Luna De Miel: Raspberry Meade | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Luna De Miel: Raspberry MeadeLuna De Miel: Raspberry Meade

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.82%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Historically a meade was made to celebrate the union of a couple and given to them for celebration of their marriage. Truly defined as a braggot, BBC Luna De Miel is a fermented honey ale flavored with a blend of raspberries and blackberries. Luna De Miel is a refreshing change from standard BBC offerings. Luna De Miel is effervescent, fruity, and light, yet warming from its moderate strength. BBC Luna De Miel is offered in a wine glass.

Added by Viking on 09-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml crowned bottle. I bought this with no idea what style it was. I've never had a beer like this. I have used a tulip for the first pour, and will use something taller and more narrow for the next. There is plenty of head (always a good thing). This beer is about as orange as can be before I would have to mention red in the color. The smell is of tart raspberries, backed by honey and malt.

The raspberries hit your palate first. They are sweetened by the malt, and what must surely be honey. This beer is fruity sweet, but is totally balanced by the malt. This is odd. Normally I can finish a review before I must refill my glass. Hold on... alright. There must be hops in this, due to the dryness of this sweet beer, but they do not manifest themselves to me. I taste a grainy malt flavor in this second glass. On to the third glass.

What did they say the ABV is on this one? It is not listed on the bottle, and is totally concealed in the flavor, but it really whacked me in the head. Mouthfeel is very effervescent, almost like champaigne, but much thicker. This review took about 45 minutes to write, including a bathroom break and a snack break. I think that just about covers the drinkability.

If I had known what style of beer this was, I probably would not have purchased it. I didn't bother to read the label, it was simply the last beer I needed to get a discount. I figured it's in a big bottle from a brewery I've heard of and tasted before, and it was the last one, I simply must have it. I can't wait to find some to share at a family party in place of champaigne.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this orginally as "Raspberry Mead", a fruit melomel, but have been informed by fellow Kentucky BA's, kmpitz2 and sheepnutz, that this is a Luna De Miel style.
Served in a small wine goblet, the body exhibits a clear, ruby sapphire clarity, almost radiant, with no head and only a few patches of lace.
Aroma boasts fresh red raspberries, clover honey, and faint floral notes.
Mouthfeel is soft and satiny, with a light medium body. Very smooth.
Taste mirrors the bouquet, fruity tart and raspberry sweet, but not cloying. Floral notes and clover honey accent this tasty nectar.
Very tasty and dangerously drinkable.Delicate and so smooth on the palate, this one is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have a love for honey and raspberries and these come together pretty good in this drink.

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Photo of daftafne
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this off the draft at the brewpub. Served in a tall wine glass. Beautiful magenta color. It was described as a sweet honey meade made with fresh raspberries. The smell was not very strong but was primarily of raspberry. The taste came on quick and tart almost entirely of raspberry and left the palette fast. It was kind of watered-down tasting and not extremely flavorful. Really, kind of what you would imagine raspberry juice, water, and the warmth of alcohol to be like. Though, it wasn't bad and I would have enjoyed a few glasses. I havent had many meades but most of the ones I've had have been aged for at least five years or just simply a more massive beer (e.g. midas touch by dogfish head). However, I did have a freshly brewed meade at cumberland brews in louisville about 3 weeks ago and it also did not have this massive flavor. Just a different experience, still good. I do prefer a bigger flavor though.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark pink/reddish color with about an inch cola-like carbonated light pink head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is raspberries, honey, and red wine. For some reason the aroma reminds me of drinking some Boone's Farm stuff, I'm not sure if that's a good sign or not. Taste is similar to the aroma, but it's more sweet than it is wine-like, although the wine taste is still noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy. The carbonation is very strong at first, but it does smooth out as the beer warms. Drinkability is decent, a smaller glass of this at BBC wouldn't be bad, but a 750 ml bottle of this is a bit too much for me. I thought this was a decent brew, it's the first Braggot I've tried and I would try one again. I'll have to get this on tap the next time I go to BBC.

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Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the trade...
Appears a semi-transparent hazed red brown with a small white head that quickly fades out. Tiny remnants of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of vinous red raspberries, and honey without much else jumping out at me.
Taste is bordering cloying sweetness, over rip peaches, along with the raspberries, and honey mentioned before.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, with lots of honey clinging to the tongue.

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Photo of hopdog
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared courtesy of weeare138.

Poured a deep reddish / amber / orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of honey combs with some berries. Tastes of sweet honey. Sweet and sweet. I know this is a Braggot, but did I mention that this one was sweet...

