Saison Au Miel
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,781
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,673
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 9.97%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
90
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Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Spring
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 90
Photo of Sara24
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spicy, but only a mild flowery taste. The honey shows through on the back-end of the tasting. Highly carbonated but still recommend getting it on tap. Pleasant representation of saison.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottom of the can stamped "Best by 07/22/2018."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy burnt to copper color with no head or lace. Decent transparency about it. No matter how hard I tried to pour.
The aroma had a huge sweet bready/Belgian yeastiness up front. Light sweet earthy to grassy to honey and a light whiff of banana estery sort of appeal.
The flavor yields to the sweet side of the bready/yeastiness. Banana estery sweetness, yes, but somewhat mild. Mild aftertaste of sweet bread/Belgian yeastiness and a touch of honey.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Extremely bready and honey smooth finish.
Overall, not a bad saison, but I feel like the yeast wasn't entirely used properly in this beer as I would have hoped for a slight spicy component to come out and that didn't show up.

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Photo of Lucular
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice dry saison. You can taste the honey yet the beer isn't sweet at all. Some nice spicy notes from the yeast as well as a touch of banana/bubblegum esters.

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

Mild honey aroma with a touch of spice and yeast. Pours a clear light amber with a dusting of white head. Nice spice profile on the beginning, with a dry earthy finish. Medium body, and a nice drink as the days start to warm up.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a single for about $2.50 very fair for a pounder into a pint glass.
A - Color is a very clear dark amber yellow beer with a 1/2 inch of frothy head that seems to fizz out rather quickly to a decent lace.
S - Belgium yeast and honey smells good and sweat.
T - Very smooth balance of peppery saison and sweet wildflower honey. Actually quite surprised it drinks like a mead but taste like a beer!
M - Smooth crisp body very easy to crush at almost 7%

Overall this may be one of the better beers I have had for the night. Not too much saison dryness and mends perfectly with the honey which also tends to dry out a beer when used. Not sure how they did it but this is the perfect combination!

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Photo of Brew_42
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a fluffy head that dissipates in a minute or so

Smell-Belgian yeast, honey, flowers, and some spice

Taste- Belgian yeast and big honey flavor. Sweetness gives way to some tart fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel- Less crisp than I prefer in a saison. Medium body.

Overall- Tastes good. Not super saison-like though.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 GrumD
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +10%
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 +7.3%
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 Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 superspak
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -7%
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 mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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 -4%
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 puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 16 oz. can with a Best By date of 10/3/17. Sampled on May 5, 2017.

Orange pour with a quickly disappearing head and decent clarity.

The aromas are full of Belgian yeast, crackers, and white bread with a feint honey sweetness and a slight herbal note. Fairly inviting.

Light to medium body.

The taste has a mild sweet bready character with only a slightly tart bite and a dry finish.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16 oz. Tallboy can

A clear honey hued golden amber color. A very quick to recede and dissapear bubbly foam cap is gone all to quick. A very well carbonated, bubbly appearance.

The wild honey addition is pretty impressive and comes across with a nice honey aroma and honey-sweet malty flavor. Honey, sour wheat, various herbs and spices, gentle banana and cove effect from the yeast rounds out the nose.

As with the aroma, the wild honey plays the biggest role, not exactly subtle honey sweetness makes it pretty interesting. The yeast is a classic, mild version of traditional Belgian strains that make the farmhouse ale endlessly wonderous. This one falls a bit short of interesting in complexity. Banana and clove, sour and sweet tones mostly but nothing beyond that. To make a really great Saison I feel the yeast flavors and complexity need to be really good. Overall the flavor is a "sweer n sour" effect, sweet honey and sour-ish yeast. Among other classic saison's this one falls seriously short. As a beer by itself, it's decent enough to get by.

A nice crisy bite and very light has an excellent sweet honey slickness roll through that almost makes up for it's light and never dry mouthfeel.

The honey is really this beers only interesting aspect. The yeast, the look, the mouthfeel and minimal complexity just isn't worth any more time.

