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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (569) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2670) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle at clockwork tasting. Nose is citrus and honey. Tastes of lemon, grapefruit, herbal, honey, and yogurt. Slight sourness. Interesting

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle... Cloudy straw-colored pour with a small, wispy, white head. The aromatic standouts are spicy and herbal phenols. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is yeasty, tangy, lightly spicy and bittersweet. Finishes mildly tart. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4199) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, yeast, and malt. Taste is lemon, grapefruit, floral, yeast, honey, and malt. Interesting in a nice way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2920) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a hazy yellow with thick off-white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma and taste are sweet malts over nice yeasty funk. Really nice, good balance, easy drinker.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2712) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to errl. Cloudy pale yellow pour with a big frothy head that fades slowly to a nice film. Leaves great lacing too. Aromas are lemon peel, pears, white wine, honey, and flowers. Tastes very dry. Strong lemon peel, some bitterness, light tartness, light acidity, white wine, flowers and just a hint of barnyard. Lively carbonation but still soft on the tongue. Light to medium body. This is so crushable. Love it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2015
750 ml bottle acquired via trade on BA. Thanks!shared in Minnesota. Pours a well haze. Golden straw hue. Honey yellow glow with bigger frothy whitish head atop. Nice layer stays firm, laces well. A deeper hazy body doesn’t cut down on the pretty glow. Aromas are tart and citric, lemony and tart with clover, dabs of honey and fruit. Gentle apple, faint pear, yeastiness and some mellow earthy bitterness. Initial is firmly tart, lively lemon and citrus, lemon rind and oils with nice sour jabs, earth, yeastiness. Clover and florals, earth with gentle yeastiness. Well fermented honey makes this body kighter, clean, a bit of warmth. Touches of tartness, some warmth and earth as we hit. Bread, earth, honey jabs. Clean, a bit yeasty, that tart lemon really sets the pace throughout. Tasty, lively, tart. Good stuff. Rich citric nose, hazy glowing pour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8031) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Pours a cloudy light, mellow yellow with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of dry honey and light tart fruit and some sweet grains. Flavor has a nice combination of lightly tart fruits and some light grains.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7473) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours cloudy golden with an attractive white head and a magnificent floral honey and light malt aroma. There is a slightly sour wheat and honey flavor. Very little sweetness. Unusual and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12321) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Capped 750 shared by Marcus. Pours hazy gold with a creamy white head. Aroma is a floral that tickles. Hint of sour/tart. Med body. Flavor is rather Begian in a dry light sour/tart way. Not at all sweet.Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (662) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle: Hazy bright golden straw color with ample, fluffy, effervescent head which dissipates with no lace. Bright aromas of lemon, grapefruit, honey, and yeasty funk, it smells a bit wine-y. It’s tart, a bit acidic and full of esters, finishing. bread-y, mild toasty bitterness. I think the palate is a shot right down the middle: medium bodied and hold up well to room temp. The carbonation rides the line, appropriately, between crisp and creamy. The finest of my limited experiences with bier de miel, by far.


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