Notes from 12/22/06

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

What better way to celebrate the interim between the two NFL conference championship games than with a braggot, amiright? This one pours a clear amber-garnet topped by several fingers of fizzy, sandy tan foam. The nose is awash in light dank raspberries, though some traces of dark greens and very mild toffee peek through small peepholes at random, minute intervals. The taste follows suit, though the greens and toffee are replaced by honey and very light apple cider (granny smith, in this case). The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, airy finish. Overall, a crisp, semi-refreshing braggot, though it's a bit one-dimensional and effervescent for me to really place any special significance on it.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this raspberry meade fresh off the tap at BBC's Shelbyville Rd. brewpub. Served in a small wine glass, approx. 8oz.

A: Crisp and clean red body. The look reminds me of church wine - a vivid, red chianti. There is just the thinnest, pink head of small, frothy bubbles - kind of looks like pink icing sitting on top. Patchy lacing on each sip and swirl.

S: Smells of fresh raspberries (obviously) blended with sweet clover honey. There is also a slight musky note - reminds me of the scent of a wineskin for some reason. Smells more like wine than a beer, but maybe that's just me?

T: Mildly sweet and tart raspberry complimented by a kiss of light honey and some cereal/grain notes. Just the slightest presence of alcohol comes through, very reminiscent of wine with fruity esters and a drying quality in the finish.

M: Spritzy thanks to the carbonation; very similar to a sparkling wine if you ask me, but it works.

D: 7.82% ABV according to the beer menu and fairly easy to drink, although the serving size is rather small. An 8oz wine glass almost isn't enough for the meal because this disappears quickly.

An interesting beer/braggot/meade. Never had this style before, but after enjoying Lindeman's Framboise Lambic, I figured there was no harm in giving another raspberry flavored beer a chance. Definitely something to try on a warm summer evening. Paired well with the spinach artichoke dip and the chicken salad sandwich.

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Photo of Tone
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dull pink color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight pale malt, slight grain, slight metallic, off-raspberry, and slight honey. Fits the style of a Braggot. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of off-raspberry juice, slight metallic, slight sweet malt, slight grain, slight pale malt, and slight honey. Overall, the raspberry flavor is metallic and barely reminiscent of actual raspberry flavor.

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Photo of bigred89
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A captivating beverage. Would be a nice break from beer, if there were such a thing. Upon the first glance, it looks like raspberry Kool-Aid or a bit of a homemade wine, with no carbonation and a thin, clear appearance. The aromas are all of tart and sweet raspberries; perhapse more of an extract than the actual fruit. To the taste, it's mostly of sweet and tart raspberries with an underlying honey sweetness. That's all. Pure and clean. Not quite cloying, but very sweet. Thinned and heated by the alcohol, provides a subtle complexity that can be enjoyed. It's worth a try, but playtime is over...back to the beers.

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Photo of nova009
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a clear red reminiscent of blush wine, about a one finger pink head appears and slowly dissipates to patchy bubbles and a fluffy ring, pretty nice lacing as the head sticks well to the side of the glass

S- smells of ripe raspberries, the sweetness of the honey comes through as well, theres a sharp alcohol tinge that comes out as well which really reminds me of a wine

T- starts out sweet and tart, you get the raspberry and honey in a swirl, the taste transitions into a red wine like taste with a some alcohol that finishes dry in your mouth, i definitely get a bready malt finish in the aftertaste, the only aspect of this that reminds me of a beer, the taste pretty much lives up to the description of the style, however this is my first braggot

M- light-medium body similar to a champagne/ sparkling wine, medium high carbonation that works well with the flavors

D- not sure on the abv of this one but the alcohol wasnt very noticeable, pretty tasting and interesting, ive had meades before but this braggot combines the two worlds of meade and beer, this is a nice desert style wine, pretty easy to drink, solid job on the part of BBC

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Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a red color with very little head and leaves no lacing on the glass. I like the color. The aroma is comprised of honey notes underneath of a raspberry sweetness. Very soft and light on the palate. Raspberries come through strong with the honey flavors lurking in the back. Quite tasty. The drinkability is quite good for a 7% brew.

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Photo of hattingc
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this beer because it was new here in Chicago.

Reddish brown in color. Lots of head.

The raspberrys really come out in the beginning.
Lots of honey taste at the end.
Finishes like a light wine.

It is a really sweet beer and is a good summer beer while sitting outside. Just a bit sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at the brewpub on Shelbyville Road in Louisville. Served in a small wine glass relatively well chilled. The abv was listed as 7.82% on the tap board.

A - Deep berry shades of ruby w/ a magenta hue and the appearance of champagne w/ a fingernail clipping for a head w/ wispy white traces. The clarity of this is excellent and appears as raspberry juice.

S - Very raspberry influenced aroma w/ a sweet fruit aroma much like fresh raspberry puree.

