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


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RATINGS: 346   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4277) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2004
Red fruity looking beer with a lightly sour aroma and a fizzy dense sour flavour. Overall a quite pleasant sour beer effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8258) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2004
Orange/Gold in appearance with a big white head. Aromas are sweet and sour like a lambic but with extra fruity malts. Flavours are again sweet and sour with candy malts and pears (thanks to Richardgretton for the pears!). This has a good dry finish and a foam in the mouth palate. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9717) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2004
dark brown, nice head, malty, caramel, full-bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Floral smell and crisp taste. Light body. This beer was easy to drink. Good color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Intensely fruity aroma, kind of musty as well. Flavor is a little thin compared to the aroma. Highly carbonated, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Ah the first of the “New Year 2004” beers and one from my current most favorite sub-style a “Belgian Strong Ale”. The beer pours to a foggy orange color loaded with dross, both suspended and slowly sinking to coat the bottom of the glass. On the pour the head formed was gigantesque in size, creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan color, over time as I let it breathe and warm to the glass and room, it also formed a thick and clinging sheet of lace to conceal the glass. The aroma of banana, fresh cut pineapple, strawberry cotton candy sweet, fresh malt, clean and quite pleasing to the eye and nose. It begins lightly sweet, rich in malt, the top light to middling in its feel to the palate with the finish stinging in its acidic bite. Hops are pleasing in their spiciness and they increase their presence as the beer warms to the room, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a fine beer to start out the “New Year”.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Opens with a rush that left me with a quick shower of saison. I opened the bottle and beer violently escaped arching up and coming down to land on the top of my head and drip down. It was frustrating to lose a whole third of the bottle, but I was certainly wearing the nicest perfume in the room. The color is an awesome combination of deep reds, light browns and brilliant golds. A huge, rocky, white head continued to slowly escape from the bottle at a snail's pace. As mentioned above, the aroma is simply delightful. Fresh, sweet fruit combined with a variety of herbs (mint, rosemary?) hidden at the edge of edge of pine forest covered in the morning dew. The body is nice, encasing the tongue is soft satin and robust flavor. Strong malt flavors with the bread and biscuit character dually noted. The fruits are present, fresh and surprisingly non-sweet. The yeast character is subtle, but there is perceptible funkiness involved. Likewise, the hops are equally balanced for flavor and bitterness. This was a tremondous drinking experience. Definitely let yours settle, because wearing this is not as exciting as drinking it. One of the better holiday beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Again: Slipped again - the original bottles of this that I had are more like the regular Moneuse. Honey and sweet to complement the funk, but it’s muddy. Again: It’s slipped - the newer bottles don’t seem to have "the funk". Rerate: The best beer I’ve ever had, upon resampling. Honey, and loads of earth - the freshest scent ever. Original: I am pleased to write this rating, and it is nearly as high as ecrvich’s, but my notes reveal some differences. Aroma is earth and pine needles, bitter tops of carrot (chard?), bitter dandelions. Incredibly fresh and among the top aromatic experiences I have ever had in a beer. Slightly dark golden and sparkly; islands of just raised foam laze about. The flavor contains nary a hair of sweetness; although initially the body is silky like cotton candy there’s none of those flavors! Herbal and bitter with a soft toasty malt (sourdough bread? - or better yet, make some bread with this - wooo hooo!) - no sourness or acidity as I think exists in gueuze, but also not full, soft round and slightly sweet as in a biere de garde (but I can see some resemblance to those two styles) this is instead the best saison I have ever had. Lightness and straw and the same hop as in Orval (stryian?). Softened, then sharpened, by the addition of a HUGE amount of sediment. Lichens and moss envelop you here. Funky and bizarre and fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2003
Deep amber coloured. Notes of cobwebs, cheese, cork and yeast in the aroma. Quite malty flavour with some sour/acidic notes.

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