Biere De Miel
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #260
Ranked #5,413
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Apr 29, 2022
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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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 27, 2021
4.33 by o29 from Texas on Jul 04, 2021
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
3.75 by Grinky from Illinois on Sep 20, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by andrewsaputo from Oregon

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
4.04 by hopley from Massachusetts on Sep 07, 2019
4.03 by Mtn from Texas on Aug 08, 2019
3.9 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Aug 05, 2019
4.04 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Aug 05, 2019
4.18 by brantleysmith from Texas on May 27, 2019
4.25 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Mar 18, 2019
4.08 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Mar 10, 2019
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 05, 2019
4.02 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 24, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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
4.27 by 10Crumra from Texas on Feb 04, 2019
4.36 by bubseymour from Maryland on Dec 12, 2018
3.96 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Dec 12, 2018
3.93 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Nov 10, 2018
4.15 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Nov 03, 2018
4.35 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Oct 08, 2018
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by chicagocraft from Illinois

Love this beer!

Sep 27, 2018
4.21 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Sep 15, 2018
3.75 by krome from Illinois on Sep 04, 2018
3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Aug 31, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

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
4 by jcb7472 from Florida on Jul 26, 2018
4.22 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 16, 2018
4.21 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Jun 03, 2018
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2018
4.15 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Apr 13, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
3.96 by Bum4ever from California on Mar 08, 2018
4.06 by REVZEB from Illinois on Feb 19, 2018
4.11 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 30, 2018
4.1 by Beerhemoth from Illinois on Jan 30, 2018
3.78 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Jan 26, 2018
Biere De Miel from Jester King Brewery
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