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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (649) - 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.

Quick3Beers (1513) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2018
Pours a slightly cloudy lemon yellow from a bottle, thick white head. Light honey aroma behind a lot of biscuit and lemon, similar flavor, medicinal bitterness. Good beer.

wombat23 (2147) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2017
Draft at Whichcraft Tap Room. Hazy pale gold, white head. Aroma of tart fruit, funk, floral notes. Taste follows nose, with some sweet honey notes, hints of white wine. Good.

fonefan (52396) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2017

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Jester King Bière de Miel ].
[ Batch 4 ]. Light unclear medium yellow colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, sweet malt, honey, moderate yeasty, saision yeast, herbs, fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet and light acidic with a long duration, tart fruit - grapes, saison yeast, pale malt, honey sweet, fruit peel - skin. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20170930]

ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2017
August 2016, Batch 4 bottle drunk 7/18/17.
Clear brass, light carbonation apparent. Forms a small, white head with low retention, some rockiness.
Strong grass, straw, cracker and yellow fruits show both grainy, rustic malts and strong Saccharomyces. Nice white pepper and other Belgian phenols with light cereal-like wheat helping to balance/soften. Extremely low on the lactic or even Brett character which is surprising as their house blend is usually quite heavy on both.
In the mouth it's full of honey though it is still properly attenuated. Soft, sweet and round with tight, engaging carbonation and teeming with Sacch-derived esters and phenols. Pepper, apples, pears, etc...and no banana/clove/bubble gum. Dries out nicely on the finish and comes off quite light for 6%. Very surprised/impressed at how well this has aged/developed.

chrisv10 (18734) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle "Batch 4", 5.9%. Slightly hazy yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, spices and herbs. Flavour is malt, fruit, spices, fruit peel, yeast, little sweet, little dry, little honey, little citric, medium bitter and a little dry.

HenrikSoegaard (14710) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average light bitter finish. oily palate.

Rasmus40 (22171) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, honey and light spicy. Flavor is medium sweet and light acidic. Dry and light acidic finish. 300917

saxo (19583) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are lactose acid, honey, fruits, flowers, malt and hops. Light sour finish.

tapefuzz (928) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2017
750mL bottle. Pours yellow with a moderate foamy white head. Aroma is wheat, grass, pils malt, light funk, honey sweetness, and a little tart citrus. Taste is tart with honey, lemon, funk, grass, and some spice. A little biscuit towards the end. Dry finish full of yeast and spice. Relatively bitter. Light-medium body. Carbonation has a muted liveliness that feels almost soft. Crisp-ish mouthfeel, although there is a light slickness to it.

beskid (419) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle share at Mon Petit, Stuttgart. Funky spicy aroma. Very dry, medium body, lots of honey in taste but no sweetness, quite surprising. Nice interesting beer, not exactly my style.

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