BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Belgian-style Amber ale
Brewed since 2016.
Introducing Lune de Miel. Like all honeymoons, this divine nectar is simply unforgettable. It’s inspired from a distant era where the father of the bride would give his new son-in-law honey-flavoured beer for the first month of marriage.
The honey, from Chambly, Quebec, completes the bottle refermentation process, and is a perfect match for the hoppy bouquet with rich hints of spices, herbs and wildflowers. For a limited time only.
OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S LUNE DE MIEL
8% ABV. Golden \ Honey \ Amber color with a creamy, cotton ball density, white colored, 3-finger height head with large and small bubbles, served at 40°F.
It took nearly 10 minutes for the head to collapse down to a 1/4 inch height – simply remarkable. The lacework the head left behind on the sides of the glass was super dense- (we did ensure the glass was “beer clean.”)
There were also multiple streams of champagne-type bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass upon first pour. We have always know that all Unibroue beers have a high level of carbonation to them, but this was a sight to behold!
Honey, honey, and more honey! You can easily smell it from a foot away from the glass. Super deep aromas of raw, unfiltered wildflower honey and beeswax- amazing. It almost smells like a honey liqueur- it’s that intense. There are also heavy bready yeast aromas and hop aromas in the background. As the beer warms up, the honey notes really pop.
Imagine tasting honey straight from the honeycomb- it’s quite akin to that. The spicy phenols are quite prominent. The herbs, spices, and hops that are used balance out the sweetness quite well, so it is not cloying.
Medium bodied, super effervescent, deep honey aftertaste, great hop bitterness in the finish.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
(Cheeses) Mild, semi-soft washed rind cheeses would go very well. Cambozola, aged Gouda (2-3 years), Goat cheese drizzled with Wildflower honey. Are Unibroue cheeses in the works? Maybe… Light salads with a Balsamic / Honey vinaigrette. A well appointed charcuterie platter with mild sausages made with fennel, paired with almonds.
Chicken tournedos, Honey-mustard pork loin, Weisswurst, Bockwurst, Poached Salmon, Mussels with Pied-de-Vent, Carmelized Onion soup, Pork Tenderloin with Goat Cheese, Chicken Kabobs with Pineapple and fresh veggies, Pumpkin Soup with Leeks, Grilled Salt and Pepper Chicken wings paired with Honey Roasted Carrots, Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham.
Cheesecake with a honey drizzle, Baklava (for sure), Honey Flan, Honey Pineapple Upside-Down cake, Honey Apple cake, Burnt Honey Gelato, Vanilla Honey Drops, Peaches ‘N’ Honey Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches, Honey Tea cake, Blueberry Muffins with Salted Honey Crumble. The possibilities are endless.
Outrageously great, world class product from Jerry Vietz and Unibroue. This is a true degustation ale. We were truly blown away with the intensity of the honey aromas and flavors!
Many brewers have brewed beer with honey over the years. Most (in our opinion) have been so-so quality at best, with the honey notes in aroma and taste being barely perceptible… not in this case!
At 8% ABV, you can age it up to 5 years. This is one of Unibroue’s newest products, so unfortunately there is no historical reference as to how the beer develops as it ages. With all Unibroue beers, we can be assured that Lune de Miel will do nicely.
Seek it out for sure, and buy as much as you can- it’s available for a limited time only!
ADDITIONAL LINKS- AUGUST 2017 BREWERY SPOTLIGHT
Telephone: (450) 658-7658
Fax: (450) 658-9195
BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.
He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy Belgian beer! Ecclesiastes 8:15