La Binchoise Bière Des Ours (Berenbier)
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #295
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,282
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
28
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Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
84
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Friday 9th April, 2004 was spent in Binche, Belgium, the home of Brasserie La Binchoise. Sadly our planned trip to both the Brewery and on-premises Tavern proved fruitless thanks to the fact that it was closed.

After a few beers in the nearby Du Côte De Chez Boule our small party headed into the main ‘square’. Here we sampled some brews at La Chamade whilst looking at the many pictures of the Carnival that adorns the walls. La Binchoise Bière des Ours was the third brew and was served from the Bottle. The dark brown label has a honeycombed background with a large Bear on it; I couldn’t help thinking about Winnie the Pooh when I saw this!

Appearance: Arrived in a tall 75cl brown glass bottle, cork and caged, which was shared between a few of us. Poured a light golden color that had a honeyed hue. The head was rocky and beige in color. A thick crusty lacing is a nice byproduct of the tasting experience. Solid finely attenuated conditioning.

Nose: A Belgium Pale Ale nose, strong in stature with a nice honey odor that hangs heavy in the mouth of the glass, sweet but not sickly. Alcohol is detectable.

Taste: A mild tasting brew initially I found, it takes time to break this one down. Delicate flavors at first but as the beer warms and you become accustomed to this gorgeous honey beer the warming feel fills the mouth. Lightly toasted malts at first, a high alcohol feel on the first sip, honey residue in the back third but it is not overtly sweet at all. Dry finish that reminded me of some cough candy available in the UK called Lockets. This was has a very nice profile.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully smooth feel, slick honey like body oozes on the tongue and fills the mouth. Honey oil alcohols are high. Very smooth and a great beer to finish our visit with, especially given its high strength!

Drinkability: More of a sipper rather than a session beer, the 75cl would have been difficult on my own I think, but shared amongst friends it was not that hard to take a decent Glass each. A great beer to finish the night with.

Overall: A very nicely attenuated honey beer, the honey is added prior to the main fermentation and I think this really helps to thoroughly disperse the sweetness of the honey, so much so that it even adds to the alcohol level.

Nicely put together and probably one of the rarer offerings from Brasserie La Binchoise.

Oct 03, 2004
More User Reviews:
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Aventinus glass(the only clean classy glass available), it looks beautiful, a glowing orange color, significantly hazed, lighter at the bottom, capped with a lean layer of white foam.
Aroma has all the usual hallmarks of a saison or a biere de garde, yeasty, sour, a bit of funk, plentiful fruit, but this one is topped by pleasing, mellowing honey tones. Nice, again.
That honey flavor is much more pronounced in the taste, heck, it's fairly tangible, slick and supple on the palate, and only growing bigger.
Medium bodied, with honey and lemon on the ever-so pleasant finish.
Perhaps the most honeyish of any honey beers I've tried, beating the previous champ, Dupont's Biere du Miel.
I like it.

May 11, 2005
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a honey beer that is not really sweet. Eventhough the description on BA calls it a dark ale it rather a golden ale with honey. I like the dried out finish and the smell of honey as the beer warmed up. I would like to cellar a few of these to see if any honey can be detected.

Sep 06, 2004
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this bottle from The Epicurean about a month ago and I just looked at the cork before opening...you've got to be kidding me. It says '96 on! WTF is that about? Anyway...
Appears a hazy gold with a mild white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of honey, cloves, clay, earthyness, funk, grass.
Taste is grassy, honey, and earthy.
Mouthfeel is full of junk containing the grassy, earthyness that sticks to the palate with soothing honey to make you forget how badly this one aged.

Feb 25, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a super huge pure white foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a subtle peppery yeast. Taste is mix between some medium sweet Belgian malt with a slightly spicy yeast and some bready notes. Full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done if maybe lacking some character.

Feb 05, 2009
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GClarkage from California

3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/08/05- Purchased at the British Columbia Provincial Liquor Store in Kewlowna, BC.

