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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 (640) - 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.

tapefuzz (534) - 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 (135) - 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.

Dogbrick (13037) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2017
Batch 4 bottle. The beer is a hazy golden color with a medium thick fluffy white head that diminishes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Floral and fruity notes with some caramel in the background. Light to medium body with flavors of tart citrus, floral honey, yeast and malt. The finish is fruity yeast and smoked malt. Kind of weird, but an enjoyable beer overall.

drsandman (1471) - New York, USA - MAY 1, 2017
Draft at the brewery & bottle (batch 3) consumed a few years later 4.28.17 at Rick’s bach. Pours clear gold, white head. Aroma is lemon, wheat, hay, honey, light barnyard funk, grain. Flavor is similar, clean honey grain faint funk / acidity. Clean easy drinking.

markducommun (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2017
Lightly cloudy golden, white head. Sweet citrus, lightly tart. Floral. Lightly tart, pleasantly sweet. Light body, very clean. Shorter finish. Good.

GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2017
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Batch #4 bottled on 10/27/2015. Bought from Rare Beer Club during their Jester King sale in February 2016. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of wine, honey, oak, subtle funk. Tastes of white wine, oak, honey, some citrus, light funk, slight tartness. Light body with a dry finish. Interesting.

anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
Draft @ Rincon Valley Tap Room & Bottle Shop, Santa Rosa, CA. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty honey aroma. Fruity malty spic yeasty honey flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty honey finish.

john44 (3101) - 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)

Ernest (7698) - 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.

zoucrew102 (1880) - - 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.

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