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


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RATINGS: 397   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
I must say, I wasnít too thrilled with the aroma of this Saison from start to finish. Itís musty and dirty like a Chicago basement after a heavy rain. Thereís some tartness and yeastiness and old moldy fruit, but mainly itís basement. Looks nice, a hazy gold with a fizzy, living head that was too busy erupting to do much lacing. Tart on the tongue, itís got some nice juicy fruit tastes atop some soggy Wheaties with a squirt of lemon, pepper, coriander, clove, and a handful of dust. The finish is tart, dirty, and leaves the mouth watering... whether that be for more or an attempt to fight infection, Iím not sure.

Iím glad I looked at this aleís page before going to drink and am indebted to BBB63ís warning, which probably saved my vision from that missile made of cork.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2005
75cl bottle...dated BB 12/07, so maybe this is a 2002 bottling. Incredible foamer. quite messy. The appearance score basically reflects how badly I wanted to drink this...such a messy pour, foaming all over the glasses, chunks of yeast everywhere...bottle just keeps frothing...Iím not sure that it looked "pretty" or anything...but it certainly begged me to drink it! Huge aroma of spices, barnyard, woodiness, cocoa powder, ect...drinks dry, with an occasionally distracting phenol showing up...not really sour, but leaning that way at times...the beer changes from glass to glass and drink to drink. Very distinct and complex...I wouldnít call it a masterpiece, but it is very solid...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Deep gold slight haziness topped with a white mousse head very bubbly with the aroma of yeasty bread,damp cellar and some weird botanical (clover?) Taste is sharp and peppery.The carbonation fills your mouth .Yeasty flavors and some alcohol heat somewhat medicinal in the swallow.It will cure what ales ya!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16448) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
Bottled vintage 2004 37,5cl
Pink-orange color, lively CO2, good off-white head. Earthy nose with mould, licorice and fruits. Also flavor is earthy: wood, tannins. I can even imagine cow webs there. Some grapes are to balance.Dry, oaky and a bit spicey aftertaste. Certainly "biere artisanale"!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a hazy orange color with a lot of floaties and a medium offwhite head. Intriguing aroma of spices and yeast. Flavor of spices and yeast, itís acid and citric too. The body is light with a creamy texture and a very strong carbonation. I have mized feelings about this one, some elements are really interesting but the citric flavor isnít something I appreciate in a saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
750 ml bottle - Poured deep amber with a fluffy offwhite head. Aroma was fruity with notes of apples and dough. Some floral hints in the aroma as well. Flavor included apples, bread, spice, some barnyard mustyness. Very complex flavor. On the palate this is highly carbonated and almost fluffy. Quite a tasty drink and definitely an adventure for the tastebuds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 2005. Amber/brown with a huge, airy, foamy, tan head. Nose of plants, spicy yeast, earthy funk, very subtle caramel sweetness, and a rug recently removed from a head shop. Flavor adds some anise-like herbalness, pepper, crisply bitter and earthy hops, some dried fruit, and a dry, yeasty, vegetal finish. A bit of vanilla and roasty malt creep in the aftertaste. Medium palate is soft with plenty of carbonation at the same time. Great brew. Like to try one with about a decade under its belt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2005
750ml corked bottle (2002) served in my NB Worthy glass:

A slightly hazy orangy hue with small floaties and a initial HUGE frothy head whoch does slowly fade and okay lace. WARNING: Bottle cork may be dangerous to your guests and it produces a gusher! The aroma has notes of apple, starfruit, musty and cellar yeast esters, a bit of woody notes, and some light peppery spice. The taste starts with a nice twangy fruit and undertones of wheat and pale malt. Additional notes of clove, white pepper, and orange zest add some depth. Followed by a sublime flowery presence that makes it more a summer brew than a winter IMO. Palate feel is lively (perhaps too much) and refreshing. Nice zing every once in a while. An interesting beer that most people would have like to try more of instead of cleaning up the messy counter. I dig everything else about this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2005
750 ml bottle. Cloudy orange/gold with a thin head. Aromas are sweet farmhouse. Taste is nicely bitter with some funky tangerine, yeast and sweet candi sugars. Thereís some sweet apples along with cloves to balance it out. I really like the way all of the spices blend together. A really nice saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5947) - Fredonia, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2005
This bottled brew was corked and caged with a cork dated 2004. Upon opening, the cork blew out of the bottle before the cage was completely removed. It scared the ... out of me! Kerpow! It came out so fast and the liquid inside foamed up and out of the bottle! What a mess! Donít know why it did that as it was unagitated and had been sitting in our beer fridge for days. We eventually got some into our mugs, but it took forever as it poured only foam for the longest time. The bubbles were finally sized light brown colored and very very long lasting. They left behind a softly carbonated hazy dark orange brown colored body. The aroma was vinous malty and floral. The mouth feel was smooth initially and thick in the middle with a mild vinous finish. The flavor contained notes of alcohol malt mild caramel and raisins. All told, the bottom line was that it was pretty good! And what an experience!

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