Presentation- 11.2 oz stubby bottle. Un-notched best by strip on the back of the bottle...what's the point? Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light golden, somewhat cloudy pour. Almost the look of a wit. Nice foamy inch head, but immeadiately shrinks to nothing. Barely any sign of lacing.

Smell- Odd diaper smell or talcum powder. Maybe some sugary scent to go with some lemon peel and spices.

Taste- Needs some backbone. Touches of powdered sugar, which saves the beer from being below average. A bit of white pepper and corriander, but not enough. Decent supply of bitter hops in the aftertaste. Has an odd perfumy taste with maybe a herbal honey flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation. Mildly coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this if I see it again. Need a bit more sweeter consistency with more spices thrown in. Very boring as is.

Dec 09, 2005
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paterlodie from Belgium

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poors in perfectly with nice white head and a deep golden beercolor. Head stays well and amounts of sips perfectly countable at the laces.
Nose is light but fresh giving you the wanted honey and some yeastfruit beeing banana ans sweet aples. Taste is good also being malty and honeylike without beeing to sweet. Alcoholic & light bitter aftertaste thats clean and makes the beer fresh and enjoyable. Happy to have taken some more of these!

Apr 25, 2005
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janubio from Spain

3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale hazy golden colour, with a small head that fades leaving a layer and a good compact lace. Aroma of honey, cloves, apple. Medium body, thick palate. Taste is fruity, honey is more present than in the smell, cloves, apples. Good.

Aug 11, 2016
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stabile head, orange gold, nice carbonation
Smell: lots of honey, floral because of plenty of honey. No other smells because of the overpowering honey.
Taste: honey, fresh, alcoholic, bitter, pretty full body. After a while when the strong honey taste settles in, an alcoholic, spicy tripel with lots of body and floral notes comes out. Aftertaste is bitter.
Taste this beer when you like honey, for me it’s body is too big and the honey taste is too one-dimensional for me.

Dec 21, 2005
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soulgrowl from England

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Big, smooth snowy white Belgian head above a dusty golden brass body. Great retention.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, and fresh; banana, clove, bubblegum. Sweet Pilsenerish malts. Light straw-grassy hops. Juicy and dry.

Taste: Fruity, juicy, estery, and ever so slightly musty. Yeast is the predominant ingredient, making it dry and somewhat tangy. Apple cidery qualities take the foreground, with autumn leafy notes in the background. The 8.4% alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Nice. Finish is dry with a tart and sweet baked apple quality.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth, a bit grainy, medium-bodied and clean.

Drinkability: I asked my beer guy to order this kind of on a whim, and I'm glad I did! I don't know why I've never heard of it before, it's quite a nice beer. If you're a fan of DT, La Fin Du Monde, and the like, give this a shot.

Feb 11, 2007
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +35.1%

Nov 25, 2011
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colebenoit from Canada (BC)

3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden yellow, almost like that of pineapple juice or similiar. Nice billowy, creamy head with decent lacing and retention.

The smell has an aroma of honey, clover/flowers, and a slightly alcoholic kick. It definately smells Belgian.

This beer has a pretty nice flavour with a lingering taste of honey mixed with tart apples, slight maltiness, a tiny touch of cloves and a definate alcoholic presence on the finish. Almost slightly bock like, except lighter.

This beer is very prickly and carbonated on the mouthfeel, not very pleasent really and leaves a slightly unpleasent dryness in the mouth.

Overall this beer is quite unique and it is one I would definately drink again, but certain elements are lacking. It feels quite thin and deosn't really leave anything pleasent lingering in the mouth, as well the alcohol could be a bit less present.

Mar 18, 2006
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BlackHaddock from England

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dumpy 33cl brown bottle, best before19 Nov 2011: poured slowly into a Leffe badged chalice on 22 may 2011.

No sediment left the bottle, so the beer was a pale amber colour, almost clear, but not quiet. A wispy white covering with a thicker collar appeared as I poured, the collar stayed, the rest left fairly swiftly.

