A Honey Of A Saison | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Honey of a Saison is a swarm of flavor and a stinger at 11.5% ABV. The French Saison yeast produces big, estery, phenolic aromas and flavors, while the Wildflower Honey lends a spicy, sweet aroma with essence of dried fruits. Champagne Yeast is also used to complete fermentation and create a dry finish. A strong malt bill imparts a rich, golden honey color to the ale, and it shows low hop bitterness at 25 IBU’s.

Added by SPThirtyThree on 12-18-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
153
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
39.53%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 153
Reviews by SPThirtyThree:
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1.58/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

No yeast in bottle. Served warmed from fridge temps, around 45 - 50 °F .

A: Pours crystal-clear amber with a generous one-finger ecru cap. The head quickly collapses to stagnant patches of light, fine bubbles that cover about 30% of the top. The high alcohol is likely the culprit behind the disappointing head.

S: The nose is dominated by hot phenols and rubbing alcohol, making it difficult to ascern underlying notes of toasted peppercorn, sour cherries, leather, metal, and biscuits. After warming further, bitter apple and hot phenols dominate, covering any reminants of good flavor.

T: Hot and spicy. Boulder Beer touts this as a winter warmer, which it certainly is, but in the same manner, so are mineral spirits and acetone. Hot, lingering metallic notes dance on the tongue like licking dirty pennies and battery terminals.

M: Tangy, dry, crisp, slightly astringent, this 11.5%-ABV "stinger" burns the center tip of my tongue.

D: Low. Would not buy again.

This beer definitely warms, but there are just too many hot, unpalatable flavors to make it worth drinking.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of marchnlv
1/5  rDev -70.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured form the tap.

The beer was a nice, copper/red colour with good clarity. The nose was sweet with Belgian yeast, citrus hops, floral hops, and the honey was noticeable. It tasted sweet wheatiness that transitioned into a brief pepper/spiciness, and had a tangy-yeasty finish. The aftertaste was sweet and floral.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of crwrunner
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - orangish with a huge, dense, soft, off white head that has great retention

S - white grapes, some apple, pear, alcohol, some Belgian funk

T - pear, apple, some white grapes, very faint spice, Belgian funk, some warming alcohol in the finish, mildly bitter hop finish

M - medium to full bodied, warm, well carbonated

This is a pretty decent beer. It relies heavily on the yeasty esters, but they seem to be enough. The alcohol is fairly well masked for a bold 11.5%. This is one of the better Boulder offerings that I've had. If you're a Belgian beer fan this is probably worth a try.

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Photo of PaulWaters
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickS95
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber

Pours a hazy copper orange color, the color of peach skin only a bit darker. There's a head early on, but it isn't impressive and doesn't stick around long.

The smell is complex with some tangy, peppery yeast, a hint of citrusy pineapple, a bit of honey and alcohol.

Grape and pepper start the taste. Pineapple makes an appearance midsip. Citrusy hop presence starts the finish while the alcohol ends it.

Full bodied. Sweet and spicy. Tangy throughout. Each sip brings more bite from the alcohol heat. Acid in the finish. Alcohol isn't over the top, but it's right at the line...after a few sips, my mouth is going numb.

A sipper. ABV is strong, a real manly beer for a saison. Nice taste and I actually like the ABV. I never picked up the honey because it's so subtle.

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Photo of crhuntjr
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Cincy_Joe
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nick_asian
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of cmoore32
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mscudder
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter.

A - Cloudy amber hue with a one-finger ivory head. Good lacing after average retention.

S - Pear, white grapes, booze and a pinch of honey.

T - Sticky honey and caramel sweetness, booze, floral notes and spices. The booze overpowers everything that this had going...

M- Heavy on the mouth. Viscous composition with sharp booze alongside the floral notes on the finish. Not very good.

O - This is a big beer that I would not return to. Interesting idea, but way off balance for any Saison or BSPA I would keep in my fridge. Over half the bomber got poured down my drain.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This unique ale pours a deep and lightly hazy amber with a very nice head of white foam that settles to a thick rich ring, nice light layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of heavy mead, strong grained booze, and moderate hop notes. Flavors fall short from the nose with big honey blasted with an herbal hop that is prominent on the middle and sides and fades into the back with bubblegum and ultra sweet candy sugars that finish with a wine like tartness. Decent mouth feel, moderate carbonation is right for the style, yet the sweetness is overly cloying and coating making it a rather muddled mess.

I love rich sweet brews. I have a serious sweet tooth, yet this is over the top with a dry herbal finish that is almost off putting. The alcohol warmth is right, and the idea is solid; kudos with the champagne yeast, yet some tact and characteristic outside of sweet and herbal would be welcomed.

A recipe with it's heart in the right place, but one that could use some tweaking.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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A Honey Of A Saison from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.39 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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