Lune De Miel
Unibroue

Lune De MielLune De Miel
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #113
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,214
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
100
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Unibroue
 
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86
Very Good
Lune De MielLune De Miel
Notes: Like all honeymoons, this divine nectar is simply unforgettable. It’s inspired from a distant era where the father of the bride would give his new son-in-law honey-flavoured beer for the first month of marriage.

The honey, which completes the bottle refermentation process, is a perfect match for the hoppy bouquet with rich hints of spices, herbs and wildflowers.
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 100 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of VoxRationis
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; best by 05/29/20.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a four finger, lemon chiffon head, more than one finger of retention, and sticky rings of lacing. Yeasty remnants notable at bottom.
S: Lightly tangy nose with aromas of honey, caramel, vanilla, macadamia nuts, pepper, and cookie. Slightly peppery at first, but resolves.
T: Slight tart. Flavors favor the nose, although the honey component is so notable, this could pass for a braggot. Very light, well balanced bitterness.
M: Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation.
O: Rare, delicious, and fine.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: $3.99 USD plus tax in New Orleans...pretty dear. 12 fl oz format. Gold foil covers its pry-off crown cap.

8% ABV. "Belgian style amber ale." "Ale brewed with spices with natural flavors added." SRM 8. IBU 22."

Served chilled into a nonic.

BODY: Orange-copper rife with lees and yeast particulate. Nontransparent but translucent. Vibrant.

HEAD: White. Thin. A bit weak, but the 6 minute retention is impressive given its high ABV.

AROMA: Raw sweetness - honey. Clove. Biscuity Belgian saccharomyces. Floral hop aromatics. Fruity ale yeast esters. Royal jelly. Faint green apple skin.

Intoxicatingly honey-redolent yet it doesn't seem cloying. I can't wait try it...attenuation seems masterful.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Sweet, yes, but its dryness helps keep it palateable. Honey, pale malt/2-row, fruity ale yeast esters, clove, apple skin, scintillae of pear, biscuity vitaminy nutritional yeast, spice, floral hop notes, herb.

Hides its ABV pretty well but there is some lingering warmth. The honey works pretty well, but many braggots I've had work it in more organically and its attenuation isn't perfect.

Smooth, well-carbonated, medium to full-bodied, somewhat refreshing.

OVERALL: I don't see what makes this an Amber/ambree, but judged as a a Belgian pale ale it's enjoyable fare. The honey isn't the star ingredient Unibroue seems to want it to be, but as with most all Unibroue beers, the yeasty complexity alone makes it worthwhile.

I applaud its dry yeasty flavour but the honey just isn't worked naturally into the rest of the build and it has attenuation issues, not to mention alcohol warmth. Not Unibroue's finest, but I'm glad I tried it.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of ajm5108
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold & frothy. Aroma is a mix of acute honey sweetness with some earthy Belgian notes - odd, kinda like spoiled fruit. That maybe a tad harsh but I didn’t love it. Taste is also just...odd. Ripe tanins, wet oak, strapped leather, funky esters / phenols bringing some sweetness. Like...dried apple dust? Musty but saccharine, honey soaked tree branch. Not sure how I feel about it, after a 1,000+ reviews it is certainly different

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale orange. Two fingers of thick white head with decent retention.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, almost like a tart. Plums, oranges, lemons.

Taste: Sweet, but with a “Diet Coke” emptiness. Limited fruitiness, like LaCroix. A very small amount of noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: Not quite as spectacular as the nose suggests.

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: a hazy amber-orange color with a medium sized white head. Nice lacing and staying power.
Aroma: lots of honey up front, with faint spices. The honey seemed to overpower the floral notes.
Taste: the honey was there through the taste and on the finish, but less overbearing. Some complexity with some clove, floral notes, and Belgian esters for lack of a better descriptor.
Feel: medium bodied with bright but fine carbonation. Off dry finish.
Overall: interesting but too heavy on the honey for my taste.

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Photo of John_M
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at John's Market today.

The beer pours a fairly dark golen amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is interesting, as I pick uo clover honey, butter, light vanilla and clove. Given the impressive aroma profile, the flavor profile is a bit disappointing. While it replicates the nose, there isn't as much flavor as I was expecting, and the beer comes across as fairly light and almost a bit watery. The moderate sweetness drops off pretty quickly, and the finish is dry and a bit short. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile in this light weight belgian style golden ale.

