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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 (621) - 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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (1232) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Draft Third of a Pint at Route CBC Festival at Craft Beer Co, Clapham, London in Oct 2015 - Yellowy Gold in colour. White head. Fruity; lemon and orangey citrus. Malty; toasted malts, slight honey. Hoppy; floral and grassy hops. Quite sweet. Ends dry. OK. (2015-10-03)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7467) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of celery, alcohol (fusel), lemon juice, SweeTarts candy. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Simple sour-ish nose with some crude vegetal odor and some higher alcohol starts things off on the wrong foot. Sour in the mouth, as expected from this brewery, though not crazy sour like a lambic or anything. A long way from Dupont’s honey beer, unfortunately.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1551) - - JAN 1, 2017
750ml bottle. Floral aroma with notes of honey, lemony citrus and light spicy funk. Pours cloudy golden colored with a half a finger of white head that has good retention and excellent lacing. Starts with lemony citrus and floral flavors. Finishes dry and smooth with honey sweetness and spicy funkiness. Interesting and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (11040) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Draught at the Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX.
Cloudy golden color with a mid-size white head. Dry lemony aroma with tartness and mild yeast. Dry lemony flavor with mild bitterness and dry maltiness. Tasty. Bitterness stays. Lemon too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gephross100 (576) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 On draft at the source. Pours cloudy straw yellow color. Solid white head. Rosehips, lemon, slightly floral nose. Light sweetness from the honey. Light mouthfeel. Farmhouse yester finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (1375) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2016
750mL bottle. Hazy, orangey-gold pour, big white head, some floaties. Nose is funk, grass, honey, old melons, minerals, faint phenolic band aidy note. Mouth is sharply carbonated, dry and slightly tart, medium bodied creaminess, bread crusts, sauvignon blanc, grapefruit, white pepper, balancing bitterness. Quite tasty... although I’m not completely sure the RB classification is accurate... there’s that tendency to lump way too many different beers in these rather nebulous style categories.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5240) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2016
The Masonry, Seattle. At SBW2016 Jester King event. Heavy, lingering foam on cloudy, slightly brown-orange. Slight lemon aroma. Bright, sparking farmhouse, very fresh grainy malt forward. Honey is a rich, sweet vein. Adds a little acidity perhaps. I get sage, but it could also be the pizzas being cooked next to me. Good herbal, mildly sweet, tart-ish farmhouse.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (942) - Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Bomber to snifter - nice orange color with good head retention. Notes of citrus fruits and honey. Good carbonation and tart.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3269) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (1073) - 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.


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