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Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

275 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of kindestcut
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Biere de Miel pours a beautiful gold with a fluffy white head. It has visible effervescence and the head leaves a fine lace as it slowly recedes.

The nose is quite pleasant and thankfully I note that honey is among the dominant aromas. All to often, I have to search for major ingredients but this is an easy one. I also detect a flowery aroma as well as citrus.

The taste is good, although I would say that this is a case of a fine beer toyed around with a wee too much. The honey is a nice addition but I detect too many flavors I am not so fond of including pepper and coriander.

The flavor is good but the drinkability suffers for me because of a lack of true direction. I wish the honey flavor was more pronounced. I think the brewer attempted to create a large beer but failed. Unnecessary flavors that add little to the equation are not good...all in the name of "complexity."

Finally, my true feeling for this beer is not negative. There is a bit of disappointment because I love the idea of a Belgian honey ale but I get the nagging suspicion that the same result could have been achieved by adding honey to a good tripel. I will have this again but I will know what top expect next time...and what not to expect.

kindestcut, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

silenius, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of drewbage
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled straight up at the BJ's August Saison Tasting.

Beer poured into Silly Saison straight sided glass and is light golden bright and clear with a tall white head.

Aroma is of waxy flower petals and perfumed spices, rose water and a low earthiness with a strong growing sense of ginger and black pepper.

Beer starts light and crisp with a CO2 lightened body before a large honey sugared sweet runs over the whole mid palate. Spices rise up to slowly clear the sugar from the tongue and bringing a finely drying character to finish that combines dry spice with a typical Saison acidity.

drewbage, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of dave750
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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

dave750, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2001 cork date, Sampled August 2004
Pours a hazy gold color with a thick cream tan colored head. Sharp musty aromas great my nose as I take my first sniff of this brew. I also get notes of apple and pear as I go in for some more vigorous sniffing. Lightly sweet up front, with a thin body, and a sharp spiciness. The beer fades away and all that is left after a draught of this is a bit of menthol in the back of the throat. There are some nice apple & pear fruit notes here as well as some spice (ginger, pepper, and orange peel) and herbal notes, but nothing really seems to jump out at me. All of the classic Dupont notes are here but they seem a bit muted and washed out. There does seem to be a bit of honey character here as well, but I am afraid that the honey lightened this beer up a tad too much. Quite tasty, just wish that it had a bit more flavor definition to it.

Gueuzedude, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml [1 pint 9.4 fl.oz.] green glass standard Belgium flask with a dimpled concave base. Looks exactly the same as the BA avatar, except that my bottle had a silver colored cage and crown restraining device atop a thumbed cork that had the date 2.002 on it, this typically refers to the Bottling Date, or rather Year. Colorful Olde World style obverse label, indeed it is actually a reproduction of an original 1890’s label from Rimaux-Deridder, the Brewery which Alfred Dupont purchased. The label depicts a swarming busy Beehive sat on several Wooden Casks set amidst sheaf’s of Barley and twiglet like Hop Plants. Listed at 8.0% Alc/Vol.

Appearance: Honey Golden colored with a refractive fading body that looses its orange tinge at the top of my curved Glass only to be replaced with a lemon marmalade hue at the base. The head is bone white and has excellent retention and leaves some Belgium lacing at 2” above the current liquid level. Incredible finely dissolved carbonation and solid conditioning.

Nose: Sweet honey, with nectarine oranges, flowery [almost perfumed] hops and a light alcohol twinkle in aroma. Dry nose with some peppery hop feel on the nasal hairs.

Taste: Sweet honeyed malts at the start, dry passive flash of deep rich honey that tingles the tongue and strips the saliva. Middle is alcohol based with a flowery hop character that has a lightly perfumed aspect. The finish is astringent with a delicately balanced spicy herbal hoppy feel, it has an almost an organic medicinal dimension at times. The finish is clean and crisp, but a tad confusing at times.

Mouthfeel: Has a lovely spritzy feel in the oral cavity. Shockingly dry, sweet and slightly bitter all at once, its acidity at times also induces saliva after the swallow and leaves a big feel in the mouth. Average body, but it has guts.

Drinkability: The mouthful and carbonation helped the 3.5 here, rather than the taste aspects. It is easy to drink but the tastes are not to my longer term drinking profile.

Overall: Picked up for $6.95 on a liquor store raid a few weeks ago, I have never tried this one before and to be honest I’m still ambivalent about it. Dupont is a favorite Brewery, and they have a couple of my big favorites amongst their portfolio, but I am not sure I am that enamored with this offering. It’s not bad, in fact, technically it is a pretty solid brew with few complaints, it is just that it’s not my Cup of Tea.

Worth trying, but I’ll pass on stocking a few of these.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle with a nice looking label, it's gold with a hint of peach and a foamy white head that lingers to the end. The smell is barnyard-light. The taste was frustrating, with some complexity seeming to develop but never quite satisfying. Not surprisingly for a honey beer it's very dry, almost like a dry white wine. This was a bit disappointing for a Dupont product.

mickeymac, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Slightly opaque, golden honey in color, with champagne like effervescence & a small white head.

Smell:

Yeast, honey & cough syrup hoppiness dominate.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

A sweet herbal character is abundant as it dances across your tongue leaving a taste of bitter licorice in its wake.

cbl2, Jun 28, 2004
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 WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent with the addition of Belgian yeast. It smells a bit dry, yet fruity. There are some hints of sweet honey here. The taste is good. It has a pale malt palate with a smooth, warm finish. It has a dry, yet slightly sweet honey flavor. It finishes fruity with the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine saison. The honey adds certain good and bad qualities to the flavor. It also is a bit warm for me. I like this style to be a bit refreshing. All in all, this is a decent drinker.

