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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 (595) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2484) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Draft pour at the Masonry, at their Jester King SBW event. Bright orange pour with a soap bubble head. Poured to a farmhouse stem glass. Floral headlined aroma. Flavor is sweet tangy fruit, floral covered. Slight tart to it, but more on the herbal side. Hints of sweet apple late. Good complimenting flavors. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (882) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 8, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2016 Tart grassy ness to the smell. Slightly hazy orange with slum white head. Smooth grass, grain, vegetative tartness to the flavor. Round full mouthful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (6165) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle thanks to SudsMcDuff! Slow-Mo gusher on opening. Pours hazy butterscotch, large off-white head, long lasting with nice lacing. Aroma is very grainy, grass, dust, honey. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, light funkiness, honey, grass and grain, a bit of hospital aroma, floral, a sharp funky bite to it. Medium body, high carbonation, light acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2016
Batch 4 bottle. Pours bright gold and clear with a fluffy white head. Nose is a bit soapy and old shoes. Taste is a bit citric with a tart backbone. A little oily. Very well carbonated. Decent drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (941) - - APR 11, 2016
Sampled at Festival of Funk 2016. Tree smoke, black pepper and honey. Great honey character, complex flavor blend. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5172) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to rich. pours out cloudy straw topped with a white head. nose is honey some citrus some tart notes. Taste is floral honey citrus lemon and brett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (1004) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Tap at the source. Pours opaque orange, ok white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, butterscotch, honey, mild sour malt, really sweet sugar note. Flavor is caramel, honey, mild malt, not amazing but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 21, 2016
On tap at the Modern Times Festival of Funk. It pours a pale orange color with a white head. The aroma is lightly sweet malt, funk, herbals and hints of smoke. The flavor has some lightly bready malt with hints of soap and phenols. Very creamy with hints of apricots. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KamGoPro (208) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Light refreshing with bitterness that let’s yo u know it’s there. Honey is mild throughout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2016
4 oz sample. Pour golden, cloudy with thin head. Aroma was peppery. Smooth honey ale with mild pepper spice and very little yeasty funk, but very tart. Pretty good.

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