Biere De Miel | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
On brewday, we added raw, Texas wildflower honey from Good Flow Honey Co. in Austin, Texas late in the boil. After the first several weeks of fermentation, we added more honey to the beer. Finally, the beer was 100% naturally refermented in bottles, kegs, and casks using more of the raw, Texas wildflower honey. In addition to the honey, Bière de Miel was brewed with Hill Country well water, malted barley, malted wheat, and hops. It is 5.8% alcohol by volume, 3.2 pH, has a finishing gravity of 1.003, and is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
541
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 541
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In what's a dying breed of beer, the classic Saison has been rapidly replaced by more sour, spontaneous and barrel aged versions that change their character drastically, its both comforting and welcomed to see a well made, classic taste of the farmhouse remains alive thanks to Jester King Brewery.

Adding wildflower honey to the recipe gives their Biere de Meil an edge as the burnt gold pour rises with a foamy, froth topping that nearly overtakes the tulip. Floral honey notes are apparent in the very first whiff before the stronger ale aromas of peppercorn, dried citrus, grain and wine rise to dominate the nose. Gentle grain sweetness is slightly of cereal but also of fresh bread, cookie dough and whole wheat.

Culinary fireworks go off when the ale hits the middle palate. What started floral turns to a fruity and spicy balance quickly that starts with the citrusy taste of lemon peel, orange peel, apple and pear. Its subtle juiciness awaits a vinous spice with white wine with white pepper, cumin, coriander and slight clove for an offset of both sweetness and fruitiness. Trending dry and moderately bitter, a taste of lemongrass, hay and lemon pepper usher in a crisp and clean finish.

Medium bodied but trending light, the beer's spicy finish and racy carbonation facilitate dryness and lightness making this honey infused beer extremely effortless for the late palate. A linger of straw and dried fruit peels keep the wine-like alcohol evaporative for a fast linger that has another sip coming quickly.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like when I run into a beer that I really liked but then didn't get around to writing the review relatively soon. Such a nice trip down memory lane.

Pours a light slightly hazy yellow, 2/3" white head, nice retention. The aroma smells like saison terra firme, has all the hay and light tart from rainwater spontaneous fermenting and light grassy honey feels. Feels slightly unique even in their plethora of range for the saison style. Baby you and me, pickin' wildflowers comes to mind when smelling the beer.

The taste follows the smell, there is a nice amount of that hay, grass, green apple floral tartness to it, the mouthfeel displays a great deal of nuance and levity body wise, the wheat does its thing remarkably. No aspect dominates the overall profile of the beer, it all balances with each other quite nicely. Carbonation on point. Ever slightest wood note to it. Foeder?

So at the end of the day, I kind of hate this beer. Why? Well its a world class beer that is out of my distribution. I hate when that happens. This is just as good or better as anything Fantome has ever put out. No hyperbole.

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Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden colored body; excellent carbonation; fine frothy, sculpted head. Pointed floral sweetness in the nose; fine light green apple scent. The taste follows along the lines of the smell; mildly sour and tangy; green apples; bitter. Medium body; sharp tanginess; crisp and biting with a semi-sweet finish.

An interesting and easy drinking farmhouse ale, with and apple and floral-like quality all around.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip to a slightly hazy straw yellow topped by a dense and rocky three finger white head with excellent staying power that fades slowly while leaving excellent lacing
S: Smells of light funk and spices with some slight honey sweetness. Hints of tartness as well.
T: Taste is lightly funky and slightly chalky with some slight clove and herbal spice notes. Slightly grassy with a hint of lemon zest as well and just a hint of tartness. Swallow is more light funk, honey sweetness, spices, and a hint of tart lemon.
M: This beer is falirly light but approaching a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very effervescent but not prickly thanks to the bottle conditioning. The beer also has a drying finish that takes a little time to grab hold.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some good flavors and decent complexity. Kind of an easy sipper that doesn't have a lot of strong flavors but the subtlety is appreciated. Definitely worth a try if you like farmhouse ales,

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a crystal clear yellow with a fluffy white head.

