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A Honey Of A Saison | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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153 Ratings
A Honey Of A SaisonA Honey Of A Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

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
Ranking:
#41,653
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
153
pDev:
16.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look : It pours a deep dark amber color with copper highlights. Head is fluffy and off-white, perfect Belgian appearance.

Smell : Honey, honey candy, bubblegum, pale malts, hop. Belgian yeast and alcohol play games together too.

Taste : A wall of rotten candy sweetness comes out in full force - settling into notes of honey, bubblegum, fusel alcohol, and malt liquor. A high dose of vinegar and malt combines with a hotness from the alcohol to create one giant mess. As it warms, the flavors tame a bit and meld together.

Feel is okay with buzzing carbonation (reminiscent of the bee on front) but at this point I don't particularly care as it's undrinkable. The finish is semi-dry.

Overall : I bought this for $1.99 and I paid too much. Drain pourrrrrrrr.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look:
Pours with a 1-finger head (from a 22oz bottle), but the head recedes quite rapidly. I am left with a decent foam ring around the outside of the glass and some decent lacing though. This beer is a very clear golden/copper/honey color. Not very active for a saison.

Smell:
Smells dank and tart. There are some fruity notes and a strong zing of wine. Not extremely aromatic, but a decent fragrance.

Taste:
There is a slight hop bitterness upfront, followed quickly by tart fruit. It then tastes like a blend of wines all swirled together (apple, white grape, red grape, peach, etc.). Mixed in with the fruits and wine are sweet honey and caramel malts. There is an earthy flavor that I cannot quite place that, at first, seems out of place, but then it seems to meld back in when it starts to dry out and then leave you with an aftertaste of champagne with a hint of vinegar. There are a couple of times throughout the flavor life cycle where it seems to fade into vinegary notes, but it doesn't last that long. The high level of alcohol is very apparent as you quickly get warm wave that crashes in with every sip.

Feel:
Medium to full feeling. It feels pretty thick when you first drink it but seems to get oily and thin. This one is on the low side of carbonation so it doesn't have the effervescent tingle that a lot of Saisons have. There is a slight dry feel at the tail end.

Overall:
This is pretty good. There are some flavors that clash briefly here and there though. I couldn't really track it down. It says that the fermentation is finished with champagne yeast so it may be that my taste buds are thinking that: IT'S A BEER, NO IT'S CHAMPAGNE, NO IT'S A BEER, NO IT'S CHAMPAGNE! There is a slight sourness as well so it's almost like a blend of 4 different drinks. There is a medicinal tinge here and there. It's not too bad, but I'm not convinced that all of the flavors that I was tasting belong together. But this one is worth trying once. It's Okay.

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Photo of cmoore32
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCraig
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours red copper color with light khaki head that is slow to dissipate. Caramel malt upfront, sweet honey, raisins. Warming alcohol, esters, pear flavors. Medium mouthfeel dry finish.

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MLoxxer
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap. For being skeptical of Belgian style beer from US breweries I must say I was impressed. Being very alcoholic it does live up to being classed as a strong ale. Although it's flavor doesn't have the complexity of its foreign counterparts it is a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Tommygunn
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if I got a bad bottle. If not, this is not a good beer. It's initially sweet to taste before an oddly antiseptic flavor takes charge (it smells slightly like antiseptic also). Looks good though!

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Photo of duke33s
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MustyDusty
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulWaters
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lovely85
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zomdust
2.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

To much honey, not tasty, drain pour from my perspective

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Photo of MikeyLikeyBeerskys
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

bright champagne start, warms to alcohol, finishes with sweet Belgian maltiness.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdlhy
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmpqse
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up a long time ago. I think I have had it in my fridge for a year and a half (today is Christmas 2014)

L - Bronze with some clarity, 1 finger of head and not much lace left on the glass

S - Sugarcane sweet! Honey, belgian yeast.

T - Sweet as molasses, with a nice belgian saison finish. Honey shines through up front. Very sweet.

F - Thin bodied and medium carbonation

O - A sweet brew with lots of honey and sugar. Too much really. Split this one with somebody or you will be in for a rough morning the next day!

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Photo of meganelizabeth86
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 153 ratings
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