Biere De Miel | Jester King Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-01-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
499
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
Wants:
42
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117
For Trade:
11
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/18/17

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlvanderhoek
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wayne17
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smb71481
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of Farmhouse funk, not much honey

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch #4. Bottles 10/26/2015.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +3.7%
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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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Biere De Miel from Jester King Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 499 ratings.
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