Bière De Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-23-2002)
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Photo of KoG
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of grassrootsVT
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of Citadel82
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy though not quite cloudy sunshine yellow with a rocky white head and abundant carbonation.

Smell was grass and clover honey,

Taste was initially sweet, though not cloying, there is dfinitely honey in there, more like the whole comb was used not just the honey itself. The taste dried up nicely to a short balanced finish.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing making this a very drinkable organic brew.

Photo of marburg
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-yellow beer. An intriguing aroma of weeds, honey, mint, orange, and a bit of dry farmhouse ale funk.

Obvious honey sweetness up front -- but this really dries out quickly. Bread crumbs in flavor and texture, some disorienting funkiness, and some mild hops. Citric and creamy as well, this has some of the right characteristics to make me think it should be good. And it's OK. But whatever creates the natural cohesiveness of the great saisons, this doesn't have it.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.18/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of beerceller99
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl. bottle. Has a hazy yellow tint with a huge white head which leaves a beautiful lace. Smells of malted apples, bubblegum, and lemons. The lemony sweet follows to the taste (not too sweet, though ) with some spice flavors on the edges. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Has a decently bitter finish.

Not as sweet as I'd expect a honey brew to be. Reminds me of Triple Karmeliet. Very nice brew.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber hue, light layer of white foam, stays a sufficient length.
Nose is soft and citric, hoppy, with honey quickly commandeering this aroma and making it all it's own, but mingled with lemon and orange, nice and sweet.
Taste is smooth, rich, full malt, light hops, high on the honey on the palate, sweetly citric, the yeast and the slight sour/must that you gotta get in a saison, it all combines admirably.
This 750 ml bottle was shared among friends as the end of a line of honey ales, and came in second, behind Atlanic Brother Adam Braggot,but that's a different style, so we'l let it slide. As for this brew, I know I'll be going back for more.

Photo of kindestcut
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of silenius
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
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!

Photo of drewbage
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of dave750
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of mickeymac
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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...

Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
87 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.