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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 (577) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Oct 2015 - Keg at Route CBC, Clapham. Hazy yellow, small bubbly white head. Aroma is lemon, elderflower with a little vinegar. Body is light, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is elderflower, lemon, mint, dry flowery finish. Decent aspects but a touch on the thin side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14315) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Keg at Route CBC, CBC Clapham, 02/10/15. Hazed orange with no discernable head. Nose is funky, earthy, light pissoi brettisms, bitter orange, vanilla essence. Taste comprises lemon rind, straw, bitter citric shreds, funk, shades of unblended lambic. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a sour edge. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5010) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Pours pale yellow with a white head. The aroma has funky saison earth, wheat and bugs. It has a light crisp body with a low amount of carbonation. The flavor stats with the aroma notes with light honey, leaves and rustic slant. The finish is dry and earthy. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2015
2nd October 2015
Craft Clapham. Keg. Route 66 event with most of the London crew. Hazy yellow gold beer, no head. Palate is light and mildly crisp. Yellow grapefruit, lemon and mild floralness. Light crisp finish. Fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Poured from a 750ml bottle, thanks to Daniel. The aroma is lightly acidic, floral, apple, straw, dusty. The flavor is apple, straw, earthy, woody. This is interesting, I would have liked the beer have more honey character. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2015
Draft at Craft Beer Co. Clapham during Route CBC - London. Pours clear pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Doughy malts in the nose, some green pepper, hay, grains. The flavor holds light tangy lemon, dry wheat, light bitter hay. Light bodied with average carbonation. Dry finish with mild wheat sweetness, further tangy lemon notes. Fairly basic, but OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1380) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Tap at Route CBC, London. Hazy yellow shade. No head at all. Citrussy and honey aroma. Same taste with some floral character showing through. Fairly sweet. Honey lends it a medicinal vibe. Quite flat carbonation. Not bad but not really sure what it’s trying to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (727) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
Tap. Pours yellow golden with with white head. Aroma is light funky, light sour, apricot, honet, dried fruits, heather honet. Taste has more sour peach, light sparkling body, spicy heather honey, sweet and light sour with yeast and candied sugar. Spicy finish, light dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle:   Creamed honey in color, thick, moderate to large foamy white head, nice lacing.   Soft barnish nose, a little creamed honey too.   Soft on the tongue, a litte tart wheatiness, tangy even.   Thin to moderate body.   Wheaty finish, a little sweet with honey, tangy otherwise.   OK, but a bit of a snoozer.   Thanks Bill!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2015
Tap at Route CBC. It pours cloud pale gold with a bubbly white head. The nose is toasty, earth, straw, cracker, pale bread, grass, mild funk and honeyed grain. The taste is crisp, lemon sherbet, grassy, light floral touch of paper, minerals, some acidity and soft honey with a dry finish. Light - medium body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot to it.

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