M - Very light bodied and not too sweet - more like raspberry ale spritzer. This is not bad just nothing fantastic or remarkable and a light feel when you expect a mead or 'honey wine'

T - I am unsure of why this is classed as a braggot. Probably since mead is not reviewable anymore. This is not very challenging as far as fruit ales go. The sweetness is restrained and very much aroma oriented w/ more of a slightly fruit/honey finish w/ a fine malty flavor in the middle. The overall effect is dry w/ the fruity aspect balanced rather well.

D - A nice mead, but this doesn't have much in common w/ braggot IMO. It really has no spice flavor and the honey sweetness is there, but more raspberry than anything else. It is drinkable, but I would probably stick to one in an evening unless you like the carbonated fruit flavoring. The fruit tastes fine, not artificial w/ a honeydrenched effect. I consider it better than avg, yet it somehow fell short of my expectations compared to other meads. I could probalby handle more than 5oz of this considering the Dubbel was served in an 8oz glass and has .02% higher abv w/ more flavor. I could appreciate this as a dessert drink, I guess I have mixed emotions about this 'meade'

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Photo of SackBlabbath
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

These are five words because mead is just ok.

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Photo of Kicksmile67
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This really is more of a fruit wine than a beer. Its body and appearance remind me of a blush/rose wine. The smell is very fruity and with hints of alcohol. The taste is what solidified this as a berry wine. It was very clean and dry. There were absolutly not bitter values at all and the beverage drank like a desert wine. The mouth feel was thin and the carbonation was fizzy like champagne. The % on this one is high so a glass will do. Its not a bad drink but not a good "beer" so to speak. If I were wanting a sparkling wine this would be very VERY good.

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Photo of Viking
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luna de Miel - Harmonious Honeymoon Ale - is quite a treat. Ingredients feature wildflower honey and raspberry puree. Both special ingredients make their presence known in this ale.

The beer doesn't look like anything special. It's a slightly hazy, deep reddish colored brew with very little head, but plenty of apparent carbonation in the body (though certainly not fizzy). Smell is rich, full of sweet florals and some tart raspberry. The flavor is tart, with the raspberry flavor dominating. However, the honey balances the tartness well, while adding an impressive twist to the flavor. The tartness hits full-force initially, and the sweet honey comes in in the middle for balance, and closes with a dry sweet finish. A smooth brew, with carbonation and alcohol producing a slightly warm and rough feel in the mouth. A very refreshing and drinkable brew - not too tart, not at all syrupy. A very good ale when you want a change from your norm.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a small wine glass. Reddish brown in color, kind of like a tawny port. No head, no real lacing, nothing spectacular, but looks nice. Smell is all honey, unidentified fruit, and auslese notes. Taste is more honey and real desert wine notes, some raspberry. No bitterness, no real tartness. Has a smooth thick mouthfeel. No carbonation. This is a very indulgent drink. Describes itself as a mead not a beer, and there is certainly nothing beerlike about this beverage.

That said, I did enjoy it enough to purchase a bottle from the brewery, but "Bob" know when I'll get around to drinking a bomber of this stuff. Good but rich, so the drinkability is somewhat limited.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at BBC in a 4-6 oz. glass.

A: Mildly cloudy, red-vanilla color, with absolutely no head whatsoever. After all, this is a mead right?

S: Fruity, but not too tart. The raspberry was very understated and buried under a small bed of vanilla.

T: If I had tried this one sight unseen, I would have pegged this as a cherry rather than raspberry mead. But never mind that. This was pretty good.

M: I got a mild prickle from something that resembled carbonation, but that was about it. The fact that there was no alcohol detected made me a very happy camper.

O: Not a great braggot, but still pretty good. I commend BBC for stretching their legs a bit and experimenting with this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise to find this on tap at the Bluegrass Brewing Company. The meade pours a deep opaque red color. There is a bit of carbonation bubbling in the glass. The nose has a mix of honey sweetness and raspberry tartness. The meade has the flavor of honey with just enough of the tartness of the raspberry. It feels rather thick in my mouth, not too unexpected with the style. This finishes dry and crisp. It's a good way to round out a good meal at the BBC, but one is definately enough with it's high ABV.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pink with no head.

S: Subtle aromas of raspberry, blackberry, grain, and honey are present on the nose. Far from overpowering and extremely inviting.

T: Notes of honey, red raspberry, blackberry, and grainy malt wash across the palate. The finish presents a blend of honey, raspberry, and alcohol flavors.

M: Light-to-medium in body, delicate, and very dry. Carbonation is obvious, but unobtrusive. Alcohol is much less noticeable than one would expect. Very light, but also very drinkable.

O: This is my first braggot and I have to say that I really enjoy it. I expect that others are more complex, but Luna de Miel is a very pleasant, straight-forward ale. I could see myself drinking quite a few glasses of this on a hot day.

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Photo of GoodOmens1986
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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Luna De Miel: Raspberry Meade from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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