Not a lot of smell coming from the beer, some summer fruits and floral notes, but not a lot of anything. I couldn't find any honey in the aroma, but it does have strong hints of honey in the flavours once you start to drink the beer.

This is in a style that has some hit hitters (Duvel and La Chouffe, etc, etc.), so how does it stand up against such brews? The taste is honey sweet and very floral in it's mouthfeel, less spicey than La Chouffe and not as effervescent as a Duvel.

I think the honey does the beer no favours at all, in fact it sweetens it too much in my eyes.

May 22, 2011
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thierrynantes from France

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : beautiful blond gold color, an important off-gassing and a nice white foam head.
Smell : barley, yeast and hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : well-round, full, slightly pungent. The mouth is grass, with notes of licorice and anise and softness due to honey.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong ale

Review translated from french 6-25-2008.

Nov 14, 2007
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Graham5161986 from Canada (BC)

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a 3 finger, rocky, white head with good retention and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: floral hops, slightly fruity and a touch of honey and spice

T: nice floral hops, ripe fruit, coriander and a nice honey-sweet finish

M: light, well carbonated and a refreshingly crisp finish

D: I'm really enjoying this beer - great flavour and a subtle honey sweetness on the finish that makes the beer go down really smooth. I could definitely put down a few of these and I look forward to buying this one again.

Feb 16, 2008
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ThaCreep from Belgium

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale but troubled by deposits marbled honey suspended. The nose is honeyed and suggested that much in Barbar. The beer is fizzy and has a very substantial balance with a powerful body slightly supported by mixing honey without the sweetness is needed, leaving the harshness and power in the body. The finish has a convincing bitterness provided by honey.

Feb 23, 2010
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JoeAmerican77 from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle the wife grabbed at Max Value on Okinawa, poured into Samichlaus Tulip...

A - Bright orange haze, big old white mountain of head, no lace.

S - Citrus orange pulp dominates the nose along with sweet lemon hard candy.

T - Flavors of honey from orange blossoms and belgian yeast ; meadlike in the middle, nothing bitter about it at all and thats ok.

M - Small bubbles and a light medium body create a creamy texture.

Overall this is a nice summer beer. Light and palate friendly to anyone while still bringing the flavor. What I wish a lot of hefs would taste like actually. Wish they did it in an American style sixer, with some more IBU's. Would recommend.

May 19, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a vintage 750mL bottle of this from 1996 at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a light fizzy white head. The lacing is minimal but still has decent character. The smell of the beer had a light funk aroma too it, the beer still retained a decent sweetness to it on the nose as well. The taste of the beer is malty and sweet with some Belgian yeast flavors in there too. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light bodied. Overall I really enjoyed having the vintage bottle of this. Damn good brew.

Aug 30, 2011
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belenita from Canada (BC)

4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - it has a brown residue at the mouth of the bottle once opened, and is evident in the foam when poured. Cloudy amber, low foam with big bubbles once settled.

S - Sweet honey and vanilla

T - Fruits, some floral, honey, somewhat bitter

M - Smooth, slight carbonation, crisp finish

D - Great beer. I'm really liking the honey flavor. Though the brown residue threw me off.

Mar 17, 2010
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mattfancett from England

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Aug 26, 2014
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impending from California

4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent golden orange, towering dense pure white head, nice lacing.

Aroma is of powdery yeast joined by a strong phenolic note, clean, happy.

The phenolic note carries through in the taste. The flavor lacks complexity but this is not a weakness. Quiet fruit and floral notes. The honey is obvious. Zero bitter, zero dry, zero hint of alcohol. The neutral but pleasant aftertaste fades quickly. Nice choice for a relatively high abv brew that won't complicate your palate during a meal. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Jul 30, 2011
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lmaduells from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Nov 02, 2014
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Rivoire from France

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jul 18, 2015
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Arthuros from France

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sep 23, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With only what you want of honey for it not to be cloying this beer, as each of their products is quite drinkable despite the high abv. Maybe their most balanced offering

Feb 24, 2016
La Binchoise Bière Des Ours (Berenbier) from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 28 ratings