Aroma is funky and light with a hint of tartness at the end.

Tast matches aroma. Funky light and a little tart.

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Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a delicate beer clear and golden with a white fine foam. Smell is delicate of hey and flowers. Taste honey and a gentle tartness not puckering. fine lively carbonation. Great farmhouse honey ale by Jester king.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow with a large, soft level mound of white caviar that clings to the glass in a thin wall.

Aromas of peppery spice and funk bring to mind almond wood and a rustic antique shop, then a hint of creamed honey smooths itself in. The funk increases with time, smelling strongly of barnyard and Cabrales cheese.

Taste is barely tart, ushering in honeycomb wax, hay, straw, and bread. Complexity develops on the palate in short order, with light black pepper, light oak, light barnyard funk, lightly bitter dandelion and lemon rind. "Light" is obviously the keyword, as there is nothing that really dominates, and it's a refreshing yet complex beer.

Feel is frothy and soft, a little tangy, finishing semi-dry.

To me, this really nails it for the occasion during which I cracked it--a small family memorial gathering, just before lighting the campfire on a warm spring evening by the garden.

May 2015 vintage

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose of bread, honey, wildflowers, and JK bugs. Palate starts with bready farmhouse flavors with honey following soon thereafter. The JK funk is present but not overwhelming. Really enjoyable, ponderable 5.9% beer -- well done.

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Photo of Koral
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep gold in color, translucent
Smell: Bright honey on the nose, with the signature Jester King farmhouse notes backing it
Taste: Sweet malt, honey, has a character similar to a lot of Jester King beers
Feel: A little bubbly for my liking, but definitely not too much to be out of character for a nice farmhouse ale
Overall: Jester King has some great beers, and this is definitely one of them. It's out there in the Texas hill country, but well worth the journey if you are ever in the Austin area.

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Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light orange with two fingers of soapy white head, settles in a minute, sheet of lace halfway down. Smell: bretty upfront, musty, barnyard notes. A bit of dried pineapple and apricot, honey, wheat cracker, coriander-like note. Taste: apple, herbal tea, a bit doughy, tangy with a mild citric component like dilute grapefruit juice. Ending with herbal tea with honey, some hard water feel, apricot skin and a dry finish, then more honey. Yeah this is spot on, somewhat delicate, honey focused, with plenty going on.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear golden yellow. Thin small white head

S: honey. Funk. Sourdough bread. Sweet malt. More honey.

T: honey. Toast. Ricotta cheese. Hops. Malt.

F: clean and crisp. A bit watery

O: very good beer. Subtle funk lots of honey. Awesome.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 10/2015:
First thought was, old beer. Palate adjusted and...

Little dark orange, but lovely head and lacing.
Nose is old, wet wood more than a hint with some funk I'd like to see. The honey sneaks in if I look for it.

Taste and feel are more dull than I'd like, but improved as I sipped it. Woody more than earthy more than funky. But the tangy to tart note finally showed.

Warmth is a friend to this beer, and it took a while to grab me but eventually moved from disappointment to intrigue. The woody/earthy notes still dominate, but they aren't dead. The funky tart notes chip away at it without making a huge dent. Honey influence is more minor but there if sought.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was surprisingly very solid. I didn't expect a ton of flavor with the honey and wildflowers, but I actually got a lot of complex sweet and slightly tart flavors.

