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


on tap

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A special edition of la Moneuse, extra rich for the winter season.

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fonefan (52383) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2006 in Essen, BE. Hazy copper red color with a average white head. Aroma is heavy malt, (burnt) citrus / lime, brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor starts heavy sweet and moderate bitter, and ends moderate sweet and heavy bitter with a average duration and a nice dryness.

reakt (951) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Golden orange with a fantastic, pillowy white head. Looks like it might float away on the fizzy storm swelling beneath it. Nose of sour fruits and vinegar. Both sweet and sour with tastes of grass, white grapes, orange zest, pear and lemon. Very crisp and light with ample sediment. Appropriate dry finish likened to a good champagne. I enjoyed this, must try regular La Moneuse now...

yespr (48927) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 75 cL bottle. Pours with creamy light brown head and with a deep orange brown colour. Clear smell of hops, yeast and caramel. Taste sweet wit alcoholoic notes, orange, caramel and yeast - weak malts notes deeply hidden. Good, but nothing special.6-4-6-3-13=3.2

From tap, Kerstbierfestival 2007 in Essen/Belgium. Pours hazy orange with a huge dense off-white head. Spiced caramel malty aroma. Flavour is spiced with a mild tobacco and dry malty flavour. Spiced and caramel malty flavour, lacks sweetness completely. Has a nice bitterness in the finish with a slight herbal touch. 6-3-6-3-12=3.0

SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle: Pored a copper amber with a light brown head. Sweet and alcoholicy aroma was evident. The flavor was complex with swee sugary based, yeast, and bit acidic citrus finish.

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Found at Brewery Creek. Dark amber, opaque with yeast. Big, billowy head. The aroma is big yeasty like a dusty attic. There’s actually no beer character to the aroma. On the palate, it’s got a lot of honey/date sweetness, some more of that dusty yeast. Soft body. The finish is mainly date-sweet malts and a touch of yeasty acidity. Kind of boring for this brewery.

thornecb (6155) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Fluffy tan beach foam head. Sour fruit aromas. Sharp fizzy caramel with a dry, lasting bitter finish.

rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2006
When opening this bottle, be very afraid. As soon as I loosened the wire cage, the cork shot out of the green 750 ml. bomber and hit the ceiling. Luckily it was pointed away from any valuable objects and vital body organs. The anticipated geyser of beer however did not erupt following this first shot, and the rest of the drinking session went unhindered.

The beer came out hazy, amber, and fizzy, and readily formed a three finger craggy head in the tulip. Not quite as sharp looking as the inimitable Duvel, and the head lacked that same staying power too. The smell was pleasingly fruity (bananas, apple, and pear) with a floral and earthy fullness imparted by the yeast. There was also a decent backdrop of coriander and other sundry spices. The taste was typical of the other Belgian Strong Pale Ales, with an up front but light sweetness, sharp fermented candy sugar acidity, house yeast dustiness, and a dry finish enhanced by aged hops and spices. In this beer the spices seemed more plentiful than the norm, and the finish lingered on a bit longer than others. Airy and creamy mouthfeel and bright disposition made this a joy to drink. Not a hint of the 8% ABV to be found anywhere.

While not necessarily screaming special Christmas creation, this beer was enjoyable enough to be downed quickly for its simple yet alluring persona.

Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2006
I was really expecting something wonderful and special with this beer. but I got nothing but disappointments. while the malts are certainly fine, I get a unpleasant soapiness to this beer. I’ve had better

nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2006
The aroma is very yeasty, malty, and citrusy with some herbs. The appearance is tan-gold-orange with a haze and a large foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a nice malty finish and some wild yeast. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s a good beer but not a standout.

treadyroc (163) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Maybe I got an old bottle? The beer had no qualities that stood out to me. Very ’meh.’ I can think of a dozen other Belgian Christmas beers that I’d rather have.

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