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Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes

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


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blackisle (1775) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl. As Saint-Monon Spéciale Fêtes. Murky amber brown, small frothy tan head, mostly diminishing, good lacing; aroma malty, roasted, anise, thyme, licorice; taste heavy sweet and slightly bitter, malty, licorice (also retronasal), sugary, average duration, sweet licorice finish, herbal notes; medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation; strange brew, reminds me of a spiced-up cola, not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (6504) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2015
330ml Bottle - Dark brown with red tinges. Blackcurrant, plums, spice and herbs in the aroma. Herbal, spicy and slightly sweet taste with berries, blackcurrant and a hint of basil. Aniseed and liquorice can be detected in the finish. A bit strange but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
PriorL (3055) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
Sample at ZBF 2015, thanks everybody for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: light clouded brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: coriander, caramel, sweet. TASTE: coriander, caramel, sweet, herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (7641) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2015
25/IV/15 - 33cl bottle as "St. Monon en Fêtes" @ ZBF 2015 (Leuven) - BB: n/a (2015-497) Thanks to the Belgian ratebeer crew for sharing today’s beers!

Clear red brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, bit adheisve. Aroma: bit spicy, herbal, bit sourish, floral, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet, caramel, little roasted, lots of thyme, bit funky, floral touch. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, roasted touch, thyme, spicy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bierridder_S (600) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2015
25/04/2015 @ ZBF shared with tderoeck, 77ships, PriorL and kraddel. Hazy brown, small head. Nose is overpowered by spices, some alcohol. Taste : some dark malts, sweet caramel but again overpowere by the spices.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kraddel (5725) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2015
At ZBF 15. Thnx for sharing, everyone ! Pours unclear, dark brown . Smell is a lot like toilet cleaner. Taste is sharp, spices. flowers, potpouri.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Alengrin (4148) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 Presented as Saint-Monon en Fêtes at ZBF last week, but an alias of Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes - in fact, even the brewer admitted it was the same thing (and coming to think of it, I still think this is also the same beer as Saint-Monon Bière de Noël, but I’m not sure if this name is still used nowadays). Murky, if not muddy, dark brown colour, not really appetizing especially since the pale beige, loosely structured head dissolved in instants. Very spicy aroma, overpowering ginger, coriander seed, caramel, cloves, some coffee grounds, thyme, bitter chocolate, and a big dosis of the dreaded DMS (cooked cabbage); in fact, the nose is overpowered by a ridiculous spice dosis combined with an off-flavour - not too inviting. Sweet, resinous, caramelly, some dried fruits in the mouth but again that absolutely exaggerated truckload of spices, cloves, ginger, coriander, drying the mouth and totally wrecking the balance of flavours. To say that this beer is unbalanced would be an understatement - this offering was even worse than the bottle I tasted eight-odd years ago, as far as I remember. This brewery did some good things, I’m a fan of their honey beer for example, but I cannot understand what this beer’s intention was; in terms of style, I’d probably describe it as a Scotch-inspired Belgian Christmas ale dominated by spices. I tasted this as Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes years ago and it was already overly spiced then, so apparently they have persevered...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
Sampled @ ZBF 2015. Possibly the same beer as “Saint-Monon Bière des Fêtes”? The names seem rather similar to me. Murky brown, little mocha head. Nose is sour, sour herbs, rotting, fizzy, totally off. Taste is thin, fizzy, sour, rotting, soap, nasty,… Totally off beer. (Thx! for sharing people!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikske79 (1389) - 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 (1259) - 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 !!

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