Shrug. A decent effort, but really not anything to get excited about. Likely will not order this one again.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Honey is infused but not overdone. Spices blend well with the beer, and leaves a clean aftertaste. Interesting take on Belgian Ale, and one I will revisit. Another great beer by Unibroue.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - cloudy golden color body with white head

Smell - honey, clove, coriander

Taste - honey, clove, melon, apple, pear

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, medium plus carbonation, honey upfront, citrus in the back end

Overall - decent tasting BSPA with a honey presence

Price point - $11.99/4 pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yes, another bottle, but their numbers are dwindling here at Chez Woody. Yesterday, I opened a Unibroue bottle & did both a clarified & a lees pour & I want to do the same thing today with another of their beers.

From the Bottle: "Belgian Style Amber Ale"; "Ale Brewed with Spices with Natural Flavors Added"; "Bottle Refermented"; "SRM: 8 * IBU: 22".

I readied myself for a Pop! of the cap only to encounter another screwed-up screw-off cap! 8=( I swallowed my fury since such caps are (barely) fit only for macro swill & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. This one was still a year-and-a-half from its "Best By" date & there was still some yeast in suspension, preventing me from getting a clarified pour. I performed an in-glass swirl to produce a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, tawny head with limited retention that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). The honey was really obvious on the nose as I leaned in for a sniff. We have a meadery near my house & I have been spending time over there, enabling me to really pick up on honey in alcohol. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but just right for this offering. It definitely tasted of honey, but in addition, it had a peppery spiciness that help to dry it out & keep it from being overly sweet. Mmm. Finish was semi-sweet on the cusp of being semi-dry. This is one that may inspire me to buy another bottle for cellaring purposes.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brassy/bronze golden color, some haze and visible carbonation. A large creamy and foamy head retains all throughout, yielding lots of lacing, very true to style.
I could smell this all day. Honey and floral aromas interplay with a nutty and biscuity malt profile. Fruity esters evoke melon and citrus peel.
The palate initially feels dry, yet amidst a honey nut and biscuity sweet middle palate. Complimented by fruity flavors of apple, pear, and a hint of orange peel. A clove like spice balances things, as well as some hops bitterness in the finish.
Full side of medium bodied, gently carbonated and with a dry finish. Fluffy, smooth and velvety. The alcohol is well masked.
Interesting and tasty BSPA. The addition of honey and wildflowers really made it unique. I think it is better than ratings suggest.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The only serious flaw in this ale is it could mask its alcohol better. (This is my comment on a few other Unibroue offerings.)
What is a nicely complexed flavor gets interrupted by the fire. As I finish this 4 pack over six months, I'm increasing my rating because the fusels do get calmed with age... but not liking it young keeps this from being a great ale.

The theme running through several of my reviews of Unibroue brews is they have a good house yeast, one of the better ones in North America. While I think this yeast expertise particularly favors Unibroue's darks, I think its house yeast variant shows its character in Honeymoon (Lune de Miel.) But with honey and wildflower playing such a prominent part in the mix (and the alcohol also stealing the show), I'm not sure how close this yeast is to, say, their world-class tripel, Fin du Monde.

All in all, a good effort. I hope Honeymoon sells well enough to stay in their offerings and be enjoyed years from now.

10/10/18 Finished my last of the 4 pack and offer the same rating and review: good, but the alcohol needs to be tamed. I add that I've had this with a variety of foods now, and its versatile yeast seems to make the meals work.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle slowly poured into a tulip glass to leave the sediment behind. Best by 05-29-20. Date stamp E29171002QFL.

Appearance: Dark gold with a bit of haze to it. Thin white head with big strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Strong honey aroma. Floral and just a bit of herbal aroma with a swirl.

Taste: Honey, a bit of phenol, cracker malt, lightly bitter finish with some very faint noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit slick, dry finish with just a bit of stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a beer that showcases the honey, but not a lot of other flavors in here. I had it alone after dinner, but now I think it needs to pair with something. One is enough per evening for me.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass. Pours with the delightful champagne-type bubbles Belgians have, except, for some reason, those brewed here in the US. I can definitely detect a bit of honey in the flavor, a touch of honey sweetness on the nose. It's quite refreshing going down. Mouthfeel isn't sticky, despite the honey.

A bit overpriced, even for an import. But this is one I would get again.

