Bière De Miel Biologique | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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343 Ratings
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 lehkost
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I will start by saying that I really like this beer. I would rate it more highly on my personal taste, but I am trying my best to be objective, at least with my ratings.

That said, Biere de Miel is a unique brew, jacked up with a secondary fermentation with honey, revived by the celebrated Brasserie Dupont in recent years. Some years back I shared a bottle of this with a friend, and I would have to say I was not prepared to contend with it. Now I think I am.

This beer is a faithful farmhouse-style ale in most ways. I feel that its unique characteristics do not go so far as to defy its style, though the pronounced lack of boldness in spice and dry finish is a notable departure from the standard, not to mention the high alcohol.

This beer is not sweet. There is a huge amount of honey on the nose and in the flavor, but still a good balance of malt, and a quenching dry finish. Other than that, in appearance and behavior, it's pretty much the same as Saison Dupont, only a slightly deeper gold hue.

Highly worth a shot for its uniqueness alone.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey shade of gold...fitting. Fluffy white head with tight, small bubble formation. Very hazy.

Nose is more of the saison base than honey beer. A little fruity and funky at the same time...promising. Something here reminds me, oddly enough, of the various handmade hemp wares available at any hippie jam band show--bonus points.

Palate begins strongly on the farmhouse ale side, which isn't a bad thing, but tries to finish with the sweetness of honey. I think the flavors get a little muddled here and for me are a letdown.

Overall a decent to good beer. Packaged in 750ml bottles, this is definitely one to share as the honey becomes a bit annoying. I wanted to like this one a little more than I actually do, but would still recommend it based on the brewery and price.

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Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork indicates this is a 2007 bottle. Pours a hazed golden color with an ever so slight orange tint to it, and two fingers of nearly white head. Retention is excellent, keeping a very full, thick lace and leaving a great amount of stick on the sides. It did seem a little fizzy on the pour, making me wonder if this is going to feel overcarbonated.

Aroma is very spicy and very interesting. There is a cool sort of menthol aroma, very grassy with a hint of mint even. Also some light fruity notes. Definitely get the earthy Dupont yeast qualities that I love so much, as well.

This has more sweetness than most saisons do, with a distinct honey and graham cracker flavor. There is a cooling sensation, slightly minty and menthol like, like the one I found in the nose. It's not as spicy as the nose was, but there is still a good amount of black pepper, and it also has a very earthy quality to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not as spritzy as I was expecting given the pour. It's a tad overcarbonated but not too bad, and it finishes quite dry and smooth.

This is a very interesting saison. The sweetness and menthol quality are nice change of pace from the typical. Not a saison that I'd drink every day but certainly a very good beer and something I'd be happy to have on occasion. Dupont has become my favorite Belgian brewery and this beer does not disappoint.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/30/09 (Bottle):

Pours an orangish yellow colored body with a smallish vigorous white head, lasting. Belgian floral aroma, some sweet honey. Some spices and mustibness too. strong aroma. Spicy soft mouthfeel. Somewhat musty aftertaste. Very light tasting. Some honey but very subtle. Sweet spices and a spicy aftertaste. Very light and refreshing.

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Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy orange/yellow color with a white fizzy head. It left limited traces of lace.

S - It smelled of honey, yeast and a band-aid like aroma.

T - It tasted pretty sweet. The honey flavor is not a strong as I expected. Good spicy flavors with mild caramel malt and a slight alcohol taste.

M - It was crisp, fizzy and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good but its just not a flavor and aroma I'd want to drink alot of.

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Photo of mt5000
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got from a 750ml bottle with cork.

Appearance is amber-gold. Aroma is very floral, I was expecting more honey since the label says, 'ale flavored with honey'. Still, very attractive floral aroma.

I don't want to describe the flavor as floral but that's about the best I can do. It had some earthiness to it and subdued malt, hop presence is detectable but not strong, as you would expect for the style. I'm not sure what exactly the honey lends to this - you can taste it but barely. You really have to try to make it out. Perhaps the honey accounts for the floral aspects.

A good Saison but not interesting enough to warrant the 'ale flavored with honey' label, because that's a bit misleading.

