartness and yeasty funk. Herbal notes came on strong here as well. Tart and earthy finish. Pretty strange things are going on with this flavor. Still well carbonated and crisp. This went down easily even with some of the unusual things going on.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 18:40:01 | More by meathookjones
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged green bottle with 2.004 on the cork. Pours a hazy medium gold with a 3 finger head that faded rather quickly and OK lace. Initial smell of skunkiness upon opening, but not noticed again. Good yeast and honey aromas with a bit of apple. Good honey and yeast flavor as well as wheat malt. Apple flavors as well. A bit of harsh alcoholic taste, but not much. Good drinkability considering its 8% ABV. A good summertime beer, but not a lawnmower beer. Decent but there are much better Saisons out there

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 01:43:29 | More by sabrills70
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clvand0

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy amber/orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet with a lot of honey character. There's some yeast character and a little alcohol also. The flavor is much like the nose. Lots of sweet honey flavors along with some alcoholic kick and a flowery character. Complex and interesting. I like it. The body is moderate and the drinkability is pretty good for the level of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 03:39:21 | More by clvand0
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy light orange in color with yeloow highlights. One finger head lingers around a bit.

Smell: simple sweetness - honey and some grassy tones.

Taste: honey, pears, apples, soft citrus, and decent grassy bitterness rounded out with soft biscuit tones.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish. Mildly dry. Sweetness lingers briefly on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkability: the sweetness could get a little old after a while, so I knock it down a notch to just below good even though this one glass was enjoyable. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 23:27:22 | More by Gavage
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy half-inch of white foam. There are many bubbles rising to maintain the head at about ¼”. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Very dry and bready aromatics with a noticeably sweet and floral presence that I would guess is from the honey. There is a light, but inviting citrusy thing going on in the background. There seems to be a floral component added by hops too that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: There is some noticeable sweetness that you get in the beginning, but then the fruity flavors start to take over and drive the whole tasting experience. The middle of the profile is well carbonated but still very slick and creamy. The creamy thing doesn’t last long as the grainy/bready flavors take over and lead you into the finish. Late in the finish, there is a pleasant floral flavor that reminds me of honeysuckle.

Opinion: I have tried this beer in the past, and I don’t remember being too impressed with it…but now I recant that thought. This is a really tasty beer. It is a tad grainy for my taste, but this isn’t a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 01:32:15 | More by SkeeterHawk
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy one inch head that slowly settles down to a thick cap that lasts throughout, leaving loads of lace in my glass.

Smell; there's a bit of earthy, barnyard funkiness along with some citrusy fruits that I can't quite nail down. The honey comes out as it gets a little warmer.

Taste; there's a nice lemon zest that initially hits me along with a peppery spiciness, and then that barnyard/hay funkiness steps up along with some sweet honey that makes this beer really interesting. Mouthfeel is light bodied and very smooth, and finishes a bit dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 02:46:06 | More by RedHaze
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lasting head and a light bronze beer with lots of haze. Nose has lots of brett, litle horsesweat, good dosed sourness, wheat and light honeynose with some cherries. Good nose overal and very funky. Taste is good also being full tasty with nice sourness and good maltyness, bretty and phenolic dry. Yes a good beer and a crossover to the geuze's. Fine and balanced mouthfeel also partly cause of good carbonisation. Yes this is enjoyable and good drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 17:58:02 | More by paterlodie
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Muddy Pig: Slightly murken golden color with a small dense white cap of smoothed over foam. Served in a Duvel tulip glass keeping the lacing from sticking along the inside curve of the glass and always quickly dripping back down into the liquid.

Pleasing aroma of spicy grasses, lemon, honey, melon husks, sweet candy, and pepper. Quite an herbal mixture on the nose. Sweetness seems to be the mainstay with the honey and candy stuff but those spices keep poking through with balanced effort.

Taste...mmm, quite nice here, very sweet and tender with adequate showings of malt and dark lemon tones. Sweetness is akin to dark candy chews and/or melony stuff. Great little spicy finish with grasses, pepper, and alcoholic phenols floating by as the sweet malt texture continues to surge across the entire palate.

