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Bière De Miel Biologique | Brasserie Dupont sprl

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3.89/5
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Bière De Miel BiologiqueBière De Miel Biologique
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl
Belgium
brasserie-dupont.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-23-2002

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pDev:
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Photo of brendan13
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Cork date of 2007.
A - Pours a slightly hazy orange hued dark golden with a couple of centimetres of fluffy white head that falls away quite quickly.
S - Lots of wet herbal & light spice notes up front followed through by some honey hints with some vauge pale malt notes.
T - Herbal and spicey also in the taste of course, honey comes though a lot stronger with some fruity notes as well.
M - Fairly light bodied, medium to high carbonation. The honey balances the dryness you'd find in a "typical" Saison I think.
D - 8%? Sure doesn't feel like it. I'd highly recommend this, even to non-beer geeks as it's a very approchable beer while still being interesting.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with slight brown tinge, such a slight tinge that it's practically just orange. Very cloudy, slight carbonation. Head is very, very thick and off-white, sinking pretty well but leaving a good lacing ring behind. Looks great, fantastic even.

Nose is quite organic, with a lot of herbal characters, green grape skin, hint of honey, very finely balanced though. Phenomenally well balance, tart and sweet and bitter are all there, very natural, funky herbal smell. Smells like a garden in spring time. A real treat.

Taste is quite sweet, with the honey being far more prominent, and the tart characters are more bitter, with a dirty, almost oxidised character. Tastes rather like a soil and champagne mix, with hints of orange, apricot, custard almost, and distinct herbs, like basil and rosemary. Hang is there, a bit tart, but otherwise very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is full, thick and sticky - very nice, and there is not a hint of the 8% alc/vol. Very, very drinkable. A shit-fucked good beer in fact. I like this so much I love it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy orange yellow, with a huge and boisterous head of white bubbles. Lacing is thick and solid - it's hard to tell where the head finishes and the lacing begins. Minimal carbonation, but an excellent looking beer - really full and happy and exciting.

Lots of wonderful funk on the nose - hints of barnyard, wet leather, curucao, Belgian yeast and soaked grains. Very Belgian in character to my mind, plenty of that funky yeast, and it's pungent and rank as hell. Woohoo!

Taste is surprisingly smooth, with a thick, meaty character running throughout, and a light dry sweetness on the back. I can't believe how smooth this is, given the probable alcohol content and the rich aroma. The taste is just clean and pleasant, with a light phenolic character and a light tomato yeast note. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

This is amazingly smooth and clean, and very refreshing, considering it has a pretty high alcohol content. I just love the flavours - plenty of funk, plenty of smoothness and plenty of deliciousness. Perhaps the smoothest Belgian beer I've ever tasted. Just wonderful.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy wheatstraw color with a big head that leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Farmhouse aroma of hay, white pepper, yeast and, of course, honey

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing peppery herbacious flavor; the floral and honey aspects develop after the swallow and persist, along with the pepper, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I had expected this to be far sweeter, but the balance between the saison farmhouse flavors and the fermented honey is compelling

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Photo of ukieguy
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Superb, the aroma of honey and the refreshing taste are hypnotizing...or perhaps it is the 8% vol? Either way you'll love it. Great summer BBQ beer !!! Buy a bottle...or two, I actually got the whole case, and enjoy the experience.
Pair it with some goat cheese and apricots, desserts such as scones, or grilled pork tenderloin with carrots and spinach. Your girlfriend/wife might like it too since it has that nice honeyed smell.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a big airy rocky head. Pours a orange gold on the second pour with the yeast being stirred up. Carbonation is high in the bottle. Belgian yeast phenols are high, a pleasant earthiness. The smell is not as dry as you would think, and the taste has a cerain sweetness to it in addition to that dupont saison taste, but its still pretty dry. Verrrry drinkable saison.

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Photo of lehkost
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -10%
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 -0.3%
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 -8.5%
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 -9.3%
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 -13.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +5.7%
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 +11.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +6.9%
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 -35%
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 +5.9%
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...
Recommended...

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -5.4%
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 +20.1%
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 +21.3%
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 +2.1%
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%
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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Bière De Miel Biologique from Brasserie Dupont sprl
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 349 ratings
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