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A Honey Of A Saison | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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A Honey Of A SaisonA Honey Of A Saison

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

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

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Decent lacing.

S: A very underwhelming aroma of honey, yeast, and some fruit. The smell just wasn't very noticeable.

T: Tasted of light honey, malt, some Belgian yeast, fruity esters, and a phenolic quality. A pretty thin flavor all around. It just isn't pushed far enough and the result is a somewhat bland flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the worst BSPA I've tried, but definitely not the best. Not a great beer by any standards.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty appealing ruby red color, with a thin head that disappears almost instantly. The honey is pretty apparent, provide a certain sweetness among the characteristic saison yeast flavors. For 11.5% it's quite well masked. It's just present enough to keep you to sips, and all in all the sips are pleasant. Not an anytime choice, but I was pretty happy with this one.

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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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A Honey Of A Saison from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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