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Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes

Brewed by Brasserie Saint-Monon
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Ambly, Belgium


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2014
I am somewhat puzzled about Saint-Monon’s Christmas beers: I suppose this is the same as Saint-Monon Bière de Noël? Anyway, this spice beer shows a creamy, light beige head and dark chocolate brown colour, hazy; darkly malty (chocolate, coffee), some candied fruits but especially a lot of spices, very strong thyme but I get hints of coriander and cloves as well. Taste begins sweet and ends in roasted bitterness, but in between there is little else than an overpowering, resinous, ethereal effect of added spices, way too much to my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikske79 (1267) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 11, 2014
Dit vond ik persoonlijk de minste van deze brouwerij. Dit was niet echt mijn smaak

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corkyrory66 (763) - BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2013
Spéciale Fêtes dont l’étiquette n’est pas celle montrée sur le site, mais elle représente un moine barbu et rigolard qui tient une bonne chope avec anse à la main droite levée. La bière dans son verre est ambrée (tiens donc …), mais celle-ci est en fait d’un brun profond. Le degré alcool est à 7,5 % abv, un peu « djeuste » pour le genre !!! Clarté nette. Bulles moyennes partout dans le verre et en fontaine au centre. Mousse beige moyen qui tombe quasi instantanément et nappe en un voile diaphane. Arômes d’anisette, miel de châtaignier, cassis, thym, pommes cuites et cake. 1ère bouche à la texture veloutée avec une prise sur du thym et du malt. Arrière-bouche de gâteau forêt noire à la cerise noire confite. 2ème bouche avec les épices en avant, mais en fondu enchaîné sur du malt noir. 3ème bouche où les épices dominent trop. Arrière-bouche qui vient au déséquilibre. Longueur où cet accent prioritaire sur le thym et l’acacia, même s’il est original, commence à lasser. La levure est intéressante, un rien amère, qui devrait compenser mais c’est une mission impossible pour elle !!! L’alcool, même s’il est un peu juste, ne peut absolument rien aider aux saveurs. La finale oublie tout à fait de s’envoler... Conclusion : cette bière me fait penser à la Carolus Christmas, qui dans le même cas de figure, est aussi beaucoup trop épicée... elle sur l’anis, ici sur le thym … Le déséquilibre la dévalorise sur la longueur. Les arômes sont sympas au nez mais on se lasse sur la longueur, on n’est jamais à l’équilibre, et la finale ne relève pas le niveau. Dommage !!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
MichaelAwesome (4911) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 25, 2013
What a crazy beer. Either this bottle was bad or the beer is. Skunky stuff with a strange grainy background. Mouthfeel is sock or underwear. If this bottle was nit bad then this drink is just a joke.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
McTapps (4911) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle says "Saint-Monon Spéciale Fêtes" with a winter picture behind the saint. I don’t know if I would describe it as a Abbey Dubbel, it tastes more like a Speciality Grain to me. It has got a hazy medium brown colour with absolutely no head and medium to thin body. Nose and looks of Spezi (what you get when you mix Coke and Fanta), but the taste is really strange. It tastes like vodka mixed with Spezi, footh bath mixture, syrup against colds and flu, sour malt and very bad whiskey. Awful to drink, didn’t enjoy it at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Benzai (9351) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2012
33cl bottle @ home. Clear dark amber color, small off-white to beige head that disappears quickly. Smell malts and a lot of herbs or spices. taste is even worse! Oh I so dislike this: malts + spices + herbs + spices + herbs + spices etc etc. Yuk, drainpour, hate this. Mouthfeel is actually quite ok, soft carbo, medium body. Just absolutely don’t like this at all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2413) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2011
Darkbrown coloured beer with small white head and no carbonation visible. Nice spicy and malty winter aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is wooden roasted ending malty sweet with some fruity hints. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10592) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Bottled @ ZBF 2011: Brown coloured. Unclear. Dense brownish head. Caramel, sweetness, yeast and some fruits in this beer. Flavour is a bit more distinct and subtle than the aroma. Medium bodied. Is sweet and caramelly in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3751) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle ZBF: Poured a light brown with off white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Taste is dark fruit, sweet malt, and ginger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (8933) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle at ZBF. Pours hazy light amber with a tan head that has good retention. Body odor aroma along with spruce and fireplace. Tastes like Christmas present wrapping paper put into the fireplace with a dash of oregano.

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