Bière De Miel Biologique | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Bière De Miel BiologiqueBière De Miel Biologique

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

Pours a hazy honey-orange color with a moderate size head that settles too quickly and leaves no lasting lacing.

Aroma: Very appealing mix of light fruits, honey and hops. Some alcohol after warming.

Taste: as expected after the nose, the flavor is also quite fruity, with hints of apple juice, pears, grapes and raisins. Sweet, with a clear presence of natural honey. Somehow not too sweet, with a significant hop component that partly counters the sweetness and add some spiciness. Somehow not too sweet, with a very natural honey flavor. Nicely spicey and peppery too. Fine lingering aftertaste of spiced biscuit with honey.

Feel: Medium-high carbonation; crisp; medium body.

O: Marvelously well-crafted with excellent balance (level) and mix (aromas and flavors) of honey, yeast, malt and hops. The most honey flavor I have had in a beer, and certainly one of the best honey beers (thinking of Hopslam too). Although sweet and in rather large quantity (750 ml), I enjoyed this more and more as time passed. Extraordinary.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB 11/2014

Beer is golden-hued with a smallish white head. Fades fairly quickly, but not totally.

The smell is intensely floral, quite perfume-like. The honey is noticeable. Yeast is also prominent, with some dry spice and light fruits. A bit bready. Unusual. In some ways I quite like it, but it gets a bit tiresome.

Taste is similar to the smell. Honey, bready malt, yeast, white pepper, light fruits. A bit of bubblegum. There is a sweetness, but overall the flavour is quite dry.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth.

Overall, interesting and pretty good, but would not want to have it often.

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Photo of liamt07
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before November 2014.

Hazy pale orange, white head with light lacing and mild retention. Nose has strong wheat notes, saison yeast, some honey/malt sweetness and and herbal and spice character off to the side. A bit of mint and bubblegum as well. Palate has more wheat, and herbal and minty character (Winterfresh comes to mind?). Some spice, alcohol and leaves the palate slightly drier than before it arrived. Medium feel, higher medium carbonation. Interesting, but not something I'd buy again immediately.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before stamped: 11/2014
(4.0) A: Hazy peachy-copper colour with a thin blanket that recedes to a ring fast. Minimal lacing.

(3.75) S: Cloves, yeast, honey, tropical fruits, cane sugar, and grains. Nice lush tropical fruits including some banana and mango. Honey isn’t as intense as I would expect but it’s noticeable.

(3.75) T: Apricots, banana, grains, honey, spices, and lemon juice. Not a discernible amount of honey in this but it's there, and it doesn't taste artificial either. A very dry and grainy taste with a helping of belgian spices.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Slick and chalky textured with a fair amount of fizz.

(3.75) D: Tasty. I enjoyed the apricot taste coupled with real honey and the general dryness throughout.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Affligem goblet, just to mix things up, see if it yields a better result. Light honey-grapefruit in colour, hazy, and with a big half inch of head that receded into a thin ring and some swirls of foam.

Nose is raw honey, honey bread, musk, herbal and floral hops, farmyard grain.

This brew is one of the few that utilizes and specifically features honey that actually tastes of honey, and not just a mild sugary sweetness. The nice thing about this honey is that it tastes more like a wild, unprocessed honey than something out of a little bear-shaped jar. This is helped along by a mild musky and herbal hop backing that gives this brew a pastoral flavor. Despite the honey sweetness, it finishes somewhat dry.

Moderate bodied, mild carbonation, dry to the finish.

I liked this one, although the hops were a little off - the medicinal, herbal hops just didn't quite balance. Maybe cellaring this brew for a few months will smooth things out. Still, a beer worth giving a go!

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Photo of peensteen
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a ring of white head, no lace to speak of here. Smell is an odd mix of raw honey, what and yeast, like the monk's stout there is a bit of a plastic like quality to the nose perhaps the result of yeast, something that is a bit like vomit here as well as some spice. Taste is much better than the nose, honey and yeast with some spicy points as well, sweet initially but dryer toward the finish, fruit and some orange, honeyish aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, nice dry feel. Aside from the odd smelling nose of this, its actually quite pleasant and very drinkable, nice to try but probably not something I would gravitate towards.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2012, poured into a tulip

A- A hazy golden copper with a huge fluffy white head.