WesWes, Jun 21, 2004
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 GreatPondBrewer
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured lightly into my Duvel glass revealing a peach orange haze of a body with a large, puffy, white head composed of tiny bubbles that were constantly shooting from the bottom of the glass. The smell was indistinct really with faint notes of sweetness and a soft lemom, herbal/medicinal aroma in the back. Taste was effervescent, tart with some pretty strong barnyard-like funk prevalent. There was a very dry, oaky finish. The taste had lots of creamsicle like flavors, but not anything that I really noticed as honey per se. Not a bad beer, but not anything worth going out of your way for. You can get better, cheaper domestic saison/biere de gardes like Hennepin and the Brooklyn.

GreatPondBrewer, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle served lightly chilled in a Brewer's Art chalice.

Appearance: After I easily popped the cork with an audible bang, there was wonderfully ominous gunsmoke wafting upwards. Pouring into my glass was a lovely hazy burnished brass yellow liquid that produced a quickly dissipating, but vibrantly white head. I strapped on my tasting gear and had at it. I should note that no lacing was left on the glass.

Smell: A heavenly scent of flowers, hay, mild honey, yeasts, and belgian style hops greeted my anticipating nostrils. Quite brisk and sublime. I dug it.

Taste: *sip* Ok, so there's this interesting taste akin to wintergreen meshed with pale malt sweetness that makes up the predominant flavor here. Honey made from clover, coriander, and pepper featured on the aftertastes. There's this overall sour quality to the beer. Brettanomyces?

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied. Hides it's booze quite well. Very smooth and crisp. Aftertastes linger lightly on the palate.

Drinkability: A lovely beer, all around. Not for everyday drinkin', but for everyday savorin'. I bet this stuff rocks with food. Mmmm, salmon...

ManekiNeko, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy orange/yellow with a huge blooming head what a nice sight to see,the aroma has some smoky hints to it with some lighter honey notes.A very diferent tasting beer I get some spiciness and the spicy yeast trait with the honey coming in late but not overpoweringly so,wow this beer is prety complex.I really like this beer I am still tryin to make out the different complexities to it,a real nice find.

oberon, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

being a fan of their foret, it nabbed this one up too. it pours a hazy gold with a nice plump white head. lovely. a swirl of the glass and big aromas of honey rise as well as grass/hay and yeast. the flavor is big on honey, light earthy undertones and grassy barnyard (bad word i know, but it's meant in a good way) flavors come through. sweet and mellow, its hides it's alcohol well. champagne like body, light and bubbly and a pleasure to drink. a good beer that is unique and a treat in its own special way.

$5.99 for 750ml

DESTRO, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

jdhilt, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The biere pours a murky golden amber color, the head is portly in size, the structure frothy to creamy, the color a very light tan, and the residual lace a velvety sheet to seal off the glass. Sweet honey aroma, joined with malt, some yeast thrown in for good measure, a very interesting and complex nose, even a bit medicinal for the lack of a better description. Sweet honey malt at the start, the top skimpy, the finish strikingly acidic, the hops delicate in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, a beer that I will need to sample again to determine how much I like it.

Gusler, May 13, 2003
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 Morris729
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

Morris729, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer popped loudly and shot the cork across the room. The yellow beer was very cloudy and had a great long lasting head. The aroma of honey and malt dominated the nose. The taste of honey was strong but the beer was not overly sweet. The three of us drinking the beer agreed that the honey taste was there but honey sweetness was not. The beer was sparkling and was very drinkable.

LarryKemp, Feb 01, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml green bottle. Shape of a champagne bottle. Label is faded yellow with scene of barrells sitting in a field with a bee hive sitting on top of it. "Ale Flavored with Honey" clearly labeled as well.
Cloudly golden color. Rocky white head. Smell is very much like a belgian triple, sublte citrus fruits, and rich yeasty goodness. Just a hint of honey aromas. Lots of spicy fruit flavor right up front, apricots mostly. Very much like a belgian triple. Citrus tartness is nicely done. Honey taste kicks in at the end, and is done right. Not overpowering. Just a hint. Sweetness lingers. Not sticky though. The bottom of the glass yeiled some murky yeast sediment. Hot alcohol presence also notable on the finish. Medium bodied, but highly carbonated. Paired with grilled chicken, brown rice and green beans. Very good. Worth a try.

StevieW, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a touch of honey in it during fermentation and that is the signature brew from this brewery - It was famous for it after it opened in 1844. This beer is exceptionally good - not great but definitely good. Fruity nose thick creamy like head. Cloudy golden white colour. I really enjoyed this one. The hops are on the mild side for my palate but still good. The maltiness is contrasted by the sharpness of fermented honey. I highly recommend giving this one a try. There is a sweet alcohol scent to it in the head as well that gives that combined with the yeast smell gives a fruity aroma.

AtrumAnimus, Jan 13, 2003
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
Photo of Viking
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

[750 mL bottle, 2000]

Nice golden colored brew, with plenty of CO2 apparent in the body. A bit hazy, but I poured in a bit of the sediment (I usually wait and try a beer with the 'dregs' later). Fluffy white head quickly fades to a thin lace. Smells of spices, fruit, and honey. Aroma is almost candy-like in it's spicy sweetness. Flavor is quite good. It's spicy, with a mild fruitiness with a bit of yeast flavor thrown in. Finishes fairly dry, with noticeable alcohol and a slightly acidic tang. A bit thin and watery on the tongue, but overall a pretty good brew. Could be a good conversion brew for some wine drinkers I know.

Viking, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of rosebud
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

rosebud, Aug 23, 2002
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Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.