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


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RATINGS: 357   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2004
750 mL, corked & caged (2004 on the cork, sampled fresh): outrageous, growing, light tan, silky cream headÖfrom experience this one was opened carefully without incedentÖSlightly hazed rosy bronze. Effervescent yeasty aroma with a hint of horse-blanket, depths of iron and chalk; strange characteristics for something I would also describe as amazingly fresh Ė straight from the oven sourdough, wonderful. Strangely sour, but perfectly fresh, wow. Spicy palate, heavily yeasty, but mellows in the end: bitter pears, straw and honey wrap the tongue and soothe the body. Boy I would love to visit that garage somedayÖ

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottled. Had so much carbonation that after the cork was popped it overflowed for about a minute. Anyway, it has a lightly clouded orangish/brown color with a lot of carbonation(duh) and a small white head. Smell is of yeast/spice. Taste is malted/spice/citrus and finishes with a somewhat herbal flavor. Overall it was not my thing. It had kind of an odd smell that I did not like and it mixed with the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2004
The cork explodes from the bottle as soon as the cage is loosened - surprisingly small head considering the explosive opening - aroma of damp vegitation, hints of pear and apple - light bodied, but not what I would call thin - spicy and herbal up front, with slight hops - apple peach and plum flavors come in - some grain in the finish - not all that flavorful for a winter ale, and, as others have noted, this, coupled with the light body, make it more appropriate for warmer weather - save it for the spring and it will work well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Sampled January 2005, 2004 vintage
Pours a hazy amber color with orange highlights and it is topped by a frothy, thick, rocky, light gold colored head. The aroma is dry, austere, and spicy, with a sharp herbal nose that reminds me of damp wood, ginger, clove, bergamot, and a bunch of other aromatics. This has quite a complex nose to it, and is quite the sniffing beer. This beer is quite well carbonated as it froths madly as I hits my tongue. It is fairly dry up front, but carries a great maltiness that has notes of crusty French bread, caramel, and lightly toasted biscuits. There seems to be a bit of tart acidity here as well, which helps to balance the beer out. The beer is not as spicy in the taste as it is in the nose, but it still has a sharp, almost astringent herbal note, plus muted note of all of the spices that I found in the nose.

This beer is pretty light on the palate, while still packing in a bunch of complex flavors. It is definitely quite enjoyable, and would seem like it would pair quite well with food. While I still agree that this beer is not quite as hearty as I would perhaps want it, it is quite complex and quite enjoyable, and I am really enjoying this beer as it grabs my attention with each sip to try and figure out what different flavors are hitting my tongue.

Sampled October 2004, bottle is at least from 2002 season
Pours a hazy orange copper color with a thick fluffy light tan head. As I pour I get nice aromas of cider, and musty earth. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get notes of bergamot, tropical fruit, fresh cut apples, perhaps some note of chanterelles, and of course a spicy herbal character that is often characteristic of a Saison. The beer is characteristically well carbonated, which tends to accentuate the spiciness of this beer. It is light on the palate and has a bit of sweetness to it that accentuates the fruity notes of apple, pear, and plum. There are spicy notes of lemon peel, ginger, coriander, pepper, perhaps some mint, and orange peel. There is also a light tartness to this beer, which accentuates the refreshing character of this beer.

This is definitely quite nice, though it is perhaps more appropriate for the late spring season, as it is quite light and refreshing. As the carbonation dissipates a bit the maltiness begins to come to the fore: there are some notes of fresh whole grain bread, and a hint of caramel like sweetness. This really is quit nice, but it is perhaps missing a fullness in the flavor department, something a bit more lingering and hearty for the cold winter months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1435) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
My fourth beer from the Blaugies brewery! Beer pours reddish orange with the expected massive off white head that thins down but is retained. Aroma is a treasure, there are so many things going on here, including: light sweet malt, but also a delicious sour vinegar aroma that is absolutely mouth matering. Some light floral notes as well. Not as much sourness in the flavor as the aroma, flavors include lots of spices, a profound yeastiness, and a wonderful rich maltiness. Get this if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Sampled at the GABF Dr. Bill tasting: Pours a cloudy hazy golden topped with a thin off-white head. Dry, rich, Belgian spiced unique licorice-like aroma. Body has a nicely balanced sweetness of bready Belgian caramel malt and a dry aged hoppy bitterness. Nice spiced presence throughout and good complexity. This is a very nice saison. Thanks Dr. Bill!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Deep Orange. Dense, rocky head. Aroma begins as I step into the perfumery. Fragrances of orange, browned red apples, honey, sticky herbs, loads of earth, peach, lemon, toasted grains and butter. Divine, characterful, rustic, bizarre, distinct and simply incredible. Coating texture. Delicate. Notes of brown sugar, burnt banana, pepper, peach and green apples. I love the distinct rustic farmhouse qualities of their beers and their rich, dry and grainy maltiness. The best saison I have ever had and possibly the best beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2004
750 ml bottle. Hazy honey, massive chunks of yeast suspended, unending gouts of foam. Lemon-crem-tarragon dominating a sharp nose; initially sour flavors, developing into sweet-tart chocolate; full body, lemon-grapefruit citrusy hops make a late entrance. Heavy carbonation, bits of honey, herbal and peppery notes...doesnít entirely gel, but enormously interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - 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 (8351) - 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...

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