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a golden, utterly clear brew. Relatively still, with a scant head. The aroma is pungent, with an earth and herbal hop scent. The taste has a malty, honey-like flavor. Full in body, and somewhat still. Interesting, but not great. A little sweeter than I would have liked.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden color with white head

Smell - ginger, honey, coriander

Taste - honey, ginger, clove, coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, mild sweetness upfront from the honey, ginger in the finish

Overall - pretty good saison here, good sweetness is imparted from the honey

Price point - $1.99/16 oz single

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Photo of jkblr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, no date but just released, poured into an imperial pint with nucleation point at fridge temp 6.8% ABV 10 IBU. The beer is somewhat hazy and honey colored with short lived white head. Very little residual head and no lacing. Aroma is slight saison yeast and perhaps a whisper of honey. Taste is sweet honey & malt, then tart/funk from the yeast. The sweetness is not cloying and the tart is not overdone. There is also a little bit of the rye in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft, with a dry finish. Carbonation is sharp. Overall, good. According to the can this beer is brewed with barley, rye, wheat & rolled oats plus honey. It makes for an interesting take on the style. I will buy singles of all these quarterly releases as I think Left Hand will dial these in.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am surprised folks arent liking this one more. i think its a great honey beer, and while the saison aspects of it might leave a little something to be desired, the beer on the whole is quite good, and the honey aspect is great. sure the yeast is more belgian than anything else, and mild at that, but it tastes good to me, and appropriate in that it doesnt overtake the honey like a more robust strain or higher fermentation temperature might. the honey is wildflower honey from colorado, and it has a delightful spring floral element to it, blooming, pollenated, buzzing, its raw and natural, not overly refined, and its well dosed and fully flavored without making the beer too sweet at all, which is always the push and pull with honey in beer. i like how much flavor is there, and how the wheat malt feels bigger, more rugged, not an overlooked element. normally i am a much bigger fan of left hands dark beers, they have those so dialed, but this is impressive, interesting, and delicious. less a saison in the rustic sense, but the platform beer is absolutely perfect for what the honey brings. very enjoyable beer this time of year!

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of honey and some grainy malts.

Tastes of the honey and grain sweetness followed by some yeast. Honey leads off with a bit of depth before pale, grainy malts add in. A bit of yeast with banana and clove come next. Finishes with a bit of lingering honey.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a bit one note as far as saisons go. Could use less sweetness and a bit more dry fruits.

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Photo of babaracas
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orange with thin alkaseltzer fizzy white head. Smell: raw honey, notes of green pear and green plum, pils malt and mild spiciness... allspice. Taste: pilsy, spicy, mild clove, lots of honey sweetness, nectarine, grassy note. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, overly sugary finish. Not as dry and crisp as advertised on the can. It's OK. Certainly neither the best nor the worst saison from CO.

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Photo of dudester
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here I am, standing in the cooler of my local beer store, looking for something to welcome the first real week of spring weather. After nearly going with a usual Bloodline, I spotted a hidden four pack of 16oz tasty treats by Left Hand. I wasn't really in the mood for a saison, but it said it had honey in it and that felt like spring enough to at least try. 16oz delightful ounces later and I was happy for my change of heart. Saison au Miel is a perfectly balanced and refreshing saison in every way. AND it comes with a wallop at 6.8%/16oz - fairly high for the style. The belgian yeast play nicely with a touch of sweetness in this one - highly recommend it if you come across!

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Photo of BB1313
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/9/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; big fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of yeasts and malts. Hints of banana and bubblegum. Some raw honey in the mix. The flavors basically follow the nose. More banana and bubblegum along with some hints of pear. Strong malt backbone. The yeasts do their thing. It's not too sweet. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy and slightly creamy. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid saison. It might be a little rough around the edges, but it's still nice and enjoyable. It doesn't come off as clean and crisp, but the aromas and flavors are still nice.

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Saison Au Miel from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 90 ratings