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Photo of Myotus
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured gently at 48°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #4 - 26Oct15) into a tulip. Consumed on 06Jun16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that shrinks down into a line withing fifteen seconds. Honey orange in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a subtle amount of both small and medium-sized bubbles ascending to the foam line. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of honey, sour green apple, peach, pear, and earthy yeast entangle with subtle hay, chamomile, wheat, lemon zest, and salty mineral aromas.
TASTE: Mild sour green apple, earthy yeast, and honey flavors combine to create an instant sweet and funky balance. A mild and balancing fruity, floral flavor orchestrates a brilliant complexity as peach, pear, and chamomile immediately trail while honey flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle hay, lemon zest, wheat, and salty mineral flavors finish off the taste theatrical as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is subtle. Goes down smooth and creamy while clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: Another spectacular offer from Jester King. The honey wasn't overbearing, yet manged to take the spotlight of this beer. The typical "Jester King funk" was presented in just the right amounts giving this brew a great flavor while also allowing it to finish with that crisp ending that is perfect for a hot, Texas day.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a yellowish color. Deeper yellow. Aroma was not very insane. Hints of funk. Sweetness. A bit floral. Some earthiness. Flavor is also pretty mellow. Sweet, here is that honey I guess. Some funk and barn. Musty. Soft. Grainy. Finish falls off quickly. A mild beer that is only mildly interesting.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, gold colour. Smells like sweet honey, malts, Belgian yeast, and fruity. Slightly thicker mouthfeel, tastes of honey, mead, sweet, with fruity yeast. Like a Weissebier and a mead.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really love this beer. Beautiful hazy amber honey gold. Aroma is melons and farm. Love the taste here, layered beautifully, funk forward leads to that crazy honey finish. Seriously, wildflower honey just coming through so nice. Real terroir in this bottle. Lovely.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a finger width foamy/carbonated head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Aroma of sweet farmhouse ale. Some hay is there. I think the sweetness is from the honey but don't get an overpowering honey aroma. If you sniff deeply, there is a funk at the end. The taste is very smooth. Farmhouse yeasts with a good amount of honey and citrus at the end. I really do like this beer.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fruity- the smell is a little weak in my opinion. Pretty bready. The taste is decent but still too bready and yeasty to me. I probably wouldn't have this again but Jester King is awesome and has 100s of beers available. God bless Texas.

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Photo of stakem
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew appears a hazy copper color with off-white cap that fades leaving stringy patches of lace.

It smells herbal and sweet like minty clover honey with some spiciness and straw-like grain.

The taste has an initial feel of tea astringency with clover honey then herbal bitterness. It is peculiar how the honey character reminds despite it being void of sweetness. I kinda like it.

This is light in body with moderate carbonation. An interesting brew that is worth your time and money to try and seek out.

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Photo of puck1225
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow from a bomber, producing a beautiful fluffy white head and nice lacing. Pleasant sweet floral smell. The taste was of herbs and fruit, definitely some funky tastes as well. Many tastes come through as it warms. A fun beer!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch 5 from Oct 2015.

A clear light copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is solid, with a clove-heavy Brett note, hay, dust and straw. There isn't much of a floral honey character here, though there is a little bit of a rounded/slightly oxidized honey sweetness that's quite pleasant. There's also a mild white honey character that becomes apparent as it warms up.

The palate is a lot more expressive with a blend of clove (almost plastic-like at times), straw and hay up front with the honey appearing on the mid-palate. Fruity, mildly floral with a faint stone fruit character, the honey character is quite nice. Grainy, mildly wheaty with some tannins and tartness from what feels like the husk is present, along with a faint sweetness. Light in body with a crisp carbonation, this beer has a lingering finish with flavors of clove, a little plastic and a mildly sticky honey character. The blend of mild sweetness and funk makes this enjoyable.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(L) Dark yellow and murky like apple juice, with a very thick white head.

(A) Pleasant aroma of lemon and perhaps tropical fruit

(T) Wheat, some yeast, citrus, tart, and the wild flower honey.

(F) Significant carbonation, no alcohol taste, very drinkable.

I was a bit sweet and tart and juicy but I liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of chrismann65
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice , raw honey, white pepper, earthy, light Brett, hint of tartness, light wheat ! what a nice blend , very nice blend , well done J.K. Thanks as always ! J.K....!!! Great Brew . !

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent dark golden yellow
S: Sweet, earthy, white pepper, honey, floral
T: Huge raw honey, white pepper, earthy, light Brett, slight hint of tartness, wheat, pear
M: The honey definitely contributes. Not as pillowy as other JK beers
O: This has some definite connection to the traditional European saisons and the honey adds a balanced sweetness and slicker mouthfeel

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Biere De Miel from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 541 ratings