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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Omnium
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes on April 9th that I'm finally getting to.
On Tap at House of 1000 Beers
A - Pours a hazy copper two fingers of head, fades fast, nice lacing.
S - Very tart aroma, some sweet malt, mild dank hop aroma, citrus and honey blend.
T - Tart flavor, some bitterness from the hops, some alcohol flavor and biscuit malt.
M - As it warms up the malt gets overwhelming along with the alcohol.
O - Not bad, but the tartness and alcohol get to me overpowering as you go on.

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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Deep rich caramel copper color. A cream colored head recedes to a wisp and a ring around the edges. Light spots of lacing.

Aroma: An immediate spiciness, sweet honey, faint floral notes.

Taste: There's an immediate cinnamon spiciness, but I'm sure the alcoholic burn has something to do with that. The honey is infused perfectly, making itself known without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Quite sharp. Alcoholic burn.

Overall: Not necessarily as complex as some, but the honey is perfect. And it is good. The 11.5% ABV is hidden as good as it can be.

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Photo of jokemon
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of pknyc
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Wamba
4/5  rDev +18%

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 Bung
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of marchnlv
1/5  rDev -70.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nick_asian
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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