S- Wheat, honey, floral notes, some funky yeast, touch of tart apples.

T- Honey, wheat, floral notes, some funk, some tart light fruits, great balance.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A solid Saison and a great example of why I like the style so much. Really enjoy the balance of flavors.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass
cork says 2011

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body that gets hazier with each pour. There is a thick rocky snow white head that hold above the glass and turns sticky with each sip. There are strands of microbubbles that trail to the surface.

S- The aroma of cereal is faint and blends into a sweet masa aroma that turns just a bit floral and finishes with a dry wild honey note.

T- The dry mead character has a hint of wasp spray, but in a good way, with a wildflower dry honey taste in the finish. A faint bubble gum ester comes through when it really opens. A nice crisp pils malt flavor turns into sweet masa flavor that grows but is never overpowering.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is light and delicate with a nice subtle complexity that balances mead and beer very nicely.

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Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2011) into a Hennepin glass. Pours a slightly hazy honey color w/ a thick creamy dirty white head that lasts forever. Turbulent carbonation rises vigorously from the bottom of the glass, leaving behind sticky, gravity-defying clumps of lace. Gorgeous.

Aroma is typical Dupont barnyard funk along w/ a wonderful flowery honey fragrance. Smells like a field of clovers. Nice clean peppery Belgian yeast too. Really impressed w/ the delicate fragrance here; it captures the essence not only of honey, but also that of the flowers the honey came from. Smells like no other beer I've had.

Taste follows nose. Honey is abundantly apparent. There's also a waxy quality, almost as if from the honeycombs themselves. Floral, delicate, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, again w/ that floral waxiness. Smooth, creamy, great carbonation. Finishes dry of course.

Overall, yet another reason Brasserie Dupont is among my favorite breweries. Outstanding.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy blonde with loose champagne-like froth that clings. Herbs, Wheetina, honey and spiced candle on the nose - lots of layers.
Cut grain, more honey, candy sugar, appley esters, and a hint of pear, then a waxy hit and basil and lemon balm herbs.
Slight white pepper finish and spicy numbing linger. Medium, some cling, fizzy.

Complex saison - underplays the yeast while the honey deepens the sweetness. A very herbal take on the style. Rounded and well integrated.

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Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with an orange hue. The head is pure white and is dense but not huge, settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is sweet and floral. Some bubble gum and clove from the yeast, which I expect from Dupont. Some apple fruitiness. There is a soapy lavendar aroma which must come from the honey. The honey itself is noticable as well. Unique aroma.

The taste starts off with the traditional belgian yeast characteristics. Clove and other medicinal notes provide a spicy character. There is some tart apple to go with a dry malt flavor. The honey makes its way towards the finish and provides a smooth sweetness. Not nearly has floral in the flavor as the aroma. A good amount of grassy hops in the end.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet, floral, peppery and lightly bitter on the palate but well balanced. The malt is quite dry.

Another winner from this brewery. A slightly beefer saison with the addition of the honey.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish signature glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a 1/2 inch head that's very loud and fizzy but retains decently enough before arriving at an 1/8 inch head. Not much lacing.

S- Uh-oh. I was hesitant to purchase this since it's in green glass plus I got it at a Whole Foods and, sure enough, there's definitely a powerful wet cardboard smell that's, almost without a doubt, due to skunking. A little bit of sweetness from the honey, but the wet cardboard prevails in the aroma.

T- Improves a little in the flavor but not much. Mainly wet cardboard and a touch of sweetness from the honey. This beer, after making the far trip across the Atlantic only to sit on the shelf for who knows how long, is just a shell of its former self.

M- High carbonation is the one thing making it drinkable. Very spritzy, almost like seltzer water since the body is so light.

