Biere De Miel
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Ranked #253
Ranked #5,518
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Apr 08, 2023
Jun 01, 2014
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Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Batch #7, December 2020. Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Nearly clear stile de grain yellow with a lasting finger of off white soft peaks. Fine sandy lacing; faint legs; very good retention.

Complex sweet floral aromatics reveal the honey, working together with the malt and just a whisper of winter fruit punctuated funk from the wild microbes.

Dry, cider-kissed palate entry with unripe pear, green plum, and a gentle acidity. Lightly bready, crisp malt backbone, low earthy bitterness throughout. Finishes dry but with residual evolving honey flavors - interesting balance. Low floral notes and maybe a touch of citrus and white pepper as the beer warms.

Creamy, medium-bodied, well carbonated. Lightly warming, and not-quite-refreshing.

Subtle, interesting domestic take on the style.
Apr 08, 2023
Rated: 4 by ear-bending from Texas

Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This Honey thing is getting interesting... particularly in saisons whose yeasts (when kept correctly) tolerate and play with so many different ingredients. But Jester's Miel has taken Honey to a new level, some three additions noted on this label.

Note that I give very Big Overall Hugs to Jester King to compensate for me not tasting more of their saisons than I have. (Reason? I'm a cheapskate.) But, I also like them very much for proving that Texas' terroir does not have to be toxic.

As for this Biere... I drink probably three times as many saisons as the second style. My buds, being classically trained, complain about all this Wild-Brett-natural strains getting introduced. But when a brewer uses these "foreign" elements with discretion, it shows. And it shows with Biere De Miel.

I'm Looking at clarity for a saison. I'm Smelling mostly lemon and in the Taste the honey comes in to play on my palate. Biere is balanced, but finishes tart. Sits cleansing in my mouth. It performed well with a plate of leftovers... and that is high praise from a grump like me.
Apr 29, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a light fizzy small head covering with lower retention, very clear golden honey color

Nose mild farmhouse funk, tart lemony and some peachy stone fruit, grassy hay funk, lemongrass, little cereal grain, faint honey

Taste brings more tart lemony flavors, touch of acidity, into a sweet honey, almost honeysuckle, grainy malt, grassy, little hay, fruity lemon and stone fruit, light peppery spicy phenols, tart flemmy lemony finish, fair earthy hop bitterness late, nice tart sweet balance

Mouth is med bod, tart fair acidity and flemmy, med fizzy carb

Overall not bad, nice farmhouse biere de garde like with some honey
Mar 20, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 27, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by o29 from Texas

Jul 04, 2021
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Grinky from Illinois

Sep 20, 2019
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Reviewed by andrewsaputo from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Oh this is a really nice beer I really like this is really good I also really enjoy it. Has a nice farmhouse taste and pretty typified of a farmhouse ale and I like the honey in it
Sep 10, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by hopley from Massachusetts

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by Mtn from Texas

Aug 08, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by NCSapiens from Indiana

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by brantleysmith from Texas

May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.
Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by 10Crumra from Texas

Feb 04, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by bubseymour from Maryland

Dec 12, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Dec 12, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Nov 10, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Oct 08, 2018
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Rated by chicagocraft from Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Love this beer!
Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Sep 15, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

Sep 04, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Aug 31, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.
Aug 13, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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.
Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4 by jcb7472 from Florida

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jul 16, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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,
Apr 03, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by Bum4ever from California

Mar 08, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by REVZEB from Illinois

Feb 19, 2018
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