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Photo of vancurly
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 11/2009

a) Coarse bubbling, which compresses down to a foamy layer. Fine particles are in suspension; hazy gold.

s) Honey wheat, lavender, barnyard & damp hay

f) Honeycomb, caramello... Herbaceous note that could be mint or thyme, or sandalwood perhaps

m) Smooth & creamy

d) A nice ale, suit many an occasion

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Photo of Lukie
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy orange golden hue with a thick 2 finger head that slowly dissipitated. A thick lacing clings to the side of the glass and weighs down the liquid.

A strong aroma of nuts, grains, and herbs blended nicely with a sweet honey. It is very indepth, but still very appealing.

A big hit of spicy grains, with some fruity qualities. A big yeasty wallop leads to the honey sweetness, that is subtle, yet extremely refreshing.

A great blend here, that is light in body, yet full flavoured, well balanced and very intriguing. Great for a warm night, with light mouthfeel, and light body.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a solid amber straw color. saison color. a little to clear for my liking. about a finger and a half of foam. light. after a few minutes dissipates to ring around the glass with light lace. smell is pollen, honey sweet but delicate. a little barn, a little grass. taste is a bit more. the honey is there and not overpowering. the pollen seems to sit with the hops. very dry crisp feeling on the tongue. very floral. light meatiness. lavender, some rosemary and thyme, grass, hop, pitch of pepper. a blend of white grape sweet with the sweet of the honey. and grape skin with the hop and grass. the density was lost about two thirds of the way. then everything began to separate. it lost the crisp dryiness on the tongue and layers as the beer lost its ring of foam. and began getting sweeter was the temperature went up. drink this cold. and i recommend maybe a bottle not tap next time.

had it on tap again about a year later and didn't seems to separate as dramatically.

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

Great looking golden-orange appearance with an active well of carbonation in the bottom of the glass. Head is moderate in size, producing some nice lace.

The aroma on this honey-brewed beer is sweet at the outset, but lets a firm and dryish, slightly salty maltness work its way through immediately, as well as a good dose of funky yeast and a slightly sharp spicy accent.

Flavor offers the same soft honey-sweetness, which then makes way for a hoppy moment, passes through a dry and sour phase next and finishes in a dry and hoppy mode. Hardly any alcohol noticeable. Like the nose, quite a complex personality.

The beer is very friendly to the palate, has a strong body and a creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation.

Another beautifully crafted beer from Brasserie Dupont; and if I'm drawing the right conclusion, brewed with high class ingredients only.

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Photo of stumac
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label makes it look like a beer out of a story book or something. Like Winnie The Pooh brewed this beer!

pours a murky dark gold color with a perfect huge, frothy snow white head. great head retention on the glass. the nose is honey up front, subtle hops, lemons. the taste is honey, lemon citrus, spicy hops, white pepper, sweet malts, also has that traditional farmhouse taste of hay, full bodied, dry finish, smoothe yet big carbo.

looks like Winnie The Pooh can brew!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a medium foamy head with some average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of overcooked vegetable and corn is very disappointing considering the brewery while the funky yeast notes kind of redeem this one a bit. Taste is also dominated by this weird malt taste with some gross sweet notes. I am wondering if I got a bad bottle or if something turned wrong as I was expecting a lot more considering it is one of my favourite breweries. This is definitely not something I would go for on a regular basis.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Livingston, NJ...
Pours a hazy and murky dark orange hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that exhibited adequate staying power...
Sweet, honey-like, candied aroma bursting through and noticeable immediately after popping the cork...
Sweet, sugar-laden flavor with hints of vanilla, and candied sugars thrown into the mix... Saison-like flavor with obvious nuances of sugar-sweet honey...
Good mouthfeel, creamy and thick, along with a good level of drinkability... Mouthfeel was equally good because the 8% ABV was nowhere to be found on the palate...
Good stuff...

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

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a medium cap of white foam, good retention and lacing.

S: Strong smell of honey. very floral, light malt essence.

T: Tastes like Saison Dupont with honey, though the overall complexity seems to be a little lighter in this one. Malt is bready, light funk, earthy hops. Honey presence does not dominate, meady, but is almost used as a spice, very tasty.

M: Light on the tongue, creamy, realatively dry, surprising for a honey beer, but not surprising considering the style.

D: Drinkability is good, a nice refreshing saison, to add to my experiences of the Dupont lineup, I don't think they can make a bad beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent farmhouse ale, but I was expecting a bit more sweetness owing to the honey.

Nice golden colour with a very tall but foamy head. Slightly cloudy, but the light still comes through it.