O- What a disappointment. Saison DuPont is one of my favorite beers, but I wanted to try something different by these guys. Lesson learned: always be wary of buying beer at a grocery store, especially if it's in a green bottle.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Les Caves. Pour is deep amber orange with a fluffy tan head. The nose has tons of candied sugar and pine syrup. The honey is over powering with sticky caramel sitting lightly in there as well. The flavor is very sweet, light notes of yeasty spice as the honey takes over and dominates. There is a light citrus hop presence and bitterness to round it out. Full bodied and syrupy, very thick with a rough carbonation in the finish.
Bottle 10/8/10
A-glowing golden yellow with a big pure white head with lacing left behind.

S-nose is big, just a hint of honey up front with hints of barnyard musk, a fair bit of leather and touch of cheese, the yeast and peppery spice comes in behind but play a small role.

T-the flavor is exactly the same, a little more sweet honey up front with a slightly more leathery funk as the cheese and musk are present but lighter. the yeast is behind with just a hint of peppery spice. hay like hops and light bitterness round this off.

M-lively carbonation that tingles throughout with a medium to light body and crisp strong bite that finishes semi dry.

D-loads of funk for a saison, almost too much. not enough peppery spice to it and yeast as I would have liked to see, but the complexity and funk make this something unique and still quite tasty.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Poured into tulip glass.
Nice yellow copper hazy color, with little head. Floral, belgian yeasts, and honey aroma. It looks dense...
As the name suggests, honey dominates the flavour. Lots of floral notes, mixed with grassy and hay notes.
Nice job with the abv...not over strong, but it does balance out the strong flavor; otherwise it may have been overwhelming...
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing has a light stickiness to it. The smell of the beer has some grainy farmhouse aromas mixed nicely with the sweet honey aromas as well. The taste of the beer is pretty good. It's sweet and flavorful wth some light herbal notes too, The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth, nicely carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a pretty nice brew, Worth checking out I think.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, shimmering gold with a thin white mousse that doesn't make a point of sticking around for any length of time.

S: Floral aromas reminiscent of chamomile and lavender join honey, citrus, and herbal, grassy hops on the nose. Interesting.

T: Opens fruity, floral, and tart with notes of honey, lemon, bitter orange, lavender, chamomile, grass, and lactic, pungent yeast. The finish is dry and puckering with tart citrus, honey, and grass notes.

M: Light-bodied, thin, and extremely dry. The high alcohol content takes quite some time to become noticeable.

O: This is an interesting twist on the classic Belgian saison, and is worth a shot if you're a fan of the style. That being said, it's probably one of Brasserie Dupont's lesser brews, but it's still very solid.

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Photo of impending
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SF Toronado. Served in a tulip. Hazy bright honey yellow, dense froth, nice lacing.

Smell of honey rolled yeast, spices, flowers atop a lager. No earth.

Honey upfront and a floral phenolic note in the final taste defines this brew. Sweet with some fruit. The aftertaste that remains after all else has faded is an herbal note - not camomile or lavender but of that style - this aspect will decide if you like this brew. Nothing about this says saison but it remains ok.

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Photo of nppeders
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - clear straw, pours with a nice head that quickly dissapates.

smell - extremely fragrant, floral, rose hips, don't get much honey, sweet.

taste - fruity, sweet, finish's with a honey sweetness. The end of the sip is a little bit of a medicinal thing going on that I'm not a huge fan of.

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, dry, thin mouthfeel. which works for this beer for sure.

overall- tasty beverage for sure. Extremely floral, fruity, and sweet. The honey adds a sweetness that makes the beer not feel as dry. Besides the little bit of medicinal flavor this beer is almost perfect.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Hey, honey, how you doin’? Lacing is anything but amazing; hazy golden glow invites us for a sip or two. Exotic fruit, fresh-cut flowers, faint honey sweetness, doughy malt and some faint medicinal notes in the aroma. Smooth and creamy, even with a super-dry palate. Earthy, vegetal, nutty and slightly tart. Push of alcoholic warmth runs slow but steady, backed by a pleasing ripe tropical fruit essence. Honey is a factor with the alcohol and some flavor; finish lingers with some herbal flavor. Really good drinking here—a light sipper, but one you can hang on to for a good while.

