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


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RATINGS: 349   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Bottle overflowed when opened, pours a murky dark amber, large foamy off-white head with small specs in it, plenty of bits floating about, tremendous amounts of carbonation, with sticky lacing.   Spicy aroma, somewhat earthy & musty, maybe a bit of citrus as well.   Forwardly earthy/musty, semi-sweet, spicy, with a light peppery flair.   Good body, spritzy mouthfeel.   Finishes very earthy, a bit dirty.   Overall its decent, but not sweet or citrusy enough for what I usually enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Orange candy is emboldened by vanilla sweetness; an eclectic profile for such a dry Christmas brew...Earthy yeast and faint cantaloup add depth in an otherwise soft finish... If you are able to get most of the yeast away from your glass, this is a compelling, easygoing countryside brew that lets itself be drunk...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Original Rating (9-4-8-3-17): Marzipan, herbal spiciness, touches of alcohol, light barnyard and horse blanket all marry well in the aroma. Orange-brown with generous off-white head that recedes to ring and plenty of yeast in suspension and sedimented. Hay, camomile, pepper, oak, musty yeast and citrus-grapefruit flavours. Gentle bubbles through fairly high carbonation. Medium body. Kind of a belgian strong/gueuze-like saison. Very interesting and enjoyable. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rerate (8-4-8-5-16=4.1): Herbal, spicy, cookie dough aroma is quite yeasty. Opaque orange-copper coloured body with plenty of yeast in suspension. Decent, fine bubbled, white head recedes to cover with some sudsy lacing. Herbal, grassy, doughy, bready malt flavour with light, fruity esters. Soft texture to the medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled at DenverLoganís pre-GABF party 2005.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3361) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Monkís Cafe. Medium amber, OK head. Extraordinary aroma of green oak and dry aged hops. Flavor matches, with a certain depth of sweetness on the end. A nutty flavor developed as it warmed and some more yeast was swirled in. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - 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 (2428) - 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 (5316) - 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.

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