Dry malt smell, with a bit of spice and hop in there. Faint honey sweetness.

Slightly zesty malt taste and a bit of honey backing. Good earthy tones and a nice light hop profile. The flavour is multi-layered and complex, but the honey could be a bit stronger.

Nice carbonation, good feel. A little bit cloying and the ABV is a bit noticeable, but overall very nice.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. Its appearance was extremely murky orange colors. The head laced away very quickly. The aromas were very strong as well: icy sharp honey and hops. Taste was exceptional: rich, earthy, quasi-smoked, sweet honey flavors. The mouthfeel had a great carbonation and crispness to it also. Overall, really awesome.

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Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

God, this is good stuff. Where has it been hiding all my beer-drinking life?

on-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville.

Appearance: Looks suspiciously like mead.

Aroma: Wildflowers, honey, and malt.

Taste: Hominy, and non-sweet honey.

Palate: PERFECT! Smooth with a bit of spritz.

Overall: Quite refreshing and thirst-quenching. The fact that it's 8% ABV is WELL hidden. Saison-ish. The fact that it's a Dupont creation is not surprising given the high level of quality. The fact that it's organic makes me very happy. Amazing beer. More of this. Often.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from LaBodega in Riverside, CA, clocking in at $11.99 in March 2008. Who says beer prices aren't going up?

Pours a hazy yellowish-orange with a big pillow head, which just screams out with the organic earthy aromas of the Dupont brewery. A faint almost off-putting stink-flowers swirling with honey sweetness. Sounds terrible, but in reality, Yum!

Flavor is middle of the road, sweet beginning, slighty dry and peppery finish, and a lasting sweetness on the tongue after the swallow.

Overall, I like this one. It's not an all-time favorite, but it hits me just right on a warm evening after a long walk.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Typical Dupont loud, violent cork-pop, a very good sign! Poured into an Ommegang goblet. Radiant unfiltered cloudy gold, loads of head, excellent retention. Looks the way a saison should look, but not quite the lacing I expect. 2006 on the cork, so this has a *little* age on it.

S - Big time nose we have here. I do sense the sweet honey immediately, over a bit of leathery, wet earth farmhouse aroma. Peppery. Some fruity esters I am struggling to identify. There's a lot there, and it just beckons a taste.

T - Absolutely superb, everything the aroma offers and more. Peppery and hoppy enough to cut through spicy food, indeed I am having this with a pork chipotle pepper burrito. A little yeasty funk, and a verdant, luxurious essence of honey, though this honey contributes only trace amounts of sweetness, as this is a dry beer through and through like other offerings from Dupont. The honey. Aftertaste is long on lemon-y hop, yeast, and all that beautiful wild mountain honey. Damn, this is a superb beer.

F - Weighs on the palate with a minimalist touch. Prickly carbonation cleanses the palate in a hurry and gets you primed for the next sip. Don't see how the mouthfeel could get much better.

D - Like Foret, Avec Les Bons Voeux, and regular Saison Dupont, this is a masterpiece, and is about as drinkable as it gets. Will pair extremely, extremely well with just about any food. We have a winner here. I could have easily given this straight 5s, but I had to knock a half-point off for the relative lack of lacing in the appearance. Virtually flawless by my reckoning. The contents of the 750 ml bottle have just about disappeared, and that makes me sad. Another underrated saison - I don't see how this is not an A++ beer. Could easily be my favorite beer, period.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at The Publick House. Poured a beautiful amber color with a nice two finger head, and retained a small head the entire time.

The aroma is amazing, very complex aromatics. When I tasted it, I knew this was the best beer I've ever tried. Everyone at my table that tried it had beer envy, and ordered it next. The flavor is refreshing and delicious and ever changing. The honey is not overwhelming at all, but adds just a touch of sweetness to counteract the hops and yeast.

I bought a case two days after this sample, and treasure opening every bottle.

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Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Color is fittingly honeyish, maybe a little paler. Head is white and extremely fizzy. No lacing or retention.

Aroma is floral and sweet but boozy. Grassy hops and honey.

Bittersweet honey flavor, with an herbal dry hoppiness. Some fleshy fruit, but mostly honey and grass.

