A Honey Of A Saison | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
16.81%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Photo of marchnlv
1/5  rDev -70.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

Photo of SPThirtyThree
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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Photo of JLapadura
2/5  rDev -41%

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2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of Basoos1
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of Tommygunn
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
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 babaracas
2.47/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a clear copper with insta-fade thin white head, spotty lacing. 11.5%. None of this is right, what's going on here... Smell: oh, it's not a saison at all, it's a shitty BSPA! The nice folks at Boulder Beer just thought it would be cool to disrespect their customers by lying about the style in no less that 3 places on the label! Assholes! Anyway... booze, white grape juice, sugary with a little honey funk. Taste: just tons of sugary pale malts, light spicy hopping, white grape juice, floral notes. Not the dry finish promised, massively underattenuated even though it made it to almost 12%, holy crap! Sticky, juicy, with some grit that is the closest this comes to drying. This could be a average BSPA, but it's a flippin' terrible saison, and now I'm turned off of buying anything from Boulder Beer. You've joined Left Hand on the bad $8 bomber shitlist.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle for $7.59.

It pours a clear amber with a 1 finger head of foam that leaves some nice lacing behind.

I get smells of wheat, candi sugar and I guess, honey sweetness, booze, some earthiness.

The smell was okay but the first sip in and whoa, the sweet notes are borderline overpowering. A syrupy kind of sweet that doesn't let much else through, except the booziness, and maybe that's a good thing. I get some spice but it doesn't compliment the beer much. The label says it uses Champagne yeast so there is some dryness in the finish but colour me confused. I was expecting a Saison of some sort and this does not fit the bill for me.

Good body but the carbonation is lighter than what I hoped for. Considering.

In no way is this an easy drinking beer for me, I'm now debating whether to finish the bottle or pour it down the drain. Cut the sweet in about..half, and it might not be half bad.

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Photo of Zomdust
2.64/5  rDev -22.1%
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 crwrunner
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BCraig
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
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 tfsimpkins
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Act25
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the oddest, misguided beers I have reviewed here.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle bought for $2.50 at Whole Foods as part of a 6 craft pack of dinner bottles. (ie, sell em before they go stale!) Into my standard .5l Spaten cylinder.

A: A clear texture, with an inch of tan head that didn't last. Decent lacing. Med. carbonation. Odd amber honey color, a little too red. Alarming color.

S: Stink of bitter, turned apple cider and some frat floor, bit of ammonia stink. Maybe they cleaned the floor, maybe pissed on it. Beyond that a bit industrial, w really too little fruit, grass, hops, malt, or anything organic and tangible.

T: Too much of the smell here in the taste. But a bit better because the overwhelming alcohol insulates against the bitter turned flavor. Definitely phenolic, but thin flavor! Unpleasant and odd.
More flavors emerge as it warms, but increasing cleaning closet backdrop too.

M: Still industrial, had to agree with a review that said like licking dirty pennies and car battery terminals. I think I will see if this will chase off the moles. Pouring it down a mole hole.

O: It is the worst BSPA I have tried. Steer clear.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.95/5  rDev -13%
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 iemailjack
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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