UPDATED! I have to move a couple of the category scores up. After this ale warms a bit, the wonderful honey fragrance becomes more pronounced - and the flavor actually becomes even better. Really nice!!!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Hazy light, amber color. medium carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose and flavor is almost sweet honey, some Belgian yeast. $3.15 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Best by 5/29/20, bottled 5/29/17, had 5/15/18.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a one inch head with good retention and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, coriander, honey, cloves, wheat, other spices, light black pepper and bubblegum, a hint of toffee. The taste is malt, Belgian yeast, wheat, coriander, white grapes, honey, other spices, light lemon. A light, earthy bitterness up front, a little bit of sweetness. Smooth, somewhat refreshing, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

A really good BSPA. It’s a little more laid back than some of their other offerings of the style, but just as solid. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. The pour is a hazy orange with a lacking head and just a touch of white surface ring. Nose of malt and a bit of the mash tun. More bright with some agitation but I'm thinking the bottle conditioning might be a bit off for this bottle. Taste is juicy with a hint of honey and some spice. Feel is fairly full though a bit bland, yet enough to keep the ABV at bay.

Warming brings out more robust and interesting aromas yet the lack of carbonation detracts in the end. Likely an off bottle but unknown...

BB: 05-29-20

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a short head that mostly covered the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, honey, and wildflowers are present in the nose.
T: The taste is mostly filled by flavors of wildflower honey, but there are enough underlying spices and yeast to mask any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job at incorporating the honey and wildflowers into the style. It is pleasant to sip and does a good job at masking nearly all of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear, honey colored brew poured into a glass from the 12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of 29 May 2020. A bit hazy. The dense head is off-white and quite durable.

Aroma: lightly sweet with yeast, hints of honey, and light earthy hops.

Flavor: follows the aroma; has a pronounced spicy character, with honey, light malt, a touch of spicy/earthy hops and Belgian yeast. Sweet with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation with a near full body.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is copper, a bit of haze, head is off white with fine bubbles that dissipates to top and ring on the glass.

Smell is lightly sweet with great honey aroma, light earthy hops and dry yeast off notes.

Taste has a pronounced honey character, with light malt, some toast, hint of earthy hops and drying yeasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate/strong carbonation with light sweetness and then moderate drying.

Overall good beer with pleasant honey flavor but lighter belgian yeast flavor than expected.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange in color, with a strong head resembling a mousse. Medium intensity on the nose, with notes of flowers, honey, spices, and other phenolic products. On the palate, the dominant flavor is clove, with soft fruit flavors of banana, floral, and a biting bitterness on the finish which rounds out with the reverberation of refreshing clove notes. Really pleasant beer would love to see this as a stand-alone.

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Photo of mynie
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't think this is retired. My bottle shop got a fresh case in this week.

And, of course, any new Unibroue deserves my attention.

Pours a light amber, filtered with a little wisp of a head.

Smells sharp and fruity with a hint of alcohol. Pretty boilerplate for the style, but well done overall.

Tastes like it smells: malty fruit up front, spicy and fruity yeast in the middle, and then more fruit on the finish along with sugars and just a wisp of booze, with nice nodes of yeast and perfume lingering long after the sip has been swallowed.

It's not as essential as Unibroue's flagship offerings, but it's still a solid BPA that's well worth the price.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure why it's retired just bought it. But maybe it's a one off as it was an exclusive bottle.

L: orange rust with thin froth hea

A: get some orange wheat wit followed with unpleasant alcohol fumes

T: tad bit sour orange with some sour lemon wheat. Alcohol well hidden.

F: medium creamy

O: Not bad, quite enjoyable

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Photo of breakingbland
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours as a cloudy gold with a 1-finger head of medium-fine bubbles. The aroma is of spice, sweetness, and slight sourness. The taste follows but with accentuated spiciness. There is also a troubling slightly metallic taste, but this may be a manifestation of the spice. The carbonation is perfect in texture with an appropriate "bite"; the body is good.

Overall, this is a very good beer except for the metallic taste. This beer actually gets better as it warms which was unexpected for this style. Warming brings out a honey aroma and lessening of the metallic taste. So, all in all, this is a bit of a troubling beer to review. One final note: As it warmed, it reminded me of Goose Island's Matilda.

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Photo of Gasp262
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I honestly did not enjoy this seasonal anywhere near the others from this exceptional brewery. This seemed flat, uninspired, lacking the same attraction of the others. The same urge to buy another. No, this was a one off. Done

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Photo of Poljazz22
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle conditioned Belgian amber ale uses honey in the bottle for the carbonation.
Pours golden with a whitish head that stays. Lots of lacing. Quite hazy as I shook the bottle for added flavor...
Taste of fruit ( pear apple ), flowers and honey, Belgian yeast and spices.This beer is quite dry with a full body and a very delicate carbonation. There is some alcohol warmth, some medium malts and a bit of hops bitterness. There is a very well balanced succession of flavors as it goes down. A nice sipping ale or paired with something slow cooked or a strong cheddar.
It resembles a more complex version of a blond Leffe.
I would recommend this ale.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 100 ratings