Mouthfeel is pretty poor. The body is paper thin and delicate, and there's way too much carbonation. It's literally difficult to sip this beer because it's so prickly and invariably causes burping. This knocks the drinkability down.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A heavy 750 ml green glass bottle with a concave bottom. Image on the label looks like a traditional engraving, several barrels topped with a beehive, a pile of loose hay nearby. Caged & corked (dated 2.006) and poured to a pair of small wine goblets on our weekend getaway to Manzanita, OR; enjoyed with several varieties of meats, cheeses and crackers during a heated game of 'Yahtzee'. Received this bottle a couple months back from Metalmonk...thank you, sir!

A: Hazy golden wheat, the color of baked bread crust. Copious amounts of small, fast-rising carbonation beneath a fizzy 1-finger white cap. Head drops rapidly to a thin sparkling film. Only a few hanging bits of lace. careful with the last third of the bottle, as even a careful pour yields a milky tan soupiness.

S: Huge aroma of grass/hay, baked bread with barnyard yeastiness, tart apples, sweetened dry apricots. A little sugary sweet, a little sharp fruitiness, a healthy nose-tickling funk, even a twinge of 'skunk' (curse you, green bottle!); all combine for a rustic aroma that is quintessentially 'Belgian' farmhouse.

T: Tartness jumps out, tangy-sweet apricots, pears and apples, skins included (bitterness). Though this 'Ale Flavored with Honey', the sweetness seemed subdued; the 'honey' quality seemed more evident in the grassy green-ness, the flowery clover, the dried hay and the bittersweet 'field greens' I found throughout. Doughy yeast softens cuts acidity and a grainy malt backing is where the sugars are located. Finished dry, with plenty of black pepper.

M: Biting acidic crispness with lots of tiny, effervescing carbonation. The prickle and lasting tang (a little salty?) reminds me of seltzer or mineral water. Body is light-medium, 8% alcohol is completely masked.

D: Drinkability is quite high; this is a very likable, top-notch example of the saison/farmhouse style by the masters at Dupont. No doubt we'll be returning to this one.

As a side note, we probably would never have discovered this fine beer if not for a visit to 'La Caves Dupont' in Tourpes, BE. Thank you, 'Beer Strangler', wherever you are (I'm guessing probably in that same intoxicated state, in that same bar...).

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle - 2007 on the cork. Color is golden and clear, with a noticeable lack of orange and cloudiness I'm used to seeing in a Saison. Creamy, thick, light, sticky head with trademark Belgian lace. Spin this in the glass and a bring the nice light head right back. Biscuity nose with hint of citrus and not much else. The clear golden appearance and simple aroma are quite a setup for a surprisingly delicious, complex taste. Fruity, spicy, a nice hint of hops, some sourness. Reminds me a littl of sourdough bread. While I really like this Saison, I don't quite get how the honey changes it. It's instantly recognizable as a Saison, but I would never know they put honey in it if it didn't say so on the bottle. By the way, cool story on the bottle about why they used honey.

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Photo of marcpal
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into wine glass from 750ml bottle. This one was not winner in my opinion.

A: Golden hue with a thick foamy head and medium lacing.

S: Confused a bit by the smell, have to say not in a good way. Didnt pick up much honey, more caramel or fainty fake sugar.

T: Sugar flavorings and malt, not really honey. As I drank it more, picked up some of the honey but it just confusing on the palate. It seemed like a saison that was much more of something trying too hard to be complex without destroying flavor.The honey is really showcased in this beer. Sweetness was not saison-like.

M: Highly carbonated that had nothing really on the background to balance out the sweetness.

D: Cant call this one drinkable. The honey was nothing to write home about and I really expected a lot more from the style matched with this brewer. May have to try again but cant call this one a winner.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork reads "2004" Samples 10-2006

Pours evenly cloudy gold with a white head that recedes quickly and leaves a thick lace on the way down. Nose carries a slight tone of yeast with a slight sweet flair. Taste is superbly smooth. It says it is made with honey, but I get very little sweetness or honey flavor on the palate except on the end. Though I find as it got warmer the taste was smoother and a touch sweeter. Mouthfeel is just about where it should be I think. Highly drinkable. The more saisons I drink, the more I like the style, and this one has helped to further my appreciation.

Edit: Near the end of the bottle, I poured in ALL the sediment at the bottom to see how it would be different. I felt it was slightly sweeter and smoother than what i had drank without. Keep in mind this was also the warmest I had drank this brew.

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3.88 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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