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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
We’re excited to introduce our lastest beer — Jester King Bière de Miel. Named after the classic style (honey beer), Jester King Bière de Miel was brewed, fermented, and naturally conditioned with raw, Texas wildflower honey. We sought to take the classic style and impart a sense of place in the beer through wild fermentation with naturally occurring yeast and souring bacteria harvested from the Texas Hill Country.

Jester King Bière de Miel is the product of a very long, slow fermentation during which the diversity of microorganisms in the beer were allowed sufficient time to impart unique aromas and flavors. Originally brewed on December 3rd, 2013, Bière de Miel spent approximately five months in a stainless steel tank slowly fermenting and maturing. With wild fermentation at our brewery, we don’t always know when a beer will be ready. The analogy we like to use is that a farmer can’t plant her/his crops in the spring and say, “I’m going to harvest them on the third Monday in September.” Nature doesn’t behave that way. We give the microorganisms all the time they need, then they tell us when the beer is ready, not the other way around.

On brewday, we added raw, Texas wildflower honey from Good Flow Honey Co. in Austin, Texas late in the boil. After the first several weeks of fermentation, we added more honey to the beer. Finally, the beer was 100% naturally refermented in bottles, kegs, and casks using more of the raw, Texas wildflower honey. In addition to the honey, Bière de Miel was brewed with Hill Country well water, malted barley, malted wheat, and hops. It is 5.8% alcohol by volume, 3.2 pH, has a finishing gravity of 1.003, and is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. It was bottled on April 24, 2014.

gringo332's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (573) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Had this on tap at the brewery. Fantastic brew, very sour. I love these farmhouse ales. Wish I could get them in the bottle for less though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (3892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2015
Light yellow colour, white head. Malty aroma, light sour, light honey. Light sour flavour, malts, honey. Malty finish, yeast.
(from 75cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2015
Honey and spice and everything nice. Honey is prominent. Bottle takeover at bar volo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2015
(750ml bottle, Batch #2, July 1, 2014) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of honey, florals, vanilla, and dough. Flavor of florals, honey, lemon, orange, and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (6492) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
15/VIII/15 - 75cl bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a, batch I, bottled: IV/24/14 (2015-1061) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy pale beige beer, small aery white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: honey upon opening the bottle, but it quickly fades, then very rural aroma’s, hay, stable, some cow fodder. MF: ok carbon, medium to light body. Taste: fruity start, bit lemony, orange blossom, soft sourness, orange juice. Aftertaste: slightly herbal, spicy, some overripe fruits, melons, citrus, slightest hint of honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3346) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
At Rich’s Massive Cellar Emptying Tasting. Jester King Biere de Miel 5.8% A cloudy light wheaty gold. Honey, melon pan or cantaloupe, wild flowers. Soft light body. Wheat cakes, licorice, tart, sour, lemony. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1517) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2015
From errl-thanks! 3rd in lineup with HF Anna and Casey East Bank. Very similar to the Casey but without the honeyed nose. Cloudy straw yellow. Nose is light cobwebby funk, some lemon, wheat. Taste of wheat, light lemon, light limestone minerality, some residual dry honey elements. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7901) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle @ Drink Rich’s American beer, thanks to Omgrich. Blonde-pâle brumeuse, col fin blanc. Arôme met bien en avant le côté organique de miel, malté avec un léger bouquet de levure sauvage et notes fruitées agrumes. Palais est tout autant surprenant et offre le caractère qui manque souvent aux bières au miel, càd un profil mielleux. Ici, malgré que certains ne le note pas, j’apprécie un caractère mielleux généreux. Le tout est épais tout en restant en ligne avec une bière qui se veut légère. Le profil fleuri houblonné est modéré avec bon malté tout autant léger et un fin caractère aigrelet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Hazy golden yellow body, with a 1" thick fizzy cap that reduces to a foamy cap that is leaving some decent lace. Aroma and flavor revolves around the yeast and spice, the honey is really muted, and hardly noticeable. Overall it crisp and refreshing, nice enough brew on a hot august evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3798) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2015
750 ml bottle from my Secret Santa. Thanks Man! Pours a hazed golden with a full, thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt, mild funk, light honey notes. Hay and herbal notes as well. Flavor is mild, funky, with honey towards the finish. This is nice and subtle. Great to drink. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle sample in honor of Fred, the man, the myth, the legend. Cloudy yellow color. Aroma of tart tropical fruit. Taste is very tart fruit. Tart. Cheers Fred!

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