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


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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A special edition of la Moneuse, extra rich for the winter season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Fresh 2004 bottle. Brownish yellow in color with a nice tannish head. Sour tasting. Citrusy. Funky alcohol aroma. Hoppy. Styrian Golding Hop aroma is mixed in. Some tartness. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2004
"Fresh" 2004 bottle. Murky brownish yellow with a tannish head. Funky cheese and alcohol aroma with a slightly pungent Styrian Goldings hop aroma mixed in. Malty funky flavor with that Styrian Goldings note again. Slight tartness Not quite the malt character that I prefer (like in the Fantome brews) but interesting and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Vintage 2003
I am reviewing the Winter 2003, actually, it’s the exact bottle in the picture there.. the one with the snowman. I bought this bottle last January, but this year my boss gave me a Magnum, 1.5L bottle for Christmas… the labeling has changed, It’s not quite as catchy…. actually it’s pretty bland, but hopefully this will not discourage.

2003 Pours a cloudy golden amber body and an enormous mound of light tan head. The aroma is lightly spicy.. maybe a hint of rosemary and clove. I mostly grasp the musty lingering barnyard notes of wet hay and grass, hint of lemon, and sautéed apples and pears. The flavor is actually rather light, somewhat doughy, and again… more apples and pears, very fine suggestions of mid summer fruits! It’s lightly spicy and peppery with a tart dry finish… more clove and pine. There is not much complexity to speak of, but almost certainly that in it self is what makes this a bier of complex principles.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
The opened bottle oozed its contents for some time. Hazy orange with frothy champagne head. Fruity, spicy nose. Big carbonation and medium body. Taste was astringent, bitter, spicy. Not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (15034) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle. Strange aroma and flavour. slightly sour flavour with OK bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2004
I thought this was a slightly unusual Christmas beer until I came to post my notes an realised it’s down as a saison. Hazy orange colour with reddish tinges. Typical Belgian aroma with oily hops, candy sugar and a touch of yeast. Tangy flavour with tart apple character. Mildly farmyardy. Finish is dry and acidic, sharp even. Quite refreshing. Bottled at the Beer Circus, Croydon (Belgian Christmas Beer Festival).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hotstuff (4777) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
750ml. bottle corked and caged. Large frothy white head with sparse lacing, no visible carbonation, and an orange hue. Aroma was skunky, funky and sweaty. Yuck! Flavor was some caramel and spicy. Not a good tasting Saison IMO. Smooth, sleek mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2004
Bottle. Really nice. Nice soft sparkling mouthfeel. Soft yeast, lemon rind, bread, subtle grassy ,herbal qualities. Also agree with Per on the cheese and mineral characters. Finishes, with some light acidity, and peppery alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9146) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2004
Very high, fluffy head, reasonably stable; dark orange-amber, fully hazy. Bit smoky nose, leather, ironoxide, verbena, higher alcohols? Spicey, iron-y taste, bit cheesy and again leather. Fusels and esters, farmyard flavours, and there’s a set of spruce on the farm, piney tastes coming up retronasal, softly acidic. Well-bodied, reasonably warming, light burning sensation. Very good winterbeer. The exact "golden middle" between spicey X-mas, and spicey-refreshing Walloon beer. Good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2004
This is a really good Saison. Spicy, earthy, and malty flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.

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