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


on tap

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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A special edition of la Moneuse, extra rich for the winter season.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10574) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Pours turbid brown/tan with medium khaki head. Aromas of cobwebby malts, some spices, some hops, and some peaty, woody toffee/brown sugary notes. The flavor was a bit of a letdown, with the caramelly, spicy, cobwebby malt, plus some peaty yeast and toffee hints. Medium palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle has a blue label with winter scene on it and "special winter ale" printed on it, so it looks different than the picture provided here. Pours a cloudy copper color with white head. Aroma with a hint of spice to it, but not really much there. The palate is soft, but not thin. Taste is dry, effervescent, and sour/bitter at the end. A good saison, but might not but enough to keep me coming back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 In short: A nice toasted semi-wild, semi-dry Belgian ale with a superb mild but complex spicy character. Great brew.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when about 6 months of age
The look: Cloudy golden body with a generous beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose has a pleasant array of spicess. Taste is very toasted, lots of toasted bread with only a little caramel, yeasty dryness, a light wild yeast character, nice spicy character, some berries. The spicy character is very well done because it manages complex while not being too upfront. No specific spice comes through, it is just spicy. Superb full body lively mouthfeel. Somewhat dry. Everything is well done in this beer but the main attraction remains the spcies and theres enough of them to confuse Martha Stewart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Bottle, my bro brought it up from Orlando. pours a brown/ dark amber color. smallish white head. aroma is of sweet malts, caramel, and hazelnuts. flavor is similar, with carmel, brown sugar, hazel nuts. has a nice clean finnish, flavor kinda reminds me of Rogue hazelnut brown, but i think this is better. light and refreshing, yet not lacking anything in the flavor department. i really liked this one. definatly underated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2006
2005 bottle. Pours amber with a decent white head. Smells of funky barnyard initially with some nice citrus and perfume elements eventually peaking through. Taste is light and airy with nice delicate citrussy elements and a slight woodsy finish. Im looking forward to comparing this to the 2001 bottle I have in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. Vintage 2001. Cloudy orange appearance. with small white sheet. Fruity and funky aroma od dried oranges, all-spice, wet grass, honey, cork, outdoor smell and wet wood. Flavour starts of orange-peels, dried apricot and minerals. Strong carbonation. Cheesy notes of wet wood and minerals in the afteraste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (13075) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
750 mL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a tall foamy head and lined lacing. Aroma is yeast (earthy, barn, horse blanket) and malt (lightly toasted grain, meal), sour fruit, hay, straw, oak, cellared notes. Tart grapefruit, medium sweetness, medium acidity and bitterness, with a lingering rind tartness and some tropical fruit notes. Medium bodied, fizzy and spicy palate, slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2006
From a 750ml. green bottle with a notched best before, in french, on left hand side of front label, 10/07. Made a good appearance, poured into a tulip chalice a cloudy with sediment orange hued copper with a large frothy, rocky white head that reduced to a 2cm. foamy sticky lacing. Had a farmhouse aroma, a funky, earthy yeastiness, followed by a tart sweet fruitiness. Good carbonation and a dry, slick medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Had a good earthy yeastiness and tart fruity taste, a mellow, relaxed bitterness, just enough sweet maltiness to balance the taste, a slight alcohol sting on the tongue and a dry, yeasty, tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2006
750ml - 2004 - Aroma is funky yeast, spice, black pepper, carmel, and hops. Pours a dark orangish-brown with a huge head and great lacing. Bottle was a gusher. Flavor is bread dough, hops, and Christmas spice. Palate is smooth and creamy. A tasy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
A Mes rate: 75cl bottle from The Belgian Belly. Initial impression is OH MY GOD this is over carbed. Great aroma. Smells and tastes like this sample is reasonably aged but there is no way to tell from the bottle but it was covered in dust and very old looking. Very creamy and fruity. Rather nutty too, peanut butter maybe. Very bitty finish. Pretty tasty overall.

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