Feel is boldly set within a medium creamy body. Chewy in some respects as its malt texture seems to really stay forward and present as the after effects of lemon, grassy hops, and spice make for nice balancing additions to its character. A malt sided Saison with nice grassy/lemon sided hops and easy goin' alcoholic touches and spice. Drinks down a bit slower after awhile, as at first, this pulls you in to drink it more, but you slow down after the malt body makes its home in your head.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2005 20:47:00 | More by tavernjef
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After popping the cork on this 750 mL, what elation to read 2.001 (sic) on the cork. Catholic guilt since this baby knew what to do when I said "Come to Butthead!" with no one to share in the delight. Oh well...all the more for me.

Artistic label of honey bee hive and barrels declaring 8% ABV. Back labels drones on about 1920 Loius Dupont and malt water, ...

Eye candy: Bright glowing orange and copper hazy bottle conditioned pour topped with a dense frothy antique white head cap, leaving dense frothy hop induced lattice lace in the tulip.

Her perfume: Malty hard candy like lolipop and Jolly Rancher. Some floral Earthy aspects of wet hay but no horse blanket. Blended bouquet of some dandelion hints and apples.

She kissed me: Sweet underpinning of honey, durely, but sublime. Tang breakfast drink notes and flowery organic notes. Some mellow citrous lemony twinge. Lightly yeasty notes, grassy and sugary sweet in the warmed finish. Lingering aftertaste of flat 7-Up soda aspects.

Felt her up: Restrained carbonation with a soft medium body. Delicate feel, but plenty of flavor.

Got her digits: 7-Up and a suggestion of apple/orange. Dupont??!!! Really???!!! Coulda knocked me down with a feather! Wow! Not a carbon copy of Saison Dupont at all. A diversion worth enjoying for Saison fanatics looking for a detour.

Beer is good. Belgian happy bering.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 04:39:38 | More by blitheringidiot
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KoG

Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks good. Golden body with a great head that last forever and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is funky, like a farmhouse. Slight grain with must and a bit of honey and alcohol. Not bad, but strange.

Taste is somewhat odd as well. Slight citric punch followed by honey and apples. Alcohol is also a bit evident.

Goes down creamy smooth but dries the mouth. A decent brew and one to try if you like the "funk," but not something I would buy regularly. Might pick it up again if it's at a good price.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 02:27:12 | More by KoG
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 22:17:34 | More by GClarkage
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appeared an opaque honey color and produced a 1 1/2 finger frothy head. Aromas of light clove, mint and honey. Taste was like honey and candylike. Wheat brackground with clove and vanilla in the mix as well. Balanced mouthfeel with tingle at the back of the tongue. A highly drinkable beer. The alcohol kind of sneaks up on you though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 16:44:32 | More by tomthumbsblues
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light orange/golden hue with a slight filmy head. The aroma develops with subtle fruitiness and prominent honey characteristics. Biere De Miel sits heavy in the glass with dominant alcohol presence without actual alcohol content. It's strong flavors present alcohol and hops. Finishes with lingering hay-like qualities and subtle sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2005 01:52:36 | More by NoLiberty
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grassrootsVT

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monks:

Biere de miel was poured a light orange/golden hue - very little head the first time, and i bit more upon the second pour [small wine glasses]. Its slight white filmy head did not linger with the liquid but left after a few sips. A beautiful honey color... an aroma of subtle fruit and honey. It sits heavy in the glass and is a most pleasant and indulgent experience. One of the best honey beers i've ever had. There is no particular flavor profile - no significant ester/phenolic or over-the-top belgian character - it sort of reminds me of a delectable and ancient beverage...but i'm a romantic and a wine glass full of honey beer is going to fill my head with visions of high-gravity sweet meads and beautiful blonde haired temptresses. It felt great in my mouth - and sat ever better in my belly. I highly recommend the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2005 16:12:59 | More by grassrootsVT
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whartontallboy

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold pour with a big white head in my tulip; head gradually dissipates but leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is yeasty with the honey, some mint, and a bit of fruit. Vaguely reminiscent of Saison Dupont.

Taste: The honey comes through much more clearly in the taste. It's still yeasty and somewhat tart, with the honey coming through in the finish. It lingers on the aftertaste, but it's a pretty interesting combination betwene the honey and the funky yeast. The mintiness is also a very nice touch. Mouthfeel is medium with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, not bad and an interesting beer, but I don't think I'll be dropping 8 bucks on this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 02:11:49 | More by whartontallboy
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 23:56:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.