Brewed by Brasserie de Blaugies
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dour-Blaugies, Belgium


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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A special edition of la Moneuse, extra rich for the winter season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2004
Orange hue, lots of floaties all around the glass. Initially a generous off-white head, foamy and sticky diminishes to a long-lasting 1cm cover. Original aroma, even for a belgian. Thereís some saison character, but also some winter beer spiciness. Powerful yeast comes out in the form of cobwebs, wood chunks. Definite hay-like herbal profile while the hops are also very present and seem a bit old a cheesy ŗ la gueuze. Fresh champaign dryness, cask wood and leafy notes. Interesting mouth entrance where thereís a mysterious musty blue cheese flavor coming from the yeasty. Champaign character with even the very dry grapes gueuze-like finish. Hints of sage, wood, hay, honey, cereals, grass. Gentle bitter finish. Fluffy and bubbly body, smooth and cooperative medium body. Great beer that picks elements from many beer styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Sour vinegar aroma. Bitterness like orange shells. Low carbonation. Amber colou with no head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
Milky golden/orange w/hints of red, thick head and tons of foam. Apricot, spice,peach and mineral notes on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with noticeable alcohol, some fruit, toffee, carmel flavors and burnt toast notes on the palate. Dry finish that lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Pours with a nice head that fades. Aroma is of tart cider and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor is of dry, slightly tart cider, peppery spice. The body is light. I sense flavors below the cider that I can not place because they are to mild to voice themselves over the tartness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2416) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Pours with a five-finger white pillowy head leaving a good lace pour *slowly*. Slightly cloudy amber with some chunky bits. Slight hint of a fruity nose. Strong carbonation. Smooth and warm going down, a good balance of malts and hops. A 750ml bottle was $8.50 from Colonial Spirits in Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (5225) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2004
Me and skortila must have had a bad bottle, because it tasted very much of cork. Furthermore, yeasty and a bit spicy. For what we could taste, it was quite ok actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
skortila (4580) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 29, 2004
I had the big 75 cl, when I opened it there was a big impressive fontain of 0,5 ltr beer, giving wealth to the table and the floor. For this miraculeus event 10 overall points will be vanished just like the 0.5 ltr of beer. Enough crap.
Yeasty and sweetish aroma. Cloudy, dirty orange coloured with a nice lasting white head. Yeasty, spicy and very corky taste, bit sweet, bit fruity. Very smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
This smelled and looked terrific, but the taste was lacking. Tasted of bitter, or rotten apples, and was not sweet at all. By the smell, I was expecting a burst of sweet apple, peach, grape and spice flavor, but it didn't come through in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3443) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2004 Upon opening, these bottles were literally exploding and gushing at the winter tasting I went to ... nevertheless, it was still a decent beer to be had. Orange and hazy, with some floaties about. Yeasty and fresh in the nose. Light mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation -- especially considering. Fruity: raisin and fig. Notes of funk, clean yeast, and straw. Dry and mildly bitter. RERATE (about a year or so later, I think): Yet another bottle that would make a good erupting-volcano science fair entry. "Dusty," yeasty nose. Clean flavors and aromas. Weight was lightish on the tongue. Wet finish. Yeasty aftertaste. Pleasant, but not overly complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Bottled, 0.75l. Very hazy, reddish amber with a medium, tanned head. Slightly sour, Xmas-spicy, salty aroma with caramely maltiness. Flavos is also a bit sour with cherry, salty seaweed, and hints of oak. Medium-bodied with medium, slightly fizzy-foamy carbonation. Ok, but not very christmasy or warming.

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