A Honey Of A Saison | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

A Honey Of A SaisonA Honey Of A Saison
BA SCORE
37.9%
Liked This Beer
3.43 w/ 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:
#40,459
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
153
Liked:
58
Avg:
3.43/5
pDev:
16.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 28
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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

kind of sloppy for a saison, which everyone thinks they can brew these days. this one pours seemingly too dark and too clear to be true to style. its pushing copper in color, and seems to have no sediment at all. head is nice though, white and thick and two inches tall. the nose is pretty sweet from the honey, which wasn't added as a nuance, its really intense. the yeast isn't as funky or farmy as ive come to expect from a good saison, but its there, doughy and dry. flavor is really sweet and alcoholic, too much so, almost hurts the teeth, and the yeast is only really tasted in the finish. its not quite bold enough to stand up to the alcohol or the sweet, which hurts the cause here. I expect yeast forward saisons. anyways, its got fine carbonation but again seemingly too much body. this is more of a wheatwine or something, not a bad beer, but doesn't quite fit the bill as a saison. continued mediocrity from boulder beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, light pepper, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters with malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of orange, orange rind, pear, apple, grape, caramel, honey, floral, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, caramel, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial saison. Nice balance and complexity of yeast ester and malt flavors; with quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love it when people try to bring back old-timey slang... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze topped by a finger of lightly dirty-white foam. The nose comprises light hay, vague citrus, dusty biscuit, and vague sweetness. The taste holds notes of brighter citrus, cracked wheat, clove, light nutmeg, candied orange peel, and smashed banana. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent saison, one that doesn't impress, but also one that doesn't offend.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
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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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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

Pours a hazed bronze color and light white foam and lace. Aroma of malty sugar, Belgian yeast, honey sweetness. In the taste, mild herbal bitterness, sweet malt notes, honey, as advertised, and booze. There are hints of herb, mint, and pepper. Mostly sweet, some alcohol is noticed, but tastes pretty good. Medium bodied, well carbonated, loose, smooth feel with a low level of heat. Overall, this was a big sweet saison, as you would expect from such a name.

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2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
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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A Honey Of A Saison from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 37.9% out of 100 with 153 ratings
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