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Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with creamy white fluffy big head that falls to a cap with some lace left behind.

Aroma is sweet malts, some pilsner malt like aromas with definite honey notes. Light tart fruit notes light grassy hop notes and hints of underlying spice. Honey and malt seem to dominate the aroma which seems little strange for a Saison.

Taste is more on style for me, sweet malts still there but more fruits in the flavor. After malt and fruit fade lots of tartness and spice kick in and linger through the finish along with some grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel is light medium with pretty peppy carbonation, could be tuned down a notch for my tastes but not bad.

Overall pretty good brew aroma is nice just not quite what I was looking for. Defiantly worth a try or two. No notice of the 8% at all.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in my Allagash chalice at 53 degrees. Pours a translucent honey gold with a frothy, two inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a solid quarter inch skim. Swaths of lacing are revealed as the head gradually recedes. Nose is grassy up front, followed by citrus, light fruity esters, spices (perhaps coriander and chamomile) and a fruity clover honey quality towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, flavors are a bit more muted than suggested by the nose. The grassy/citrusy character present in the nose coalesces and becomes less distinct and a light, minty character is also revealed. Clover honey all but disappears; however, it seems to gently re-assert itself in a mild, somewhat fruity manner at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild (not still), even carbonation and a pleasant acidity. The alcohol is virtually undetectable considering it's an 8% ABV offering. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by both the delicate nature and complexity of this beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle (Best before date December 2012) served into stemware in Ghent, Antwerp. Reviewed live.

A: Half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and terrible retention. Yeast-ridden hazy honey-gold colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: Honey, butterscotch, medicinal muscle spray. Floral hops. Not as bad as that description might make it sound. A moderate strength scent.

T: Honey and lavender. Cough spray. Bleh. Complicated but to its detriment. I wish it were straight simple honey. Unrefreshing. The notes on the nose are all present, but overtaken by the medicinal lavender cough spray. It's a bit similar to Vick's inhaler nose spray. Eck. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the good flavours of the body, as well as the style.

Dr: Covers up its high ABV well, but the taste is inherently flawed. Leave this one on the shelf.

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Photo of tchenery
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours an awesome golden color with a huge billowing head that is bone-white that dissipates rather quickly.

It has a very faint aroma, that is slightly crisp. It smells very dry and has a nice Belgian-y funk to it. Nice and peppery, with a nod to the saison-style.

The taste is super dry and saison-like. It definitely has that honey-like taste that you get when you put honey in coffee. It's pretty slick tasting and has a syrupy mouthfeel. I feel like the honey dries up the flavor though. Excellent summer beer, especially in the evening.

Awesome brewery, awesome beer.

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Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Pohendellkelder in Brussels.
You get exactly what you would expect from this beer. It pours a deep golden colour and looks exactly like liquid honey topped with a tall frothy white head.
The aroma is pure honey; sweet, floral and complex with deep notes of caramel and, well, honey.
The beer is full bodied and smooth with some fruity flavour, but mostly a repeat of the honey. Despite the predominance of honey, the beer is not overly sweet. The sugar has been fermented away and the beer is left with a deep honey flavour without too much sweetness.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden/straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Definitely has a honey-like aroma. Quite floral and sweet with a nice citrus note of orange and orange peel. Pale cracker malts and yeast round out the aroma.

T: Plenty of sweetness to this beer. A strong fruit character to the beer consisting primarily of oranges and melon with just a hint of white grapes. More of the floral honey quality that existed on the nose. A very light maltiness which provides some bread and sweetness.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: I've passed on trying this beer for quite some time. While it was good, I don't think it would be a repeat purchase.

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Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
3.88 out of 5 based on 339 ratings.
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