I normally give trade samples to staff, as a sort of pub trade equivalent of gold stars in primary school. This was an exception: there's a serious prospect the company I'm working for will be buying a quantity of Hiver to serve in some sites.
As such, this tasting was strictly professional. I even did it with a clean palate at 11am, as if it were something serious like wine.
I have to say I like this: it's a proper English golden ale, though with an amount of fizz which serves to prevent the sweetness becoming cloying. The honey flavour builds nicely with successive sips but never overpowers. The lower hop level is entirely appropriate, giving the adjunct its time in the spotlight, though there's still some bitterness present.
In summary, I don't think you could execute a beer of this style any better. The bottle presentation is marvellous - embossed label, lovely design - and I look forward to trying it (and probably serving it) on tap.
You definitely aren't allowed to say Hiver was designed to appeal to women. That would definitely be an unacceptable thing to say, so don't even whisper it.