Saison Au Miel | Left Hand Brewing Company

Saison Au MielSaison Au Miel
BA SCORE
44.6%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 65 ratings
Saison Au MielSaison Au Miel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jsh420 on 03-19-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,014
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
65
Liked:
29
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
10.41%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of GregSemenza
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajdemma
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dewsby
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful yellow/gold color, big thick, quickly dissipating head
S: Belgian yeast, slight sweetness
T: honey, some tart fruits
F: good mouthfeel for a light beer
O: quenching, nice job

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Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of txx675rx
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GrumD
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured with a good fizz but the head soon dissipates. The honey is subtle to the nose and there are clear signs that this is a saison. The taste is a tad sweet for the style but it is an impressive interpretation nonetheless. It is earthy, yeasty and sweet, and well balanced. The honey persists on the palate but not in a cloying fashion. A cracking, niche effort.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into Chimay goblet

L - Slightly hazy honey-gold pour, no head

S - Honeysuckle, musty funk, sweet

T - Herby bitterness, light grains, honey mead, slightly yeast notes

F - Has a definite weight/body, not overly thin, stinging carbonation

A well made American saison. The flavors are pleasant and balanced, not as complex as a Belgian, but all of the right notes are there. A solid offering from Left Hand Brewing and a great introduction to bier du miel's.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thought I had reviewed this one, but apparently I haven't. I picked up a four-pack of this in late April and still had a can left over from splitting the rest with friends, so here goes. This is kind of an interesting seasonal beer for Left Hand. Apparently they're doing four different saisons in 16 oz cans, one for each season, in a series called "Le Quatre." Since "saison" literally means "season," this is a really unique idea. I assume the same base is used in all of them, but I've only had this one and the chokecherry one, so I'm excited to try the one that features juniper berries and the midnight wheat-focused one which I assume will end up as a dark saison.

Anyway, this pours a clear light-ish amber color with virtually zero head. I really like the color here, as it's quite evocative of a "biere de miel" but I'm not sure about that crappy head retention/buildup. I remember previous cans having decent head, so maybe it has to do with age... but this has a best-by of 10/3/17, so it's not like it's gone bad by any means.

The nose is heavy on the floral elements... lavender and slight rose combined with a bit of the requisite honey sweetness. I like that the malt bill is multigrain-focused with some oats, wheat and rye thrown in for good measure but I don't get too much of those grains in the nose anyway. Pretty rustic with strong hay and yeasty phenolics thrown out. Some bubblegum esters and, of course, honey. Seems that the yeast chomped down on the honey in a pretty intense way, though, as this doesn't smell too overly sweet. It mostly has rustic yeasty notes, overall.

Flavor is a bit sweeter, though, with some doughy yeast, apricot and pear, as well as rustic hay/barnyard notes. Slight lemon peel... brings some tang to the proceedings. Sweet honey towards the finish before yeast cancels that out. A bit dusty and chewy despite the mostly-clear nature of the proceedings here. Doesn't really have a crushable flavor, but it's also not really a "contemplative" beer, so it gets a bit lost in the middle realm, in my opinion. I also long to pick up the different malt flavors here, but the honey drowns them out a bit.

Feel is medium-heavy for the style and ABV. Not really overly sticky but seems well-attenuated and well-put-together. A sharp carbonation lends this some interest, for sure. There's also a nice, tangy dryness as I gulp down the last few ounces. Glad I got a four-pack but probably won't be running out to revisit it next year. I hope people give this a better chance, though. This is definitely not a beer worthy of a low-80 rating... it's not great, but for an American biere de miel/saison with some "terroir" considerations involved, it's quite good.

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Photo of Skillz
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Luminous clear gold with one finger of white head that quickly recedes.
Smell is yeast with a bit of white pepper and barnyard funk.
Taste is yeasty funky with some honey sweetness. A bit of white pepper.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is mildly dry with some tartness.
Overall a tasty and refreshing beer with an interesting flavor. Best by 10/03/2017.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 9/10/2017. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger foamy/fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, honey, cracker, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, bready/rye malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, honey, cracker, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, honey, cracker, rye bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, bready/rye malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation as well. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.8%. Overall this is a very good saison. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, bready/rye malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very well rounded saison complexity, with a solid malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mntlover
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear pale yellow color the small white head disappears quickly no lace.

Aroma is crisp and tart but with an underlying sweetness bready malts and honey combined. Some fruity notes green apple, pear white grapes but the funky earthy notes are kind of low.

Taste is not much better get the malt sweetness with honey some light tart fruitiness. Finish is crisp and clean little lingering spice and earthy notes not much funk to speak of. Kind of a blandish Saison.

Mouthfeel is light side with pretty peppy carbonation.

Overall eh make a good lawnmower beer I guess, wouldn't recommend this one just kind of middle of the road.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Handsome golden yellow color with an abundance of foam in the tall Dogfish IPA glass. Yeasty aroma with honey. Spritzy and frothy in the mouth. Malty and substantial feeling but not heavy.

Apple taste to start. Flavor is distinctly tinged with honey, but it's one of the better honey flavored beers I've had. It's even a little crisp. Some of the meaty Bière de Mars taste. A little winey with the mineral dry finish. Another excellent beer from Left Hand. From the 16 oz can purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Left Hand Brewing's Saison Au Miel last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. It's pretty warm today and a Saison sounds good, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 16oz can into a stemless tulip.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a clean and classic look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light with a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that faded away and it left hardly any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the Saison yeast being the first to show up and it impart a spicy saison yeast like aroma with a little bit of bubble gum coming through and that leads into a little more of a fruity aroma with some stone fruit like aromas coming through with a little more sweetness. Up next comes the honey which impart a noticeable honey aroma with a little bit of floral like aroma and it's followed malts which impart some pale malt, light grainy, sweet malt and light bready like aroma. The aroma is pretty nice, but it's a little on the sweet side for the style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off a lower amount of high sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and this time it's a little less spicy and it imparts more of banana flavor with just a little bit of bubble gum showing up. Up next comes the honey which is just as strong as it was in the aroma and it imparts all the same aspects with those rich honey flavors sticking out almost as much as the yeast. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are a little lighter. On the finish there's pretty much not bitterness with some more sweetness taking it's place and it had a honey and saison yeast aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish it was a little less sweet.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it wasn't a little cloying.

Overall I thought this was a nice saison and a nice example of the style, it lived up to being called a honey saison and I thought that while all the key flavors were there it still lacked some balance when it came to the sweetness and that ended up holding this beer back. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me, the sweetness would prevent me from having more than that. What I like the most about this beer is that it lives up to it's name and it delivers on the saison and honey flavors. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, I wish it was toned down more to make it more drinkable. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I'm glad I tired and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a honey saison that's on the sweet side. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think the sweetness was kept in check more it would make for a pretty good beer. It's not my favorite Left Hand beer and it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, but a little less sweetness would help this beer out.

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Photo of andyjeigh
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Saison Au Miel from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 44.6% out of 100 with 65 ratings
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