Biere De Miel | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Honey beer

Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 07-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a white head, though not as large or with as much retention as I would expect. Nose is light honey, fruit, spice, and some yeast. The taste is lightly fruity but lets the yeast shine. Good feel with nice carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Cambridge Brewing Company -served chilled in a flute shaped tulip

A - hazed, light honey color of amber w/ quick dropping head of white. The bead is very tight and carbonation is visible w/ strings of lace adhering

S - A lot of honey aroma w/ belgian phenolics and light fruit note w/ hints of biscuit and pepper odors

M - A toasted texture w/ mildly sweet feel w/ moderately high carbonation. The carbonation gives the impression of balance however it is pretty honey dominated just not cloying w/ mellow spice and semi-dry in the finish

T - The taste of spice from the hops w/ a phenolic yeast flavor as it hits the palate is balanced by sweet honey w/ a hint of banana and light papaya w/ subtle pine hop notes. The flavor has a mild influence of alcohol, but with a mostly honey dominated taste you barely taste it

D - A pretty satisfying honey accented Saison -very smooth and great combo of yeast phenolic w/ honey sweetness. It drinks like a saison, but I can see the confusion w/ Belgian pale- nice hoppy and it did not taste like 8.6% but that is what was listed on the tap menu

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. Pours a light orange with a small head. Aroma of honey and yeast. Flavor of sweet Belgian yeast, and melon. Not too much honey really (thankfully) and somewhat of a surprise. Overall, this was a decent beer.

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Photo of u2carew
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Bronze in color. Visible carbonation. Poured with a thin creamy head. Nice lacing along the edge. Transparent.
S) Honey notes. Herbal and slightly sour.
T) The alcohol effervescence is noticeable with malty sweetness. Just a touch of earthiness.
M) Fizzy. Medium to full body, but the body feel could be from the ABV. Slightly chewy.
D) Not my favorite style, but a well crafted beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at CBC into flute glass...

Nice honey color but quite still-only yeast wisps.

Oh, yes..the honey is there. Yeast electricity gets a little silagey when combined with stewy malt texture. Slight banana ester sweetness with warmth.

Ah, that's better. Clove, banana, slight candied ginger. The Belgian yeast imparts nice, mellow spice electricity to this. Definite honey sweetness. Piney hop bite-a little cedar sting in there too.

Tight on the tongue from increasing hop pininess. Good, though-I like the austerity. Sweetness isn't too huge on the palate. Finish is crisp and compact.

This is one that's a little all over the place so is good for sipping. Most likely good for one per sitting. Fine construct, though.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub; served in a tulip.

Rather clean, bright copper in color. Traces of a whispy, white head off of the tap that leaves a few traces of thin lacing. Semi-sweet honey and vanilla aromas that almost mask the musty farmhouse yeast, and simple grains. Up-front are sweet notes of honey with vanilla extract. Rather quickly, the Saison flavors become apparent with a musty phenolic taste prior to a dry corriander and pepper spice profile. In the middle sits an almost bland, malted wheat and grain base that leaves an out of character bitterness and dark aftertaste. A light medium in bodied; dry and a bit filmy from the yeast strain. An interesting concoction of a Saison blended with local honey. Unfortunately, I feel that the sweet malt character falls short by mid-sip leaving this ale a bit short on taste. Unique enough to try, but not pleasant enough to order another. Note: according to CBC, this batch weighs in at 8.8% abv.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass at Cambridge Brewing Company

A-deep copper color with thin head. Not much carbonation. Clarity was very nice though.

S-Tons of sweet fruit. Apples and pear mixed with a spice from the yeast strain.

T&M-Sweet and complex all the way through. Fruitiness was predominant. The spices were there but not cloying or overly noticeable. Thick body was nicely balanced with a sugary adjunctness.

D-This was an awesome beer from a cool little brewpub in Cambridge. I had to resist drinking it so quickly. I loved it, but could see it getting a bit sweet if drank all night.

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Photo of dherling
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out light copper brown with an orange hue, not much of a head. The nose offers some sweetness, honey, spice, herbascious hops, along with some alcohol. The taste is fruity and sweet, developing some alcohol, and finishing with a spicy bite. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, finishes long with the alcohol and spice lingering.

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Photo of sloejams
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fine representation of this sweet Belgian beer.

It has a proper sweetness that is not overly done. The color was rich and dark with very little head. The honey flavor is certainly there, with a malt background.

This would work quite well after dinner.

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: light copper in color with no real head. No lacing develops.

Smell: honey sweetness is easily detectable. Alcohol is lightly noticeable.

Taste: malt and honey sweetness abounds with some ripe red fruits and green grapes all balanced with strong pepper bite and mild bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable. Definitely a unique brew here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is full of the sweetness, spice and alcohol.

Drinkability: this was a slow sipping beer where one is enough in a session. Interesting and a must try if available.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Biere de Miele is a belgian-style honey ale. Brewed with Local wild honey from Holliston,Ma.

Another Seasonal winner from CBC.

Red hued/medium amber. Very bright and inviting. Small, thin white head, dissipated quick. Carbonation is on the low side, good for the style though.

Sweet Caramel maltyness, honey, herby and spicey nose.

An array of fruityness including apricot. Herbal, slightly earthy,spicey and peppery effect. nice 'n complex. Keeps you interested the entire way through.

A really nice dry, yet crisp and lively feel on the palate. Light body feel going down, with a hefty impression on the tastebuds.

Ooooh yeah. This is the stuff right here.

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Biere De Miel from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 23 ratings